Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (BS)

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.

Academic Policies for Students in the Exercise Science Major

Effective for all Exercise Science Majors beginning Spring 2021

  1. Policy for earning acceptable grades in the Exercise Science program: 
    1. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in ALL Required Basic Courses (ERS 100’s, ERS 200’s, ERS 300’s) and Required Upper Level Courses (ERS 400’s, ERS 410’s, ERS 424, ERS 450).
    2. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in ALL Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements (BIOL 216, BIOL 217, STAT 152, PHYS 201).
    3. The Exercise Science curriculum is structured with pre-requisites. A student must earn a “C” or better in the pre-requisite course to be able to take the next course. See course catalog for pre-requisites.
    4. If a student does not earn a “C” or better, they will be required to:
      1. Retake the course
      2. They will be dropped from any course(s) in the following semester that requires a “C” or better as a pre-requisite (see course catalog for pre-requisites)
      3. Students will need to meet with their Academic Advisor and change their schedule accordingly
  2. SRU has a Repeat of Courses Policy as follows and it can be found in the course catalog: Repeat of Courses < Slippery Rock University (
    1. Students may attempt to improve their grade point average by repeating courses. The most recent grade earned is used in calculating the GPA even if the earlier grade was higher. If a passed course is repeated and failed (or NC), the student will lose both the grade points and credits previously earned. However, all grades will appear on the transcript. Courses in which a grade was earned at Slippery Rock University may not be repeated at any institution. A grade of W (withdraw) does not count as an earned grade.

      Students who repeat a course must do so using the same grading system under which they originally took the course. For example, a student who originally took a course graded A-F may not repeat the course on a P/NC, P/F, or audit basis. Students may not repeat a course by using any Credit by Examination program if they originally took the course on a graded A-F, P/NC, P/F, or audit basis.

      Undergraduate students will be limited to a maximum total of six repeats during their entire SRU academic career, excluding withdrawal grades.

      In addition, repeats of a single course will be limited to a maximum of two. This means, no single course may be taken more than three times (excluding withdrawal grades). The course repeat policy for post-baccalaureate students is the same as the undergraduate student policy. 
  3. Once the student has exceeded the SRU Repeat of Courses Policy, the student will have their major changed to Exploratory and ERS - Exercise Science Major courses will be removed from their schedule.
  4. Policy for changing to the Exercise Science major:
    1. A Slippery Rock University student wishing to change their major to Exercise Science MUST have an overall GPA of 2.00.
    2. A transfer student who enters from another University must have an overall GPA of 2.00.
  5. Additional costs associated with the Exercise Science major:
    1. Lab fees will be collected for exercise science classes with a lab component. This fee enhances the department's ability to offer a high-quality program. 
    2. A student in the Exercise Science major is required to maintain current CPR/AED, First Aid, and Student Professional Liability Insurance while enrolled in ERS 412 and ERS 450 at their own cost. More information will be provided to students in the upper level ERS courses.
    3. ERS 450 Internship: Certain sites may require one or more of the following: physical examinations, record of immunizations, TB test, criminal background checks, drug testing, specific certifications for CPR/AED (e.g., American Heart Association), and HIPAA training. These may require additional costs for students. Fulfilling these requirements and obtaining appropriate documentation is the responsibility of the student.

Updated September 14, 2021

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


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
Select 3 Credits3
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.
  • 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 1,23
ERS 101Applied Anatomy/Lab 1,23
ERS 201Exercise Physiology with Lab 1,23
ERS 202Biomechanics with Lab 1,23
ERS 300Research Methods in Exercise Science 1,23
ERS 301Aerobic Exercise Leadership 1,23
ERS 302Exercise Leadership: Resistance Training 1,23
Required Upper Level Courses
Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
ERS 424Nutrition and Exercise 1,23
or HLTH 424 Nutrition and Exercise
ERS 400Wellness coaching and Program Management 1,23
ERS 401Fitness Assessment 1,23
ERS 402Exercise Prescription 1,23
ERS 403Advanced Exercise Physiology 1,23
ERS 410Clinical Exercise Physiology 1,23
ERS 411Exercise Science: Special Populations and Conditions 1,23
ERS 412Exercise Science: Senior Synthesis 1,23
ERS 450Exercise Science Internship 1,26
ERS 450Exercise Science Internship 1,26
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 Lab 13
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 13
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I 13
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab 14
Total Hours13

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 Summer 2021.
Revised 06.30.21
UCC 03.02.2021

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content 3  
Applied Anatomy/Lab 3  
PHYS 201 Elements of Physics I with Lab 1,3 4
SUBJ 139University Seminar 2 3
Rock Studies 6
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content 3  
Applied Anatomy/Lab 3  
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 1,3 3
Rock Studies 9
Computer Competency Course (only if needed) 1
Second Year
Select one of the following: 3 3
Exercise Physiology with Lab 3  
Biomechanics with Lab 3  
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 1,3 3
Rock Studies 9
Select one of the following: 3 3
Exercise Physiology with Lab 3  
Biomechanics with Lab 3  
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3 3
Rock Studies/Electives 9
Third Year
ERS 300 Research Methods in Exercise Science 3 3
ERS 301 Aerobic Exercise Leadership 3 3
ERS 302 Exercise Leadership: Resistance Training 3 3
Rock Studies/Electives 6
ERS 400 Wellness coaching and Program Management 3 3
ERS 401 Fitness Assessment 3 3
ERS 402 Exercise Prescription 3 3
ERS 403 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3 3
Rock Studies/Electives 3
Fourth Year
ERS 410 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 3
ERS 411 Exercise Science: Special Populations and Conditions 3 3
ERS 412 Exercise Science: Senior Synthesis 3 3
Select one of the following: 3
Nutrition and Exercise 3  
Nutrition and Exercise 3  
Rock Studies/Electives 3-4
ERS 450 Exercise Science Internship (Internship may be taken in the summer) 3,4 12
 Total Hours**120-121

** 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
Revised: 10.11.2021