Feb 27, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalogue 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Exercise Science, B.S.


Mr. Barnes, Dr. Boyce, Dr. Dowd, Dr. Heijnen, Dr. McDaniel, Ms. Shields, Dr. Sprod (program coordinator), Dr. Tseh, Ms. Van Meter.

The Exercise Science program is a competency-driven curriculum for students who are interested in applying the scientific principles of exercise, fitness, health and wellness within the clinical, government, corporate, industrial, private, commercial and academic venues. Exercise Science students must complete the exercise science core courses and then, choose one of two concentrations: The Allied Health concentration or The Exercise Physiology Certification concentration. The Allied Health concentration provides a platform leading to careers such as, but not limited to, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy and clinical exercise physiology. The Exercise Physiology Certification concentration, when combined with nationally-recognized certifications, leads to careers such as, but not limited to, personal training, strength and conditioning specialist, commercial/corporate employee fitness director and exercise physiologist.

Oral Communication Requirement:

To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.S. degree in Exercise Science a student must successfully complete EXS 310 .

Applied Learning Requirement:

To satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.S. degree in Exercise Science a student must successfully complete EXS 497 .

Requirements for a Major in Exercise Science for the B.S. Degree:


Students wishing to declare a major in Exercise Science must:

  • Complete a minimum of 24 semester hours;
  • Achieve a cumulative UNCW GPA of 2.70 or better (transfer students should consult with an EXS advisor);
  • Attain a minimum grade of “C” in each of the following courses:

Exercise Science Concentrations (22 Credits)

In addition to the Exercise Science Core Requirements, students are required to complete one of the following Exercise Science Concentrations listed below: 1) Exercise Physiology Certification Concentration or 2) Allied Health Concentration.

Total Credits: 67 hours

Additional Information:

A grade of “C” (2.00) or better is required in each course within the Exercise Science major requirements (core and concentration areas). Students must provide current written documentation of adult first aid and CPR (including AED) certifications during the term they expect to graduate.