The Department of Kinesiology Sport 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


Application forms and other information for formal admittance to the Department of Kinesiology Sport 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 KSS courses required in the major for this degree:

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies9
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement5-7
Algebra and Transcendental Function
College Algebra
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences8
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 Elective2
KSS 1595Introduction to Kinesiology and Sport Science (FYE course)2
Major Requirements54
KSS 1559Aerobic Conditioning Activities2
KSS 1560Resistance Training2
KSS 1500 Activity Elective1
KSS 2605Sports First Aid and Injury Prevention3
KSS 2625Pedagogical Aspects of Exercise Science3
KSS 3700Exercise Testing and Prescription 14
KSS 3705Statistics Research in Exercise Science3
KSS 3710Physiology of Exercise4
KSS 3710LPhysiology of Exercise Laboratory1
KSS 3720Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy4
KSS 3720LKinesiology and Applied Anatomy Laboratory1
KSS 3730Exercise Testing and Prescription 24
KSS 3760Strength Training and Conditioning3
KSS 4805Administration of Exercise Programs3
KSS 4810Exercise Testing and Prescription 34
KSS 4875Exercise Counseling and Behavioral Strategies4
KSS 4880Internship8
Required support course; credit hours do not count as part of the major:7
PHYS 1506Physics for Health Care3
CHEM 1515General Chemistry 14
CHEM 1515LGeneral Chemistry 1 Laboratory0
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
KSS 1559 Aerobic Conditioning Activities 2
MATH 1513 Algebra and Transcendental Function 5
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
BIOL 1551
Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Anatomy 1 Laboratory for Health Professions
 Semester Hours14
KSS 1560 Resistance Training 2
KSS 1595 Introduction to Kinesiology and Sport Science 2
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
Arts & Humanities Elective 3
BIOL 1552
Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Anatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 2
KSS 2625 Pedagogical Aspects of Exercise Science 3
KSS 2605 Sports First Aid and Injury Prevention 3
CHEM 1515
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours13
KSS Activity Elective 1
KSS 3700 Exercise Testing and Prescription 1 4
KSS 3705 Statistics Research in Exercise Science 3
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition 3
PHYS 1506 Physics for Health Care 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 3
KSS 3710 Physiology of Exercise 4
KSS 3710L Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 1
KSS 3720 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy 4
KSS 3720L Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy Laboratory 1
KSS 4805 Administration of Exercise Programs 3
Elective 2
 Semester Hours15
KSS 3730 Exercise Testing and Prescription 2 4
KSS 3760 Strength Training and Conditioning 3
Arts & Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Social & Personal Awareness Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
KSS 4810 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours13
KSS 4880 Internship 8
KSS 4875 Exercise Counseling and Behavioral Strategies 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours18
 Total Semester Hours120

Learning Outcomes

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

1)     Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in health, fitness and performance assessment 
2)     Students will demonstrate skills in risk factor and health risk identification and the ability to prescribe and implement exercise safely in healthy individuals, special populations (i.e. older adults) and individuals with controlled cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and other clinical populations.
3)     Students will demonstrate competency in effectively educating, exercise counseling and using behavioral strategies in individuals regarding lifestyle modification.
4)     Students will demonstrate competency in the legal and professional tasks related to the field
5)     Students will demonstrate knowledge of implementing management policies related to the field