Exercise Science is the study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement. The exercise science major is a science-oriented curriculum that prepares students for graduate study in exercise science/kinesiology, athletic training, physical therapy, and related health fields. In addition, graduates may pursue careers as strength and conditioning specialists, cardiac technicians, individual and group exercise prescription specialists, and home health-care workers. The program requires and recommends coursework in health sciences as well as anatomy, chemistry, physics, statistics, physiology, and psychology, culminating in a practical hands-on internship experience.

All exercise science majors complete a 43 hours exercise science core (required courses) in addition to choosing at least one area of emphasis: Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physical Therapy, and/or Kinesiology. Up to 14 hours of major requirements may meet general education requirements.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the discipline
  • evidence professional and personal development
  • demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding
  • evidence Christian faithfulness
Exercise Science Core
Health Sciences Courses
HS 161Medical Terminology1
HS 162Introduction to Interprofessional Health Sciences1
HS 165Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training3
HS 168Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury3
HS 201Physiology of Exercise3
HS 202Nutrition May be used to fulfill a general education requirement3
HS 251Kinesiology3
HS 454Measurement, Research, Statistics and Technology3
HS 490Seminar in Interprofessional Health Sciences1
Biology
BIO 111General Biology May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
BIO 340Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 341Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Mathematics
MA 285XStatistics May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
Bioethics
BE 474XIntroduction to Bioethics May be used to fulfill a general education requirement3
or BE 476X Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
Psychology
PSY 140Introduction to Psychology May be used to fulfill a general education requirement3
Select one emphasis19-34
Total Hours62-77

Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis

The pre-athletic training emphasis combines a solid theoretical science foundation with the practical training needed to give students a competitive edge for acceptance to professional athletic training graduate programs.

Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis
Select one 4-8
Introduction to Chemistry May be used to fulfill a general education requirement
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II (If CH 111 taken, CH 112 is also required.)
HPW 228XSport and Wellness Psychology May be used to fulfill a general education requirement3
HS 351Biomechanics3
HS 480Professional Rotation in Health Sciences1-6
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
PHY 111General Physics I May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
PHY 112General Physics II4
Highly Recommended Athletic Training courses
Microbiology
Essentials of Organic Biochemistry
Motor Learning and Lifespan Development
Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation
Advanced Functional Anatomy
Choose one:
Abnormal Psychology
Child Development
Psychology of Adolescence
Adult Development
Total Hours23-32

Pre-Occupational Therapy Emphasis

The pre-occupational therapy emphasis combines a solid theoretical foundation in science with the practical training needed to give students a competitive edge for acceptance to professional occupational therapy graduate programs.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Emphasis
Select one option:4-8
Introduction to Chemistry May be used to fulfill a general education requirement
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II (If CH 111 taken, CH 112 is also required.)
HS 480Professional Rotation in Health Sciences1-6
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
PHY 111General Physics I May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
Choose two: 6
Child Development
Psychology of Adolescence
Adult Development
Abnormal Psychology
Highly Recommended Courses for Pre-Occupational Therapy
Microbiology
Sport and Wellness Psychology May be used to fulfill a general education requirement
Motor Learning and Lifespan Development
Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation
Total Hours19-28

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis

The pre-physical therapy emphasis combines a solid theoretical science foundation with the practical training needed to give students a competitive edge for acceptance to professional physical therapy programs.

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis
BIO 410Biology Seminar1
CH 111General Chemistry I May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
CH 112General Chemistry II4
HS 480Professional Rotation in Health Sciences1-6
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
PHY 111General Physics I May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
PHY 112General Physics II4
Choose one:4
Microbiology
Immunology
and Immunology Case Studies Laboratory
Developmental Biology
Choose one:3
Abnormal Psychology
Child Development
Psychology of Adolescence
Adult Development
Highly Recommended Courses for Pre-Physical Therapy
Sport and Wellness Psychology May be used to fulfill a general education requirement
Biomechanics
Motor Learning and Lifespan Development
Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation
Total Hours29-34

Kinesiology Emphasis

The kinesiology emphasis gives students with the necessary tools to become experts in the field of strength and conditioning, whether working with athletes, in a health club, or conducting research.

Kinesiology Emphasis
Select one option:4-8
Introduction to Chemistry May be used to fulfill a general education requirement
OR General Chemistry I & II
General Chemistry I May be used to fulfill a general education requirement
General Chemistry II
HPWA 204Advanced Weight Training1
HPW 220Practicum in Sport and Wellness Management3
HPW 228XSport and Wellness Psychology May be used to fulfill a general education requirement3
HS 351Biomechanics3
HS 446Field Internship6-12
HS 455Advanced Strength Training and Program Design3
Highly Recommended Kinesiology Courses
Essentials of Organic Biochemistry
Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation
Sport Nutrition
Total Hours23-33