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B.S. in Exercise Science

Contact Person:
Tanya Hewitt, Coordinator
(315) 267-3351, hewitttk@potsdam.edu

54 credit hours required. (See Biology and Chemistry section for related course descriptions.)

The exercise science major focuses on the scientific and applied study of the human body with regards to performance and prevention of injury. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will learn the research behind and the application of sound exercise and physiology principals. Students may choose between the Exercise and Sports Performance track and the Pre-professional track. Within the Exercise and Sports Performance track, students will be prepared to work specifically in the fitness field, focusing on the enhancement of human physical performance, with an eye towards sports specific training.

While the Pre-professional track also prepares students wishing to work in the exercise science field, this program could be used to satisfy prerequisites to any number of professional programs (eg: Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy). However, students should check carefully with the specific program and institution to which they are applying to insure the courses they complete at SUNY Potsdam meet that program’s specific prerequisites.

The exercise science major requires students to successfully complete 54 core course credits. Students must earn at least a 2.0 in courses counting towards the major and maintain an overall GPA in the major of a 2.5 to participate in the culminating internship. Students may not take any core courses S/U.

Exercise & Sports Performance Track
All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 54)
BIO 151 General Biology I (4)
BIO 152 General Biology II (4)
BIOL 403 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIOL 404 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
STAT 100 or equivalent Statistics
HLTH 333 Human Nutrition
HLTH 371 Nutrition for Special Populations
HLTH 380 Theory in Community Health
HLTH 385 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
HLTH 425 Exercise Physiology
PE 305 Personal Training Fundamentals (4)
PE 326 Health and Sports Medicine (4)
EXSC 420 Strength and Conditioning
EXSC 450 Kinesiology/Movement Science
EXSC 460 Exercise Assessment and Prescription
EXSC 490 Internship in Exercise Science

Recommended Electives
HLTH 165 Health: A Lifestyle Approach
HLTH 200 Therapeutic Recreation
HLTH 270 Health Coaches I (2)
HLTH 370 Health Coaches II (2)
HLTH 430 Human Disease
MGMT 340 Media and Technology
PSYC 361 Elements of Behavior Modification

Pre-Professional Track
All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 54)
BIO 151 General Biology I (4)
BIO 152 General Biology II (4)
BIOL 401 Advanced Exercise Physiology (4)
BIOL 403 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIOL 404 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II (4)
STAT 100 or equivalent Statistics
HLTH 333 Human Nutrition
HLTH 385 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
PE 305 Personal Training Fundamentals (4)
PE 326 Health and Sports Medicine (4)
EXSC 450 Kinesiology/Movement Science
EXSC 460 Exercise Assessment and Prescription
EXSC 490 Internship in Exercise Science

Recommended Electives
HLTH 165 Health: A Lifestyle Approach
HLTH 200 Therapeutic Recreation
HLTH 270 Health Coaches I (2)
HLTH 370 Health Coaches II (2)
HLTH 430 Human Disease
PSYC 361 Elements of Behavior Modification
MGMT 340 Media and Technology

The following are recommended for the pre-professional track if pursuing graduate school as a PT, OT, or PA
PHYS 101 College Physics I (4)
PHYS 202 College Physics II (4)
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II

Note: Seventy-five liberal arts credits are required for the B.S. degree. General Education requirements are the same as for the B.A. program.