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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science (BS)

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Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences


“Slippery Rock’s Exercise Science program has prepared me immensely for graduate school. In my current graduate course, the professor asked how many students were held accountable for physical activity in any of their undergraduate courses. Three students raised their hands. Each of the three students were previous graduates of Slippery Rock’s Exercise Science program! Not one other student in a class of over 30 was able to say that as an undergraduate student. I would not have chosen any other undergraduate program other than Exercise Science to prepare me for graduate level work”.

    Natalie Donnelly ‘07, Slippery Rock University Graduate



“The extensive hands-on experience that is incorporated into the SRU Exercise Science program, as well as the energetic and caring staff, more than prepared me for a job in the field. Faculty helped me to develop the skills necessary to seek out opportunities in the field even as an undergraduate student. These experiences, together with the excellent curriculum, helped me to secure a position as Health & Fitness Director at the YMCA even before finishing my internship”.


Renae Wilson ‘07   Slippery Rock University Graduate


The Exercise Science major prepares undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to work as professionals in the health and fitness industry. Exercise Science professionals are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, developing and implementing safe and effective exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. Exercise Science professionals perform these activities in commercial, university, corporate, or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion, fitness and sports performance activities.

The Exercise Science program at Slippery Rock University is one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the country. Students are prepared to become leaders in the industry while developing expertise in utilizing cutting edge technology and hands on learning experiences under the careful supervision of a student-centered faculty. The curriculum provides a strong science base including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics, and then allows application of this knowledge in practical experiences working with “real” people. As graduates from the Exercise Science program, students are prepared for a wide range of careers or continued education in areas such as exercise physiology, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and chiropractics.

The Exercise Science Program became one of the first six schools in the nation to receive the maximum five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), the largest programmatic accreditor in the health-sciences field. The program is also endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. With a degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University, students are recognized as qualified and respected professionals in the field.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Exercise Science Program at Slippery Rock University is to develop competent and contributing entry-level professionals in the field of exercise science in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (abilities) learning domains. This is accomplished by providing quality academic preparation that incorporates both classroom and supervised practical experiences.

Program Outcomes
1. Professional Interaction and Communication - To interact and communicate effectively by presenting information in oral, written, and technology formats; collaborating with professionals and peers; expressing ideas clearly; and giving and receiving feedback. (Cognitive, Psychomotor)
2. Professional Competence - To utilize knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate health behavior and risk factors; develop, implement, and evaluate exercise and wellness programs, and employ behavioral strategies to motivate individuals to adopt and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. (Cognitive, Psychomotor)
3. Professional Ethics and Conduct - To demonstrate behavior that preserves the integrity of a profession, prevents misrepresentation, and protects the consumer. (Affective)
4. Professional and Personal Development - To continuously improve knowledge, skills, and abilities and to uphold a professional image through actions and appearance. (Cognitive, Psychomotor, Affective)
5. Professional Decision Making (Problem Solving) - To demonstrate critical thinking by making decisions based on multiple perspective and evidence-based practice. (Cognitive, Psychomotor, Affective)

Policy for admission into the Exercise Science Major

  University acceptance to pursue the Exercise Science major does NOT guarantee admission into the Exercise Science program. Formal application to the Exercise Science Major must be completed by the student according to the following procedures:

1.   It is the student’s responsibility to submit an Application to the Major form to the ERS Department Office (Patterson 304) in the semester in which he/she is enrolled in 48 credit hours. 

2. The application must be submitted by December 1st in the Fall and May 1st in the Spring. 

3. Entering transfers from other universities or SRU students changing their major to Exercise Science with earned credits beyond 48 have a one-semester extension.

4. By the beginning of the semester following application, students will receive notification of acceptance or denial to the major according to the following:

  1. Acceptance - The student has fulfilled all major requirements in the section Prerequisites For Admission to Exercise Science Program (see MY ROCK AUDIT), including completion of courses and required Career Exploration, and has an overall and major QPA of 2.75. Once the student has been accepted into the Exercise Science Major it will take the student at least three semesters to complete the curriculum plus a 12-credit internship.
  2. First Denial - Not fulfilling the requirements as stated above will result in a first denial. Failure to submit an application will also result in a first denial. Students who are denied for the first time are not permitted to take Required Upper Level courses. Students must reapply for a second time the following semester.
  3. Second Denial - If students do not meet the requirements again, they are denied the second time. Failure to submit an application will also result in a second denial. In the case of a second denial, students are not retained in the major and their major is changed to Exploratory. (Students may enroll in Required Basic Courses during this time). Students are not permitted to reapply to the Exercise Science Major for one year following a second denial. If after one year the student has an overall and major QPA of 2.75, he/she may reapply and repeat the application process as stated previously.         

Policy for retention in the Exercise Science Major

Students who are admitted into the program must maintain a major and overall QPA of 2.75 and earn a “C” or better in ALL Required Upper Level Courses. Students are not permitted to do their internship unless they have met QPA and grade standards for Required Upper Level Courses. Failure to maintain academic standards will result in a one semester probationary period in which the student must remedy any deficiencies. If he/she is not able to attain the necessary QPA requirements or grade standards by the end of the probationary period, he/she will be removed from the program permanently.

Policy for changing to the Exercise Science Major

Any student changing his/her major to Exercise Science MUST have an overall QPA of 2.75.

Additional Costs Associated with the Exercise Science Major

Students are required to maintain current CPR/AED and Student Professional Liability Insurance while enrolled in ERS412 and current First Aid, CPR/AED and Student Professional Liability Insurance while enrolled in ERS450 at their own cost. 


Requirements for the Major - Credits: 54

Required Courses

Required ES Upper Level Courses - Credits: 33

Note: Acceptance into major necessary to take the following courses. Students must earn a “C” or better in all of the following courses.

College/Department Requirements (Liberal Studies) - Credits: 15

Other Liberal Studies - Credits: 37

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