Exercise Science


Overview & Academics

The EXERCISE SCIENCE program is designed to prepare students for careers in personal and corporate wellness and fitness. Students enrolled in the exercise science major learn how to demonstrate proficiency in the acquisition and utilization of clinical skills/motor skills pertaining to the care of the physically active population. Exercise science students also take more courses in the sciences to help them prepare for possible future graduate school study. Students who complete the Exercise Science program are prepared to pursue certifications as an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C; offered by the American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM]) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS; offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association [NSCA]).

The Exercise Science major assists in preparing students to enter a multitude of health- related careers including cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, corporate fitness/wellness, and strength and conditioning. This program also provides preparation for those interested in the fitness industry. Training for specific age groups such as elderly and young children are included along with traditional populations. The graduate will develop a sound science background with communication and writing skills necessary to apply the knowledge to practical hands-on situations. The program also prepares students who are interested in post-graduate study in Exercise Sciences and serves as an option for students interested in completing the prerequisites for admission into a variety of professional programs. The program in Exercise Science is designed to give students experiences which will prepare them to pursue certifications as an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C) offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Dr. Shannon Crowley

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

University of South Carolina

Dr. Daniel Henderson

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Indiana University

Dr. Meir Magal, FACSM

Program Coordinator

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

University of Southern Mississippi

Career Options

  • Group exercise instructor
  • Biomechanics
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist
  • Employee fitness director
  • Exercise scientist
  • Worksite Health Promotion coordinator
  • Occupational physiologist
  • Personal trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach

 

Major Requirements
EXS 190, 214, 235, 305, 315, 318, 324, 325, 345, 351, 380, 430, 425, 450, 460, 480, 481; BIO 231 and 232; NTR 300, MAT 113; and CHM 111, 112 (66 semester hours).

Minor Requirements
No Minor Available

Undergraduate Plan

Fall Semester Credits
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
ENG 111 Writing I 3
EXS 100 Fitness and Wellness 2
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
CHM 111 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 112 General Chemistry I Lab 1
EXS 190 Introduction to Exercise Science 2
PSY/SOC Social Science Requirement 3
ENG 112 Writing II 3
MAT 113 College Algebra 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
EXS 214 Foundations in Wellness and PT 3
BIO 231 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
EXS 235 First Aid and CPR 2
ECO/GEO/JUS Social Science Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

 


Spring Semester Credits

BIO 232 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NTR 300 Nutrition 3
EXS 305 Health Promotion and Behavior Change 3
EXS 315 Nutrition and Human Performance 3
EXS 318 Kinesiology and Biomechanics 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits

EXS 324 Exercise Physiology 3
EXS 325 Techniques in Evaluating Fitness 3
EXS 345 Research and Statistics in EXS 3
ENG Literature Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits

EXS 351 Principles of Athletic Training 3
EXS 380 Junior Seminar in Exercise Science 1
EXS 430 Strength and Conditioning 3
EXS 425 Advanced Techniques in Eval. Fitness 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16

Fall Semester Credits

EXS 450 Clinical Exercise Physiology I 3
Practicum 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits

EXS 450 Clinical Exercise Physiology II 3
Internship 4
ART/ENT/MUS Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 1
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TOTAL HOURS: 14