Exercise Science B.S.K. (Emphasis in Sport Performance)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core A - E) 142
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major 2, 318
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
College Trigonometry
Introductory Physics I
Introduction to Exercise Science
Major Requirements28
Research Methods in Kinesiology
Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology
Motor Control, Coordination, and Skill
Structural Kinesiology
Physiological Aspects of Exercise
Biomechanical Analysis of Movement
Administrative Principles in Kinesiology
Fitness Evaluation and Exercise Prescription
Sport Performance Emphasis32
The emphasis in Sport Performance prepares students for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's certification test (CSCS) or USA Weightlifting's Sport Performance certification, leading to careers designing strength and conditioning programs for athletes in team settings. Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning, CPR/First Aid (ARC), Sport Performance Certification (USA Weightlifting), Advanced Sport Performance Certification (USA Weightlifting), GHSA Community Coach Certification, ASEP Coaching Principles, ASEP Sport First Aid, and FMS Functional Movement Screening.
Nutrition and Health
Sports Nutrition
Sport Conditioning Laboratory
Selected Topics in Kinesiology (Principles of Strength and Conditioning)
Motor Learning and Development
Internship in Exercise Science
Select up to 12 credit hours of the following:
Coaching Baseball and Softball
Coaching Basketball
Coaching Football
Coaching Olympic Sports
Principles of Coaching
Psychology of Coaching
Total Credit Hours124

Program Admission Criteria

  • Admission to Georgia Southern University
  • A total institution GPA of 2.0 or better on all course work attempted (transfer course work and work completed at Georgia Southern University are considered)
  • Completed a minimum of 30 credit hours
  • A minimum grade of “C” in all Area D and F course work attempted

Honors Program  Progression Requirements

To graduate with Honors in Exercise Science, a student must: 

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program 
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation 

Program Progression Criteria

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all courses in Area F and within the major requirements, including guided major electives. 
  • Students must also earn a minimum grade of “C” in a prerequisite course prior to registering for an advanced course. 
  • If a student receives a grade of “D” or “F” in a course listed in Area F and/or within the major requirements, including guided major electives, the student can repeat said course no more than 2 times. 
  • Students must show proof of CPR/AED certification prior to completing KINS 3452. 
  • To be eligible for internship, students must have a total institution GPA of 2.0 or better, and completed all core curriculum and major degree requirements, earning a grade of “C” in all courses in Area F and within the major requirements, including courses taken within the tracks. Students registering for less than 12 hours of internship can take other coursework, but the coursework must be approved by the program coordinator.  
  • Internships must be approved by the internship coordinator.

Note: Exercise Science Majors must complete Fundamentals to include:

Credit Hours
CHEM   1211KPrinciples of Chemistry I4
CHEM   1212KPrinciples of Chemistry II4
PSYC   1101Introduction to Psychology 3

Students not able to complete Fundamentals in Areas A2, D, and F will take these courses as part of their selected emphasis area.