Exercise Science, Physical Education and Sport, BS

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    Dr. Mark Sloniger works with students on measuring aerobic fitness levels through oxygen consumption in the Exercise Physiology lab.

    Take Your Interest in Exercise, Fitness, or Rehabilitation to a Professional Level

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate exercise science program is designed to prepare students for their chosen profession in multiple settings. If you have an interest in exercise, fitness, health, or rehabilitation, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Sport, Exercise Science at IUP will give you an opportunity to work in some of the fastest growing job markets in the country.

    You’ll take coursework in Anatomy and Exercise Physiology as well as more specialized classes, such as Exercise Prescription and Aging. You’ll have the opportunity for hands-on learning in coursework such as Aerobic Leadership and Strength Practicum as well as in an internship to conclude your academic program.

    The Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department at IUP offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field of exercise science. The undergraduate Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Science was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program in 2008. It is considered a “Founding Accredited Exercise Science Program” as the ninth program nationwide to receive this designation. In addition, our Exercise Science program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Please view the most recent Exercise Science program outcomes (PDF).

    Program Goals and Objectives

    • To prepare students for a variety of career opportunities within the health and fitness industry.

    • To ensure students have the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities for entry level positions in health, fitness, and sport

    • To prepare for advanced degrees and certifications in a variety of health and fitness organizations, including ACSM and the NSCA.

    Program Outcomes

    • Student satisfaction rated at 4.2/5 for class of 2019

    • Retention rate for freshman to sophomore class was 87.5 percent

    • National Certification pass rate for ACSM CEP exam was 75.8 percent

    What You’ll Become

    The BS in Physical Education and Sport–Exercise Science prepares you for a career in areas such as personal training, corporate and community fitness, wellness coaching, and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, students find employment as strength and conditioning specialists and exercise physiologists.

    Many graduates with this degree also pursue postgraduate programs in physical and occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, physician’s assistant, and other allied health programs.

    Why Study Exercise Science at IUP?

    • As an undergraduate or graduate student, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including an environmental chamber, strength lab, and underwater weighing tank. You can always use the James G. Mill fitness center as a working environment, giving you hands-on experience to work with your classmates, professors, and staff as well as members of the community.

    • Earn practical experience as part of our internship network. Our students can take advantage of more than 300 affiliated internship sites across 11 states, including the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, George Washington University, and the Human Motion Institute. Here, you can translate your classroom learning into real-life workforce experience and maximize your chances for employment.

    • Fast-track your education through our master’s degree in Exercise Science. You can continue your education through our 4+1 accelerated program, in which you begin to take master’s-level classes during your junior year in college so that you can earn your MS degree in two semesters at a significantly lower cost. Graduate assistantships are also available to ease the financial burden.

    • Study in a CAAHEP-accredited exercise science program where your classes match course content to national certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. You are then able to graduate with a nationally recognized certifications that employers look for. Our program outcomes below, including examination pass rates, showcase this success. 

    Exercise Science Curriculum

    For descriptions of individual courses, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

    Liberal Studies

    As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications: Total credits: 47

    English Composition: 6 cr, ENGL 101, ENGL 202

    Mathematics: 6 cr, MATH 101, MATH 217

    Humanities: 9 cr, HIST 196, 197, or 198; ENGL 121, 210, or FNLG 121; PHIL 101, 120, 221, 222, 223, RLST 100, 110, 250 or 290

    Fine Arts (choose one): 3 cr, ARHI 101, MUHI 101, THTR 101, THTR 102

    Natural Science: 8 cr, BIOL 104-106, CHEM 101-102

    Social Science: 9 cr, PSYC 101, SOC 151, Global and Multicultural Awareness

    Health and Wellness: 3 cr, KHSS 143, FDNT 143, or NURS 143

    Liberal Studies Elective: 3 cr, FDNT 145


    Core Requirements: 23 credits
    Course No. Course Name Credits
    KHSS 135 Careers in Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science 3cr
    KHSS 146 Foundations of Exercise Science 1cr
    KHSS 175 Prevention and Care of Injuries to the Physically Active 2cr
    KHSS 209 Motor Behavior 3cr
    KHSS 221 Human Structure and Function 3cr
    KHSS 341 Evaluation in Health and Physical Education 3cr
    KHSS 343 Physiology of Exercise 3cr
    KHSS 344 Adapted Physical Activity & Sport 3cr
    KHSS 441 Psychosocial Implications for Health and Physical Education 3cr
    Exercise Science Requirements: 50 credits
    Course No. Course name Credits
    BIOL 151 Human Physiology 4cr
    KHSS 284 Aquatics Fitness 1cr
    KHSS 285 Group/Individual Exercise Leadership 3cr
    KHSS 286 Strength/Personal Training Practicum 2cr
    KHSS 315 Biomechanics 3cr
    KHSS 347 Physiology of Exercise Lab 1cr
    KHSS 375 Physiological Basis of Strength Training 3cr
    KHSS 410 Exercise Prescription 3cr
    KHSS 411 Physical Fitness Appraisal 3cr
    KHSS 413 Physical Activity and Aging 3cr
    KHSS 414 Exercise Electrocardiography 3cr
    KHSS 415 Lifestyle Behavior Modification 3cr
    KHSS 416 Functional Training in Strength and Conditioning 3cr
    KHSS 492 Health Fitness Instruction 3cr
    KHSS 493 Exercise Science Internship 9cr
    PHYS 151 Medical Physics Lecture 3cr

    Total Degree Requirements: 120 Credits

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