Exercise Science Major, Sports Conditioning 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 Sports Conditioning

The objective of the Sports Conditioning concentration within the Exercise Science major is to train undergraduate students to work in the area of sports conditioning and fitness training. The Sports Conditioning concentration focuses on developing knowledge and skills that are required for various sub-disciplines within the fitness field.

Admission Requirements

  • Incoming freshman may declare the Sports Conditioning concentration upon admission.
  • Students with fewer than 60 credits may declare the Sports Conditioning concentration at any time.
  • Students with more than 60 credits may be admitted into the Sports Conditioning concentration by departmental permission.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements30
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements74-75
Free Electives13-6
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 151Yoga, Relaxation and Stress Reduction1
EXSC 233Leadership in Aerobic Exercise3
EXSC 234Leadership in Anaerobic Exercise3
EXSC 331Exercise Assessment and Prescription4
Theory Specialization Courses
HPEM 356Management of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Fitness Programs3
EXSC 420Theoretical Foundations of Sports Conditioning3
EXSC 476Seminar II in Exercise Science3
EXSC 480Internship in Exercise Science8-9
Collateral Courses
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
CHEM 113Fundamentals of Chemistry4
NUFD 182Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective3
BIOL 244Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 245Anatomy and Physiology II4
STAT 109Statistics3
Total Credits74-75

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
STAT 109 Statistics 3
Second Year
World Language 1 3
CHEM 113 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
EXSC 233 Leadership in Aerobic Exercise 3
EXSC 255 Research Methods and Data Interpretation 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
World Language 2 3
EXSC 234 Leadership in Anaerobic Exercise 3
NUFD 182 Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective 3
PEMJ 320 Physiology of Exercise 4
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
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
HPEM 356 Management of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Fitness Programs 3
PEMJ 324 Basic Motor Learning 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
EXSC 151 Yoga, Relaxation and Stress Reduction 1
EXSC 300 Seminar I in Exercise Science 2
EXSC 420 Theoretical Foundations of Sports Conditioning 3
Free Elective 4
Free Elective 3
EXSC 476 Seminar II in Exercise Science 3
EXSC 480 Internship in Exercise Science 8-9
 Total Credits120-121