Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science: Health and Fitness Concentration

Exercise Science – the science of human movement. Exercise science is a very diverse field of study that encompasses many areas of inquiry. The Health and Fitness concentration curriculum facilitates the opportunity for employment as fitness/wellness director, exercise physiologist, coach, health specialist, clinical or research assistant or management position. To increase the success of students in the job market, the program prepares students for taking a variety of certifications, such as Advanced Personal Trainer, Health and Fitness Instructor, Weight Management Consultant, or Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Additionally, the Health and Fitness concentration program provides senior students with practicum opportunities in a setting of individual interest. These practicum sites include but are not limited to health and wellness facilities, corporate and commercial fitness clubs, college athletic teams, or hospital cardiac rehabilitation.

Another career option for Exercise Science students is to attend professional graduate schools in allied health fields. The students who intend to pursue graduate schools need to work with their advisors or program director closely for the selection of the elective courses to ensure that they will meet the admission requirements of graduate programs.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of structural and functional anatomy and the principles of physiology as they relate to the responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise.
  • Demonstrate basic laboratory skills pertaining to data acquisition, reporting and analysis in health and fitness.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of physically active lifestyle, diet and exercise as means to improve quality of life and reduce the risk and prevalence of diseases.
  • Demonstrate an understanding for health and wellness programming based upon the ability to assess needs, and to develop nutritional and exercise programs in the application to physical fitness and athletic conditioning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of motor skill development across lifespan.

This sample curriculum sequence illustrates how a student might progress through the program. Course sequence may vary as long as prerequisites are met.

Health and Fitness Concentration Curriculum

Course NumberCourse NameCreditsCourse NumberCourse NameCredits
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm 3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
Math Elective
(MATH1200 or higher)
3EXSC1205 Health and Fitness Skills3
SPMG2302Introduction to Sports Management 3EXSC1500Stress Management3
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective3Open Elective3
Semester Total: 15Semester Total: 15
Sophomore Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
BIOL2503Anatomy & Physiology I4BIOL2504Anatomy & Physiology II4
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3EXSC2202Emergency Responder3
EXSC2203 Personal & Community Health3EXSC2105Teaching Sports Skills3
EXSC2205Structural Kinesiology3EXSC2705Advanced Personal Trainer
(APT) Certification
EXSC2204Fitness for Life3
Semester Total: 16Semester Total: 14
Junior Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EXSC3105 Nutrition3EXSC3300Exercise Physiology4
PSYC3700Sports Psychology3EXSC3201Consumer Health3
CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3General Education Elective 3
MATH2200Statistics3Open Elective3
Open Elective3Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Semester Total: 15Semester Total: 16
Senior Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EXSC4800Assessment & Prescription in Health & Fitness4EXSC4205Lifespan Motor Development and Learning 3
EXSC4105Principles of Strength and Conditioning3EXSC4918Internship 3
SPMG3100Sport Facility Management3Open Elective3
General Education Elective3General Education Elective 3
Open Elective3Business Elective3
Semester Total: 16Semester Total: 15
Total Credits: 122

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