Exercise Science

Degree:Bachelor of Science B.S.
Department:Exercise Science and Community Health
Bldg. 72, Rm. 241
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:31.0505
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The Exercise Science major is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the fitness industry, cardiac rehabilitation, clinically-related health fields, and graduate school. The program has specific courses (APK 4125 Exercise Testing and PrescriptionAPK 4114C Physiological Basis of Strength Development) that prepare students for certifications such as the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (NSCA CSCS). The course work precedes an internship that allows students to receive valuable work experience just prior to graduating. The University of West Florida’s undergraduate Exercise Science specialization curricula is endorsed by the NSCA for meeting their recommended educational guidelines. 

Program Requirements

Students in the Exercise Science major must complete 45 sh of major courses and have 15 sh of electives related to the field. The major courses include an internship in the field. Students must maintain:

  • Grade of “C” or higher in all courses used to fulfill major requirements
  • At least a 2.50 cumulative GPA in the major

General Education 

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "Graduation and General Degree Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum: 

Exercise Science majors should take the following to satisfy components of General Education:

Social Science/Behavioral Perspectives:3
General Psychology
Elements of Statistics
College Algebra
Precalculus Algebra
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Humanities/Values and Expressions:3
Basic Communication Skills
Natural Sciences:8
General Chemistry I (+Lab)
Natural Science course
Total Hours20-23

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

APK 2100CApplied Human Anatomy with Laboratory4
APK 2105CApplied Human Physiology with Laboratory4
CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
HSC 2100Personal Health3
PSY 2012General Psychology *3
or DEP 2004 Human Development Across the Lifespan
SPC 2608Basic Communication Skills *3
MAC 1105College Algebra *3
or MAC 1114 Trigonometry
or MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra
or MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
HSC 3406CAdvanced First Aid and Emergency Care *3
Total Hours30

* Indicates common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

Lower Division Sub-Core (Minimum grade of "C" or better required) 

For students seeking admission to graduate health-profession programs (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical School, Physician's Assistant), it is recommended that the following courses are taken to fulfill the Lower Division Elective requirement.

BSC 2010+LBiology I (+Lab)4
BSC 2011+LBiology II (+Lab)4
CHM 2046+LGeneral Chemistry II (+Lab)4
PHY 2053+LGeneral Physics I (+Lab)4
PHY 2054+LGeneral Physics II (+Lab)4
DEP 2004Human Development Across the Lifespan3
or PSY 2012 General Psychology
Total Hours23


Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.0-23
Total Hours0-23

Recommend ATR 2000 Basic Care and Prevention Principles of Athletic Training be taken at the lower division.