May 23, 2022  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Exercise Science, Composite Major

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WebAdvisor Code - B.BS.

This major has two fairly distinct career paths: 1) science for pre-professional for allied medical and health fields, and 2) fitness for public or private industry or educational settings. Coursework for each of these paths is grounded in knowledge of the human body structure and function but then deviates quite significantly. Serving students’ needs for admission to graduate school or commencing a career in the public or private fitness setting required numerous course substitutions for the existing program and created concerns during graduation audits. This major replaces the Wellness Management major.

The science option provides the depth of study of the human body’s structure and function that provides the prerequisite knowledge for admission to graduate programs such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Science, and Physician’s Assistant.  

Fitness-based professions that place students into a fitness setting as owner or employee, such as personal trainers, fitness personnel managers, or floor managers, require the business background of finance, marketing and promotion, and personal interaction. Those students would take the management option.

Take required core plus one area of specialization

Gen Ed Requirements - 32-40 semester hours

  • MATH - Gen Ed - Mathematics - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science - 6 semester hours
    (See footnotes * and ** below)
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities - 12 semester hours
    (See footnote * below)
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science - 0-8 semester hours
    (depends on specialization)


 * Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements.  Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 128 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

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