Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Sport and Exercise Science B.S. – Exercise Science Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Gary D. Heise, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

Location: Gunter 2620

Telephone: 970.351.1738

Website: http://www.unco.edu/NHS/ses

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Exercise Science program is designed to provide students quality academic and professional preparation in the scientific study of exercise science and post-graduate degrees. The program offers a sound theoretical foundation and clinical applications. Graduates will be prepared to pursue enrollment in physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, physician assistant, or other health related professional programs. The Exercise Science program is a National Strength and Conditioning Association education recognition program.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • Prior to registering for SES 492, students must complete all SES prefix courses with a GPA of 2.7 or better, have current CPR certification, and have consent of the Internship Director. In addition, the SES Internship Request Form must be submitted two weeks before the start of Final Exam week of the PRIOR SEMESTER. This request requires students to secure an internship experience and provide details of the internship site and supervisor.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 85 required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

STAT 150 (3) is recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

PSY 120 (3) is recommended to fulfill Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

BIO 110 (4), CHEM 111 (4), CHEM 111L, PHYS 220 (5), and SES 220 (4) are recommended to fulfill Natural & Physical Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 85 credits

Take all of the following courses:

BIO 110Biology: Atoms to CellsLAS1LASL


BIO 210Cell Biology


BIO 341Human Anatomy


BIO 350Human Physiology


CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry ILAS1


CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I LaboratoryLAS1LASL


CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II


CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory


PHYS 220Introductory Physics ILAS1LASL


PSY 120Principles of PsychologyLAB3


SES 123Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science


SES 220Anatomical KinesiologyLAS1LASL


SES 322Exercise Physiology I


SES 324Exercise Physiology II


SES 331Biomechanics


SES 490Exercise Assessment and Programming


SES 492Internship in Sport and Exercise Science


STAT 150Introduction to Statistical AnalysisLAX1


Note: SES 492: Take 6 credits

Choose 24 credits from the following courses:

BIO 220Genetics


BIO 325Introduction to Cancer Biology


BIO 351Microbiology


CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I


CHEM 331LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory


CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II


CHEM 332LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory


FND 210Medical Terminology


PHYS 221Introductory Physics II


PSY 230Lifespan DevelopmentLAB3


PSY 255Introduction to Mental Health


SES 280Prevention and Care of Sports Injuries


SES 323Motor Learning and Development


SES 333Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity


SES 405Exercise Programming for Cancer Patients


SES 410Cardiac Rehabilitation


SES 426Motor Control


SES 431Advanced Methods in Biomechanics


SES 436Social Influences on Sport and Exercise Behavior


3. University-Wide Credits — 4 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 4 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.

By taking FND 250 as a university-wide elective, all pre-requisite courses will be met for UNC’s M.S. degree in Athletic Training.