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Exercise Science

The Saint Xavier University Exercise Science program is an interdisciplinary effort including contributions from SXU's Biology, Psychology, and Physical Education departments, among others contributing elective courses (e.g. Communications, Sociology, English).

The Exercise Science program coursework focuses on the scientific study and understanding of the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological effect on the human body. Program instruction is comprised of coursework featuring muscular and skeletal anatomy; biomechanics; fuel utilization; muscle and body training; physiology of specific exercises and activities; physiology of injury; and the effects of disabilities and disease; as well as psychological and social issues surrounding professions related to the program. The curriculum concludes with a career-oriented internship and capstone in Exercise Science and is a critical component of the program.

Program of Study

PSYCH 101 is a prerequisite for all psychology courses in the program.

A 'C' or better in either MATH 112: College Algebra or MATH 135: Introduction to Statistics is specifically required prior to taking PSYCH 300: Statistics/Social Sciences. Students who do not place into I00-level mathematics should seek to complete any required remedial mathematics coursework as soon as possible.

A 'C' or better in PSYCH 300 is required prior to taking PSYCH 301: Research Methods. A 'C' or better in BIOL 202 is required prior to taking BIOL 203.

Registration in BIOL 202 and BIOL 203 requires concurrent registration in the lab components of these courses (BIOL 202/203).

Students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences must complete all science courses at SXU.

Additional course prerequisites are noted in the curriculum.

Graduation with a B.S. in Exercise Science requires a grade of 'C' or better in every course required for the major.

Note: Students may be required to submit to a background check, health requirements, and urine drug screening as required for the final capstone course.

Major Requirements (54 credit hours)

Students who major in Exercise Science must take the following courses, for a total of 54 credit hours.

Students must complete all the following courses from the program's two cores:

Biology Core

  • BIOL 202: Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 203: Human Physiology

Behavioral Kinesthetics Core

  • PE 112: Health and Fitness
  • PE 120: First Aid and Athletic Injuries
  • PE 124: Health and Nutrition OR EXSC 203: Nutrition for Sport
  • EXSC 130: Intro to Exercise Science
  • EXSC 210: Motor Behavior
  • EXSC 275: Exercise Physiology for Sport AND EXSCL 275 (lab)
  • EXSC 319: Kinesiology
  • EXSC 327: Measures and Evaluation
  • EXSC 366: Strength and Conditioning Theory
  • EXSC 380: Exercise Science Internship
  • EXSC 385: Program and Design for Sport
  • EXSC 390: Exercise Science Capstone Project
  • PSYCH 335: Sports Psychology

Methods Core

  • PSYCH 300: Statistics/Social Sciences
  • PSYCH 301: Research Methods

Elective Choice

Students must also complete one elective choice from the following list. Please choose one elective.

  • COMM 207: Sports Communication
  • ENGL 235: Sports and Literature
  • PSYCH 303: Human Motivation
  • PSYCH 311: Physiological Psychology
  • PSYCH 341: Health Psychology
  • SOC 140: Sociology of Sports

Minor Requirements (19 credit hours)

Students planning to minor in exercise science must complete, major coursework with a C or better. The minor in exercise science is 19 total credit hours. The minor involves classes across physical education, exercise science and biology.

Required Courses

  • PE 112: Health and Fitness
  • EXSC 275: Exercise Physiology for Sport AND EXSCL 275 (lab)
  • BIOL: 202 Human Anatomy w/lab
  • EXSC 130: Exercise Science
  • EXSC 319: Kinesiology
  • EXSC 366: Program and Design for Sport

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences reserves the right to amend policies and procedures, and other program information as necessary. All changes will be communicated promptly. Students should consult with the coordinator when planning their Exercise Science major.


B. Leshinske
Director, Sports and Fitness Administration

G. Mallett
Assistant Professorial Lecturer