Exercise Science Major - Pre-Allied Health (BS)

Major requirements Eighty-Four (84) semester hours

Required Courses:

  • KN158
  • KN200
  • KN251
  • KN256
  • KN257
  • KN280
  • KN350 (SC)
  • KN364
  • KN367
  • KN397
  • KN404
  • KN405 (SC)
  • BY155 (NL)
  • BY156
  • BS200
  • PG100
  • PG202
  • PG380
  • Pre AT and PT students also need
    • KN145
    • CY 111(NL)
    • CY112
    • BY171 (NL)
    • SY103 GP
    • PC201 (NL)
    • PC202

Upon completion of the program students will:

  1. Understand the basic concepts associated with the field of exercise science.
  2. Demonstrate the ability of plan and execute basic physical fitness programming for various populations.
  3. Exhibit competency in the skills and knowledge required for an entry level position in the exercise science field .
  4. Successful complete the requirements for advanced study in the area of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy. Outcome assessment for the Exercise Science: Feedback from course surveys, exit interviews, alumni surveys, graduate school acceptance rates and rate of employment in the field for recent graduates.


  • KN158 Health Education—First Aid (3)

    Introduction to theory and methods of first aid including CPR and other emergency techniques and procedures. The American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Responding to Emergencies courses are both offered. Athletic training majors should choose the Emergency Medical Response section of the course

  • KN200 Surface Anatomy (2)

    This course is designed to introduce prospective allied health professionals to the bones and landmarks, joints and movements, and the muscles of the human body. Offered every year in the fall semester. Prerequisite: None

  • KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance (3)

    An introduction to the basic principles of nutrition with an emphasis on the role that nutrition plays in the physiological response to exercise in sport. This includes the composition of pre, during and post physical activity meals, the role that nutrients play in performance, disordered eating, and food as an ergogenic aid. Prerequisites: None

  • KN256 Anatomical Kinesiology/Biomechanical Kinesiology (4)

    Study of skeletal, joint, and muscular systems in the human body; analysis of muscular-skeletal movement applied to exercise, sports, and dance skills. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160.

  • KN257 Therapeutic Exercise (2)

    This course is designed to educate students in the role that therapeutic exercise plays in the successful return of athletes to sports. Offered fall semester for Exercise Science majors and spring semester for Athletic Training majors. Prerequisite: KN350

  • KN280 Weight Training/Activity (1) KN

    Offered spring semester.

  • KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics/Physical Education (3)

    Organized principles involved in theories of conditioning, prevention of injuries and procedures for handling emergency situations. Includes basic taping, injury recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: KN200 or equivalent for Athletic Training majors, BY 150 or equivalent for non-AT majors. Additional fees may be required.

  • KN364 Motor Learning and Motor Development (3)

    Designed to provide prospective physical educators, exercise science majors with the knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, and motor learning needed to be successful in their professions. Emphasis is placed on the stages of development from birth through early adulthood. Emphasis is also placed on the theories of motor learning and how they relate to skill acquisition and refinement. We will also discuss motor learning as it pertains to recovery from sports injuries. Offered spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: KN256.

  • KN367 Administration and Psychosocial Aspects for the Allied Health Care Professionals

    Administrative theory and philosophy, budgeting and business procedures,facility planning/logistics, risk management, inventory management, other aspects related to administration of an allied health care facility. This course will also look at ethics, diversity and cultural competence related to health care as well as the psychosocial aspects related to rehabilitation of injury. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN350.

  • KN397 Internship (Variable)

    Prerequisites for Exercise Science: KN158, KN159, KN 250, KN295 Junior or senior status. Prerequisites for Sport Management: BS201, BS202, KN158, KN159. Junior or senior status.

  • KN404 Conditioning I (2) KN

    This is an activity course is designed for the student to work on their own personal conditioning. It involves intensive workouts during the eight weeks. Athletes in season will still need to participate at their top level. Those that are injured should NOT take the class until the injury is healed. 

  • KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (2)

    This course has both lecture and activity component and is structured to give the students the programming experience with a variety of populations. Prerequisite: KN 250. 

  • BY155 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) NL

    An introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology for nursing and athletic training students. Not applicable toward the biology major or minor. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Offered every fall.

  • BY156 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3)

    A continuation of BY155 the study of Human Anatomy and Physiology for nursing and athletic training students. Not applicable toward the biology major or minor. Three (3) hours lecture/two (2) hours lab. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in BY155. Offered every spring. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Biological Science requirement.

  • BS200 Fundamentals of Organizations for the Non-Major (3) SS1

    An overview course which introduces the student to the functions of management, marketing, accounting, finance, and economics. Business principles, concepts, theories, and terms, together with ethics and values, are examined both academically and experientially. As an introductory overview of the academic areas covered by the required core courses in business and business related majors, this course cannot be used as a business elective in a business major or minor.

  • PG100 Introductory Psychology (3) SS1/SS2

    Psychology as the science of human behavior and experiences; related areas of human functioning; focus on human research; theory and research methods, biological basis of behavior, human development, cognition, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, personality and abnormal behavior.

  • PG202/SY202 Research Methods (4) SS1/SS2

    This course is an introduction to the research process: scientific method, basic nature of research, analysis of major research designs used in lab, field, and natural environment; how to write a research proposal, conduct an experiment, write a research report; lecture and lab. Prerequisite: PG100 or SY101 and SY/CN/PG 151 or equivalent. This course is not accepted for the Social Science General Education requirement.

  • PG380 Lifespan Development for Health Sciences (3) SS1/SS2

    Overview of developmental psychology theories and concepts within a lifespan perspective and with health care applications. Specifically designed for students in the Nursing program. Psychology majors and minors cannot count PG380 credit if PG208 is counted. Prerequisites: PG100 and permission of instructor.

  • KN145 Medical Terminology (2)

    The medical terminology course is a two credit hour course designed for students who need a medical terminology course to fulfill an admissions requirement to a health professions program. This course will also fulfill any other student who needs an in depth course in the “language of medicine.”

  • CY111 General Chemistry (4) NL

    A first college course in chemistry designed primarily for science majors. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, properties of gases, solids, and liquids, stoichiometry, and thermochemistry. Three (3) hours of lecture and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CY100 or high school chemistry; math placement score of 18 or higher, co-registration in MS114, or completion of MS114 with a C or better. High school physics strongly recommended.

  • CY112 General Chemistry (4)

    A continuation of CY111. Topics include coordination chemistry, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, electrochemistry, equilibria, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Three (3) hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CY111 and CS152 with grades of C- or better. Co-enrollment in CY112 and CS152 is allowed with approval of the chemistry department chairperson. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

  • BY171 Introduction to Cells (Formerly BY160 Principles of Biology) (4)

    Introduction to the structure and function of cells, including basic chemistry, metabolism, mitosis, genetics, protein synthesis, and cell regulation. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Offered every semester.

  • SY103 Cultural Anthropology (3)

    This course is a critical analysis of human cultural adaptations in various societies around the world.

  • PC201 General Physics: Mechanics, Sound, Heat (4) NL

    Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab.

  • PC202 General Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Nuclear Physics (4)

    Prerequisite: PC201 or instructor approval.