Aug 17, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Exercise Science B.S.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
Plans of Study

Exercise Science includes the study of the biological and behavioral aspects of exercise, fitness assessment and exercise prescription, behavior modification, and the clinical aspects of exercise. The Exercise Science major integrates classroom study with hands-on practical experiences. The major is structured such that graduates qualify for professional certifications such as ACSM’s Certified Exercise Physiologist, and NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and for positions relating to health promotion, strength and conditioning, clinical rehabilitation, personal fitness training, and sport performance. In addition, the Exercise Science major prepares students for admissions to professional schools such as physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, chiropractic and athletic training.

Students who successfully complete the undergraduate Exercise Science major earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.

University Admissions - College of Education


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Specialized Admissions - Exercise Science B.S.


The Exercise Science major is a specialized admissions program and enrollment is limited to 36 students each fall semester. Selection of the 36 students is based on the admission criteria below.

Guidelines for Applying to the College of Education - Exercise Science B.S.


These guidelines apply to all students seeking admission to the major regardless of whether they are seeking General or Early Admissions.

Overview of Admissions Process


  • Students seeking admission to the major must be admitted to USF.  If admitted to the program, their home campus will change to Tampa.
  • The Exercise Science major is a specialized admissions program.  As such, students are not guaranteed admission.  Exercise Science admits only 36 students each fall, and admission to the major is competitive.
  • Admissions are available through two mechanisms: Early Admissions and General Admissions. Both are detailed below.
  • Completed applications should be submitted to Student Academic Services, EDU 106/Fax 813-974-3391.
  • Transfer students applying to the major should submit unofficial transcripts along with the College of Education Exercise Science Application.

Criteria for Early Admissions


Students must apply by June 1 and fulfill the following criteria to be considered for Early Admissions:

  • Attainment of minimum of 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Completion of at least 5 of the 7 prerequisite requirements and attainment of a minimum grade of a B or higher in each:
  • (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) or CHM X030 or CHM X045C – 4 credit hours
  • HUN X201 or HSC X100 – 3 credit hours
  • (BSC X085 and BSC X085L) or (PET X322 and PET X322L) or (BSC X093 and BSC X093L) or APK X100C or BSC X085C or BSC X093C – 3-4 credit hours
  • APX 105C or (BSC X086 and BSC X086L) or (BSC X094 and BSC X094L) or PET X323C – 4 credit hours
  • STA X023 or MAC X147 – 4 credit hours
  • MAC X105 or MAC X140 or MAC X147 or MAC X311 – 4 credit hours
  • SPC X608 – 3 credit hours

All remaining prerequisites must be completed no later than the second Friday in August prior to the first day of fall classes. Transfer students are advised to submit unofficial transcripts to Student Academic Services reflecting the remaining prerequisites by second Friday in August.

Selection of students for Early Admissions is based on overall GPA. No more than 30 students with the highest overall GPAs will be admitted via Early Admissions. If an Early Admit is unable to fulfill the remaining prerequisites as outlined above, Early Admissions will be revoked and the applicant will be considered among the General Admissions pool. Applicants not admitted via Early Admissions will be considered among the General Admissions pool.

Criteria for General Admissions


Students must apply by July 25 and fulfill the following minimum requirements to be considered for General Admissions:

  • Attainment of minimum 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Completion of and attainment of a minimum of a C- grade or higher in the following prerequisite courses no later than the second Friday in August prior to the first day of fall classes.
  • CHM X045 and CHM X045L) or CHM X030 or CHM X045C – 4 credit hours
  • HUN X201 or HSC X100 – 3 credit hours
  • (BSC X085 and BSC X085L) or (PET X322 and PET X322L) or (BSC X093 and BSC X093L) or APK X100C or BSC X085C or BSC X093C – 3-4 credit hours
  • APX 105C or (BSC X086 and BSC X086L) or (BSC X094 and BSC X094L) or PET X323C – 4 credit hours
  • STA X023 or MAC X147 – 4 credit hours
  • MAC X105 or MAC X140 or MAC X147 or MAC X311 – 4 credit hours
  • SPC X608 – 3 credit hours

Selection of students for General Admissions is based on overall GPA and seats remaining. Those students with the highest overall GPAs will be admitted and a wait list will be formed as needed.

