Exercise Science Major, Clinical and Pre-Professional Studies Concentration (B.S.)

Exercise Science is a multi-disciplinary program that applies scientific knowledge from anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, psychology, motor control, and biomechanics to understand how the human body functions during physical activity, and how the body adapts to exercise training. The Exercise Science program prepares students to acquire skills in fitness evaluation, exercise program design, and instructing functional movement patterns. Students who want to enter the undergraduate Exercise Science degree must choose one of two concentrations, Sports Conditioning or Clinical and Pre-Professional Studies.

About the Concentration in Clinical and Pre-Professional Studies

The objective of the Clinical and Pre-Professionals Studies concentration within the Exercise Science major is to prepare students for entry into clinical fields and/or graduate education. The Clinical & Pre-Professional Studies concentration focuses on developing knowledge and skills that are required for allied health professionals and professional degree graduate education.

Admission Requirements

  • Incoming freshman may declare the Clinical and Pre-Professionals Studies concentration upon admission.
  • Students with an established GPA at Montclair State University or another institution must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be admitted into the Clinical and Pre-Professionals Studies concentration.

Students with more than 60 credits may be admitted into the Clinical and Pre-Professionals Studies concentration by departmental permission

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Required Theory Courses
HLTH 101Personal Health Issues3
HPEM 150Principles and Practice of Emergency Care3
HPEM 199Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education1
HPEM 355Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education3
EXSC 300Seminar I in Exercise Science2
PEMJ 320Physiology of Exercise4
PEMJ 321Kinesiology3
PEMJ 324Basic Motor Learning3
Required Activity Courses
EXSC 151Yoga, Relaxation and Stress Reduction1
PEMJ 131Fitness Activities3
EXSC 231Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription4
EXSC 234Leadership in Anaerobic Exercise3
Theory Specialization Core
EXSC 430Exercise for Special Populations3
EXSC 475Foundations and Practices in Cardiac Rehabilitation3
Exercise Science Collateral Courses
BIOL 112Principles of Biology I4
BIOL 244Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 245Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
NUFD 182Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective3
PHYS 193College Physics I4
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credits65

All students must also fulfill the university general education requirements and complete at least 120 credits. Recommended free electives for those interested in PA, PT and OT: General Chemistry II CHEM 121 (4), College Physics II PHYS194 (4), Principles of Biology II BIOL 113 (4). For AT programs: ATTR 101(3), ATTR 240 (3). Other recommendations for free electives will be advised (e.g. EXSC 476 and EXSC 480). Those who do not pass the math readiness exam and chemistry readiness exam must take MATH 100 as prerequisite for BIOL 112, CHEM 120, and PHYS 193. Those who do not pass the chemistry readiness exam must take CHEM 106 before CHEM 120.