Exercise Science Degree, BS - Curriculum - Keiser University
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Exercise Science, BS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Flagship Residential Campus, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, Tampa

Program Description

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science combines both didactic instruction integrated with supervised practice and externships necessary to provide the student with the necessary tools to be successful in this field. The focus of this program is to prepare the student to take three nationally recognized and accredited field certifications. In addition, the coursework focuses on preparing the student with a strong foundation in science-based General Educations and a balanced offering of Core classes. Following graduation from the Exercise Science program, students will have the necessary requirements to pursue a degree in a variety of medical fields including physical therapy.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its objectives:

  • Develop a student’s ability to apply health and fitness assessments in the development, monitoring and motivation of individuals with exercise prescriptions;
  • Effectively prepare students to properly conduct and monitor exercise sessions in both healthy and special populations;
  • Apply learned principles to properly conduct assessments and measurements in sports performance assessments in both healthy and special populations and interpret the results;
  • Analyze and apply principles related to the human movement system as well as using corrective exercise strategies to correct dysfunctional movement patterns;
  • Prepare graduates for careers in Exercise Science and/or further education.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

At a minimum, students must successfully complete (with a minimum of a 2.0 or “C” grade in each of these courses) the following two general education requirements before beginning any core coursework. The 2.0 or “C” grade in Human Anatomy and Physiology I is the minimum grade a student can earn before a student entering Human Anatomy and Physiology II.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, students must earn 120.0 credit hours.  Program requirements are as follows:

Lower Division Courses

Lower Division Exercise Science Major Courses (12.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Kinesiology 4.0 credit hours
Principles of Health and Fitness OR 4.0 credit hours
Integrated Fitness Programming 4.0 credit hours
Health and Performance Assessment 4.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
Americal Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algerbra (required) 3.0 credit hours
Statistics (required) 3.0 credit hours
Physics (8.0 credit hours)
Physics I 3.0 credit hours
Physics I Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Physics II 3.0 credit hours
Physics II Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Natural Science (20.0 credit hours)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0 credit hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0 credit hours
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
General Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
General Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
General Chemistry Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Advanced Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory 1.0 credit hour

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Exercise Science Major Courses (43.0 credit hours)
Motor Development and Learning 4.0 credit hours
Strength Training and Conditioning 4.0 credit hours
Research Methods in Health & Human Performance 4.0 credit hours
Nutrition in Health and Exercise 4.0 credit hours
Corrective Exercise Techniques 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 4.0 credit hours
Physiology of Fitness & Exercise 4.0 credit hours
Exercise Programming for Special Populations 4.0 credit hours
Integrated Studies in Exercise Science Capstone -or- Exercise Science Externship III (subject to approval in place of capstone) 4.0 credit hours
Externship I 3.5 credit hours
Externship II 3.5 credit hours
Open Electives (16.0 credits)

Note: All general education courses should be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.

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