Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science is focused on training students to prepare for health-fitness and clinical careers related to exercise science.  

Specifically, this degree program prepares students for

  • Careers in health, fitness, or performance benefits of exercise and physical activity
  • Health-related careers related to exercise (cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, etc.
  • Preparation for admission to physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician assistant, or other health-related career programs
  • Preparation for admission to graduate training in exercise science, exercise physiology, public health, or a related field. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Students are admitted as a junior, and the program is completed during their junior and senior years (approximately two academic years) for a full-time student. 
  • Time Commitment: Full-time or Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Course Requirements: Minimum of 120 credits 


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Program Details

The Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Exercise Science from the Department of Health and Physical Activity offers students rigorous training in the application of exercise science for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and conditions, human performance, and health and well-being. This also prepares students for graduate training or additional training in areas of allied health (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, or other allied health opportunities). 

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Degree Requirements 

  • Completion of all general studies courses 
  • Completion of approximately 60 credits specific to the Exercise Science degree program 
  • Completion of Health-Fitness Practicum experiences 
  • Completion of a clinical internship 

Prerequisites

You must meet several prerequisites to transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program. These include:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Current Official Transcript with a minimum of 60 credits earned
  • Meeting all other University of Pittsburgh and School of Education admission requirements. 
  • It is also preferred that applicants demonstrate completion of three of the following courses with a grade of at least a “C” grade at the time of application: biology, chemistry, physics, psychology. 

Career Pathways

  • Health, fitness, or performance benefits of exercise and physical activity 
  • Health-related career related to exercise (cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, etc.) 
  • Preparation for admission to physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician assistant, or other health-related career programs. 
  • Preparation for admission to graduate training in exercise science, exercise physiology, public health, or a related field.