Exercise and Sport Science, B.S. - Concentration: Allied Health

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This specialization in allied health is a non-teaching Bachelor of Science option for Exercise and Sport Science majors. The curriculum provides students with an understanding of the exercise sciences which include physiology of exercise, pathophysiology, biomechanics, strength & conditioning, exercise testing & prescription, nutrition and exercise, and psychology of sport. The required six-credit internship provides the student an opportunity to apply scientific course work principles in a clinical research or rehabilitation setting.

The Exercise and Sport Science program is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Exercise and Sport Science-Allied Health graduates are prepared for employment in cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation and clinical research assistant, and are prepared for graduate schooling in exercise science, occupational or physical therapy, physician assistant, and chiropractic. The program curriculum and mission aligns with the Exercise is MedicineTM initiative, which encourages health care providers to include physical activity with perspective medicine when optimizing patient health.

Specific occupational opportunities include adult fitness or a clinical rehabilitation setting; youth fitness in public and private agencies; special population fitness for infants, the elderly, various clinical populations and physically and emotionally handicapped individuals; or research assistant in sports nutrition, biomechanics, or clinical exercise physiology.

This program has a separate admission process.  Students will enter the program as pre-Exercise and Sport Science-Allied Health students. For program acceptance they must achieve at least a 2.70 GPA in the 9 core courses (HMS 160, HMS 283, BIO 200, BIO 201, PCH 200, BIO 100/120, PSY 100, MAT 107 /122, and CHE 120), with no single course grade lower than C-, and formally apply and interview with the program faculty. Overall University GPA must also be at least 2.70 for program acceptance. 

120 Credits Required
Overall GPA 2.7


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning (select one):
MAT 107 - Elementary Statistics (C- or better)
MAT 122 - Precalculus (C- or better)

Tier 2 - Natural World II: Life and Environment (select one):
BIO 100 - General Zoology (C- or better)
BIO 120 - Microbiology (C- or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
HMS 497 – Human Performance Practicum

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


44 Credits Required

HMS 160 - Introduction to Human Performance (C- or better)
HMS 283 - Functional Anatomy (C- or better)
HMS 301 - Exercise and Nutrition ('C' or better)
HMS 308 - Conditioning for Strength and Human Performance ('C' or better)
HMS 380 - Sport Psychology ('C' or better)
HMS 383 - Biomechanics ('C' or better)
HMS 384 - Exercise Physiology ('C' or better)
HMS 387 - Standard First Aid and Personal Safety
HMS 389 - Exercise Physiology II ('C' or better)
HMS 411 - General Medical Perspectives ('C' or better)
HMS 421 - Organization and Administration in Human Performance ('C' or better)
HMS 485 - Measurement and Statistics in Exercise Science ('C' or better)
HMS 488 - Exercise Testing and Prescription ('C' or better)
HMS 497 - Human Performance Practicum


28 Credits Required

BIO 100 - General Zoology (C- or better)      
     or BIO 120 - Microbiology (C- or better)
BIO 200 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (C- or better)
BIO 201 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (C- or better)
CHE 120 - General Chemistry (C- or better)
MAT 107 - Elementary Statistics (C- or better)      
     or MAT 122 - Precalculus (C- or better)
PCH 200 - Introduction to Nutrition (C- or better)
PHY 200 - General Physics I      
     or PHY 210 - College Physics      
     or PHY 230 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology (C- or better)


Remaining credits to reach total Overall Credits Required (listed above).