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Ohio Dominican University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science to students who are interested in the natural phenomena of the human body and how the body functions during non-resting states.

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
  • Minor in Exercise Science
See also: Exercise Science is intended to provide students with an in-depth study of the physiological bases of human physical performance. 

In addition to seminar-based courses and advanced courses in Exercise Science, those who complete this degree will take additional courses in biology and chemistry. Students will also have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor to design and complete an independent research project during their senior year.

In addition, students who wish to prepare for a professional career have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by completing an internship in an area of their choosing.

  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan for Exercise Science Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 CHM 110
    BIO 201 BIO 203
    CHM 109 THL
    MTH 140 or 240  Social/Behavioral Science
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    BIO 342
    EXSC 125
    Required elective (1)
    BIO 341
    Required elective (2)
    LNG 242
    THL
    PHL HST
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379
    EXSC 354
    Required elective (3)
    Required elective (1)
    Art/Music/Theatre
    Required elective (1)
    PHL
    Required elective (3)
    Elective 
    LIT
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EXSC 480
    Elective
    Required elective (3)
    SCI 479
    Elective 
    Elective 
    Elective 
    Elective
    Elective 
    Elective 
    • Required Electives (1) – Select 9 credits from the following:  BIO 252, EXSC 210, EXSC 214, EXSC 218, EXSC 240, EXSC 253, EXSC 262, EXSC 355, EXSC 370, EXSC 497
    • Required Electives (2) – Select 3 credits from the following:  SPM 110, SPM 140, SPM 240, SPM 310
    • Required Electives (3) – Select 9 credits from the following:  EXSC 100, EXSC 122, EXSC 241, PSY 100, PSY 224, PHY 119 OR 219, PHY 120 OR 220

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.S. in Exercise Science
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in addition to the major requirements listed below.
    Courses Credits
    BIO 201 General Biology: Cells, Genetics & Evolution 4*
    BIO 203 General Biology: Anatomy & Physiology 4*
    BIO 341 Human Anatomy 4*
    BIO 342 Human Physiology 4*
    BIO 354 Exercise Physiology 4*
    EXSC 125 Introduction to Exercise, Health & Nutrition 3*
    EXSC 480 Exercise Testing & Prescription 4*

    Required Correlatives

    Courses Credits
    CHM 109 General Chemistry I 4
    CHM 110 General Chemistry II 4
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3

    Select nine credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    BIO 252 Human Nutrition 3*
    EXSC 210 Electrocardiography (EKG) Analysis 3*
    EXSC 214 Introduction to Pharmacology 3*
    EXSC 218 Motor Learning 3*
    EXSC 240 Introduction to Kinesiology 3*
    EXSC 253 Nutrition for Sport & Exercise  3*
    EXSC 262 Introduction to Pathophysiology 3*
    EXSC 355 Personal Training 3*
    EXSC 370 Biomechanics 3*
    EXSC 497 Internship in Exercise Science 3*

    Select three credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    SPM 110 Sport Management 3
    SPM 140 Sport Psychology 3
    SPM 240 Sport Recreation Management 3
    SPM 310 Sport Event & Facility Management 3

    Select nine credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    EXSC 100 Activities (maximum 4 semester credits) 1
    EXSC 122 First Aid 3
    EXSC 241 The Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries 3
    PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
    PSY 224 Human Development: Lifespan 3
    PHY 119 College Physics I or PHY 219 College Physics I 4
    PHY 120 College Physics II or PHY 220 College Physics II 4
    Total Credits Required 59

    * Used to calculate the Major GPA

  • Minor in Exercise Science
    Courses Credits
    BIO 203 General Biology: Anatomy & Physiology 4
    BIO 354 Exercise Physiology 4
    EXSC 480 Exercise Testing & Prescription 4

    Select nine credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    BIO 252 Human Nutrition 3
    EXSC 125 Introduction to Exercise, Health & Nutrition 3
    EXSC 210 Electrocardiography (EKG) Analysis 3
    EXSC 214 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
    EXSC 218 Motor Learning 3
    EXSC 240 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
    EXSC 262 Introduction to Pathophysiology 3
    Total Credits Required 21