Exercise Science

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Health & Exercise Science
Anderson Athletic Recreation Center (AARC) 206, (651) 962-5970
Manske (Chair), Bruininks, Hedman-Robertson, Korak, Mead, Mellick, Sage, Scibora

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/hes/

A major in exercise science prepares students for entrance into a doctor of physical therapy program or other related medical field. A student graduating with a major in exercise science will be trained on highly sophisticated assessment equipment and gain real-world experience outside the classroom.

Exercise Science Major

Major Courses:

  • HLTH 250 Personal Health and Wellness (4 credits)
  • HLTH 275 Lifelong Stress Management (2 credits)
  • HLTH 345 Nutrition for Health and Fitness (4 credits)
  • EXSC 130 Foundations of Exercise Science (2 credits)
  • EXSC 213 Human Anatomy (4 credits)
  • EXSC 213L Human Anatomy Lab (0 credits)
  • EXSC 214 Physiology (4 credits)
  • EXSC 214L Physiology Lab (0 credits)
  • EXSC 240 Medical Terminology (2 credits)
  • EXSC 326 Kinesiology (4 credits)
  • EXSC 332 Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
  • EXSC 426 Biomechanics (4 credits)
  • EXSC 426L Biomechanics Lab (0 credits)
  • EXSC 432 Advanced Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
  • EXSC 432L Advanced Exercise Physiology Lab (0 credits)
  • EXSC 449 Exercise Science Research Methods (4 credits) 
  • EXSC 450 Internship (100 hours) (2 credits)

Subtotal: 44 credits

Recommended Course:  American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED 

Allied Courses:

  • BIOL 207 Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution (4 credits)
  • BIOL 208 Biological Communication and Energetics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • PHYS 109 General Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 110 General Physics II (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics (4 credits)
  • PSYC 111 General Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 301 Psychopathology (4 credits)
  • Select one of the following:
    • MATH 108/109 Calculus with Review I & Review II (4 credits)
    • MATH 113 Calculus (4 credits)

Subtotal:  40 credits

Additional Core Curriculum Requirements not met by Major or Allied Courses:

  • Literature and Writing (8 credits)
  • Moral and Philosophical Reasoning (8 credits)
  • Faith and the Catholic Tradition (12 credits)
  • Historical Studies (4 credits)
  • Fine Arts course of choice (4 credits)
  • Language and Culture (12 credits)
  • Human Diversity (contact advisor)

For more information on which courses satisfy the core curriculum requirements, see the course catalogue, here.

Subtotal: 48 credits

Summary of Credits Needed for Exercise Science Major:

Major Courses: 44credits
Allied Courses: 40 credits
Additional Core Curriculum Courses: 48 credits 

Total: 132 credits

Exercise Science Minor 

This minor is for students looking to enhance their career objectives and goals who may be considering work in the allied health, wellness or fitness world.  A minor increases a student's knowledge base, enhances qualifications, provides for a greater competitive edge in the job market and builds individual credibility. 

This minor is a good complement to a number of other disciplines such as business, marketing, communications and psychology.  Students interested in pursuing careers in fields such as sports broadcasting, sports marketing, and advertising and promotions may also be interested in this minor.

Core Courses:

  • EXSC 213 - Human Anatomy + Lab (4 credits)
  • EXSC 214 - Human Physiology + Lab (4 credits)
  • EXSC 326 - Kinesiology (4 credits)
  • EXSC 332 - Exercise Physiology (4 credits)

Select one of the following:

  • EXSC 426 Biomechanics (4 credits) or EXSC 432 Advanced Exercise Physiology (4 credits)

The following prerequisites must be observed:

EXSC 213 is a prerequisite for EXSC 326
EXSC 214 is a prerequisite for EXSC 332
EXSC 326 is a prerequisite for EXSC 426
EXSC 332 is a prerequisite for EXSC 432 

Please note:   Health Promotion majors may not earn an Exercise Science Minor.

Course Number Title Credits
EXSC  130 Foundations Exercise Science 2
EXSC  213 Human Anatomy 4
EXSC  214 Human Physiology 4
EXSC  240 Medical Terminology 2
EXSC  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
EXSC  269 Research 2 OR 4
EXSC  295 Topics 2
EXSC  296 Topics 2
EXSC  297 Topics 4
EXSC  298 Topics 4
EXSC  326 Kinesiology 4
EXSC  332 Exercise Physiology 4
EXSC  389 Research 2 OR 4
EXSC  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
EXSC  426 Biomechanics 4
EXSC  432 Advanced Exercise Physiology 4
EXSC  449 Research Methods in Exerc Scie 4
EXSC  450 Ex Sci/Hlth Prom Internship 2
EXSC  475 Exer Sci Experiential Lrng 2
EXSC  476 Exer Sci Experiential Lrng 2
EXSC  477 Exer Sci Experiential Lrng 4
EXSC  478 Exer Sci Experiential Lrng 4
EXSC  483 Exercise Science Seminar 2
EXSC  484 Exercise Science Seminar 2
EXSC  485 Exercise Science Seminar 4
EXSC  486 Exercise Science Seminar 4
EXSC  487 Topics 2
EXSC  488 Topics 2
EXSC  489 Topics 4
EXSC  490 Topics 4
EXSC  491 Research 2 OR 4
EXSC  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4