Exercise and Sports Science - B.S.

The Exercise and Sports Science bachelor's degree program provides a scientific understanding of the mechanics of exercise, its synergies with nutrition and its influence on body systems. Graduates qualify for a variety of occupations such as recreational therapy, exercise physiology, medical program coordination, athletic training and rehabilitation. Graduates may also choose to matriculate to graduate programs like physician assistant, occupational therapist, physical therapist, athletic training or others.

Upon completion of the program, graduate are expected to: 

  • Apply concepts from the sciences to explain the interrelationships between exercise, metabolism and performance.
  • Explain the importance of exercise as a determinant of health.
  • Prescribe appropriate exercise interventions considering characteristics of the individual and the goal.
  • Compare the appropriateness of various eating patterns for a variety of exercise types.
  • Adapt exercise plans for a variety of ages and conditions.

Exercise and Sports Science

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
DIET2020Sports Nutrition3
ESS2015Kinesiology Laboratory1
ESS2320Exercise Physiology3
ESS3010Exercise Assessment and Prescription3
ESS3015Exercise Assessment and Prescription Laboratory1
ESS4010Human Performance3
ESS4015Human Performance Laboratory1
ESS4030Exercise for Special Populations3
HSC1010Introduction to Health Professions1
HSC1020Medical Terminology1
HSC1230Introduction to Public Health3
HSC2400Research Methods for Health Science3
HSC4900Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone3
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 3 credits from the following:3
College of Health & Wellness Internship Ic
Directed Experiential Education D
Study Abroad Sa
Related Professional Studies
BIO1011General Biology - Cellular3
BIO1016General Biology Laboratory - Cellular1
BIO1022General Biology - Organismal3
BIO1026General Biology Laboratory - Organismal1
BIO2003Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO2006Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory1
BIO2013Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO2016Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
CAR0010Career Management1
CHM1011General Chemistry I3
CHM1016General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM1022General Chemistry II3
CHM1026General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CULN2414Cooking for Health and Wellness3
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
PHY1011General Physics I3
PHY1016General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY1022General Physics II3
PHY1026General Physics II Laboratory1
A&S Core Courses
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT, or REL
Precalculus (or higher, based on student's placement) *
Statistics I
Introduction to Biostatistics
Social Sciences6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, RES or SOC
A&S Electives6
Developmental Psychology
One course with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
9 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university9
Total Credits123.0

Students that do not place in MATH1030 Precalculus, will need to take an extra course, MATH1020 Fundamentals of Algebra, as a prerequisite. If needed this will count as an A&S elective.

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

SaTo be eligible to count toward Applied/ Experiential Learning, a Study Abroad offering must meet certain requirements. Contact JWU Global to discuss eligible Study Abroad options for this degree program.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?