May 26, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

HERS - Exercise & Rehabilitative Sciences - Exercise Science (ERES) - BS Major

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71 credits (no minor required)

2.0 GPA required.

C grade or better required in major courses.

Exercise Science Major Map  

Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences

A student choosing to major in Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences may choose from the following:

  • Clinical Exercise Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Movement Science

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, worksite settings, or older adult programs should choose Exercise Science.
  • Students interested in working with athletic populations in strength and conditioning for performance enhancement should choose the Strength and Conditioning option.
  • 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.

Core Requirements (41 credits)


  • HERS 560 may count as HERS 460 for students accepted into MSAT and PAMS programs.
  • HERS 568 may count as HERS 468 for students accepted into the MSAT program.

Statistics (3 credits)

Choose one:

Exercise Science

This major prepares students to administer comprehensive health, fitness and performance programs to a variety of clients. Through coursework and other experiences, students learn how to design and administer appropriate strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory programs based on clients’ goals, needs, and abilities. Students also learn how to administer health appraisals, assess client needs, design and administer appropriate health and wellness programs such as: low back, blood pressure, weight control, and nutrition counseling. Employment opportunities include corporate facilities, fitness centers, wellness programs, and community centers.

Students may choose to specialize in areas such as strength training, personal training, nutrition, or working with unique populations through practicum and internship experiences. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared to sit for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification as a Health Fitness Specialist and/or National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

 A student may declare ERES 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)

Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Sciences (26 credits)

Psychology (3 credits)


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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