Exercise Science, Wellness & Sports

Get moving towards an exciting career in the health and fitness arena. The B.S. in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports from Georgian Court University gives you the foundation needed to evaluate health behaviors and risk factors, motivate others to develop healthy lifestyles, and develop wellness programs.

The program features tracks in pre-physical therapy and coaching and can prepare you for graduate programs in the fields of exercise science, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training, or to become a physician’s assistant. Related minors in sports management, holistic health, business administration, psychology, or one of the natural sciences let you customize the program to meet your career aspirations.

Program

To earn a B.S. in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

  • General Education courses
  • Exercise science courses (36 credits)
  • Other courses (23–26 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses

Exercise Science:

  • ES100 Exploration of Exercise Science (1)
  • ES111 Foundations of Exercise Science & Wellness (3)
  • ES220 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
  • ES250 Kinesiology & Applied Anatomy (3)
  • ES255 Biomechanics (3)
  • ES330 Exercise Physiology (4)
  • ES350 Exercise Testing & Prescription (4)
  • ES390 Internship I (3)
  • ES391 Internship II (3)
  • ES470 Research Methods in Exercise & Sport (3)
  • Exercise science electives (6)

Other:

  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • BI111 Life: Human Biology (4)
    • BI121: Biological Unity: Cellular Organization, Energetics & Function (4)
  • BI203 Data Collection & Analysis in the Sciences (3)
  • BI213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • BI214 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • Choice of courses (pick one option):
    • CH111 The World of Chemistry (4) and CH112 Chemistry in Your Life (4)
    • CH113 General Chemistry I (4) and CH114 General Chemistry II (4)
  • MA109 College Algebra (3) or evidence of algebra proficiency

Note: Transfer students are required to take a minimum of 14 exercise science credits at GCU, and a minimum of 23 credits including the interdisciplinary courses required for the major.

Understand the science behind exercise, wellness, and sports—and learn how to apply that knowledge to help people live more active lifestyles personally and professionally. This program requires 20 credits.

Program

To earn a minor in exercise science, wellness, and sports, you must successfully complete:

  • ES111 Foundations of Exercise Science & Wellness (3)
  • ES330 Exercise Physiology (4)
  • ES350 Exercise Testing & Prescription (4)
  • Exercise science electives (9)

Note: At least 9 credits must be taken at GCU.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

In addition to the required courses for the exercise science major, students must successfully complete:

  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • PS111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    • PS113 Foundations of Psychology (3)
  • PS223 Psychopathology (3)
  • PS227 Lifespan Development (3)
  • SO101 Principles of Sociology (3)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

In addition to the required courses for the exercise science major, students must successfully complete:

  • MA115 Calculus I (4)
  • PH121 General Physics I (4)
  • PH122 General Physics II (4)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • PS111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    • PS113 Foundations of Psychology (3)
  • PS223 Psychopathology (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • BI204 Biological Continuity & Change: Genetics & Evolution (4)
    • BI219 Microbiology (4)
    • BI407 Neurobiology (4)

Note: The chemistry requirement must be fulfilled by CH113 and CH114 and the biology requirement by BI121.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, or USciences, will accept at least two GCU students per year who successfully meet all criteria for admission to the D.P.T. program.

In addition to the required courses for the exercise science major, students must successfully complete:

  • BI204 Biological Continuity & Change: Genetics & Evolution (4)
  • MA115 Calculus I (4)
  • PH121 General Physics I (4)
  • PH122 General Physics II (4)
  • PS111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PS113 Foundations of Psychology (3)
  • PS360 Cognitive Psychology (3)
  • SO101 Principles of Sociology (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • PS221 Child & Early Adolescent Development (3)
    • PS224 Adult Development (3)
  • Satisfactory completion of the GCU Writing Requirement

Note: The chemistry requirement must be fulfilled by CH113 and CH114 and the biology requirement by BI121.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

In addition to the required courses for the exercise science major, students must successfully complete:

  • BI204 Biological Continuity & Change: Genetics & Evolution (4)
  • BI219 Microbiology (4)
  • CH113 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CH114 General Chemistry II (4)
  • CH223 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
  • HRP200 Medical Terminology (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • PS111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    • PS113 Foundations of Psychology (3)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Enhance your coaching skills and discover how to inspire positive changes in others through individual and group coaching. You’ll learn about psychology foundations and gain hands-on experience in guiding others to meeting their personal and professional goals. These courses, when taken along with the exercise science, wellness, and sports major, will lead to a concentration. A non-major may take these courses to earn a minor in coaching. This program requires 19 credits.

Program

To earn a minor/concentration/certificate in coaching, you must successfully complete:

  • ES111 Foundations of Exercise Science & Wellness (3)
  • ES160 First Aid & CPR (1)
  • ES211 Theory of Coaching (3)
  • ES360 Administrative Aspects of Sport (3)
  • ES392 Coaching Internship (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one option):
    • ES310 Sport & Exercise Psychology (3)
    • PS242 Psychology of Women (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one option):
    • ES320/WS320 Gender in Sports (3)
    • IH310/WS315 Integrative Views of Women’s Health (3)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

“The best thing about being at college is being on your own allows you to make choices. I have the opportunity to use 86,400 seconds every day, and each second gives you a choice. I can sleep, study, go out for a jog. You just have to choose the right things—that’s the best and scariest thing about college. I love it.”

nick ciccone
Nick Ciccone ’18