Exercise Physiology

Degree: Bachelor of Science
(combined B.S./M.S. program also available)

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Description

The Exercise Physiology major prepares students for graduate study in exercise physiology, physical therapy, and other health fields including medical school, as well as positions as personal trainers and health fitness instructors with both hospital-based wellness programs and corporate fitness programs.

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 and at least half the required General Education hours, including English composition and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree. As a prerequisite for entry into each undergraduate major in the department, students must achieve a grade of B-minus or higher in HUN 1201. 

Students must complete the following courses in preparation for upper-division coursework in the major. All of the following may also apply toward General Education and/or major coursework. (See section on “Grades and Continuation Requirements.”)

MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra
MAC X114 (2) Analytic Trigonometry or approved alternative
MAC X140 (3) Pre-calculus Algebra or approved alternative
HUN X201 (3) The Science of Nutrition (“B minus" or higher required)
CHM X045, X045L (3,1) General Chemistry I with Lab
CHM X046, X046L (3,1) General Chemistry II with Lab
BSC X010, X010L (3,1) Biological Science I, Lab
PSY X012 (3) General Psychology

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org.

Requirements

Grades and Continuation Requirements
In order to graduate and/or continue with a major in Exercise Physiology, students must earn these required final grades in the following courses: 

* Students are allowed only a single repeat in just one of the following courses. * (any attempt, at any institution)

“B minus“ or higher in HUN 1201
“C” or higher in: MAC 1105, MAC 1114, MAC 1140, BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, CHM 1045, CHM 1045L, CHM 1046, CHM 1046L, either CHM 2210 or CHM 2220, PSY 2012, STA 2122.
“S” in PET 3102.

A grade of “C minus“ or higher is required in all other coursework required for this major; except a “C+” or higher in PET 3322, PET 3322L.

Major Program of Studies

(82 hours)

College of Human Sciences core (6 hours)
FAD 2230 (3) Family Relationships
XXX XXXX (3) One additional college core course (any course offered by the College of Human Sciences that is not required for this major)

Department/Major requirements (25 hours)
HUN 1201 (3) Science of Nutrition (B minus or higher required)
HUN 3224 (3) Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients I
HUN 3226 (3) Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients II
PET 3102 (1) Introduction to Exercise Science ("S" grade required)
PET 3322, 3322L (3,1) Functional Anatomy and Physiology I (C+ or higher required in each)
PET 3323C (4) Functional Anatomy and Physiology II
APK 3110C (4) Applied Exercise Physiology
PET 4551C (3) Exercise Testing and Prescription

Required Electives. Select three of the following (9 hours minimum)
HSC 4711 (3) Wellness and Risk Reduction
PET 3361 (3) Nutrition and Sport
APK 4400 (3) Sport Psychology
APK 3164 (3) Eating Disorders and Body Image
PET 3932 (3) Physical Activity and Health
ATR 3102 (3) Athletic Training (for non-majors)
PET 3932r (3) Special Topics - Exercise and Disease
APK 3113 (3) Strength and Conditioning
PET 4076 (4) Physical Dimensions of Aging

Required coursework outside of department/college (42 hours)
MAC 1114 (2) Analytic Trigonometry
MAC 1140 (3) Pre-calculus Algebra
STA 2122 (3) Introduction to Applied Statistics or STA 2023 (3)
PSY 2012 (3) General Psychology
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I and Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3,1) General Chemistry II and Lab
CHM2200, 2200L (3,1) Survey of Organic Chemistry or all of: CHM 2210, CHM 2211, CHM 2211L (3,3,3) Organic I, II, II Lab
BCH 3023C (3) Introduction to Biochemistry or BCH 4624 (3) Human Biochemistry
BSC 2010, 2010L (3, 1) Biological Sciences I and lab
BSC 2011, 2011L (3, 2) Biological Sciences II and lab
PHY 2053C (4) College Physics A with Lab
PHY 2054C (4) College Physics B with Lab

Additional Information

Computer Skills Competency: 0 hours beyond major. CGS 2060 (3) or BSC 2010L (1).

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through with an approved college-level course; SPC 1017 suggested.

Electives to meet the graduation requirement of 120 hours; at least ten hours must be at the 3000-4000 level.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Min. Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisites 0 beyond GE and major coursework
Major Coursework 82*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond the major
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*NOTE: MAC 1105 (3), STA 2122 (3) and PSY 2012 (3) General Psychology should be taken as part of General Education requirements. Other courses required for this major may also be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

Employment

Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Exercise Leader, Fitness Instructor/Consultant, Corporate Fitness Manager, Exercise Testing Technician, Fitness Club Manager, Activities Director, Health & Fitness Advisor, Exercise Physiologist.

Representative Employers: Athletic Teams, Hospitals, Fitness Centers, Private Practice, Health Organizations, Spas/Resorts, Health Departments.