Skip to body

Health Sciences

College of Education and Professional Studies

Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science

Exercise Science


The Bachelor of Science - Exercise Science prepares students to enter career areas that guide healthy human functioning across the general health to athletic performance spectrum. Potential employment encompasses corporate health-wellness programs, private health-fitness organizations, non-profit/community activity centers, institutional recreation centers, athlete identification and development programs, personal training, and specialty strength and conditioning coaching.


Program Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completition of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of structural components and the interrelationships between these structural components in the human organism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physiologic processes that govern organism functioning and maintain homeostasis with specific emphasis on humans.
  • Describe the impact of personal behaviors - lifestyle decisions (e.g.) physical activity and energy balance on human structural and functional integrity.
  • Identify, describe, and employ the various components of scientific inquiry including deductive reasoning, the analysis of data and the establishment of defensible conclusions.
  • Apply the knowledge and skills developed and honed through the many directed and experiential learning components of the didactic program, to the “real-world” setting.


All courses for this major require a grade of C or better.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses: 68 Credits
BIOL 201 Human Physiology 5
EXSC 254 Foundations of Fitness 3
NUTR 101 Introduction to Human Nutrition 5
EXSC 350 + 350L Gross Anatomy + Laboratory 5
EXSC 351 + 351L Physiology + Laboratory 5
EXSC 352 Assessment and Treatment of Athletic Injuries 4
EXSC 371 Movement Analysis 5
EXSC 450 + 450L Physiology of Exercise + Laboratory 5
EXSC/NUTR 446 Sports Nutrition 3
EXSC 455 + 455L Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription + Laboratory 5
EXSC 471 Sports Biomechanics 3
EXSC 480 Science of Resistance Exercise 4



Fitness Centers/Clubs Practicum

OR Management Practicum

EXSC 495D Laboratory Assessment Practicum 2
EXSC 490 Cooperative Education - Professional Internship 12
Elective Courses: 28 Credits
BUS 401 Business Boot Camp (*)  1
COM 345 Business and Professional Speaking 4
MGT 380 Organizational Management (*) 5
MGT 394 Legal Considerations in Sport Business (*) 5
MGT 395 Leadership in Business Organizations (*) 5
MKT 360 Principles of Marketing (*) 5
MKT 370 Sports Marketing and Sponsorship (*) 5
MKT 371 Sponsorship and Promotion in Sport Business (*) 5
MKT 372 Revenue Generation and Finance in Sport Business (*) 5
NUTR 350 Weight Management 3
PSY 401 Psychology of Sport 4

(*) Completion of these courses satisfies the requirements for a Sport Business Minor

Total Credits to Complete Major: 96 Credits

Recommended 4-Year Academic Plan

The following table gives a brief illustration of a standard four-year plan for successful completion of the exercise science major. General Education and other non-major aspects of graduation are determined by General Academic Advising and Degree Checkout, not the exercise science program. The following table is merely a guideline. For a detailed four-year plan please click (Here).


EXSC 254

General Ed

BIOL 201

General Ed

NUTR 101

General Ed


EXSC 350 & 350L

General Ed


EXSC 351 & 351L    

General Ed


EXSC 450 & 450L

General Ed



EXSC 371

EXSC 446

EXSC 471

EXSC 455 & 455L

EXSC 480



EXSC 495 A or C


EXSC 495 D


EXSC 490



Patrick Coffey
Academic Advisor for Health Sciences
Bouillon Hall 205
Drop-In Advising: Wed. 8-11am, Thur. 8-10am
(509) 963-3580

Dr. Timothy Burnham
Program Director, Exercise Science
(509) 963-1764

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.