Exercise Science, Minor

The minor in exercise science is for undergraduate students from any discipline wishing to expand their understanding in this area. Exercise science is a discipline that examines the short- and long-term responses to exercise and benefits of exercise training for healthy persons as well as persons with chronic diseases such as heart disease, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, and obesity. Through this minor, undergraduate students have an opportunity to broaden their understanding of exercise and physical activity in health promotion, disease prevention, and interventions. Students who elect a minor in exercise science may then apply to the MS in exercise science upon graduation.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Exercise Science Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses taken toward the minor.

Required Courses

BIOL 1117
and BIOL 1118
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1117
BIOL 1119
and BIOL 1120
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1119
EXSC 4500
and EXSC 4501
Exercise Physiology 1
and Lab for EXSC 4500


Complete either the cardiovascular focus (open to all students) or the musculoskeletal focus (open to physical therapy students only):

Cardiovascular Focus—Open to All Students
EXSC 5200Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
EXSC 5220Advanced Exercise Physiology3
Musculoskeletal Focus—Open to Physical Therapy Students Only
EXSC 5230Physical Activity and Exercise: Effects on Musculoskeletal Health and Disease3
PT 5133
and PT 5134
and Lab for PT 5133

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor