Undergraduate Catalog: 2020-21

Health & Exercise Science BS

The Health and Exercise Science program core provides a solid foundation and a choice of two unique concentrations. The Kinesiology concentration prepares students for graduate studies in degree programs as diverse as exercise physiology, kinesiology, athletic training, chiropractic arts, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. The concentration allows students to meet the prerequisites for their desired continued education and the internship is designed to achieve the practical experience required by the graduate school of choice.

The Health and Wellness concentration prepares students to enter the workforce after graduation, pursuing a variety of careers in vocations such as cardiac rehabilitation, health promotion, personal training and fitness management, athletic coaching, and other health-related fields. Our graduates work for healthcare facilities, non-profit organizations and private businesses. A required internship and several practicums provide opportunities for experience in the field of study. Interns often obtain employment with the organization where they interned immediately after graduation. Some students in this concentration will continue on in graduate programs in business or education. The Health and Exercise Science program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association

Students earning an Associate degree in Physical Therapist Assistant studies at USF often combine that degree with the B.S. in Health and Exercise Science and can complete both degrees in four years.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a B.S. degree in Health and Exercise Science, USF students will:

  • Demonstrate effective professional skills in the field.
  • Demonstrate preparedness for employment and/or future studies in exercise science and health promotion.
  • Critically evaluate research in the field of health and wellness in order to provide current, evidence-based information.
  • Engage in ethical behavior and legal practice within the field of health promotion, exercise and fitness.
  • Prescribe and administer exercise programs appropriate to individual needs using the concepts of human movement as they relate to the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical aspects of human movement.

Licensure/Certification Eligibility

Because the degree program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, if a student so chooses, a certification in personal training or strength and conditioning can be achieved as many courses prepare students to sit for the exams. Careful curriculum planning can prepare students to qualify and take the certified clinical exercise specialist (ACSM), certified personal trainer (ACSM or NSCA), health/fitness instructor (ACSM), and/or certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA) exam. Once students have completed the coursework for group exercise instruction or personal training, at any time during their college career, they are eligible and prepared to certify as a personal trainer or group exercise instructor.

Degree Requirements

The B.S. in Health and Exercise Science degree requires 120 credit hours:

  • 48-49 credit hours of general education courses,
  • 33-35 credit hours in the major core,
  • 24-26 credit hours in a concentration of choice, and
  • elective courses as needed

Program of Study

The B.S. in Exercise Science degree requires:

  • Major core, 33-35 credit hours (with some counting toward GE):
    • BIOL 218 or 221
    • PHES 134
    • PHES 215
    • PHES 225
    • PHES 260
    • PHES 360
    • PHES 410 or PTA 164
    • PHES 465
    • PHES 470
    • PHES 476
    • PHES 480 or PHES 415 or PTA 288
    • PSYC 121
    • PSYC 232
    • PTA 150 or SOHS 150 or BIOL 352
  • 24-26 credit hours within a concentration
    • Health & Wellness, choose at least 24 credit hours from: BIOL 222, COMM 215, COMM 385, up to 3 courses from BUS, ACCT, MKT or MGMT, NTRN any except 215, PHES 127, 240, 245, 250, 255, PHES 320 or PTA 274, PHES 323, 324, 325, 326, 328, 335, 361, PHES 405 or PTA 272, PHES 415, 452, 456, 457, 460 (up to 6 credits), PHES 485, PSYC 300 or higher, SOCI 251 or SOCI 252, SOHS 110 or SOCW 377.
    • Kinesiology, choose at least 24 credit hours from: BIOL 190, 191, 222, BIOL 223 or 226, BIOL 270, CHEM 141, CHEM 142 or 243, NTRN 250 or higher, PHES 245, PHES 250, PHES 320 or PTA 274, PHES 335, PHES 361, PHES 405 or PTA 272, PHES 415, 452, PHES 460 (up to 6 credits), PHES 485, PSYC 300-level or higher, SCIE 257, SCIE 258, SOHS 110 or SOCW 377.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

Health and Exercise Science majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0. To progress in the program, students must achieve a C or better in the following courses: BIOL 218 or 221, PHES 360, PHES 465, PHES 476 and PHES 480.

Graduation Requirements

Health and Exercise Science majors must meet USF graduation requirements.