Minor in Exercise Science

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The Minor in Exercise Science is an undergraduate degree that provides additional training and education in the science and physiology of exercise and physical activity for students desiring to enter graduate or professional programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, physician assistant, chiropractic school, medical school, public health, and other allied-health professions. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: On average, it takes 2 years (4 semesters) to complete this minor.  
  • Time Commitment: Full-time or Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Rolling admissions  
  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Course Requirements: 18 credits 

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Program Details

Students pursuing this minor will need to earn an additional 18 credits of HPA courses (or accepted substitutes) listed in the Plan of Study and will receive a minor advisor to assist in course planning upon acceptance into the program. Many of the courses on the Plan of Study are offered once per year and therefore need to be planned accordingly. Courses must be taken in the order specified so prerequisites for HPA courses are met. Exceptions to the order of courses are not permitted.  


Degree Requirements

An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for graduation.   

Students will first receive 13 credits of core knowledge in human anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology and fitness assessment and exercise prescription and then can choose 5-6 credits from personally applicable courses in chronic disease, biomechanics, exercise prescription for special populations, and strength and conditioning to create the desired Plan of Study. 


There are no specific prerequisites for this degree; however successful students typically have some basic science background prior to HPA coursework.  

Career Pathways

This program prepares students for additional studies or graduate school in exercise science and related fields.