Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy, BS
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy (555232BS)
Dr. Judith A. Juvancic-Heltzel
Interim School Director
Sport Science & Wellness Education
Dr. Rachele Kappler
Senior Clinical Instructor
Program Director - Exercise Science
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 track can obtain the necessary pre-requisite courses for graduate programs including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Doctor of Chiropractic, medical school and many other allied health terminal degrees.
All major coursework used for graduation requires a grade of C or better.
The following information has official approval of the School of Sport Science and Wellness Education and The College of Health Professions, 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.
|3100:200||Human Anatomy & Physiology I 1||3|
|3100:201||Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I 1||1|
|3300:111||English Composition I 1,2||3|
|3450:145||Algebra for Calculus 1,3||4|
|3750:100||Introduction to Psychology 1||3|
|5550:125||Introduction to Exercise Science||1|
|3100:202||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|3100:203||Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II||1|
|3300:112||English Composition II 1,2||3|
|3850:100||Introduction to Sociology (meets Social Science & Domestic Diversity requirements) 1||3|
|5550:150||Concepts in Health & Fitness||3|
|Introduction to Public Speaking 1 |
or Effective Oral Communication
|3100:111||Principles of Biology I 4||4|
|3150:151||Principles of Chemistry I 4||3|
|3150:152||Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 4||1|
|5550:240||Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries||3|
|5550:220||Health Promotion and Behavior Change||3|
|Critical Thinking/Humanities Requirement 5||3|
|3650:261||Physics for Life Sciences I||4|
|5550:235||Concepts of Motor Learning & Development||3|
|5550:302||Physiology of Exercise||3|
|5550:400||Musculoskeletal Anatomy I: Upper Extremity||3|
|Arts or Humanities Requirement||3|
|3650:262||Physics for Life Sciences II||4|
|5550:352||Strength & Conditioning Fundamentals||3|
|5550:401||Musculoskeletal Anatomy II: Lower Extremity||3|
|5550:460||Practicum in Physical Education||4|
|5550:330||Exercise and Weight Control||3|
|5550:426||Nutrition for Sports||3|
|5550:449||Organization & Administration for Health Care Professionals||3|
|Complex Systems Tag Requirement||4|
|5550:355||Exercise in Special Populations||3|
|5550:485||Exercise Science Capstone||2|
|Global Diversity Tag Requirement||3|
Preadmission courses must average 2.5 GPA with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher for admission to the program.
If a student is eligible for Precalculus, as needed for later science courses, the department recommends taking Basic Statistics instead of College Algebra. Many physical therapy schools require a statistics class for admission. If a student places below Precalculus s/he may take both College Algebra and Basic Statistics.
While Principles of Biology I and Principles of Chemistry I are required by the major, the Department recommends also taking Principles of Biology II and Principles of Chemistry II. Many physical therapy schools require two semesters of both Biology and Chemistry for admission.
Critical Thinking can double as a Humanities – see GE course listing (http://www.uakron.edu/general-education) or advisor.