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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science, B.S. - 5-Year Combined B.S. Exercise Science/M.S. Health and Human Performance Program

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Advisement for the program is available from the Exercise Science Program and the Health Sciences  School

The Bachelor of Science in exercise science includes a General Education experience, a core of required course work and a culminating internship/seminar experience. The exercise science major prepares students to work in the health/fitness industry as personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, fitness instructors and wellness program directors.

The program also is designed to prepare students for professional certification through the American College of Sports Medicine and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association. As a required component of the B.S. in exercise science, students must pass a certification exam in the health-fitness field in order to graduate. Professional certifications come with an additional cost to the student. 

Learn more about the Health and Human Performance, M.S. - 5-Year Combined B.S. Exercise Science/M.S. Health and Human Performance Program .

B.S./M.S. Combined Program Admission

Students must be admitted to the University and can adopt the combined program as their major once the conditional prerequisites are met. Once admitted to the combined B.S./M.S. program, students are required to:

  • Follow the plan of study outlined in the checklist below as determined by the Health and Human Performance Program director/chair
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Earn a B or better in all M.S. prerequisite courses, including:
Conditional Admission Prerequisites:
Formal Admission Prerequisites:

Students admitted to the program are required to take the following graduate courses to satisfy the requirements for the undergraduate exercise science degree. These credits are counted toward the required 36 credits for the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance.

NOTE: Students admitted to the B.S./M.S. program must meet all requirements outlined for progression into the M.S. program prior to matriculation into the graduate program. Students who do not meet the requirements for matriculation into the M.S. program may continue in the undergraduate Exercise Science, B.S.  program to graduate with a Bachelor of Science upon successful completion of all degree requirements.

Internship Requirements

To satisfy internship site-specific requirements before internship, student should anticipate providing proof of:

  • recent tuberculin skin test; proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella; documentation of hepatitis B vaccination; proof of in-season influenza vaccination; and a current physical examination.
  • professionally obtained background investigation
  • professionally obtained drug screening
  • professional liability insurance
  • Prerequisite undergraduate coursework for all candidates includes:
    • B or better in Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (eight credit hours, e.g. BIOL 215  & BIOL 216 )
    • B or better in Fitness Testing (four credit hours, e.g. EXSC 240 )
    • B or better in Exercise Physiology (four credit hours, e.g. EXSC 344 )
    • B or better Kinesiology or Biomechanics (four credit hours, e.g. EXSC 333 )

Please Note:

  • Equivalent transfer (from another institution) coursework will be evaluated for satisfying prerequisites prior to admission. Students lacking prerequisite coursework may be granted provisional admission by agreeing to complete prerequisite coursework within the first year of the program.
  • A Residency/Domicile Information Form needs to be completed for in-state tuition status.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

B.S. Exercise Science Major Requirements

  • Complete EXSC 333 and EXSC 344 and 100 credit hours, or receive department approval, to enroll in EXSC 479 and EXSC 480.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours of 300-/400-level courses, each with a grade of C or better.
  • Receive a C or better in ALL required EXSC major courses.

General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major

IVA (Lab Science), IVB (Non-Lab Science), V (Health Fitness)

General Education Requirements (7 Credits)

Complete the Following with a C or Better:

Required Core Courses (48 Credits)

Complete the Following with a C or Better:

* To enroll in 300-/400-level major courses, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of major courses and have a 2.0 GPA.

Undergraduate Elective Courses (At Least 21 Credits)

Students must take elective courses that total to at least 21 credits to fulfill the undergraduate degree requirements:

  • Course:

  • Course:

  • Course:

  • Course:

  • Course:

  • Course:

Professional Semester (12 Credits)

Complete the Following with a C or Better:

M.S. Health and Human Performance Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours are earned at SU.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA no lower than 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours below a grade of B and no grade lower than a C. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation according to University policy.
  • A maximum of two course repetitions for the purpose of grade improvement is allowed.

Required Courses (8 Courses - 24 Credits)

Graduate Elective Courses (At Least 6 Credits)

Students must take elective courses that total to at least 6 credits to fulfill the graduate degree requirements:

  • Course:

  • Course:

Suggested Electives (Not Required)

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