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Undergraduate Catalog | 2016-2017 Previous Edition

Exercise Science, B.S.


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The Exercise Science major offers preparation for employment as Exercise Science practitioners in business and industry, healthcare agencies, hospitals, physical fitness centers, sport medicine clinics, sports performance centers, and colleges/universities or any other setting which utilizes exercise and physical activity to promote healthy active lifestyles and outcomes. 

The courses in this major prepare the student to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist Certification Exam.  The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 

Students also have the option to complete 15-16 credit hours of coursework in a specific concentration of study.  The concentrations are designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue more extensive study in exercise science context most relevant to their professional and social goals.  Two concentrations of study are offered:  (1) Aquatics Leadership  and (2) Strength and Conditioning .

Pre-Kinesiology


The Pre-Kinesiology major is the classification that indicates that students are in a preparatory program for either the Athletic Training major or the Exercise Science major.  Personal health enhancement opportunities are available through Lifetime Physical Activity and Physical Fitness courses.

Applicants who satisfy freshman or transfer requirements for admission to the University and who apply to either the Athletic Training OR Exercise Science majors are eligible for admission to the Pre-Kinesiology major.  All students entering the University will be required to complete the General Education requirements of the University.  A suggested sequence of courses for Pre-Kinesiology students that meet these General Education requirements as well as the prerequisites for both Exercise Science and Athletic Training can be found online at kinesiology.uncc.edu.

Students who apply for either the Athletic Training OR Exercise Science major are initially classified as Pre-Kinesiology majors (PKNS) until they meet the following requirements:  cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above; completion of 36 credit hours; and successful (grade C or above) completion of KNES 2168  and KNES 2168L  (or equivalents), CHEM 1200 , CHEM 1251 , CHEM 1251L , MATH 1100 , STAT 1222 , KNES 2150 , and KNES 2294 .  Students applying for the Athletic Training or Exercise Science major must make a grade C or above in the required courses and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above before making application to either major.  All of the required courses may be attempted twice.  Withdrawing from a course after the Add/Drop deadline constitutes an attempt, as does receiving any letter grade.  Students must receive a grade of C or above in all pre- and corequisite courses in order to be deemed successful.  All KNES courses taken at UNC Charlotte required for any degree program in the Department of Kinesiology must be successfully completed at UNC Charlotte. 

All Pre-Kinesiology majors are subject to a Conduct Check facilitated by the Dean of Students Office.  The results of the Conduct Check may impact acceptance into the Athletic Training or Exercise Science programs.

Additional Admission Requirements


Minimum criteria for application to the Exercise Science major are:

  • A GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Completion of other required prerequisite courses by the end of the Fall semester prior to the Spring for which application is made
  • Completion of Foundation Courses
  • Conduct Check facilitated by the Dean of Students Office

Degree Requirements


General Education Courses (37-43 credit hours)


For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program .  

Elective Courses


Students must complete three separate Activity courses of their choosing prior to KNES 4490 

Unrestricted Elective Courses


As needed.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours


Grade Requirements


All of the required courses for the Exercise Science major must be completed with a grade of C or above.  All of the required courses may be attempted only twice.  Withdrawing from a course after the Add/Drop deadline constitutes an attempt, as does receiving any letter grade.  Exercise Science majors having more than three grades of D, F, or W in required upper-level courses cannot remain in the Exercise Science major and must change their major.  Students must receive a grade of C or above in all foundation courses in order to be deemed successful. 

Honors Program


For details about the Honors Program in Kinesiology, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum


For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required.

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