Sep 23, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science, B.S.

The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Exercise Science students utilize science, research methodologies, and practical application to study effects of exercise on health and human performance. They also learn how to recognize and evaluate cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic functions and plan and implement programs for diseased and healthy populations to maintain and enhance physical fitness, health, and quality of life.

Program Requirements

Retention and Progression Requirements

Students will be retained within the Exercise Science major providing the following criteria are maintained throughout their undergraduate experience:

  • Sign the published “technical standards” for the Exercise Science major. Technical standards will be addressed and completed during SPM 260 .
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. Students receiving a grade lower than C- in a required course will not be allowed to sequence into post-requisite coursework until the prerequisite deficiency has been rectified.
  • Present proof of current American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer certification, or its equivalent, prior to enrolling in the following courses: SPM 260  or SPM 325 , and SPM 495 .


Students will be placed on academic probation for failure to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Students failing to rectify the GPA deficiency within a one-year probationary period will be removed from their declared major and from their status as a student within the Department. Upon rectifying the GPA deficiency, students can reapply for admission into a Departmental major.

Graduation Requirements

Students will graduate with a BS in Exercise Science when the following requirements are satisfied:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Completion of all University Core Curriculum requirements.
  • Completion of all exercise, health, and sport sciences core required coursework with minimum grades of C-.
  • Completion of all exercise science major coursework with minimum grades of C-.
  • Completion of 120 credits.

Degree Requirements

The BS in Exercise Science consists of 120 credit hours: University Core Curriculum courses; Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences required core courses; Exercise Science major required courses, and Exercise Science approved electives if needed to complete the 120-minimum credit requirement.

University Core Courses (31-33 credits)

Exercise Science Approved Electives

Students should consult with their advisor to determine if exercise science electives are needed to complete the 120-credit minimum graduation requirement. Elective courses require advisor approval.

Students wishing to pursue a Biology minor should consult with the Department of Biological Sciences.

Students wishing to pursue a Chemistry minor should consult with the Department of Chemistry.

Students wishing to pursue a Holistic and Integrative Health minor should consult with their faculty advisor in the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences.


USM Core Requirements

The USM Core Curriculum is a coherent, integrative, and rigorous liberal education that enables our graduates to be world-minded, intentional, life-long learners and captures your general education degree requirements. 

Please Note: Core requirements may be part of your major and/or minor, and Core may have been fufilled with transfer credit. Please consult your MaineStreet Degree Progress Report (DPR) and review your degree progress with your Advisor.  For additional information, access the USM Core webpage.