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Exercise Science Program Curriculum

The curriculum for the bachelor's degree in Exercise Science is built on the belief that it is critical for KU students to not only gain a broad-based exercise science education, but to supplement that education with hands-on practical experience in the field. This powerful combination allows our students to excel in any exercise science environment. Freshmen and transfer students will complete the KU Core Curriculum for general education requirements. Review the Academic Catalog or consult the program detail sheet (pdf) for more comprehensive information.

Program curriculum information for students enrolled in the Exercise Science program at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park can be found here.

Admission Requirements (Prerequisite Courses)

MATH 101: College Algebra

BIOL 100 & 102: Principles of Biology Lecture & Lab

BIOL 240: Human Anatomy

BIOL 246: Human Physiology 

ENGL 101: English Composition I

ENGL 102: Critical Reading & Writing

PSYC 104: General Psychology

HSES 269: Introduction to Exercise Science

General Education  (Required Courses)

HSES 330: Principles of Nutrition & Health

BIOL 200 & 203: Basic Microbiology Lecture & Lab

BIOL 241: Human Anatomy Lab

BIOL 247: Human Physiology Lab

CHEM 130: General Chemistry I

CHEM 135: General Chemistry II

PHSX 114: College Physics I

PHSX 115: College Physics II

MATH 103: Trigonometry

PHIL 160: Introduction to Ethics

Diversity Requirement (KU Core Goal 4.1)

Humanities Requirement (KU Core Goal 3H)

Global Awareness Requirement (KU Core Goal 4.2)

COMS 130: Public Speaking

Program Requirements (Content Courses)

HSES 305: Methods of Strength Training & Conditioning

HSES 310: Research & Data Analysis in HSES

HSES 350: Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries

HSES 369: Kinesiology

HSES 375: Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology & Motor Control


HSES 470: Biomechanics

HSES 472: Exercise Physiology

HSES 473: Clinical Fitness Evaluation Techniques

HSES 474: Exercise Biochemistry

HSES 480: Physical Activity & Exercise Management for People with Disabilities

Elective Options (18 Credit Hours)

Students must enroll in 18 credit hours of approved elective courses such as (but not limited to) the following. Alternatively, students may select from a variety of minor options to fulfill their 18 credit hours of elective coursework:

Business Minor | Healthcare Management Minor | Psychology Minor | Sport Management Minor

Please note: This is only a potential plan of study. Please consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.

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