Exercise Science BA/BS

A major in Exercise Science prepares students to integrate principles from the Physical Sciences, Kinesiology, and Health into the study of the science of human movement. Students who pursue this degree often plan to attend professional post-baccalaureate programs in the Allied Health Sciences (i.e. physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, etc.). These students go on to be successful in a variety of allied health fields that are clinically-oriented, diverse, and that place an emphasis on research-based practice.

Students in this major must have two advisors: one from the Division of Movement and Sport Sciences and one from the Division of Natural Science & Mathematics.   

Students who graduate with a degree in Exercise Science will be well-prepared to:

  • Use and interpret formal and informal assessment strategies to advance individual performance and determine the effectiveness of a prescribed exercise program.
  • Apply skills and knowledge within a professional allied health setting, integrating ethical standards and best practices in the field.
  • Create programs and learning environments that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-motivation.
  • Interact in a professional, effective manner with colleagues, families, and community agencies to support growth and well-being of programs and participants.
  • Design and conduct a research project, analyze and interpret data and present findings both orally and in writing.

General Education Requirements 

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
WRITING AND RHETORIC I
and WRITING AND RHETORIC II
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
Select one from the following:3.00
FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
MATH-147COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY5.00
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two categories: 6.00-8.00
Literature
LITERATURE AND IDEAS
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
MYTHOLOGIES
Arts
INTRODUCTION TO ART
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
HISTORY OF JAZZ AND POPULAR MUSIC STYLES
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Language
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
Scientific Ways of Knowing
BIOL-227HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I4.00
CHEM-111PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I4.00
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
PSYC-205LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3.00
Select one of the following:3.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
SOCIAL PROBLEMS
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
Diversity
Select one of the following:3.00-4.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
RACE AND ETHNICITY
COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN WRITTEN LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
ETHICS AND IDENTITY
SOCIAL-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF SPORTS
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300Z (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
Select 16 credits of language if selecting Bachelor of Arts Degree16.00
Total Credits40.00-43.00

Program Requirements

Health & Kinesiology Courses
HLTH-253NUTRITION3.00
HLTH/KIN-272FITNESS AND WELLNESS3.00
KIN-248SPORTS MEDICINE3.00
KIN-361BIOMECHANICS LABORATORY1.00
KIN-362BIOMECHANICS3.00
KIN-363PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE3.00
KIN-364EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY1.00
KIN-381TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3.00
KIN-434EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION3.00
KIN/HLTH-494INTERNSHIP IN KINESIOLOGY3.00
Select three of the following:8.00-9.00
EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING SPORT LEADERS
AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
PERSONAL/GROUP TRAINING CERT PREP
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
HEALTH PROMOTION
WELLNESS COACHING
Natural Science Courses
BIOL-181ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, DIVERSITY OF LIFE4.00
BIOL-182CONCEPTS IN CELLULAR MECHANISMS4.00
BIOL-228HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II4.00
CHEM-112PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II4.00
PHYS-111GENERAL PHYSICS I4.00
PHYS-112GENERAL PHYSICS II4.00
Select 2-4 credits of NS 300/400 level2.00-4.00
Cross-Discipline Courses
KIN-260INTRODUCTION TO KINESIOLOGY AND HEALTH1.00
or BIOL-280 PRE-MEDICAL SEMINAR
MEDPT-173MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY3.00
MATH-253STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES3.00
or PSYC-300 STATISTICAL METHODS
Senior Research/Project
KIN-498SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT I3.00
KIN-499RESEARCH PROJECT/SEMINAR II3.00
Electives
Select 4-7 elective credits4.00-7.00
Total Credits77.00-83.00

Sequential Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CHEM-111 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I 4.00
ENGL-101 WRITING AND RHETORIC I 3.00
MATH-147 COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY 5.00
COREOral Communication 3.00
 Credits15.00
Spring
BIOL-280
PRE-MEDICAL SEMINAR
or INTRODUCTION TO KINESIOLOGY AND HEALTH
1.00
CHEM-112 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II 4.00
ENGL-102 WRITING AND RHETORIC II 3.00
KIN-272 FITNESS AND WELLNESS 3.00
MEDPT-173 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 1.00
 Credits15.00
Second Year
Fall
BIOL-181 ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, DIVERSITY OF LIFE 4.00
BIOL-227 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 4.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
CORESocial & Behavioral Ways of Knowing 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 1.00
 Credits15.00
Spring
BIOL-182 CONCEPTS IN CELLULAR MECHANISMS 4.00
BIOL-228 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4.00
HLTH-253 NUTRITION 3.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 1.00
 Credits15.00
Third Year
Fall
KIN-361 BIOMECHANICS LABORATORY 1.00
KIN-362 BIOMECHANICS 3.00
COREDiversity 3.00
PHYS-111 GENERAL PHYSICS I 4.00
PSYC-205 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
NSNS 300/400 Level 3.00
 Credits17.00
Spring
KIN-363 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE 3.00
KIN-364 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY 1.00
KIN-381 TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION 3.00
PHYS-112 GENERAL PHYSICS II 4.00
Program RequirementSelect KIN Selective course 3.00
 Credits14.00
Fourth Year
Fall
KIN-248 SPORTS MEDICINE 3.00
KIN-498 SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT I 3.00
MATH-253
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES
or STATISTICAL METHODS
3.00
NSNS 300/400 Level 2.00
Program RequirementSelect KIN Selective course 3.00
 Credits14.00
Spring
KIN-434 EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION 3.00
KIN-494 INTERNSHIP IN KINESIOLOGY 3.00
KIN-499 RESEARCH PROJECT/SEMINAR II 3.00
COREIntegrative Seminar: Ethics & Values 3.00
Program RequirementSelect KIN Selective course 3.00
 Credits15.00
 Total Credits120.00

Graduates with a BA/BS in Exercise Science go on to attend professional post-baccalaureate programs in a variety of fields:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

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