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) need 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