2020-2021 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 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 40-41
ENG 101  Composition I 3
FIT 115  Applied Anatomy and Physiology in Wellness and Fitness 4
HSC 110  Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
HSC 115  Current Health Issues 3
SPT 305  Ethics in Sport 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
Any Fine Arts Course 3
Any Humanities Course 3
Any Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Course 3
Any Oral Communication Course 3
Any Social Science Course 3
Any Technological Literacy Course 3
General Education Courses 6
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
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
Total 120

*Internship Option: FIT 499 (9 credits) in lieu of FIT 350, 401 and 420.

Free Electives

Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Science at Cal U who meet the following criteria may be eligible to take four 3-credit graduate courses during their undergraduate program, and thereafter apply those 12 credits toward the M.S. in Exercise Science:

  • Undergraduate students must 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.
  • These graduate credits 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.

Program Notes

  • Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to participate in an internship and to be eligible for graduation.
  • Students may elect FIT 499 for internship within the program, in lieu of three courses in the didactic.
  • Students may elect to complete an internship as elective credit (SPT 499) if they wish to complete all courses in the didactic.
  • 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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