Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Competence: To utilize knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate health behavior and risk factors; develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based exercise and wellness programs, and employ behavioral strategies to motivate individuals to adopt and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors.
  • Professional Interaction and Communication: To interact and communicate effectively by presenting information in oral and written formats, collaborating with professionals and peers, expressing ideas clearly, and giving and receiving feedback.
  • Professional Behavior and Involvement: To model professional behaviors (including preparedness, engagement, and appearance), and demonstrate professional involvement across the major.
  • Ethical Reasoning: To make well-informed and unbiased decisions to enhance the well-being of others
  • Critical Thinking: To demonstrate clear and accurate reasoning to make decisions and solve problems.

Related Links

Exercise Science, BS Program Page

Exercise Science Program Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement – Exercise Science

1st Major: Exercise Science

  • Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
  • Major GPA (includes Major Requirements and College Wide Requirements): 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements57
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours46


Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 29 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 29 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Students may choose to earn a BS in Exercise Science as preparation for graduate studies in many health care related fields. In this case, the student should learn what prerequisites are required for his/her intended graduate program and take those courses as electives while completing the Exercise Science Program.
  • This program prepares you to sit for national examinations. While professional licensure/certification is not required, some employers may require certification.
Required Basic Courses
Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
ERS 100Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content 13
ERS 101Applied Anatomy/Lab 13
ERS 201Exercise Physiology with Lab 13
ERS 202Biomechanics with Lab 13
ERS 300Research Methods in Exercise Science 13
ERS 301Aerobic Exercise Leadership 13
ERS 302Exercise Leadership: Resistance Training 13
Required Upper Level Courses
Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
ERS 424Nutrition and Exercise 13
or HLTH 424 Nutrition and Exercise
ERS 400Wellness coaching and Program Management 13
ERS 401Fitness Assessment 13
ERS 402Exercise Prescription 13
ERS 403Advanced Exercise Physiology 13
ERS 410Clinical Exercise Physiology 13
ERS 411Exercise Science: Special Populations and Conditions 13
ERS 412Exercise Science: Senior Synthesis 13
ERS 450Exercise Science Internship 112
Total Hours57

Natural Science and Math College Wide Requirements

Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Exercise Science - BS (6149)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019
Revised 10.27.2020
UCC 10.13.2020