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Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The BS degree program in Exercise Science is designed to accommodate a broad range of student interests and professional goals including careers in the health and fitness industry or graduate work in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or exercise science. This is accomplished by offering a thorough and rigid core of theoretical and practical Exercise Science courses balanced with flexibility through program electives. Program electives are based on the professional goals of the student in consultation with an Exercise Science advisor.

Career Opportunities

The BS degree program in Exercise Science is designed to accommodate a broad range of student interests and professional goals including careers in the health and fitness industry or graduate work in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or exercise science.

Admission Requirements

Students transferring into the Exercise Science program from another degree program at Columbus State University or from another institution must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.50 based on a 4.0 scale. Individuals must obtain a change of major form from the Department Chair before entering the program.

Learning Outcomes

Exercise Science graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge that is fundamental to the discipline of exercise science including structure and function of the human body at rest, acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise, and structural kinesiology.
  • Demonstrate a range of practical skills necessary to assess the components of health-related fitness.
  • Analyze and interpret exercise testing data to develop evidence-based exercise prescriptions for apparently health and at-risk populations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the area of nutrition as it relates to health and human performance.

Additional Program Requirements

Graduation Requirements: Satisfactory completion of all Board of Regents, university, and program requirements with a minimum grade of “C” in all EXSC courses applied to graduation. 

Students with 7 semester hours in science requirement in Area D must take 2 seminars in Area B. Students with 8 semester hours in science in requirement in Area D need to take only one seminar in Area B.

A grade of "C" or better is required for any EXSC course and all of Areas F, G, and H courses.

Note: Students must have a minimum of 39 semester hours numbered 3000 or above.

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5 *
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010
Select one of the following fine arts courses:
ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1112/1112L
GEOL 1121 (lab included)
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
GEOG 2215
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101
Select one world cultures course from the following courses:
ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18 **
BIOL 2221 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
BIOL 2222 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
EXSC 2105 Weight Control
ITDS 2106 Medical Terminology
Advisor Approved Elective
Math/Science Advisor approval required

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 30 **

EXSC 1105 Intro to Exercise Science
EXSC 2107 Exercise Leadership
EXSC 3105 Principles of Nutrition
EXSC 3135 Kinesiology
EXSC 4131 Basic Exercise Physiology
EXSC 4133 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
EXSC 4135 Exercise Risk Identification
EXSC 4137 Nutritional Bases Human Perform
EXSC 4146 Testing, Measurement, and Evaluation in EXSC
EXSC 4232 Exercise Testing and Prescription

Area H Advisor Approved Program Electives Required Hours: 15 **
15 hours of upper division courses (3000 or higher)
Select from:
EXSC 4331 Basic Exercise Physiology Lab
EXSC 4698 Internship
EXSC 4899 Independent Study
EXSC 5135 Program Design in Exercise Science
EXSC 5212 Principles of Strength and Conditioning
EXSC 5545 Selected Topics in Exercise Science
Or other as approved by advisor.

Area I: General Electives Required Hours: 15

Total Hours Required: 123

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