Exercise Science, Pre-Professional Concentration, BS

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Pre-Professional Concentration (555232BS)

More on the Pre-Professional Concentration major

Contact Information

Dr. Judith A. Juvancic-Heltzel
Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
InfoCision 317
(330) 972-6679

Dr. Rachele Kappler
Professor of Clinical Instruction
Program Director - Exercise Science

Program Description

The exercise science major is designed to prepare students for employment in commercial, corporate, clinical, community and government agencies with interest in the areas of physical activity and health promotion. The program prepares students to sit for certification examinations such as American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist Certified and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  Students choosing this pre-professional concentration can obtain the necessary pre-requisite courses for graduate programs including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Athletic Training, Doctor of Chiropractic, medical school and many other health profession advanced degrees.

All coursework within the major used for graduation requires a grade of C or better.

The following information has official approval of The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and The College of Health and Human Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.

Three year accelerated option: for first time students who have earned credits for at least the first year of courses. Credits can be earned through qualifying scores on appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) exams or through College Credit Plus Program (CCP) courses. Credits for qualifying AP scores or CCP courses are determined by the appropriate academic department. Departments may assign varied course credit, depending on the student’s score on an AP exam or grade in a CCP course. Students may also receive credit by examination or via placement tests, where appropriate.



General Education Requirements *17
Pre-admission Courses27
Required Courses38
Pre-Professional Concentration Electives 38
Total Hours120

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 36 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to multiple requirements. 

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Pre-admission Courses 

EXER:125Introduction to Exercise Science1
BIOL:200Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIOL:201Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I1
BIOL:202Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIOL:203Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II1
ENGL:111English Composition I3
ENGL:112English Composition II3
PSYC:100Introduction to Psychology3
COMM:105Introduction to Public Speaking3
or COMM:106 Effective Oral Communication
Social Science Requirement 3
Math Requirement 3
Total Hours27

 Required Courses

EXER:150Concepts in Health & Fitness3
EXER:220Health Promotion and Behavior Change3
EXER:302Physiology of Exercise3
EXER:327Exercise Leadership3
EXER:330Exercise and Weight Control3
EXER:352Strength & Conditioning Fundamentals3
EXER:403Exercise Testing3
EXER:404Exercise Prescription3
EXER:410Exercise in Special Populations3
EXER:449Organization & Administration for Health Care Professionals3
EXER:460Practicum in Exercise Science3
EXER:485Exercise Science Capstone2
Total Hours38

 Pre-Professional Concentration Electives 

Complete 38 credits38
BAHA:120Medical Terminology
BAHA:230Basic Pharmacology
BIOL:111Principles of Biology I
BIOL:112Principles of Biology II
BIOL:130Principles of Microbiology
BIOL:211General Genetics
CHEM:114Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry (Lecture)
CHEM:115Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry (Laboratory)
CHEM:151Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM:152Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM:153Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM:154Qualitative Analysis
CHEM:263Organic Chemistry Lecture I
CHEM:264Organic Chemistry Lecture II
CHEM:265Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM:266Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM:401Biochemistry Lecture I
CHEM:402Biochemistry Lecture II
EXER:240Principles of Sports Medicine
EXER:275Clinical Assessment & Evaluation Lower Extremity
EXER:342Clinical Assessment & Evaluation Upper Extremity
EXER:400Musculoskeletal Anatomy I: Upper Extremity
EXER:401Musculoskeletal Anatomy II: Lower Extremity
EXER:412General Medical Aspects
EXER:418Cardiorespiratory Function
EXER:426Nutrition for Sports
EXER:438Cardiac Rehab Principles
EXER:445Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation
EXER:465Psychology of Injury Rehabilitation
EXER:470Injury Pathology & Therapeutic Interventions
EXER:480Special Topics: Exercise Science
HEDU:202Stress Management
NUTR:133Nutrition Fundamentals
NUTR:316Science of Nutrition
PHIL:361Biomedical Ethics
PHYS:261Physics for Life Sciences I
PHYS:262Physics for Life Sciences II
PSYC:230Developmental Psychology
PSYC:420Abnormal Psychology
Total Hours38

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL:200 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 1 3
BIOL:201 Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I 1 1
ENGL:111 English Composition I 1,2 3
PSYC:100 Introduction to Psychology 1 3
Statistics for Everyday Life 3
or Basic Statistics
EXER:125 Introduction to Exercise Science 1
Spring Semester
BIOL:202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIOL:203 Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 1
ENGL:112 English Composition II 1,2 3
EXER:150 Concepts in Health & Fitness 3
Social Science Requirement 3
Effective Oral Communication 1
or Introduction to Public Speaking
2nd Year
Fall Semester
EXER:201 Kinesiology 3
Humanities Requirement 3
Elective course 4 4
Elective course 4 3
Elective course 4 1
Spring Semester
EXER:220 Health Promotion and Behavior Change 3
Art Requirement 3
Elective course 4 3
Elective course 4 3
Elective course 4 4
3rd Year
Fall Semester
EXER:302 Physiology of Exercise 3
EXER:352 Strength & Conditioning Fundamentals 3
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
Elective course 4 4
Elective course 4 4
Spring Semester
EXER:460 Practicum in Exercise Science 3
EXER:327 Exercise Leadership 3
Elective course 4 4
Elective course 4 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
EXER:330 Exercise and Weight Control 3
EXER:403 Exercise Testing 3
EXER:449 Organization & Administration for Health Care Professionals 3
Complex Issues Requirement 3-4
Elective course 4 4
Spring Semester
EXER:410 Exercise in Special Populations 3
EXER:404 Exercise Prescription 3
EXER:485 Exercise Science Capstone 2
Global Diversity Requirement 3
Elective course 4 3
 Total Hours120-122

Preadmission courses must average 2.5 GPA with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher for admission to the program.


ENGL:111 and ENGL:112 must be completed with a grade of C or better.


If a student is eligible for Precalculus, as needed for later science courses, the school recommends taking Basic Statistics instead of College Algebra. Many professional schools require a statistics class for admission. If a student places below Precalculus they may take both College Algebra and Basic Statistics.


Please see advisor for information on elective to take based on professional school that is chosen.