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College
College of Education, Health and Human Services
Department
School of Health Sciences

100 Nixson Hall
PH: 330-672-2197 | Fax: 330-672-2194
Web: www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs/index.cfm

Description

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science comprises three concentrations: Exercise Physiology; Exercise Specialist; and Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy.

The Exercise Physiology concentration prepares students for graduate school in exercise physiology or health care professions (i.e., physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry or medical school).

The Exercise Specialist concentration enables students to prepare for work in the clinical setting, ranging from a career in wellness to cardiac rehabilitation.

The Pre-Pysical/Occupational Therapy concentration prepares students for subsequent graduate school in this area.


Note: Exercise Science is one route to Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy advanced study programs.  Athletic Training is another option for pursuing advancement into PT and/or OT graduate programs.  Specifically, Athletic Training involves clinical courses and dual-certificate (AT/PT) opportunities for those choosing Pre-PT/OT as a course of study.  Additionally, Integrated Health Studies provides a viable course of study which can also serve as a Pre-PT/OT curricula for interested students.  The Health Science concentration includes a strong math and science curriculum which provides a solid foundation for numerous health/medical graduate degrees in particular physical and occupational therapy.

Career Opportunities

Physical therapists held about 173,000 jobs in 2006. The number of jobs is greater than the number of practicing physical therapists because some physical therapists hold two or more jobs. For example, some may work in a private practice, but also work part time in another health care facility.

About 6 out of 10 physical therapists worked in hospitals or in offices of physical therapists. Other jobs were in the home health care services industry, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and offices of physicians. Some physical therapists were self-employed in private practices, seeing individual patients and contracting to provide services in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, home health care agencies, adult day care programs, and schools. Physical therapists also teach in academic institutions and conduct research.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university.

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 credit hours. Minimum 2.250 GPA in major and 2.000 cumulative GPA.
 

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee

$50/semester

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs/Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences
 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (27 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ATTR 35040 Strength and Conditioning 2
  ATTR/EXSC 25057 Human Anatomy and Physiology I** 3
  ATTR/EXSC 25058 Human Anatomy and Physiology II** 3
  ATTR/EXSC 35054 Biomechanics 3
  EXSC 15010 Introduction to Exercise Science 2
    35022 Exercise Leadership 3
    35023 Personal Training Certification Preparation* 2
    35068 Statistics for the Exercise Scientist 3
WIC   45080 Physiology of Exercise 3
  PEP 25033 Lifespan Motor Development 3
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (34 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 4
KAD   10061 General Chemistry II 4
KBS   10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
KBS   10063 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
KSS
DD
PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
KSS GERO 14029 Introduction to Gerontology 3
KAD NUTR 23511 Science of Human Nutrition 3
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (59 credits) 
  Exercise Physiology (59)
  Exercise Specialist (59)
  Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy (59)
MINIMUM TOTAL 121

*It is highly recommended that the Exercise Science major take the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist and/or Certified Personal Trainer exams upon completion of their degree program.

** Students who have successfully completed BSCI 200020 Biological Structure and Function may use that course in place of ATTR/EXSC 25058 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. They are still required to take ATTR/EXSC 25057 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Student who have successfully completed BSCI 11010 Anatomy and Physiology in Allied Health I and BSCI 11020 Anatomy and Physiology in Allied Health II may use those courses in place of ATTR/EXSC 25057 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and ATTR/EXSC 25057 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Exercise Physiology Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (14 credits)Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ATTR 25036 Principles of Athletic Training 3
  CHEM 20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I 4
ELR EXSC 45096 Individual Investigation in Exercise Science 3
    45481 Senior Seminar in Exercise Science 1
  NUTR 33512 Nutrition 3
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (53 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
KMC

KMC

 
MATH 11009

11010
Modeling Algebra (4)
or
Algebra for Calculus (3)
or
Higher-level MATH course
3-4
  General Electives* (number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division credit hours) 41-42
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL  59

*Students are strongly encouraged to meet with faculty advisor when selecting electives.

 

Exercise Specialist Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (25 credits)Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ATTR 25036 Principles of Athletic Training 3
    45039 Therapeutic Rehabilitation 3
    45040 Pathology and Pharmacology 3
  EXSC 35075 Exercise Programming 3
    40612 Exercise Leadership for the Older Adult 3
    45065 Exercise Testing 3
    45070 Electrocardiography for the Exercise Physiologist 3
    45480 Internship Seminar in Exercise Science 1
ELR   45492 Internship in Physical Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation 3
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (34 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KMC

KMC

 
MATH 11009

11010
Modeling Algebra (4)
or
Algebra for Calculus (3)
or
Higher-level MATH course
3-4
  General Elective* (number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division credit hours) 30-33
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 59

*Students are strongly encouraged to meet with faculty advisor when selecting electives.
 

 

Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (38 credits)Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4
KBS   10120 Biological Foundations 4
  CHEM 20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I 4
ELR EXSC 45096 Individual Investigation in Exercise Science 3
    45481 Senior Seminar in Exercise Science 1
ELR   45492 Internship in Physical Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation 3
  HED 14020 Medical Terminology 3
  NUTR 33512 Nutrition 3
KBS PHY 13001 General College Physics I 4
KBS   13002 General College Physics II 4
KBS   13021 General College Physics Laboratory I 1
KBS   13022 General College Physics Laboratory II 1
  PSYC 40111 Abnormal Psychology 3
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus 3
KMC   11022 Trigonometry 3
  General Elective* (number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division credit hours) 15
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 59

*Students are strongly encouraged to meet with faculty advisor when selecting electives.

Students who do not have a 3.000 or better in this major are encouraged to take the ACSM Health Fitness Specialist and/or CPT exams to enhance employment opportunities following graduation as admission into PT/OT graduate programs is competitive by GPA.