Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

About

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Program will prepare you for success. In the program, you’ll study anatomy and physiology, mechanical kinesiology, nutrition, and first aid. You’ll also gain an understanding of exercise physiology and have the opportunity to work toward different certifications. Depending on your future goals, you’ll choose a specific emphasis track and get hands-on experience in that area.

We have the Jack R. Leighton Human Performance Laboratory where qualified students are given the opportunity to interact and counsel clients of varied ages and physical abilities or be involved in research. Laboratory experiences include such things as the administration of exercise tolerance tests, exercise prescription, nutrition information and body composition analysis.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeni McNeal at jmcneal@ewu.edu or 509.359.2872.

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (BS)

This major has four options and is designed you if you are interested in fitness, wellness or clinical positions; or a graduate program in athletic training, occupational therapyphysical therapy or exercise physiology. You will be prepared to work in various settings as a fitness program manager. The options include, but are not limited to, athletic training, corporate fitness, commercial fitness clubs, a YMCA, or other non-commercial program, retirement centers or hospital rehabilitation programs in cardiac rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, and diabetes support.

The program prepares you to pursue an advanced degree in professional programs such as athletic training, occupational and physical therapy or chiropractic as well as advanced degrees in exercise physiology, biomechanics or cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness. The program and course work prepare you to pursue certifications from organizations including ACSM, NASM, NSCA and ACE. These certifications are widely accepted in the fitness industry.

Declaration Requirements for Exercise Science and Pre-AT

Declaration Requirements for Pre-OT, and Pre-PT

Note for all students

  • all four options require additional courses to complete the general education requirement;
  • completion of any one of the four options as shown will not guarantee completion of 60 credits of upper-division credits;
  • students should work with their advisor to select appropriate courses or minor.
Required Core Courses–minimum grade ≥C+ for each
EXSC 301INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE1
EXSC 455RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS3
EXSC 460PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE4
EXSC 480CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY3
HLED 193STANDARD FIRST AID AND SAFETY2
HLED 372APPLIED NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL FITNESS3
PHED 349ANATOMICAL KINESIOLOGY4
PHED 350PHYSIOLOGICAL KINESIOLOGY4
PHED 352MECHANICAL KINESIOLOGY4
Required Supporting Courses30
Pre-OT and Pre-PT require minimum average GPA ≥3.0 for each series listed below.
Exercise Science and Pre-AT require a minimum grade of ≥C for each course listed below.
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS
and HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS
and HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS
GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
and BIOCHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
Choose one of the following5
EXSC and Pre-AT–minimum grade ≥C
Pre-OT and Pre-PT–minimum grade ≥B
STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Choose two from the following–minimum grade ≥C+ for each4-6
ELECTROCARDIOLOGY INTERPRET
GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
PERSONAL TRAINING
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROLAB
Communications Elective–choose one from the following; minimum grade ≥C4-5
BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
INTERVIEWING
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
HEALTH COMMUNICATION
Major Options–choose one of the four options to complete the BS degree15-28
Exercise Science
PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP (variable credit course–must complete 15 credits–minimum grade ≥B)
Pre–Athletic Training
EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM (must complete 100 hours with Certified Athletic Trainer–must complete 8 credits–minimum grade ≥B required)
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (minimum grade ≥B required)
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (minimum grade ≥B required)
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I (minimum grade ≥C is required)
MECHANICS LABORATORY (minimum grade ≥C is required)
Pre–Occupational Therapy
EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM (must complete 8 credits–minimum grade ≥B required)
INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (minimum grade ≥B required)
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT (minimum grade ≥B required)
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (minimum grade ≥B required)
Pre–Physical Therapy
EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM (must complete 8 credits–minimum grade ≥B required)
Minimum GPA ≥3.0 required for lecture series (PHYS 131, PHYS 132, PHYS 133)
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS III
MECHANICS LABORATORY
HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY
ELECTRONICS LABORATORY I
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Required Senior Capstone
EXSC 490SENIOR CAPSTONE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE (minimum grade ≥C+)4
Total Credits90-106

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BS in Exercise Science from EWU should be able to do the following:​

  • be prepared for appropriate certification exams in the industry;
  • demonstrate competency in fitness testing of the relatively healthy population in all components of fitness-cardiovascular, muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition;
  • demonstrate competency in foundational skills of reading, writing, arithmetic, speaking and listening and thinking skills demonstrating the ability to learn, to reason, to think creatively, to make decisions and to solve problems.