Exercise Science | Academic Advising Handbook

All Exercise Science majors complete a common block of coursework and an emphasis area. A rigorous, analytical, systematic and evidence-based context permeates the curriculum, culminating with the required research component. Students may choose one of the following emphases: 

  • Integrative Physiology (EXIP) emphasizes natural science perspectives and includes additional coursework from the parent natural science disciplines.
  • Motor Behavior (EXMB) accentuates behavioral science perspectives related to human movement. Classes not in one’s emphasis can be taken as electives and crossover is very common.

Both routes, with strategic selection of other courses, serve students with aspirations to pursue graduate study in health professions, education, science or employment. Exercise Science also offers two minors (Human Movement Studies and Exercise Science) that somewhat parallel the EXMB and EXIP paths. Given prerequisite sequences and offering frequencies, students must begin required coursework fairly early on and plan ahead.

Exercise Science Core Coursework

Emphasis Differentiation

  • EXMB 200 Exercise Science Foundations
  • BIOL 200 or 201 Intro Biology w/ Lab
  • HBIO 230 & 231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Statistics: MATH 207 or SOC 301
  • EXMB 105 First Aid
  • EXMB 205 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • EXIP 281 Nutrition
  • EXMB 335 PsychoSocial Issues in ExSci
  • EXIP 345 Biomechanics with Lab
  • EXIP 365 Perceptual Motor Learning
  • EXIP 385 Exercise Physiology with Lab

(Students select either Integrative Physiology or Motor Behavior)

Integrative Physiology

  • BIOL 200 or 201 Intro Biology w/ Lab (complete year-long sequence)
  • CHEM 220 General Chemistry I with Lab
  • CHEM 230 General Chemistry II with Lab
  • PHY 202 or 232 Introduction to Physics I
  • Plus 2 additional approved upper division credits from EXIP, HBIO, BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS

Motor Behavior

Choose 18 credits from any EXIP or EXMB courses or HBIO 440. Maximum of 4cr of Internship allowed. Other courses may be possible via student petition pending department approval.

Research Component

  • EXIP 399 Junior Seminar
  • EXIP 400 Advanced Analysis in Kinesiology
  • EXIP 498 Senior Research I
  • EXIP 499 Senior Research II

Special note for Transfer students and students changing majors to Exercise Science

To be a “true” junior-level ExSci major, you must minimally have completed the Human A&P (with lab) sequence and math through PreCalculus, but this still may not be enough to enable one to complete this major in two years. Ideally, all of the introductory biology, chemistry, and physics coursework would be completed. Without A&P and math completed, a student is functionally a sophomore.

For students with A&P and math prerequisites completed, enrollment in EXMB 200 and EXIP 385 during the first (“junior”) fall term is strongly preferred, and the schedule should also include other ExSci courses for which the student is eligible.

Critical Considerations

Prerequisite sequences

  • CHEM 220/230, PHYS 202/204, and BIOL 230/231 are Fall-Spring sequences only
  • BIOL 200, 201, EXMB 200, EXMB 335, EXIP 281, EXIP 345, EXIP 365, and EXIP 385 are offered both terms
  • EXMB 366 & 399, 481, and HBIO 440 are offered spring only.
  • EXIP 400 is fall only.

Research component eligibility prerequisites

  • For EXIP 399 (Junior Spring): HBIO 231; 3 of Statistics, EXIP 281, 345, 365, 385; EXMB 335
  • For EXIP 400 (Senior Fall): EXIP 399, EXMB105 or OL107, 4 of Statistics, EXIP 281, 345, 365, 385; or EXMB 335

Closed courses

Do get onto the waitlist. Then, contact the instructor to politely inquire about the chances space will open up. If the waitlist is huge, we often can add a section, but we must have the waitlist information to justify it.