Requirements after Admission - Exercise Science B.S.


Though no computer course is recommended, students need to possess excellent computer skills, i.e., MS applications.
By August 1st, students will be informed if they have been accepted into the major. Students accepted into the major must inform the College of Education’s advising office by August 15th whether they will be enrolling in fall exercise science courses. Once admitted, students are required to meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete an online College of Education orientation and attend an Exercise Science orientation the week prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
  2. In addition to tuition, fees, and books the student is responsible for the following costs:
    • Material and supply fee for PET 3384 - Exercise Testing and Prescription ;
    • Student membership for the Exercise Science student organization;
    • Professional liability insurance for practicum, internships, and other hands-on experiences;
    • Student membership in at least one professional organization;
    • Transportation to and from field experiences required in courses including the practicum, internships, and other hands-on experiences;
    • Possible requirements of practicum/internship sites such as health/medical exam, immunizations/vaccines, criminal background check, finger printing, drug/alcohol screening, personal health insurance, uniforms, and parking;
    • Possible costs associated with obtaining physician clearance (e.g., medical exam and/or tests) prior to participation in physical activity/exercise. Students complete a Pre-Activity Screening Questionnaire (PASQ) based on American College of Sports Medicine guidelines to determine if physician clearance is needed; and,
    • Assignments in some classes (e.g., printing/binding of group project reports, academic and professional portfolio, etc.).
  3. Receive a grade of C- or higher in all required courses and maintain a 2.5 GPA (overall and in major) in order to progress to the next semester.
  4. Complete 15 hours of volunteer community service for a non-profit health and wellness organization.
  5. Sign and submit an orientation documents as prescribed.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - Exercise Science B.S.


Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program. 

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) or CHM X030 or CHM X045C – 3-4 credit hours
  • HUN X201 or HSC X100 – 3 credit hours
  • (BSC X085 and BSC X085L) or (PET X322 and PET X322L) or (BSC X093 and BSC X093L) or APK X100C or BSC X085C or BSC X093C – 3-4 credit hours
  • APK X105C or (BSC X086 and BSC X086L) or (BSC X094 and BSC X094L) or PET X323C – 4 credit hours
  • STA X023 or MAC X147 – 4 credit hours
  • MAC X105 or MAC X140 or MAC X147 or MAC X311 – 4 credit hours
  • SPC X608 Public Speaking – 3 credit hours

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Recommended Supporting Courses - Exercise Science B.S.


The following are recommended supporting courses. The grades in these courses will not be used to calculate the common course prerequisite GPA for admission.

Required Courses: (54-57 credit hours)


Exercise Science B.S. - Additional Information


Other Requirements


The Exercise Science major is a full-time major. Students must be available for classes from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday each semester. Additional time commitments may be necessary for course work such as PET 3940 - Practicum in Fitness/Wellness  and PET 4941 - Internship in Fitness/Wellness .

GPA Requirements


Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all major coursework. 

Grading Requirements


Students must earn a C- or higher in all major coursework.

Research Opportunities - College of Education


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914 - Advanced Undergraduate Research Experience  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research (HIPUR) is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information - Exercise Science B.S.


For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Tampa, please select the following link for information about scheduling an  advising appointment:  https://www.usf.edu/education/about-us/advising.aspx

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Sarasota-Manatee, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment: https://www.sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of St. Pete, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment: https://www.stpetersburg.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/advisor/index.aspx

4 Year Plan of Study - Exercise Science B.S.


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Strength/Conditioning Coach
  • Physician Assistant

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

  • $39,000 - $100,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 6 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 9

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 9-12

2 Year Plan of Study - Exercise Science B.S.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 9

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 9-12