Exercise Science

Degree:Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Major:Exercise Science
Department:Movement Sciences and 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 a capstone course that allows students to receive valuable work experience just prior to graduating. The University of West Florida’s undergraduate degree program in Exercise Science is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) needed to pass the ACSM Exercise Physiologist-Certified exam. The curriculum 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. 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 "University 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
College Algebra with Lab
Precalculus Algebra
Humanities/Values and Expressions:3
Public Speaking
Natural Sciencse:8
General Chemistry I (+Lab)
Biology I (+Lab)
Total Hours20-23

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

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.

Minimum grade requirement of C or better in common prerequisites courses 

APK 2100CApplied Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory4
APK 2105CApplied Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory4
CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
HUN 2201Fundamentals of Human Nutrition3
PSY 2012General Psychology ^3
or DEP 2004 Human Development Across the Lifespan
SPC 2608Public Speaking *,^3
MAC 1105College Algebra *3
or MAC 1105C College Algebra with Lab
or MAC 1114 Trigonometry
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
HSC 3406CAdvanced First Aid and Emergency Care *3
Total Hours30

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

Recommend APK 2000 Introduction to Exercise Science and ATR 2000 Basic Care and Prevention Principles of Athletic Training be taken at the lower division.

Major (Minimum grade of "C" or better required) 

APK 2000Introduction to Exercise Science3
APK 4901Research Methods in Exercise Science +3
APK 3110+LExercise Physiology (+Lab) +4
If not taken at the lower division0-3
ATR 2000Basic Care and Prevention Principles of Athletic Training +3
ATR 3132Functional Kinesiology +3
APK 4200Neuromechanics of Human Movement +3
APK 4125+LExercise Testing and Prescription (+Lab) +4
APK 4163Sports Nutrition +3
APK 3220+LBiomechanical Basis of Movement (+Lab) +4
APK 4119Exercise Testing for Special Populations +3
APK 4114CPhysiological Basis of Strength Development +3
APK 4944Exercise Science Practicum +3
APK 4941CSenior Capstone Experience in Exercise Science +6
Choose one of the tracks below:6
Clinical or Preprofessional Track:
Aging and Physical Performance +
Electrocardiogram Interpretation and Graded Exercise Testing +
Strength and Conditioning Track:
Designing Resistance Training Programs +
Applied Resistance Training and Conditioning +
Total Hours51-54

Major-Related Electives

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours, at least 3 semester hours must be at the 3000/4000 level:6-9
Biochemistry I (+Lab)
Biochemistry II
Biology II (+Lab)
General Chemistry II (+Lab)
Organic Chemistry I (+Lab)
Organic Chemistry II (+Lab)
Organic Chemistry III
Analytical Chemistry (+Lab)
Abnormal Psychology
Health Psychology
Human Development Across the Lifespan
Health Ethics and Professionalism
Medical Terminology
Health Aspects of Stress Management
Changing Health Behaviors
Nutrition and Health
Microbiology (+Lab)
Designing Resistance Training Programs
Calculus-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Calculus-Based Physics II (+Lab)
Algebra-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Algebra-Based Physics II (+Lab)
Applied Statistics
Total Hours6-9