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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Health, Exercise Science Track

The Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences offers an Exercise Science concentration. This concentration culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Health (B.S.H.) degree.


Of major concern to society is the health and well-being of its citizens. Exercise Scientists are health care professionals that utilize knowledge of the human body's adaptive responses to exercise to address an individual's health, fitness, or performance goals.


Exercise Science students who wish to continue their academic studies will benefit from a well-rounded curriculum designed to prepare students for admission into graduate programs in Exercise Physiology or other Health Care professions. Exercise Science curriculum provides a strong foundation for students interested in an advanced degree in one of the Graduate Health Professions such as: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physician's Assistant (PA), Master of Prosthetics & Orthotics (MPO), Sports Psychology, and Pharmacy.


Exercise Science students who seek employment after receiving the undergraduate degree are successful in 4 distinct areas of employment:

  1. Clinical Exercise Physiology: health care based positions that incorporate exercise testing, prescription, and supervision for a wide spectrum of patients such as cardiac rehabilitation, elderly care, and weight management.
  2. Health and Fitness: develop and implement community or corporate wellness programs, wellness coach, and health and fitness programming.
  3. Human Performance: strength and conditioning coach, performance coach, and athletic exercise testing.
  4. Other Related fields: medical supply reps (pacemakers, artificial joints, medical instruments) and pharmaceutical representatives.

The B.S.H. Exercise Science Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

The 2016-2017 retention rate within the Program was 95%.


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Clinical Education

Bachelor of Science in Health, Exercise Science Track includes an internship component, so it is important to determine State Authorization of Distance Education and if you will be able to do an internship in other states, if desired. Please see the UNF State Authorization Status website for more information and updates. State Authorization of Distance Education is a complex and dynamic environment.

Major: Health Science Degree: Bachelor of Science in HealthConcentration: Exercise Science

Program of Study

Osprey Map (Course Sequence Guide)

Prerequisites (27 credits)

All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. For additional admission requirements, visit the Exercise Science admissions page.

  • MAC1105 (GM) College Algebra (3 Credits)
    • MACX105, MACX140, MACX147 and MACX311 are acceptable substitutes for MAC1105. P (passing) grade from Credit by exam (AP, CLEP) is acceptable for the minimum C grade requirement. 
  • BSC2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)
    • BSCX085/X085L, PETX322/X322L, APKX100C, and BSCX093/ X093L are acceptable substitutes for BSC2085C.
  • BSC2086C Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Credits)
    • BSCX086/X086L, PETX323/X323L, APKX105/X105L, and BSCX094/X094L are acceptable substitutes for BSC2086C. 
  • CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I with Lab
    • CHMX045/X045L and CHMX030 are acceptable substitutes for General Chemistry I with lab requirement.
  • STA2023 (GM) Elem Statistics-Business (3 Credits)
    • STAX023, STAX030 and MACX147 are acceptable substitutes for STA2023.
  • PSY2012 Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • HUN2201 Basic Prin Human Nutrition (3 Credits)
    • HUNX201, HUNX577 and HSCX100 are acceptable substitutes for HUN2201.
  • SPC2608 Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
    • SPCX600 and AEEX030c are acceptable substitutes for SPC2608.

Major Requirements (53 credits)

All Major, Elective, and Foreign Language requirements must be completed prior to internship. Any exceptions must have Program Director's approval. A minimum 2.0 UNF GPA is required prior to internship. Refer to course descriptions for prerequisite requirements.


The Exercise Science program sequencing schedule is available online on the course sequencing page. Honors in the major is available for those interested in pursuing research at graduate level after BSH graduation. See program director for more information.

  • HSC4612 Exercise Physio For Health Sci (3 Credits)
    • Recommended prerequisites: BSC2085C & BSC2086C
  • HSC4615L Lab Meth Ex Phys Hlth Sci (1 Credit)
    • Co-requisite: HSC4612
  • PET3768C Exercise Instruction (3 Credits)
  • ATR4610 Research Sports Med (3 Credits)
  • HSC4549 Adv Exercise Physiology (3 Credits)
  • APK4125 Exercise Prescription (3 Credits)
  • PET4550 Physical Fitness Assessment (1 Credit)
    • Prerequisite: HSC4612
  • PET3325 Functional Anatomy/Kinesiology (3 Credits)
    • Prerequisites: BSC2085C & BSC2086C
  • PET4627 Human Injury Prevention (3 Credits)
  • HSC3553 Pathophysiology (3 Credits)
  • PET3771C Business/Pract in Ex Phys (3 Credits)
  • PET3080 Physical Activity Epidemiology (3 Credits)
  • APK4165 Bioenergetics (3 Credits)
  • APK4120C Clinical Exercise Physiology (3 Credits)
    • Prerequisites: HSC4612, HSC4615L, & PET3080
  • APK4941 Exercise Physiology Practice (3 Credits)
  • PEP4135 Princ Strength/Conditioning (3 Credits)
    • Prerequisites: HSC4612 & PET3312C
  • PET4943 Pre Internship Ex Sci (3 Credits)
    • Must be completed in the semester immediately preceding PET4942 - Internship.
    • APK4912 Directed Independent Study - Honors in ES Research may substitute for Pre-Internship.
  • PET4942 Internship in Exercise Science (6 Credits)
    • Must be completed in the last academic semester of enrollment.
    • APK4971 Directed Independent Study - Honors in ES Thesis may substitute for Internship.

Free Electives (7 credits)

Major Electives must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

  • If you are considering a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), consider taking prerequisites required for the DPT program.
  • Hours previously used to meet any program requirements cannot be applied to this Elective area. Students must have a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate.

ELECTIVES Select 7 hours (1000-4000) Level