Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

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


  • 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. UO 3,4,5
  • 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. UO 1
  • Professional Behavior and Involvement: To model professional behaviors (including preparedness, engagement, and appearance), and demonstrate professional involvement across the major. UO 5,7,9
  • Ethical Reasoning: To make well-informed and unbiased decisions to enhance the well-being of others. UO 8,10
  • Critical Thinking: To demonstrate clear and accurate reasoning to make decisions and solve problems. UO 2

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 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 major and the pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program and apply to the SRU DPT program in your senior year.

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 (EXSC 100’s, EXSC 200’s, EXSC 300’s) and Required Upper Level Courses (EXSC 400’s, EXSC 410’s, EXSC 424, EXSC 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 EXSC - 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 EXSC 412 and EXSC 450 at their own cost. More information will be provided to students in the upper level EXSC courses.
    3. EXSC 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


Exercise Science - Pre-Physical Therapy, BS Program Page

Exercise Science Program Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page



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


Rock Studies 2 Requirements44
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements57
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements15
Additional Physical Therapy Prerequisite Courses18

* 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.


The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 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 2094
Physical Science Inquiry
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 2,312
Total Hours44

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


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 


  • 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
EXSC 100Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content 1,23
EXSC 101Applied Anatomy/Lab 1,23
EXSC 201Exercise Physiology with Lab 1,23
EXSC 202Biomechanics with Lab 1,23
EXSC 300Research Methods in Exercise Science 1,23
EXSC 301Aerobic Exercise Leadership 1,23
EXSC 302Exercise Leadership: Resistance Training 1,23
Required Upper Level Courses
Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
EXSC 400Wellness coaching and Program Management 1,23
EXSC 401Fitness Assessment 1,23
EXSC 402Exercise Prescription 1,23
EXSC 403Advanced Exercise Physiology 1,23
EXSC 410Clinical Exercise Physiology 1,23
EXSC 411Exercise Science: Special Populations and Conditions 1,23
EXSC 412Exercise Science: Senior Synthesis 1,23
EXSC 424Nutrition and Exercise 1,23
EXSC 450Exercise Science Internship 1,26
EXSC 450Exercise Science Internship6
Total Hours57


Must earn a “C” or better in the following courses
BIOL 2094
BIOL 3094
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab 14
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I 13
Total Hours15


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 105Introduction to Psychology3
PSYCSee 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:

Rock Studies 2

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Physical Therapy
Select one of the following:6-8
BIOL 209
& BIOL 309

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 Hours31-33

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 Summer 2022
Revised 06.10.2022
UCC 03.01.2022


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
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 1 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 2 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content 3  
Applied Anatomy/Lab 3  
PHYS 202 Elements of Physics II/ Lab 3 4
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 1,3 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 6
Computer Competency Course (only if needed) 0-1
Second Year
Select one of the following: 3
Exercise Physiology with Lab 3  
Biomechanics with Lab 3  
BIOL 209 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 1,3 4
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 6
Select one of the following: 3
Exercise Physiology with Lab 3  
Biomechanics with Lab 3  
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3 3
BIOL 309 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 4
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Rock Studies 2 Requirement OR Elective 6
Third Year
EXSC 300 Research Methods in Exercise Science 3 3
EXSC 301 Aerobic Exercise Leadership 3 3
EXSC 302 Exercise Leadership: Resistance Training 3 3
Psychology Course (See My Rock Audit for options) 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
EXSC 400 Wellness coaching and Program Management 3 3
EXSC 401 Fitness Assessment 3 3
EXSC 402 Exercise Prescription 3 3
EXSC 403 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Fourth Year
EXSC 410 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 3
EXSC 411 Exercise Science: Special Populations and Conditions 3 3
EXSC 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
EXSC 450 Exercise Science Internship 3,4,5 12
 Total Hours**127-128

** 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: 02.10.2023