Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis, BS


Program Description

The Exercise Science bachelor’s degree focuses on the science of human movement and its importance in maintaining or improving health, physical fitness and athletic performance.  Coursework and selected emphases allow students to focus their studies on specific interests relative to career and graduate school pursuits. 

Emphases within this degree program include:

  • Exercise Science (generalist)
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Exercise Science Core Program Requirements

BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
FAST 1300
XSCI 1543
Beginning Swimming
and First Aid / Resp Emergencies
3-4
or FAST 1301
XSCI 1543
Intermediate Swimming
and First Aid / Resp Emergencies
or FAST 1315
XSCI 1543
Aquatic Fitness
and First Aid / Resp Emergencies
or XSCI 1340 Lifeguarding/First Aid
XSCI 2020Introduction to Exercise Science3
XSCI 2060Sport and Exercise Psychology3
XSCI 2120Principles of Fitness and Lifestyle Management3
XSCI 2200Nutrition for Sport and Exercise3
XSCI 3052Psychophysiology of Motor Control3
XSCI 3350Motor Learning and Development3
XSCI 3370Exercise Testing and Prescription3
XSCI 3400Activity Programming for Special Populations3
XSCI 3500Theories and Techniques for Teaching Fitness and Motor Skills3
XSCI 3700
XSCI 3705
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Lab
4
XSCI 3730Biomechanics3
or XSCI 3740 Clinical Biomechanics
or XSCI 3750 Quantitative Biomechanics
XSCI 3800Measurement & Evaluation in Physical Exercise & Sports3
or XSCI 3840 Measurement, Research, and Statistics in Exercise Science
XSCI 4100Physiology and Techniques of Strength and Power3
XSCI 4200Healthy Aging3
XSCI 4300Clinical Exercise Physiology3
XSCI 4230Applied Fitness Development for Aging and At-Risk Populations3
XSCI 4400Pediatric and Adolescent Fitness & Nutrition3
XSCI 4600RExercise Science Internship1-3
RSM 2070Fundamentals of Sport Management3

Pre-Athletic Training Track Requirements

BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
CHEM 1010Introduction to Chemistry (PS) (or higher Lab not required)3
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3
PHYS 1010Elementary Physics (PS) (or higher Lab recommended but not required)3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
Total Hours17

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher. 
  5. GPA of 2.0 or higher in Exercise Science Program Requirement courses.
  6. Grade C- or higher in each Exercise Science Program Requirement course.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective 2
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA) 3
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
XSCI 2020 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology (SS, GC) 3
XSCI 2120 Principles of Fitness and Lifestyle Management 3
Electives 3
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
PSY 1100
Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
or Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (LIterature/Humanities) 3
XSCI 2060 Sport and Exercise Psychology 3
 Hours17
Spring Semester
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
RSM 2070 Fundamentals of Sport Management 3
XSCI 1340 Lifeguarding/First Aid 3
XSCI 2200 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise 3
Electives 3
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry (PS) 3
XSCI 3350 Motor Learning and Development 3
XSCI 3500 Theories and Techniques for Teaching Fitness and Motor Skills 3
XSCI 3700
XSCI 3705
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Lab
4
Electives 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
PHYS 1010 Elementary Physics (PS) 3
XSCI 3052 Psychophysiology of Motor Control 3
XSCI 3370 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
XSCI 3730 Biomechanics 3
XSCI 3840 Measurement, Research, and Statistics in Exercise Science 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
XSCI 3400 Activity Programming for Special Populations 3
XSCI 4200 Healthy Aging 3
XSCI 4300 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring Semester
XSCI 4100 Physiology and Techniques of Strength and Power 3
XSCI 4230 Applied Fitness Development for Aging and At-Risk Populations 3
XSCI 4400 Pediatric and Adolescent Fitness & Nutrition 3
XSCI 4600R Exercise Science Internship 1-3
Electives 3
 Hours13-15
 Total Hours123-125

BS Exercise Science Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Illustrate physiological, psychomotor, developmental, and biomechanical responses during exercise in multiple environments and populations.
  2. Assess, develop, and adjust an appropriate exercise program for different populations.
  3. Develop appropriate exercise techniques and mechanics to optimize movement along with additional strategies to improve exercise compliance, retention, and motivation.
  4. Evaluate research while applying evidence-based decision-making skills.
  5. Recommend and create an effective environment in which sport, exercise, and physical activity can be integrated.