Exercise Science Major

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Exercise science is the study of how the human body responds and adapts to exercise. In practice, exercise scientists are responsible for designing and implementing exercise programs for a wide breadth of populations. They work to improve the performance of athletes by performing physiological assessments and using that information to design effective training programs. They also work with members of the general population who are interested in improving their health and reducing their disease risk. Exercise scientists may also specialize in working with those with pre-existing disease such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary challenges and cancer.

See the Exercise Science website for more information.

Admission to the Program

  • • Students initially declare as an Exercise Science Intent.

  • Once the student has met all of the following criteria, they will be transitioned to the Exercise Science Major.

    • Minimum of 12 credits completed at SUNY Brockport
    • Overall institutional GPA ≥ 2.75
    • Completion of PES 335 with a “C+” or better (typically taken 1st semester sophomore year)

Program Requirements

Students in the Exercise Science major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

In order to complete the Exercise Science degree students must:

  • Earn a C or better in all in major required and elective classes
  • Possess an in major Brockport GPA ≥ 2.75.

Students are encouraged to note the prerequisites for PEP 458.

  • PEP 458 - Internship in Exercise Science is taken once the student has completed all required PES/PEP courses with a grade of a C or better. In order to submit an application for the internship course, and complete the internship, the student must have an in major Brockport GPA ≥ 2.75.

General Education Requirements (37 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (58-61 credits)

Prerequisites (3 credits)

Required Courses (66 credits)

  • BIO 321 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 322 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PES 325 Kinesiological Bases for Exercise and Sport
  • PES 335 Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport
  • PES 460 Ethics of Sports
  • PES 420 Biomechanics
  • PES 410 Physiology of Exercise II
  • PES 415 Nutrition for Exercise and Sport
  • PBH 488 Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology*
  • PES 413 Motor Development
  • PEP 305 Strength and Conditioning for Exercise Science
  • PES 311 Athletic Training for Exercise Science
  • CHM 205 College Chemistry I*
  • CHM 206 College Chemistry II
  • PEP 361 Cardiac Rehabilitation: Theory and Applications
  • PES 416 Exercise Physiology Laboratory Techniques
  • PEP 458 Internship in Exercise Science
  • PES 417 Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • PEP 455 Practicum for Exercise Programming

Elective Courses (3 courses required; 9-12 credits)

  • PES 401 Physical Activity in Adulthood
  • PES 405 Obesity in Society*
  • PES 439 Motor Learning
  • PES 495 Problems in Physical Education
  • PES 499 Independent Study
  • BIO 285 Biology of Aging*
  • BIO 467 Biochemistry I
  • BIO 468 Biochemistry II
  • CHM 305 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 306 Organic Chemistry II
  • MTH 201 Calculus I*
  • PHS 205 Introduction to Physics I*
  • PHS 210 Introduction to Physics II

Only one of the following courses may count as an elective:

  • PES 350 History of Sport, Play and Exercise
  • PES 430 Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • PES 441 Sport and Society
  • PES 445 Social Psychology of Sport
  • PES 446 Sports Spectating in the United States
  • PES 451 The Modern Olympic Games

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (7-13 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Completion of all college-wide degree requirements 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. The student will be able to describe the core principles of exercise physiology and related exercise science for the general population.
  2. The student will be able to independently evaluate the five components of fitness of a client and then design an appropriate, safe, and effective training program to meet the client's needs.
  3. The student will identify the principles of clinical exercise physiology, as well as describe the pathophysiology of disease and their associated risk factors.
  4. The student will describe the principles of nutrition and physical activity behavior change in order to promote healthful living.
  5. The student will identify and explain the issues of safety, injury prevention, emergency procedures and program administration related to exercise program development and implementation.
  6. The student will apply the principles of exercise science in a practical learning environment.
  7. The student will describe the ethical demands/challenges of the exercise science related professions and the human/social context in which graduates will work.
  8. As a result of preparation by our curriculum, students will be prepared for, and participate in, a national credentialing exam (i.e. ACSM HFS, NSCA CSCS, etc.).
  9. Our undergraduates will complete their B.S. degree in Exercise Science and will be employed and/or accepted to graduate school within a year of graduation.