2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Exercise Science

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree prepares students for careers in wellness and fitness. Students pursuing the program will be prepared to sit for a certification in personal training offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). 

Fall and spring semesters include two 8-week terms each. The summer includes two 5-week terms or one 10-week term. 

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online)


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
HSC 110  Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • SPT 305  Ethics in Sport
  • ATE 340  Sports Nutrition  OR  HSC 250  Nutrition for Wellness
  • Any General Education Options Courses (two courses)
Required Major Courses 49
FIT 100  Intro to Fitness 3
FIT 115  Applied Anatomy and Physiology in Wellness and Fitness 4
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 12
SPT 300  Psychology of Sport 3
SPT 400  Legal Aspects of Sport 3
HSC 275  Functional Kinesiology 3
HSC 325  Physiology of Exercise 3
Free Electives 18
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): FIT 115 Applied Anatomy and Physiology in Wellness and Fitness

* An internship option is also available; students may substitute FIT 499 Exercise Science Internship (9 credits) for three 3-credit didactic courses (FIT 350, 410 and 420). Students may also elect to complete an internship as elective credit (SPT 499) if they wish to complete all courses in the didactic.

Program Notes:

  • Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to participate in an 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 prefix courses are completed online. 

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