2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Exercise Science to M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree prepares students for careers in wellness and fitness. Qualified undergraduate students in the exercise science program may be eligible to participate in the accelerated B.S.-to-M.S. program, which enables them to take graduate courses that apply to both their bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and (thereafter) a master's degree in exercise science and health promotion. 

Cal U's exercise science and health promotion master's program allows students to gain specialized skills and knowledge in a concentration area while also building leadership and entrepreneurship abilities.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy


The following curriculum shows the requirements for completing the bachelor's degree under the accelerated B.S.-to-M.S. program. Additional graduate-level courses are required to complete the master's degree; refer to the graduate academic catalog for these requirements.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Oral Communication Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Any Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Course
Health and Wellness
HSC 115  Current Health Issues
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
FIT 115  Applied Anatomy and Physiology in Wellness and Fitness
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • HSC 110  Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • SPT 305  Ethics in Sport
  • Any General Education Options Courses (two courses)
Required Major Courses 45
FIT 100  Intro to Fitness 3
FIT 125  Fundamentals of Speed Training 3
FIT 250  Current Topics and Strategies for Youth Fitness 3
FIT 300  Business Aspects of Fitness 3
FIT 305  Motivational Strategies in Wellness and Fitness 3
FIT 325  Integrated Personal Fitness Training 3
FIT 335  Integrated Personal Fitness Program Design 3
FIT 350  Fitness for Special Populations* 3
FIT 380  Wellness and Fitness for the Aging Population 3
FIT 401  Leadership Concepts and Actions in Wellness and Fitness* 3
FIT 405  Wellness Seminar I 3
FIT 410  Wellness Seminar II 3
FIT 420  Contemporary Issues in Fitness* 3
FIT 425  Evaluating Research in Fitness and Wellness 3
FIT 430  Application of Fitness and Wellness Research 3
Required Related Courses 15
SPT 300  Psychology of Sport 3
SPT 400  Legal Aspects of Sport 3
ATE 340  Sports Nutrition  OR  HSC 250  Nutrition for Wellness 3
HSC 275  Functional Kinesiology 3
HSC 325  Physiology of Exercise 3
Free Electives 19
Undergraduate Free Electives 7 to 19
Select up to four of the following: PRF 700, 701, 705, 715, 720, 760, 770** Up to 12
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): FIT 410 Wellness Seminar II
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): FIT 425 Evaluation Research in Fitness and Wellness AND FIT 430 Application of Fitness and Wellness Research
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): HSC 110  Human Anatomy and Physiology I

* Students may elect to take FIT 499 (internship, 9 credits) in lieu of FIT 350, 401 and 420. If they wish to complete all courses in the didactic, they may also elect to complete an internship elective credit (SPT 499).

** Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Science at Cal U who meet eligibility criteria may take four 3-credit graduate courses during their undergraduate program and thereafter apply those 12 credits toward the M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. In order to do so, they must be undergraduate students who have junior standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Any combination of the following graduate PRF courses apply: PRF 700, 701, 705, 715, 720, 760 and 770. These graduate courses cannot substitute for any undergraduate core courses and can be applied to all exercise science electives or additional electives, regardless of the graduate concentration. The undergraduate adviser or department chair must approve the student's request to take the graduate courses and will inform the graduate coordinator accordingly.

Additional Program Notes: Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to participate in internship and to be eligible for graduation. All General Education/Elective credits, all SPT, all HSC, and ATE courses can be completed on campus. All FIT and PRF prefix courses are completed online.

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate students in the accelerated program may register for no more than 6 graduate credits in any one term, and in terms when a graduate course is registered, the student may not register for more than 18 total credits.

It is the student’s responsibility to apply and meet the qualifications of the graduate program portion of the accelerated program. Failure to follow through with enrollment in the accelerated graduate program will result in additional undergraduate credits to complete the bachelor’s degree, as outlined in the Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses policy.

Additional accelerated program requirements may be found at:  https://www.calu.edu/inside/forms/_files/academic-affairs/accelerated-program-application.pdf

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