Exercise & Sport Science
The mission of the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science is to prepare professionals at the undergraduate level through excellence in teaching, research and service so that they may encourage enhanced performance and quality of life of all citizens through active lifestyles and lifetime physical activity.
Graduates with a major in Exercise and Sport Science will have the skills and knowledge to become personal trainers, exercise professionals, or strength and conditioning specialists. As exercise professionals, graduates will be involved in developing and implementing individualized approaches to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or for those individuals with medical clearance to exercise. Graduates of the program will be proficient in writing appropriate exercise recommendations, leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise, and motivating individuals to begin and to continue with their healthy behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to sit for professional certification examinations offered by NSCA and ACSM. Graduates may also pursue graduate opportunities in cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, etc.
Requirements for the major in Exercise & Sport Science
57-59 semester hours, including PXS 1110, 1200, 2170 (or ATP 1200), 2400, 2600, 2800, 2850 and 2860 (or BIO 3060 and 3080), 2900, 3080 (or ATP 2300), 3120, 3730; 4000, 4040, 4050, 4100 or 4110, 4120, 4150 and 4920; also 6 s.h. from the following approved electives: ATP 1590, BIO 1530, BUS 3000, 3010, CHE 1510, PHY 1510, PXS 2090, 2200, 2500, 3000, 3060, 3200, 3400, 4100 (unless taken as a requirement), 4110 (unless taken as a requirement), or 4990. Students majoring in Exercise and Sport Science are exempt from the wellness core requirement.
Requirements for the minor in Exercise & Sport Science
20 semester hours, including PXS 1110, 1200, 2170 (or ATP 1200), 2400, 2860 (or BIO 3080), 2900, 4040, and 4100 or 4110
Students majoring in Exercise and Sport Science must meet the following requirements for graduation:
- A grade of C (2.0) or better in each course of the student’s major.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.