Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (BS) / Pre-Physical Therapy (SRU) (Traditional) - Rock 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

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement - Exercise Science

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


Rock Studies Requirements43
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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
Physical Science Inquiry
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours43

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.
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
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
ERS 450Exercise Science Internship12
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
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
PSYC XXXSee My Rock Audit for options3

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements

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

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)
PRE-PT (SRU Traditional)
Effective Fall 2019
Revised 11.13.2020
UCC 10.13.2020

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ERS 100
Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content
or Applied Anatomy/Lab
PHYS 201 Elements of Physics I with Lab 1 4
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 1 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 2 3
Rock Studies 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
ERS 100
Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content
or Applied Anatomy/Lab
PHYS 202 Elements of Physics II/ Lab 4
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 1 3
Rock Studies 6
Computer Competency Course (only if needed) 0-1
Second Year
ERS 201
Exercise Physiology with Lab
or Biomechanics with Lab
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 1 3
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Rock Studies 6
ERS 201
Exercise Physiology with Lab
or Biomechanics with Lab
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Rock Studies/Electives 6
Third Year
ERS 300 Research Methods in Exercise Science 3
ERS 301 Aerobic Exercise Leadership 3
ERS 302 Exercise Leadership: Resistance Training 3
Psychology Course (See My Rock Audit for options) 3
Rock Studies 3
ERS 400 Wellness coaching and Program Management 3
ERS 401 Fitness Assessment 3
ERS 402 Exercise Prescription 3
ERS 403 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
Rock Studies 3
Fourth Year
ERS 410 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3
ERS 411 Exercise Science: Special Populations and Conditions 3
ERS 412 Exercise Science: Senior Synthesis 3
ERS 424
Nutrition and Exercise
or Nutrition and Exercise
Rock Studies/Electives 3
ERS 450 Exercise Science Internship (Internship may be taken in the summer) 3 12
 Total Hours**122-123

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6149
Pre-Physical Therapy SRU Traditional (PT)
Revised: 10.15.2020