Sep 28, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

HERS - Exercise & Rehabilitative Sciences - Strength & Conditioning (ERSC) - BS Major

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71 credits (no minor required)

2.5 GPA required (major and overall).

C grade or better required in major courses.

Exercise and Rehabilitative Science

A student choosing to major in Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences may choose Clinical Exercise Science, Exercise Science, Movement Science, or Strength and Conditioning. Each of these programs leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The programs in Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences have been designed in accordance with the requirements of the leading national organizations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

  • Students interested in working with patients having chronic conditions (such as cardiac, pulmonary) in a clinical setting should choose Clinical Exercise Science.
  • Students interested in exercise and health programming in a variety of settings such as fitness centers, older adult facilities, or worksite settings should choose Exercise Science.
  • Students interested in working with athletic populations in performance enhancement settings such as high schools, universities, private training facilities, or professional teams should choose Strength and Conditioning.
  • Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in exercise or rehabilitative sciences (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, physician’s assistant, kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology) should choose Movement Science. Additional information on exercise science career opportunities can be found online through the following organizations: American College of Sports and Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and American Society of Exercise Physiologists.

Academic Requirements

For a checklist of the University’s graduation requirements, see the Academic Policies & University Requirements  section of this catalog. Specific academic requirements for Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences majors are described within each major.

HERS Core Requirements (41 credits)

Strength and Conditioning

This major is designed to prepare a student to become a Strength and Conditioning professional and is designed to meet the program accreditation standards set forth by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of performance based locations including universities, high schools, private performance enhancement facilities, and professional teams. Through coursework and practical experiences, students will learn how to design and administer programs that will safely and effectively facilitate athletic development in a wide range of clients. During their academic program, students will be provided opportunities to work directly with Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists to enhance their professional skills and development.

A student may declare ERSC as a major at any time; however, in order to complete their practicum, internship, and graduate, the student must:

  • Attain a C grade or better in all required major courses
  • Attain a minimum 2.5 overall GPA

Required Courses (30 credits)


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement