Program Requirements for Students in Fall 2019 Catalog and After:
- completion of Areas A-F
- completion of the following two Area F courses, with a minimum grade of “C” or better on the first attempt (WF counts as an attempt) — competitive applicants will have a grade of “B-” or better in each: KH 2220K and 2230K
- submission of the major application, including a statement of purpose not to exceed 1,000 words, which addresses 1) your educational and career objectives and how an Exercise Science degree will help you achieve those goals, and 2) lists extracurricular activities, including jobs, volunteer work, student clubs/organizations, etc.
Program Requirements for Students in Fall 2016 through Summer 2019 Catalogs:
- completion of Areas A-E
- completion of the following four Area F courses, with a minimum grade of “C” or better on the first attempt (WF counts as an attempt) — competitive applicants will have a grade of “B-” or better in each: KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, and KH 2231
- submission of the major application, including astatement of purpose not to exceed 1,000 words, which addresses1) your educational and career objectives and how an Exercise Science degree will help you achieve those goals, and 2) listsextracurricular activities, including jobs, volunteer work, student clubs/organizations, etc.
Program Requirements for Students in Catalogs Prior to Fall 2016:
- completion of Areas A-E
- completion of the following two courses with a minimum grade of “C” and minimum combined course grade point average of 2.5 in no more than two attempts per course: KH 2220 (Anatomy in Kinesiology & Health) and KH 2230 (Physiology in Kinesiology & Health)
- submission of the major application
Program of Study
B.S. in Exercise Science
Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations
Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum.MATH 1111is a prerequisite for B.S. Exercise Science majors. The Department of Kinesiology and Health recommends that students takeMATH 1111in Area A2. If a student choosesMATH 1101or lower in Area A2,they must still completeMATH 1111prior to takingKH 3600in Area G. The department recommends taking CHEM 1151K/1152K or PHYS 1111K/1112K as the 2 course sequence in Area D (the 1 extra credit hour will count in Area G).MATH 1112orMATH 1113are prerequisites for PHYS1111K/1112K. The department recommends takingPSYC 1101for Area E.
Semester hours are shown in parentheses after an entry.
Area F. Courses Appropriate for a Major (18)
KH 2130Introduction to Kinesiology and Health (3)
KH 2220KAnatomy and Lab in Kinesiology and Health (4)
KH 2230KPhysiology and Lab in Kinesiology and Health (4)
KH 2520Principles of Physical Activity and Fitness (3)
Choose One Course (4):
The course cannot be used in Area D.
BIOL 1103KIntroductory Biology I (4)
BIOL 1104KIntroductory Biology II (4)
BIOL 2107Principles of Biology I (3) andBIOL 2107LPrinciples of Biology I Laboratory (1)
BIOL 2108Principles of Biology II (3) and [BIOL 2108L) Principles of Biology II Laboratory (1)
CHEM 1151KSurvey of Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 1152KSurvey of Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 1211KPrinciples of Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 1212Principles of Chemistry II (4)
PHYS 1111KIntroductory Physics I (4)
PHYS 1112KIntroductory Physics II (4)
PHYS 2211KPrinciples of Physics I (4)
PHYS 2212KPrinciples of Physics II (4)
KH 2220KandKH 2230Kmay be attempted only once. A WF counts as an attempt. Transfer students who transfer these course(s) into Georgia State University, may use the grades in the last attempted transferred course or they may attempt them (once) at Georgia State University.
A grade of “C” or higher is required forKH 2130andKH 2520.
Students can petition to useBIOL 2110KandBIOL 2120Kin place ofKH 2220KandKH 2230K; however, a student must still receive a “C” or higher in each course.
Area G. Major Courses (54)
A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses in Area G.
To enroll in the upper-level courses listed below, students must be declared B.S. Exercise Science students. Students must complete the prerequisites for these courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
KH 3500Integrative Aspects of Human Movement in Health and Performance (3)
KH 3550Statistics and Evaluation in Exercise Science (3)
KH 3600Biomechanics (3)
KH 3650Physiology of Exercise-CTW (4)
KH 4280Psychology of Physical Activity (3)
KH 4290Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)
KH 4300Neuromuscular Physiology and Plasticity (3)
KH 4350Fitness Program Management-CTW (3)
KH 4360Clinical Exercise Physiology (4)
KH 4600Advanced Biomechanics for Exercise Science (3)
KH 4630Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (4)
Select six or more:
A minimum of 9 credits must be KH electives.
BIOL 2240Introduction to Human Physiology (3) andBIOL 2250Human Physiology Laboratory (1)
BIOL 2300Microbiology and Public Health (3) andBIOL 2310Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory (1)
CNHP 2010Medical Terminology for Healthcare (3)
GERO 4200Health and the Older Adult (3) (same as SNHP 4200)
GERO 4610Psychology of Aging (3) (same as PSYC 4610)
KH 3680International Experience in Sport and Exercise Science (3)
KH 3760Special Topics in Kinesiology and Health (3)
KH 3820Research Methods in Kinesiology (3)
KH 4380Obesity and Related Complications (3)
KH 4400Environmental Exercise Physiology (3)
KH 4430Advanced Concepts in Strength Training and Performance (4)
KH 4440Exercise Biochemistry (3)
KH 4620Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology (3)
KH 4640Principles and Practice of Program Design (3)
MATH 1111College Algebra (3)
PSYC 3450Health Psychology (3)
NUTR 2100Principles of Nutrition (3)
NUTR 3100Nutrition and Health (3)
NUTR 3500Macronutrient Nutrition (3)
NUTR 4960Nutrition and Physical Fitness (3)
RT 3005Clinical Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)
SOCI 4230Sociology of Health and Illness (3)
Other courses may be selected with consent of adviser.
Area H. Practicum (6 semester hours)
Students must successfully complete all courses in Area G to be authorized to enroll in Area H courses. Students cannot enroll in other courses while completing Area H requirements without the consent of the program advisor. A grade of “S” is required in all courses in Area H. This experience is established with the assistance of the Program advisor and the Internship Coordinator.
KH 4750Practicum in Exercise Science (1)*
Select One (5):
KH 4760Internship in Exercise Science (5)
KH 4800Research Fellowship in Exercise Science (5)**
*Students are required to complete an Exit Exam. This exam is given inKH 4750Practicum in Exercise Science and must be passed in order to successfully completeKH 4750and graduate. Students are also required to take a national certification exam from a list of department-approved certification exams and report their results in order to successfully completeKH 4750Practicum in Exercise Science.
**Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 5 credit hours that may extend beyond one semester but no more than three semesters.
Total Program: minimum of 120 semester hours
Program Financial Information
Lab fees are associated with several courses within the Exercise Science program. In addition, B.S. majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the university and the college.
The exercise science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES).
Internships give students practical experience in planning, organizing, assessing and implementing programs in exercise science, including but not limited to, industrial fitness, health clubs, rehabilitation clinics, wellness centers and athletic clubs.
The Department of Kinesiology and Health in accord with the College of Education and the other colleges and departments of the university seeks an ever-increasing degree of excellence in a wide variety of programs. The Department’s mission includes:
Recognizing that physical activity is vital for all people, the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State seeks to:
- discover new knowledge and advance the understanding of the role of physical activity in attaining optimal health and well-being,
- educate members of society and prepare future professionals, and
- promote healthy lifestyles through life-long activity and learning.
The Department provides professional preparation and continuing education in each of these fields, generates and communicates knowledge, and serves the community with emphasis on the urban setting of which it is a part. The Department recognizes the necessity of cross cultural competence and actively supports international development activities in research, teaching and service. Although the Department is diverse in the disciplines it embraces, the members of the faculty are united in their interdisciplinary commitment to the highest quality in all of these pursuits.
Student Learning Outcome Goals and Competencies for the BS Exercise Science Program:
1: Content Knowledge
Students should have an understanding of content, principles, and research related to anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, movement performance and psychology of physical activity courses
2: Practical Skills
Students should be able to develop, conduct, and communicate safe and effective assessments and programs associated with physical activity, wellness and exercise in clinical and non-clinical populations.
3: Professional Development
Students should be able to demonstrate evidence-based critical thinking and problem solving, as well as the professional attributes related to a successful career in exercise science.