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Exercise Science, Wellness & Sports

About This Program

Get moving towards an exciting career in the field of health and fitness. 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.

With a concentration in either exercise science or health and physical education, as well as optional tracks for pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, and pre-physician assistant, our program can prepare you for graduate school in a variety of health-related fields. Thanks to partnerships with other universities, qualified students have an inside track to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Sciences and the Masters of Athletic Training at Monmouth University.

A concentration in coaching and related minors in sports management, integrative 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 for exercise science concentration; 33 credits for health and physical education concentration)
  • Other courses (22–26 credits)

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

Courses

Exercise Science Concentration:

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):
    • CH151 Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4)
    • CH113 General Chemistry I (4) and CH114 General Chemistry II (4)
  • MA109 College Algebra (3) or evidence of algebra proficiency

Note: Students wishing to take PH111 and PH112, or PH115 and PH116, or PH121 and PH122, may substitute these for ES255. ES391 may be substituted for ES392 or ES471. 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.

Health & Physical Education Concentration:

Exercise Science:

  • ES111 Foundations of Exercise Science & Wellness (3)
  • ES160 First Aid & CPR (1)
  • ES220 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
  • ES250 Kinesiology & Applied Anatomy (3)
  • ES330 Exercise Physiology (4)
  • ES340 Health & Weight Management (3)
  • ES350 Exercise Testing & Prescription (4)
  • HPE260 Motor Development & Learning (3)
  • HPE355 Methods of Secondary Health & Physical Education (3)
  • PE electives (6)

Other:

  • BI213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • BI214 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • CH151 Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4)
  • PS221 Child & Adolescent Development (3)
  • PS225 Educational Psychology (3)
  • PS245 Psychology of the Exceptional Child

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. Students seeking teacher certification also complete the teacher certification courses as shown in the School of Education section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

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 concentration in the 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 concentration in the major, students must successfully complete:

  • MA115 Calculus I (4)
  • Choice of courses (pick one option):
    • PH115 College Physics I (4) and PH116 College Physics II (4)
    • PH121 University Physics I (4) and PH122 University 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 concentration in the major, students must successfully complete:

  • BI203 Data Collection & Analysis in the Sciences (3)
  • BI204 Biological Continuity & Change: Genetics & Evolution (4)
  • MA115 Calculus I (4) (or MA100 and either MA109, MA209, or MA210)
  • PH115 College Physics I (4)
  • PH116 CollegePhysics II (4)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • PS111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    • PS113 Foundations of Psychology (3)
  • SO101 Principles of Sociology (3)
  • Social science electives (6; at least 3 in psychology)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • EN111 Academic Writing & Research I (3)
    • EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research (3)
  • English elective (3)

Note: The chemistry requirement must be fulfilled by CH113 and CH114 and the biology requirement by BI121. HRP200 is recommended. Students must declare their intent to apply to the University of the Sciences through the GCU partnership agreement no later than one year prior to the summer start date of the D.P.T. program at USciences. 

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 Gender in Sports (3)
    • IH310 Integrative Views of Women’s Health (3)

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

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