The Exercise Science and Fitness (ESF) Minor provides students with scientific and applied knowledge in the areas of prevention, physical activity, physical fitness, and human performance across the lifespan.

The program emphasizes:

  • anatomic, biomechanical, and physiological principles of kinesiology and human performance,
  • identification and assessment of individual differences and specialized needs for health and fitness,
  • selection and implementation of scientifically validated and population appropriate fitness interventions, and
  • interprofessional roles and responsibilities in developing and administering physical fitness and performance enhancement programs. 

Students integrate laboratory experiences with service to the community to promote physical activity as an essential component of health, well-being, and quality of life.  Program graduates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to  successfully challenge the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certifying examinations in strength and conditioning (CSCS) and personal training (NSCA-CPT).

Program Requirements

Hours: 27

Minor Courses - 27 credits

ACT 160 Fundamentals of Personal Fitness (1)
BIO 197 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (4) CN
BIO 197A Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (LAB) (0) CN
BIO 198 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences II (4)
BIO 198A Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences II (LAB) (0)
ESF 330 Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement (3)
ESF 350 Exercise Physiology (4)
ESF 350A Exercise Physiology (LAB) (0)
ESF 422 Athletic Conditioning and Performance (4)
ESF 422A Athletic Conditioning and Performance(LAB) (0)
ESF 470 Prin of Exercise Prescription and Assessment (4)
ESF 470A Prin of Exercise Prescription and Assessment (LAB) (0)
HLT 320 Epidemiology of Physical Activity (3)

Residency requirement: 6 hours
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in those 6 hours