The Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree with a major in exercise science. This program prepares students for certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as health/fitness specialists.

As such, graduates will be able to design safe and effective exercise prescriptions and conduct individual exercise programs, fitness testing, and health education for low- to moderate-risk individuals, individuals with controlled diseases, and individuals in special populations (e.g. pregnancy, hypertension, diabetes mellitus).

Graduates are employed in a wide variety of settings that include:

  • medically based wellness programs
  • corporate wellness programs
  • strength and conditioning
  • clinical rehabilitation programs such as cardiac rehabilitation
  • public and private fitness clubs

In addition, the program serves as a strong foundation for students wishing to pursue advanced degrees in the field of exercise science or enter professional schools such as:

  •  Athletic Training
  •  Physical Therapy
  •  Occupational Therapy
  •  Physician Assistant
  •  Medical school
  •  Graduate degree in Exercise Science/Physiology

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the BSAS in exercise science are as follows:

  •  Students will accurately perform fitness evaluations for both healthy and clinical populations.
  •  Students will demonstrate the ability to teach fitness skills and lead group exercise.
  •  Students will demonstrate the ability to develop an exercise prescription tailored to healthy and clinical populations.
  •  Students will display professional knowledge, skills, and abilities during their internship.

Admission

Application forms and other information for formal admittance to the Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science may be obtained in the department office, Room 307, Beeghly Center. This program can be completed in eight semesters if students average 16 hours per semester.

For individual semester advisement, including general education, minor, and additional requirements, see assigned departmental advisor.

For more information, visit Exercise Science - B.S. in Applied Science.

The following are HPES courses required in the major for this degree:

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies9
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement5-7
Algebra and Transcendental Function
OR
College Algebra
and Trigonometry
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Scienes8
Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Anatomy 1 Laboratory for Health Professions
Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Anatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory
Social Science6
General Psychology
Social and Personal Awareness6
Normal Nutrition
General Education Elective
CHEM 1515General Chemistry 14
CHEM 1515LGeneral Chemistry 1 Laboratory0
Major Requirements
HPES 1559Aerobic Conditioning Activities2
HPES 1560Resistance Training1
HPES 1500 Activity Elective1
HPES 1595Introduction to Human Performance and Exercise Science (FYE course)2
HPES 2605Sports First Aid and Injury Prevention3
HPES 2625Pedagogical Aspects of Exercise Science3
HPES 3700Exercise Testing and Prescription 14
HPES 3705Statistics and Research Design in Exercise Science3
HPES 3710
3710L
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
5
HPES 3720
3720L
Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy
and Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy Laboratory
4
HPES 3730Exercise Testing and Prescription 24
HPES 3760Strength Training and Conditioning3
HPES 4880Internship8
HPES 4805Administration of Exercise Programs4
HPES 4810Exercise Testing and Prescription 35
HPES 4875Exercise Counseling and Behavioral Strategies4
Required support course; credit hours do not count as part of the major:
PHYS 1501Fundamentals of Physics 14
PHYS 1501LFundamentals of Physics Laboratory 11
Total Semester Hours105-107
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
HPES 1559 Aerobic Conditioning Activities 2
MATH 1513 Algebra and Transcendental Function 5
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
BIOL 1551
1551L
Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Anatomy 1 Laboratory for Health Professions
4
 Semester Hours14
Spring
HPES 1560 Resistance Training 1
HPES 1595 Introduction to Human Performance and Exercise Science 2
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
Arts & Humanities Elective 3
BIOL 1552
1552L
Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Anatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory
4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
HPES 2625 Pedagogical Aspects of Exercise Science 3
HPES 2605 Sports First Aid and Injury Prevention 3
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours13
Spring
HPES Activity Elective 1
HPES 3700 Exercise Testing and Prescription 1 4
HPES 3705 Statistics and Research Design in Exercise Science 3
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition 3
PHYS 1501
1501L
Fundamentals of Physics 1
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1
5
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
Fall
HPES 3710
3710L
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
5
HPES 3720
3720L
Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy
and Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy Laboratory
4
HPES 4805 Administration of Exercise Programs 4
Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
HPES 3730 Exercise Testing and Prescription 2 4
HPES 3760 Strength Training and Conditioning 3
Arts & Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Social & Personal Awareness Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
HPES 4810 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3 5
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours14
Spring
HPES 4880 Internship 8
HPES 4875 Exercise Counseling and Behavioral Strategies 4
Elective 3
Elective 1
 Semester Hours16
 Total Semester Hours121