Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (BS) / Pre-Physical Therapy (SRU) (3+3) - Liberal Studies

Exercise Science 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.

What are your options?

Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3: Earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy in six years rather than seven. In the first three years, you complete your exercise science major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program. During your third undergraduate year, you apply for admission into the SRU DPT program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU DPT program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.

Pre-Physical Therapy (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your exercise science major and the pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program and apply to the SRU DPT program in your senior year.

Related Links

Exercise Science - Pre-Physical Therapy, BS Program Page

Exercise Science Program Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement – Exercise Science

1st Major: Exercise Science

  • Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher
  • Major GPA (includes Major Requirements and College Wide Requirements): 2.00 or higher

2nd Major: Pre-PT SRU 3+3 Exercise Science

  • Overall GPA: 3.00 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements45

* 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. However, because this is a pre-professional program, credits taken during the 1st year of the graduate program are applied toward the undergraduate credit hours to meet the 120 credits required for your undergraduate degree.

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
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
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

  • If you choose to pursue Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 Exercise Science and are not accepted into the DPT program, then ERS 450: Internship is required to complete a first major of Exercise Science. Please refer to the Exercise Science Curriculum Guide.
Required Basic Courses
Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
ERS 100Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content3
ERS 101Applied Anatomy/Lab3
ERS 201Exercise Physiology with Lab3
ERS 202Biomechanics with Lab3
ERS 300Research Methods in Exercise Science3
ERS 301Aerobic Exercise Leadership3
ERS 302Exercise Leadership: Resistance Training3
Required Upper Level Courses (24 credits if accepted to SRU DPT Program)
Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
ERS 424Nutrition and Exercise3
or HLTH 424 Nutrition and Exercise
ERS 400Wellness coaching and Program Management3
ERS 401Fitness Assessment3
ERS 402Exercise Prescription3
ERS 403Advanced Exercise Physiology3
ERS 410Clinical Exercise Physiology3
ERS 411Exercise Science: Special Populations and Conditions3
ERS 412Exercise Science: Senior Synthesis3
Total Hours45

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
Total Hours13

Additional Physical Therapy Prerequisite Courses

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 108General Chemistry II3
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab1
PHYS 202Elements of Physics II/ Lab4
PSYCAdditional PSYC Course (see Rock Audit)3
Total Hours15

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements – Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy) website for requirements:

Liberal Studies and Rock Studies

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Physical Therapy
Select one of the following:6
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
and Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab
and Animal Physiology with Lab
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Select one of the following:8
Elements of Physics I with Lab
and Elements of Physics II/ Lab
General Physics I with Lab
and General Physics III/ Lab
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
or BIOL 325 Biometry with Lab
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
Additional Psychology Course 13
Total Hours31

Requirements for Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3

If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+3 designation will be removed from the student’s record:

  1. A 3.0 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
  2. The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).


Should a Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st two semesters (fall or spring) of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and wants to complete the original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of the undergraduate program Department Chair to determine which, if any, Physical Therapy courses will count toward the completion of his/her undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of their undergraduate major. Students may still apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program with an earned Bachelor’s degree.

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

PRE-PT SRU 3+3 (61P9)
This program is effective as of Fall 2016.
Revised 11.13.2020
UCC 10.13.2020