Exercise science

A major and minor in exercise science is available. See also the major and minor in physical education and minors in health and sport management.

Major in exercise science

44 or 56 credit hours

  • Biol 203/204, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II7

  • Chemistry class3-4
    Chem 101, Introductory Chemistry or
    Chem 103, Chemistry and Health or
    Chem 111, General Chemistry (recommended for pre-physical therapy)
  • Chem 220, Human Nutrition3
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 200, Aerobic Conditioning 1
  • Kin 242, Weight Training 1
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology 3
  • Kin 375, Exercise Testing 2
  • Kin 400, Exercise Prescription 3
  • Kin 409, Internship 3
  • Kin 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • Courses selected from the following6
    Biol 319, Human Pathophysiology (3)
    Phys 203, General Physics (4)
    Kin 269, Sport Medicine practicum (1)
    Kin 310, Sport Management (3)
    Kin 345, Theories & Techniques of Coaching (3)
  • Optional concentration in Fitness Leadership12
    Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity & Sport (3)
    Kin 352, Personal Training Practicum (1)
    Kin 353, Group Fitness Instruction Practicum (1)
    Kin 354, Facility Management Practicum (1)
    One psychology class (3):

    • Psyc 100, General Psychology
    • Psych 200, Social Psychology
    • Psych 210, Developmental Psychology
    • Psyc 217, Multicultural Psychology

    One health class (3):

    • Kin 360, Teaching Health Concepts
    • Kin 415, School & Community Health

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in exercise science will:

  1. Describe and apply basic principles of fitness and health.
  2. Describe and analyze historical, sociological, psychological and cultural aspects of kinesiology.
  3. Analyze physical activities, sport skills, and exercises from anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological perspectives.
  4. Demonstrate competency in a variety of sport skills, strategies and physical activities.
  5. Participate in regular physical activity and maintain a healthy level of physical fitness.
  6. Demonstrate honesty, fair play and willingness to serve others.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking strategies, creativity and reflection when processing a problem.
  8. Demonstrate professional ethical leadership behavior and skills: attire, communication, relationships, responsibility, initiative, and the ability to empower others.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of research methods, statistics and inquiry skills.
  10. Describe and apply anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics principles in exercise science.
  11. Describe American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exercise principles, fitness testing procedures, and personal training professional protocols.
  12. Develop appropriate and safe personal exercise programs for and with a variety of clients.
  13. Demonstrate professional personal training protocols.

Advising notes

This major is a good option for students interested in going on to graduate school in exercise science, athletic training or physical therapy. Pre-physical therapy students should take additional courses recommended for admission into physical therapy graduate programs.

Intercollegiate sports credit is only available to varsity team members. The head coach of each respective team verifies participation each semester. While students may receive credit more than one semester, only one credit may be counted toward the major.

Exercise science major four year plan

First and
Second year

Core 115, Wellness for Life
Chemistry class

Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
*Introduction to Kinesiology
First Aid & CPR
Basic Athletic Training
Weight Training
Aerobic Conditioning
*Exercise Physiology
Goshen Core

Third year

Goshen Core
Human Nutrition
Exercise Prescription
Exercise Testing
*Applied Biomechanics

Fourth year Internship
Kinesiology Senior Seminar
Electives in exercise science
Balance of Goshen Core

*Alternate year classes

Minor in exercise science

26-27 credit hours

  • Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
  • Chemistry class3-4
    Chem 101, Introductory Chemistry or
    Chem 103, Chemistry and Health or
    Chem 111, General Chemistry (recommended for pre-physical therapy)
  • Kin 200, Aerobic Conditioning 1
  • Kin 242, Weight Training 1
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology 3
  • Kin 330, Motor Learning3
  • Kin 375, Exercise Testing2
  • Kin 400, Exercise Prescription3