Exercise science

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

Major in exercise science

45 credit hours (57 with optional concentration)

  • Biol 203/204, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II7
  • Chemistry class3-4
    • Chem 101, Introductory Chemistry
    • Chem 103, Chemistry and Health
    • 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 (with lab)4
  • 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 155, Medical Terminology (1)
    • Biol 319, Human Pathophysiology (3)
    • Kin 269, Sport Medicine practicum (1)
    • Kin 310, Introduction to Sport Management (3)
    • Kin 345, Theories & Techniques of Coaching (3)
    • Phys 203, General Physics (4)
    • Psyc 380, Statistics in Research (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
    • Psyc 200, Social Psychology
    • Psyc 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. Explain scientific principles, exercise concepts, and theories.
  2. Describe historical, sociological, psychological and cultural aspects of kinesiology.
  3. Analyze physical activity, sport, and exercise performance from anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological perspectives.
  4. Participate in regular physical activity and maintain a healthy level of physical fitness.
  5. Demonstrate competency in a variety of aerobic and anaerobic activities as well as resistance training exercises.
  6. Apply professional personal training protocols and behavior: attire, communication, relationships, responsibility, initiative, and the ability to empower and motivate clients.
  7. Conduct appropriate exercise tests, then analyze and apply the results in developing appropriate and safe exercise programs for a variety of clients.
  8. Demonstrate readiness for an entry level physical activity, sport, exercise, or health related profession or readiness for graduate school.

Advising notes

This major is a good option for students interested in personal training, wellness
coaching or 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.

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

27-28 credit hours

  • Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
  • Chemistry class3-4
    • Chem 101, Introductory Chemistry
    • Chem 103, Chemistry and Health
    • 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 Physiology4
  • Kin 330, Motor Learning3
  • Kin 375, Exercise Testing2
  • Kin 400, Exercise Prescription3