Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (BS) / Pre-Physician Assistant (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-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2: Earn a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in five years rather than six. In the first three years, you complete your exercise science major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU PA program. At the end of your second year, you apply for admission into the SRU PA program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU PA 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-Physician Assistant (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your exercise science major and the pre-requisites for the SRU PA program and apply to the SRU PA program in your senior year.

Related Links

Exercise Science - Pre-Physician Assistant, 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

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements57
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives15

* 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
Subtotal15
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
Subtotal16
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
Subtotal21
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
Subtotal36
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 Physician Assistant Prerequisite Courses

BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab4
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
BIOL 210Medical Microbiology with Lab3
or BIOL 330 Microbiology/Lab
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 108General Chemistry II3
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
ERS 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators

Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies) website for requirements: http://www.sru.edu/pa

Liberal Studies and Rock Studies

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Physician Assistant
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab4
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
BIOL 210Medical Microbiology with Lab3
or BIOL 330 Microbiology/Lab
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
Inferential Statistics Course 13
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
ERS 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
Total Hours37

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-PA (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
FallHours
ERS 100
Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content
or Applied Anatomy/Lab
3
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
 Hours17
Spring
ERS 100
Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content
or Applied Anatomy/Lab
3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 1 3
BIOL 104 Principles of Biology with Lab (or Rock Studies) 4
Rock Studies 6
Computer Competency Course (only if needed) 0-1
 Hours16-17
Second Year
Fall
ERS 201
Exercise Physiology with Lab
or Biomechanics with Lab
3
BIOL 104 Principles of Biology with Lab (or Rock Studies) 4
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 1 3
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
Rock Studies 3
 Hours17
Spring
ERS 201
Exercise Physiology with Lab
or Biomechanics with Lab
3
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
ERS 250 Medical Terminology 3
Rock Studies 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall
ERS 300 Research Methods in Exercise Science 3
ERS 301 Aerobic Exercise Leadership 3
ERS 302 Exercise Leadership: Resistance Training 3
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 3
 Hours16
Spring
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
BIOL 330
Microbiology/Lab 3
or Medical Microbiology with Lab
3
 Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
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
3
Rock Studies 6
 Hours18
Spring
ERS 450 Exercise Science Internship 4 12
 Hours12
 Total Hours**130-131

SRU Physician Assistant Program begins in the Summer. 

** 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-Physician Assistant SRU Traditional (PA)
Revised: 10.15.2020