Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

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The degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Exercise Science requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 hours with a minimum of 40 upper-division hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) the degree component (64 hours); and (3) an 18-hour required minor in family and consumer science (see below). The minor is under the direction of the student’s minor advisor. Lower-division UCA Core (general education) courses do not count toward the required hours for the major. A grade of C or better is required in all Kinesiology courses.

[1] Major in Exercise Science

[1.1] KPED Core Curriculum (12 hours)

KPED 2381 Anatomical Kinesiology
KPED 3382 Biomechanics [ UD UCA Core: I ]
KPED 4300 Exercise Physiology
KPED 4395 Sports in American Society [ UD UCA Core: D ]

[1.2] Major Requirements (38 hours)

KPED 2300 Principles of Kinesiology
KPED 2320 Fitness Assessments in Exercise Science
KPED 2340 Motor Development and Learning
KPED 3316 Curriculum [ UD UCA Core: R ]
KPED 3331 Care and Prevention of Exercise and Sports Injuries
KPED 3348 Exercise Prescription for General Populations
KPED 3352 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
KPED 3353 Exercise Prescription for Senior Populations
KPED 4320 Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance [ UD UCA Core: Z ]
KPED 4323 Group Exercise Leadership
KPED 4351 Sport and Fitness Administration [ UD UCA Core: C ]
KPED 4399 Internship in Exercise Science
H ED 2201 First Aid

[1.3] Major Elective (3 hours)

KPED 3350 Obesity Prevention and Management
KPED 4376 Strength and Conditioning

[1.4] Required Minor in Family and Consumer Sciences

Minor Requirements (18 hours): NUTR 1300, 3370, 4315 and 9 hours of electives selected with the approval of the academic advisor. Recommended electives are FACS 2341, NUTR 3390 and NUTR 4395.

[1.5] Related Requirements (3 hours)

Three credit hours from a cognate area that supports the student’s career interests.

[1.6] Special Degree Requirements

See the BS special degree requirements here: Bachelor of Science.

[1.7] Retention in Field Experiences/Internship

A student may be removed from a field experience, clinical, or internship when any of the following occurs:

  • The appropriate authority states that the student’s presence in the classroom and/or clinical site is not in the best interest of the school’s students or the clinic’s clients and/or the appropriate authority requests that the student be removed.
  • The student exhibits unprofessional, unethical, and/or unlawful behavior.
  • A decision has been made that the student cannot receive a grade of C or better in a field experience or internship course.

[1.8] Program Exit Requirements

Students must complete the following requirements and submit the following documentation to the chair of the Kinesiology and Physical Education prior to graduation.

  • Application for Graduation by the deadline established by the university and listed in the academic calendar.
  • A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative, major and minor grade point average.
  • Completion of required KPED core and major courses with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion and submission of Program exit survey
    Submit a completed KPED Exit Survey to the KPE Departmental Office located in Farris Center Room 120 no later than the last day of regularly scheduled classes. Exit surveys will be distributed to students by Internship instructors. Should a candidate fail to submit the exit survey by the stipulated deadline, the student may not participate in the exit interview and an X grade will be awarded for the KPED Internship course until the requirement is met.
  • Participate in an exit interview conducted by the Chair of the KPED Department during finals week.
    Students are notified by email regarding the specific date, time, and location of the exit interview. Should a student fail to participate in the exit interview, an X grade will be awarded for the Internship course until the requirement is met.

[2] Courses in Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPED)

Follow this link to KPED course descriptions: course link.