Exercise Science - B.S.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Health Sciences
100 Nixson Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2197
www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science comprises three concentrations:

  • The Exercise Physiology concentration prepares students for graduate school in exercise physiology or health care professions.
  • The Exercise Specialist concentration enables students to prepare for work in the clinical setting, ranging from a career in wellness to cardiac rehabilitation.
  • The Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy/Podiatric Medicine concentration prepares students for subsequent graduate school in these areas. The pre-podiatric medicine track is designed to be a combined program with Kent State University's College of Podiatric Medicine. Successful completion of this program, however does not guarantee acceptance into the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. Please see the Podiatric Medicine doctoral program in the catalog for more information about the application process and acceptance criteria.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ATTR/EXSC 25057HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 13
ATTR/EXSC 25058HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB) 13
ATTR 35040STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING 2
ATTR/EXSC 35054BIOMECHANICS 3
EXSC 15010INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE 2
EXSC 35022EXERCISE LEADERSHIP 3
EXSC 35023PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE PREPARATION 2
EXSC 35068STATISTICS FOR EXERCISE SCIENTIST 3
EXSC 45080PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE (WIC) 23
PEP 25033LIFESPAN MOTOR DEVELOPMENT 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 10063GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
GERO 14029INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
NUTR 23511SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 314
Concentrations
Choose from the following:44
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students who have successfully completed BSCI 11010/BSCI 11020 may use those courses in place of ATTR 25057/ATTR 25058 and EXSC 25057/EXSC 25058.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.

3

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with faculty advisor when selecting electives. Maximum 12 credit hours from the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree can be used to fulfill general electives for students admitted to the combined bachelor's/doctoral degree program.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
  • Upon completion of the degree, students are highly encouraged, especially those who do not have a 3.000 GPA, to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist exam and/or the Certified Personal Trainer exam to enhance employment opportunities. Admission into physical therapy or occupational therapy graduate programs is competitive by GPA. 

Exercise Physiology Concentration Requirements

[EH-BS-EXSI-EXPH]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ATTR 25036PRINCIPLES OF ATHLETIC TRAINING 3
CHEM 20481BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4
EXSC 45096INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN EXERCISE SCIENCE (ELR) 3
EXSC 45481SEMINAR IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 1
NUTR 33512NUTRITION 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
MATH 11009MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 3-4
or MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR)
General Electives27
Minimum Total Credit Hours:44

Exercise Specialist Concentration Requirements

[EH-BS-EXSI-EXSP]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ATTR 25036PRINCIPLES OF ATHLETIC TRAINING 3
ATTR 45039THERAPEUTIC REHABILITATION 3
ATTR 45040PATHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS 3
EXSC 35075EXERCISE PROGRAMMING 3
EXSC 40612EXERCISE LEADERSHIP FOR THE OLDER ADULT 3
EXSC 45065EXERCISE TESTING 3
EXSC 45070ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY FOR THE EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST 3
EXSC 45480INTERNSHIP SEMINAR IN EXERCISE SCIENCE 1
EXSC 45492INTERNSHIP IN PHYSICAL FITNESS AND CARDIAC REHABILITATION (ELR) 13
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
MATH 11009MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 3-4
or MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR)
General Electives16
Minimum Total Credit Hours:44
1

State or Federal background checks may be required for practicum/internship experiences.

Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy/Podiatric Medicine Concentration Requirements

[EH-BS-EXSI-PPOP]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 10120BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
EXSC 45096INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN EXERCISE SCIENCE (ELR) 3
EXSC 45481SEMINAR IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 1
EXSC 45492INTERNSHIP IN PHYSICAL FITNESS AND CARDIAC REHABILITATION (ELR) 13
HED 14020MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
NUTR 33512NUTRITION 3
PHY 13001GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13002GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 4
PHY 13021GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PHY 13022GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PSYC 40111ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
Chemistry Elective, choose from the following (depending on career goals):4-8
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (ELR)
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II 2
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
MATH 11022TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:44
1

State or Federal background checks may be required for practicum/internship experiences.

2

Recommended for those students planning to apply to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree.

Roadmaps

 

Exercise Physiology Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
EXSC 15010 INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE 2
MATH 11009
MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR)
or ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR)
3-4
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
ATTR 25057
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
3
CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
EXSC 45481 SEMINAR IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 1
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
PEP 25033 LIFESPAN MOTOR DEVELOPMENT 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ATTR 25058
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
3
EXSC 35068 STATISTICS FOR EXERCISE SCIENTIST 3
GERO 14029 INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
ATTR 25036 PRINCIPLES OF ATHLETIC TRAINING 3
ATTR 35040 STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING 2
ATTR 35054
BIOMECHANICS
or BIOMECHANICS
3
CHEM 20481 BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
EXSC 35022 EXERCISE LEADERSHIP 3
General Electives 13
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
EXSC 35023 PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE PREPARATION 2
NUTR 33512 NUTRITION 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours14
Semester Eight
EXSC 45080 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE (WIC) 3
EXSC 45096 INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN EXERCISE SCIENCE (ELR) 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Exercise Specialist Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
EXSC 15010 INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE 2
MATH 11009
MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR)
or ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR)
3-4
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
ATTR 25057
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
3
PEP 25033 LIFESPAN MOTOR DEVELOPMENT 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Four
ATTR 25058
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
3
EXSC 35068 STATISTICS FOR EXERCISE SCIENTIST 3
GERO 14029 INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
ATTR 25036 PRINCIPLES OF ATHLETIC TRAINING 3
ATTR 35040 STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING 2
ATTR 35054
BIOMECHANICS
or BIOMECHANICS
3
General Electives 7
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
EXSC 35022 EXERCISE LEADERSHIP 3
EXSC 35075 EXERCISE PROGRAMMING 3
EXSC 40612 EXERCISE LEADERSHIP FOR THE OLDER ADULT 3
EXSC 45070 ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY FOR THE EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST 3
EXSC 45480 INTERNSHIP SEMINAR IN EXERCISE SCIENCE 1
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
ATTR 45039 THERAPEUTIC REHABILITATION 3
ATTR 45040 PATHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS 3
EXSC 35023 PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE PREPARATION 2
EXSC 45065 EXERCISE TESTING 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
EXSC 45080 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE (WIC) 3
EXSC 45492 INTERNSHIP IN PHYSICAL FITNESS AND CARDIAC REHABILITATION (ELR) 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy/Podiatric Medicine Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
BSCI 10120 BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
EXSC 15010 INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE 2
MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
MATH 11022 TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ATTR 25057
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
3
HED 14020 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Chemistry Elective 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
ATTR 25058
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
3
ATTR 35040 STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING 2
GERO 14029 INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Chemistry Elective or General Electives 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Five
ATTR 35054
BIOMECHANICS
or BIOMECHANICS
3
EXSC 35068 STATISTICS FOR EXERCISE SCIENTIST 3
EXSC 45481 SEMINAR IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 1
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
PHY 13001 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
EXSC 35023 PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE PREPARATION 2
EXSC 45080 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE (WIC) 3
NUTR 33512 NUTRITION 3
PEP 25033 LIFESPAN MOTOR DEVELOPMENT 3
PHY 13002 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 4
PHY 13022 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
EXSC 35022 EXERCISE LEADERSHIP 3
EXSC 45096 INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN EXERCISE SCIENCE (ELR) 3
EXSC 45492 INTERNSHIP IN PHYSICAL FITNESS AND CARDIAC REHABILITATION (ELR) 3
PSYC 40111 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
General Electives 10
 Credit Hours10
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120