Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Health & Exercise Science BS

The Health and Exercise Science program core provides a solid foundation and a choice of three 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 Promotion 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 in graduate programs in business or education.

The Strength & Conditioning concentration prepares students to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).  This concentration will set students up for success as a strength coach for athletes of any age.  A variety of internships and practicums are required and will provide opportunities for experience in the field of study.

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

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:

  • 36-37 credit hours for Franciscan Core Curriculum,
  • 36-38 credit hours in the major core,
  • 33 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, 36-38 credit hours (with some counting toward GE):
    • BIOL 221 or PHES 220
    • 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 COHS 150
  • 33 credit hours within a concentration
    • Health Promotion, select 33 Credits from: BIOL 221, MGMT 230, MGMT 375, MGMT 330, MKT 281, MKT 375, NTRN 200, NTRN 275, NTRN 280, NTRN 460, PHES 127 or 128, PHES 245, PHES 250, PHES 255, PHES 320 or PTA 274, PHES 323, PHES 324, PHES 325, PHES 335, PHES 405 or PTA 272, PHES 415, PHES 452, PHES 457, PSYC 355, PSYC 251 or SOCI 251, SOCW 377 or COHS 110
    • Kinesiology, select 33 Credits from:  BIOL 221, BIOL 223 or BIOL 226, BIOL 270, BIOL 272, BIOL, CHEM 141, CHEM 142 or CHEM 243, MATH 320 Statistics or PSYC 286, NTRN 275, NTRN 325, NTRN 460, PHES 320  or PTA 274, PHES 335, PHES 405 or PTA 272, PHES 415, PHES 452, PHES 485, PSYC 260, PSYC 325, SCIE 257, SCIE 258.
    • Strength & Conditioning, Prescribed concentration courses: NTRN 280, PHES 323, PHES 380, PHES 385, PHES 452, PHES 485, PHES 486, PSYC 355 and:
      • Select 12 Credits from: BIOL 221, MGMT or MKT course related to Sports, NTRN 460, PHES 255, PHES 324, PHES 325, PHES 335, PHES 405

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 221 or PHES 220, PHES 360, PHES 465, PHES 476 and PHES 480.

Graduation Requirements

Health and Exercise Science majors must meet USF graduation requirements.