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-Professional 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-Professional 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-Professional Studies concentration.

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

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements30
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements67
Free Electives 120-14
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Theory Courses
HLTH 101Personal Health Issues3
HPEM 150Principles and Practice of Emergency Care3
HPEM 199Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education1
EXSC 255Research Methods and Data Interpretation3
EXSC 300Seminar I in Exercise Science2
PEMJ 320Physiology of Exercise4
PEMJ 321Kinesiology3
PEMJ 324Basic Motor Learning3
Required Activity Courses
PEMJ 131Fitness Activities3
EXSC 234Leadership in Anaerobic Exercise3
EXSC 331Exercise Assessment and Prescription4
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
STAT 109Statistics3
Total Credits67

All students must also fulfill the university general education requirements and complete 120 credits. Recommended free electives for those interested in PA, PT and OT: General Chemistry II CHEM 121 (4), College Physics II PHYS 194 (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 andEXSC 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.

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education (Fulfilled in the major.)
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Statistics (Fulfilled in the major.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Anatomy and Physiology I (Fulfilled in the major.)
J. Physical Education
Fulfilled by major requirements.
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits30

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
BIOL 244 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
HPEM 199 Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education 1
PEMJ 131 Fitness Activities 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
BIOL 245 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HLTH 101 Personal Health Issues 3
HPEM 150 Principles and Practice of Emergency Care 3
MATH 100 Math for Business and Social Sciences (or Free Elective) 3
STAT 109 Statistics 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
World Language 1 3
EXSC 255 Research Methods and Data Interpretation 3
PHYS 193 College Physics I 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
World Language 2 3
NUFD 182 Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective 3
PEMJ 320 Physiology of Exercise 4
CHEM 106 Principles of Chemistry (or Free Elective) 3
Free Elective 1 3
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I 4
EXSC 331 Exercise Assessment and Prescription 4
PEMJ 321 Kinesiology 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Cultures 3
PEMJ 324 Basic Motor Learning 3
Free Elective 1 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
BIOL 112 Principles of Biology I 4
EXSC 300 Seminar I in Exercise Science 2
EXSC 234 Leadership in Anaerobic Exercise 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
EXSC 430 Exercise for Special Populations 3
EXSC 475 Foundations and Practices in Cardiac Rehabilitation 3
Free Elective 2-0
Free Elective 1 3
 Total Credits123-121