Exercise Science K-12, B.S.

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This program has a separate admission process. Please consult the admission requirements for this program for more information.

Overall GPA of 2.7 is required.
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 45 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 2 – American Experience (select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 - Creative Drive
EXS 293 - Movement Foundations

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:  
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Natural World II: Life and Environment (Select one):
BIO 100 – General Zoology
BIO 110 – Human Biology I
BIO 111 – Human Biology II
BIO 120 – Microbiology

Tier 2 - Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools, and Society

Tier 3 – Capstone:
EXS 442 – Practicum Seminar in Physical Education

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.


71.5 Credits Required

Exercise Science Requirements
62.5 Credits Required

EXS 184 – Introduction to Athletic Injury Care and Prevention (‘C-‘ or better)
EXS 131 – Swimming
EXS 191 – Introduction to Exercise Science (‘C-‘ or better)
EXS 281 – Anatomy and Physiology I (‘C-‘ or better)
EXS 282 – Anatomy and Physiology II (‘C-‘ or better)
EXS 291 – Exploring the Teaching of Physical Education (‘B-‘ or better)
EXS 292 – Instructional Strategies for Physical Education (‘B-‘ or better)
EXS 350 – Teaching Physical Fitness K-12 (‘B-‘ or better)
EXS 352 – Individual and Dual Skills and Sports (‘B-‘ or better)
EXS 383 – Biomechanics (‘C-‘ or better)
EXS 384 – Exercise Physiology (‘C-‘ or better)
EXS 394 – Physical Education (Elementary School) (‘B-‘ or better)
EXS 400 – Group and Team Activities, Sports, and Tactics (‘B-‘ or better)
EXS 452 – Elementary Physical Education Student Teaching
EXS 453 – Secondary Physical Education Student Teaching
EXS 480 – Motor Learning and Development (‘C-‘ or better)
EXS 483 – Adapted Physical Education (‘B-‘ or better)
EXS 485 – Measurement and Statistics in Exercise Science (‘C-‘ or better)
EXS 495 – Physical Education (Secondary) (‘B-‘ or better)

Education Requirements
9 Credits Required

EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology for Educators
IDS 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas
IDS 471 – English Language Learners in the Classroom

Select one:

  • SED 481 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Elementary Education Classroom
  • SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom


No cognates are required.


Students must take remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).