Study exercise science at BHSU in Spearfish, SD.

Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program at BHSU is a composite major that prepares students for work in health and exercise related fields. Students work with professor who have outstanding expertise and experience.

Graduates of the program are prepared to enter the fields of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, chiropractor, personal trainer, strength coach or athletic training. Many go into graduate programs to become highly specialized.

Why earn your Exercise Science degree at BHSU?

  • Prepare to play an integral role in the future health of our society
  • Study in the state-of-the-art Young Sports and Fitness Center at BHSU
  • Become involved in a variety of professional organizations that support the profession

Exercise Science Major Course Requirements

Required CoreĀ 

  • 1cr EXS 101 The Exercise Science Major
  • 2cr EXS 130 Basic Medical Terminology
  • 4cr EXS 250 Human Anatomy & Physiology AND 250L Lab
  • 3cr EXS 280 Fitness Assessment AND 280L Lab
  • 3cr EXS 300 Intro to Research
  • 4cr EXS 350 Exercise Physiology AND 350L Lab
  • 4cr EXS 353 Kinesiology AND 353L Lab
  • 3cr EXS 354 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries AND 354L Lab
  • 3cr EXS 452 Motor Learning & Development ScienceĀ 
  • 4cr EXS 454 Biomechanics AND 454L Lab
  • 2cr EXS 462 Exercise Leadership
  • 3cr EXS 482 Theory of Strength Training & Conditioning
  • 2cr EXS 489 Applied Human Performance
  • 5cr EXS 494 Internship 1cr HLTH 251 First Aid & CPR
  • 3cr HLTH 370 Stress Management
  • 3cr HLTH 422 Nutrition
  • 3cr HLTH 425 Exercise Programming for Special Populations AND 425L Lab

Select 1 Specialization

  • 4cr BIOL 101 Biology Survey I AND 101L Lab AND
  • 4cr BIOL 103 Biology Survey II AND 103L Lab 4cr
    • OR
  • 4cr BIOL 151 General Biology I AND
  • 151L Lab AND 4cr BIOL 153 General Biology I AND 153L Lab
  • CHEM 106 Chemistry Survey AND 106L Lab OR
  • 4cr CHEM 112 General Chemistry I AND 112L Lab
  • 3cr MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics OR
  • 3cr PSYC 371 Statistics in Psychological Research

  • 3cr BADM 334 Small Business Management
  • 3cr BADM 336 Entrepreneurial Studies I
  • 3cr BADM 360 Organization & Management OR
  • 3cr BADM 438 Entrepreneurial Studies II
  • 3cr BADM 370 Marketing
  • 3cr OE 376 Technology Integration

General Education Requirements
  • Gen Ed Mathematics 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed Social Science 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed Natural Science AND Lab 6-10 semester hours
  • ENGL 101 Composition I
  • ENGL 201 Composition II
  • SPCM 101 OR SPCM 215 OR SPCM 222 Speech

Note: Updated on July 18, 2017
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