Exercise Science Major (B.S.)

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This curriculum prepares students for careers in health and fitness promotion and education programs in hospitals, sports medicine centers, wellness clinics, universities, and rehabilitation facilities. Students are also prepared for advanced degree programs in the health professions, basic biology fields, medicine, or other health-related fields. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in every required course. Successful completion of early and prerequisite courses is required before advancing to sequenced and higher-level coursework. All required courses must be completed before enrolling in KIN 650A Internship in Exercise Science. Interested students should consult with the program coordinator, Timothy J. Quinn, Timothy.Quinn@unh.edu.

Major Requirements

BMS 507
BMS 508
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHEM 403
CHEM 404
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
KIN 585Emergency Medical Responder4
KIN 620Physiology of Exercise4
KIN 621Exercise Laboratory Techniques4
KIN 650AInternship in Exercise Science8
KIN 652Clinical Kinesiology4
KIN 653AMusculoskeletal Assessment2
KIN 704Electrocardiography4
KIN 705Topics in Applied Physiology4
KIN 720Science and Practice of Strength Training4
KIN 722Applied Biomechanics4
KIN 724Exercise Metabolism: Acute and Chronic Adaptations4
KIN 736Fitness and Graded Exercise Testing4
KIN 737Exercise Prescription and Leadership in Healthy and Special Populations4
KIN 794Cardiopulmonary Pathologies4
KIN 795Practicum in Cardiac Rehabilitation2
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
PSYC 401Introduction to Psychology4
Select one of the following:4
Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals
Statistics in Psychology
Total Credits88

Students in exercise science complete the series of Capstone courses

KIN 736Fitness and Graded Exercise Testing4
KIN 737Exercise Prescription and Leadership in Healthy and Special Populations4
KIN 650AInternship in Exercise Science8
Total Credits16

These courses (KIN 736, 737) give students practical experience in evaluating health and fitness and prescribing exercise to a wide range of clients. Specifically, students assess a number of disease risk factors, including blood pressure, blood chemistry, and body composition measures, and perform maximal graded exercise tests complete with electrocardiogram monitoring, as well as measure strength and flexibility. Students ultimately develop individualized exercise prescriptions for their clients and work with them one-on-one to improve their health and fitness. The internship experience is an off-campus, 10-week, 40-hours per week, full-time experience and can only be taken after all University and departmental courses are completed. Typically, this is taken during the summer after the student's senior spring academic term. 

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology 4
Discovery Course (INQ) 4
KIN 585 Emergency Medical Responder 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being 4
Discovery Course (HP) 4
Second Year
KIN 620 Physiology of Exercise 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
Discovery Course: Statistics (QR) 4
Elective Course 4
KIN 621 Exercise Laboratory Techniques 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
KIN 652 Clinical Kinesiology 4
KIN 653A Musculoskeletal Assessment 2
Discovery Course (ETS) 4
Third Year
KIN 704 Electrocardiography 4
KIN 720 Science and Practice of Strength Training 4
KIN 724 Exercise Metabolism: Acute and Chronic Adaptations 4
Elective Course 4
KIN 722 Applied Biomechanics 4
Discovery Course (HUMA) 4
Discovery Course - WI (FPA) 4
Discovery Course - WI (WC) 4
Fourth Year
KIN 736 Fitness and Graded Exercise Testing 4
KIN 794 Cardiopulmonary Pathologies 4
KIN 795 Practicum in Cardiac Rehabilitation 2
Elective Course 4
KIN 705 Topics in Applied Physiology 4
KIN 737 Exercise Prescription and Leadership in Healthy and Special Populations 4
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
KIN 650A Internship in Exercise Science 4-8
 Total Credits132-136