May 21, 2019  
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science (BS)

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Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences


“I am now in my second semester at East Carolina University in the Exercise Physiology graduate program.  It is amazing how advanced Slippery Rock’s Exercise Science program is in comparison to other programs.  Some students in my class had never taken a blood pressure or skinfold measurement before let alone have experience with EKGs, stress testing, metabolic equations, fitness assessments and personal training clients.  The knowledge and hands on experience I have gained from SRU has helped me tremendously.  I am so proud to represent SRU Exercise Science! ”

Anna Kate Bires


“I am about half-way through my first semester of graduate school at Chatham for Occupational Therapy, along with four other SRU Exercise Science grads.  We have found that the exercise science faculty has prepared us so well for graduate school compared to others in our class (especially study habits).”

Julie Black


“Slippery Rock started it all for me. The exercise science program afforded me the opportunities to pursue the career path towards my master’s degree.  I am now getting ready to graduate with a Master of Medical Science and work as a Physician Assistant.”

Andrea Campbell


“I am about half-way through my first semester of physical therapy (PT) school and I must say that after experiencing our first round of exams I couldn’t be prouder of my undergraduate education! I can’t even begin to describe how well the Exercise Science Program prepared me.  Between client interaction, assessments and prescribing exercise, PT school is just building on the strong foundation of my degree.  I really do feel a step ahead of the other students in my program!”

Jackie Martin


“I would highly recommend SRU Exercise Science as preparation for medical school.  Admission committees seemed to really like the fact that I was not the typical biology or biochemistry major applying to their school.  As you know, when the twenty applications being reviewed with yours are coming from Ivy League schools, it is a must to have things that make yours jump out.  Having a ‘non-traditional’ pre-med major is a great way to do this.  Also, most medical schools want their students to have some type of research experience. While the majority of applicants do, very few have any interest in the research they did and many didn’t even understand what they did. A great thing about Exercise Science was the fact that I could get involved with a research project that I enjoyed and completely understood. My advice is to study what interests you. In hindsight, Exercise Science at SRU was the best path for me to medical school, and I would highly recommend it to others.”

Jeremy Gebhart


“The Exercise Science program at Slippery Rock University builds the foundation of a lifetime for pursuing any career in the medical field. As a graduate from the Exercise Science program at Slippery Rock University and currently a Doctorate of Physical Therapy student here as well, I have excelled in nearly every aspect and feel far ahead of the game.  I attribute my success as a physical therapy student to one of the best Exercise Science programs in the nation, which has prepared me for just about anything.  The program combines a truly excellent staff with an intense, hands-on curriculum that is top-notch.” 

Phil Scalise


Program Overview

The Exercise Science major at SRU prepares undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills to be accepted and successful in a variety of graduate programs in the health care professions. Students will also be prepared to work as a professional in the health and fitness industry. Exercise Science professionals graduating from our program are skilled in:

·         Evaluating health behaviors & risk factors

·         Conducting fitness assessments

·         Developing and implementing safe & effective exercise prescriptions

·         Motivating individuals to modify health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors


The Exercise Science program at Slippery Rock University is one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the country. Students in this major 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 knowledge in practical experiences working with “real” people. The Exercise Science Program became one of the first six schools in the nation to receive 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, graduates are recognized as qualified and respected professionals in the field.


Mission Statement

Transform individuals into a team of critically thinking scientists prepared for success in a variety of graduate studies and professions in health, wellness, and fitness.


Program Outcomes

·         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.   

·         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. 

·         Professional Ethics and Conduct:

To demonstrate behavior that preserves the integrity of a profession, prevents misrepresentation, and protects the consumer.

·         Professional and Personal Development:

To continuously improve knowledge, skills, and abilities and to uphold a professional image through actions and appearance.

·         Critical Thinking

To demonstrate clear and accurate reasoning to make decisions and solve problems.



Effective for students entering the major Fall 2012 and after

I.  Policy for achieving and maintaining “Sufficient Academic Performance”* 

    A.     At the end of the semester in which a student has earned 40 credits (and every semester thereafter), the Major and Overall GPA will be reviewed:

         i.     A student must earn a 2.75 Major and Overall GPA to achieve “Sufficient Academic Performance” and continue in the Exercise Science major.

        ii.     A student earning below a 2.75 in either the Major or Overall GPA at any time after earning 40 credits will be placed on a “one semester probation.” ** He/she must increase his/her     GPA to 2.75 or higher by the end of the “one semester probation” or be PERMANENTLY removed from the Exercise Science major. The student will be notified by email of his/her status following the “one semester probation.” A student who has not achieved “Sufficient Academic Performance” will have his/her major changed to Exploratory and ERS - Exercise Science Major courses will be removed from his/her schedule.

         iii.     A student can be placed on a “one semester probation” a maximum of two times as an Exercise Science major. He/she will be PERMANENTLY removed from the Exercise Science major if his/her Major or Overall GPA drops below a 2.75 a third time. 

         iv.     A student on a “one semester probation” may not enroll in Required 400 Level Courses unless he/she is repeating the course(s).


   B.     A transfer student who enters from another university or a Slippery Rock University student who changes his/her major to Exercise Science:

         i.     With 40 or more earned credits will have a one-semester extension before his/her Major and Overall GPA are reviewed to determine if he/she has achieved “Sufficient Academic Performance”.

         ii.     With less than 40 earned credits will follow Policy I.A above.

   C.     An incoming FYRST student earning college credits prior to entering SRU may reach 40 credits before completing two semesters at SRU. In this case, the review to determine “Sufficient Academic Performance” will not begin until the student has completed two semesters as a student in the Exercise Science major.


II.     Policy for earning acceptable grades in Required 400 Level Courses

          A.  A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in Required 400 Level Courses.

          B.  A student will not be permitted to begin an internship unless he/she has “Sufficient Academic Performance” and he/she has earned a grade of “C” or better in Required 400 Level Courses.

          C.  A student must also earn a grade of “C” or better in ERS400, ERS401, ERS402, and ERS403 before he/she is allowed to take ERS410, ERS411, and ERS412.


III.   Policy for changing to the Exercise Science major

          A.   A Slippery Rock University student wishing to change his/her major to Exercise Science MUST have an overall GPA of 2.75.


IV.   Additional costs associated with the Exercise Science major

         A.    A student in the Exercise Science major is required to maintain current CPR/AED, First Aid, and Student Professional Liability Insurance while enrolled in ERS412 and ERS450 at his/her own cost. (On-line CPR/AED and First Aid certifications are not acceptable).


* “Sufficient Academic Performance” is defined as having a Major and Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.  The Major GPA is comprised of Required Basic Courses, Required 400 Level Courses and Exercise and Rehabilitative Science College Wide Requirements.  Please see My Rock Audit for specific courses.


** “One semester probation” is defined as the initial semester after which “Sufficient Academic Performance” was not achieved and the first occurring summer.           





Requirements for the Major - Credits: 57

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