The mission of the faculty of the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science is to professionally prepare students to contribute positively to the health and well-being of members of society as advocates for a physically active lifestyle and preventative health methods. Specifically, the purpose of the degree is to provide students with learning opportunities, which professionally prepare them to guide others toward acquiring and achieving goals for optimal physical health, fitness, and sport performance. The Exercise Science degree path will prepare individuals to enter directly into careers such as personal fitness training, strength and conditioning coaching, and lifestyle coaching. This degree also prepares students to enter into graduate programs and professional schools in order to pursue careers in biomechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, and allied health science fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, orthotics and prosthetics, and chiropractic.
At its core, Exercise Science is a multifaceted field of study in which the acute and chronic responses of movement and physical activity are the intellectual focus. The Exercise Science degree is designed for students interested in physical health, fitness, sport performance and health-related fields. The Exercise Science degree path has two concentrations: Movement Science and Rehabilitation Science. The selection of the concentration depends on the educational and career goals of the student. Both concentrations will prepare the student for graduate study in Exercise Science or Kinesiology.
- The Movement Science concentration is intended for students wishing to pursue careers in personal fitness training, strength and conditioning coaching, and lifestyle coaching. This concentration prepares students by focusing their course of study on information directly related to understanding all of the mechanisms behind healthy human movement.
- The Rehabilitation Science concentration is intended for students wishing to pursue graduate education in clinical allied health professions, such as physical therapy or occupational therapy. This concentration prepares students with all of the pre-requisite courses needed to successfully apply to most of the physical therapy or occupational therapy graduate programs in California. While the two tracks are specifically designed for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in physical or occupational therapy, students may also choose the general Rehab Science concentration where they take at least 24 units of any of the Rehab Science concentration electives.
1. Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.
A student must comply with all University regulations and satisfy the following requirements:
- Units and Residency (minimum of 120 units: 40 units of upper division coursework and 30 semester units at Stanislaus State. At least 24 of these 30 units must be earned in upper-division courses, at least 12 must be in the major, and at least 9 must be applicable to General Education-Breadth requirements)
- Grade Point Average (minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better)
- General Education (minimum of 49 units)
- Upper Division Writing Proficiency (minimum of 3 units)
- Writing Proficiency (WP) Course (may double count in the major)
- United States Constitution and California State and Local Government (minimum of 3 units)
- Multicultural Requirement (minimum of 3 units) (may double count with General Education requirements or in the major)
Subsequently all students must submit an application for graduation and receive approval from the major advisor, department chair, and Director of Academic Advising. For more information see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements .
Several prerequisites and degree requirements for the major also satisfy General Education requirements, especially the prerequisites to the major. Students are strongly encouraged to get advising early in their program to help meet career objectives. Each course counted toward the major, including prerequisites, must be completed with a grade of C- (1.9) or higher. All courses counted toward the major (both within and outside the Department) must be taken on a letter grade basis. Most professional post-graduate degree programs (e.g., graduate schools, Physical Therapy schools, and Occupational Therapy schools) have a prerequisite “repeat” policy that only allows a course to be taken twice for a passing grade (a course is considered a “repeat” even if it is taken at a different University). It is the student’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the pre-requisites and enrollment requirements of the programs they are interested in applying to after graduation.
3. The Major
If planning on applying to Physical Therapy (PT) graduate programs, it is recommended to take the identified coursework marked with a caret ^ (23 units) from the courses listed below.
If planning on applying to Occupational Therapy (OT) graduate programs, it is recommended to take the identified coursework marked with an asterisk *. (24 units) from the courses listed below.
Students interested in pursuing fields other than PT or OT should complete at least 24 units of any of the following coursework.