Exercise Science

The Department of Kinesiology provides students with the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree emphasizing exercise science and exercise research. The department has well-equipped laboratories in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Biochemistry, and Sport Biomechanics.


Students will be admitted to the Exercise Science major as first-year students with possible transfer opportunities considered each year in February. Admission is highly competitive, with preference being given to students with strong preparation in mathematics and science.


Exercise Science prepares students to analyze sport and exercise performance in a physiological context. The majority of students use this major to prepare for graduate study in exercise physiology. Other students have used this major in preparation for medical school, physician assistant programs, and physical therapy. Students complete coursework in general education, cognate areas, and kinesiology. Requirements include: BIOL 1107, 1108; CHEM 1127Q, 1128Q; CHEM 2241 or 2443; COMM 1100; MATH 1060Q or 1131Q; MCB 2000 or 3010; NUSC 1165; PHYS 1201Q, 1202Q; PNB 2264, 2265; PSYC 1100; STAT 1000Q or 1100Q; KINS 1100, 1160 (when taken as “Free Weight Training”), 1160 (when taken as “First Aid and CPR”), 2227, 3320, 3522, 3530/W, 3545/W, 4205/W, 4500, 4510/W.

Related Electives

Students select a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses: CHEM 2444 (if CHEM 2443 was taken), CHEM 2445 (if CHEM 2444 was taken or taken concurrently); MCB 2210, 2410, 2610, 3011, 3201, 3219, 4211; NUSC 4236, 4250; PVS 4300; PNB 2250, 3251, 3262; PSYC 2200, 2300, 2400, 3601 (if PSYC 1101 or 1103 was taken).

All students in the Department of Kinesiology will be required to successfully complete two writing intensive courses within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. The W courses will develop writing skills specific to the content area domain and will be consistent with the practices of professionals in the areas of exercise physiology and exercise-related fields. Courses that will satisfy the W requirement include KINS 3099W, 3530W, 3545W, 3697W, 4205W, and 4510W. The information literacy competency requirement for students in the Department of Kinesiology will be satisfied by the successful completion of the W courses within the major.

Students enrolled in the Exercise Science major who intend to join the Athletic Training or Physical Therapy graduate programs should seek specific course advice from their major advisors during the first year.

At least three credits of courses numbered at the 2000-level or above in the major must be successfully completed.

Supplemental Dismissal Standards

To remain in the Exercise Science Program, students are expected to attain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of the semester in which they reach 56 credits, and a GPA of 2.7 or higher at the end of the semester in which they reach 84 credits.

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