• Exercise Science Major


    The Exercise Science major is designed to prepare students for pursuing professional studies in Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy, graduate studies in Exercise Science/Physiology, or for successful careers in the health and wellness area. The program is in the Biology Department and is solidly based in the natural sciences.

    Required Courses (11 core and 5 within the chosen track):

    Biology: Two 4-credit courses:

     

    Anatomy and Physiology: Two 4-credit courses:

     

    Chemistry: Two 4-credit courses

     

    Physics: Two 4-credit courses:

     

    • or

    Statistics: One 4-credit course:

     

    Internship: One 4-credit course:

    • EXSC 3990: Internship or Collaborative Reasrch

    Senior Seminar: One 4-credit course:

     

    • (taken during senior year)

    Exercise Science Track

    This track is designed to prepare you for graduate studies in Exercise Science/Physiology or for a career in health and wellness. For graduate school admissions, it is a good idea to check your programs of interest to be sure that you are satisfying all their requirements.

    Choose 5 course electives from the following:

    • Exercise Physiology I (EXSC 3980)*
    • Exercise Physiology II: Advanced Exercise Physiology and Special Populations (EXSC 5980)
    • EXSS 3610: Motor Learning (St. Kates) or PHED 300: Motor Development (St. Thomas)
    • EXSS 3350: Kinesiology and Biomechanics (St. Kates) or PHED 326: Kinesiology (St. Thomas)

    Pre-Physical Therapy Track

    The course requirements for the major are designed to meet the basic requirements for admission to PT and OT programs. However, it is crucial that you consult specific programs of interest to verify their specific requirements. Additional requirements can be fulfilled through elective courses. Pre-­PT students are strongly encouraged to take Calculus I and Medical Terminology, as these are required for many programs.

    Pre-­PT majors are strongly encouraged to take General Psychology (PSY 1330), Abnormal Psychology (PSY 1480), and Lifespan Development (PSY 1440). Most programs require some combination of these courses. Check your specific program for details. Pre-­PT Internship requirements: Most programs require a minimum of 100 hrs of observation and experience in a variety of physical therapy settings. Therefore, an internship experience is essential.

    Choose 5 course electives from the following:

    • Exercise Physiology I (EXSC 3980)*
    • Exercise Physiology II: Advanced Exercise Physiology and Special Populations (EXSC 5980)
    • EXSS 3610: Motor Learning (St. Kates) or PHED 300: Motor Development (St. Thomas)
    • EXSS 3350: Kinesiology and Biomechanics (St. Kates) or PHED 326: Kinesiology (St. Thomas)
    • INDI 2220: Scientific/Medical Terminology (St. Kates)