B.S. in Health and Human Performance (Exercise Science)

The Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with a track in Exercise Science consists of 123 hours of coursework, including a 30-hour core of classes with a track in exercise science. The program is designed to prepare students for careers and graduate work in the area of exercise science.

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Certification

Coursework for the BS - HHP (Exercise Science) provides the necessary knowledge to satisfy entrance into the certification process of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. This certification requires applicants to pass both a written and a practical exam.

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CAAHEP Accreditation

The Exercise Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL
727-210-2350

Degree Requirements

FAQs about Coursework

When are core and Exercise Physiology courses offered?

All core courses in HSS and the Exercise Science requirement courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. However, the type of Physical Education Activity courses offered may vary in semesters. HSS 202 (Human Anatomy and Physiology), HSS 387 (Biomechanics), HSS 394 (Introduction to Exercise Science), and HSS 492 (Internship) are typically offered during the summer session.

Which courses do I take first?

You can take the courses in any order you like as long as you meet the prerequisites, but HSS 394 (Intro to Exercise Science), 320 (Growth and Motor Development), and 387 (Biomechanics) should be taken early. They are prerequisites for several core courses.

How do I complete an internship?

You will need three hours of internship credit to graduate but can take up to six per semester and nine for the Exercise Science degree. People often use these additional hours of internship as an elective (300+level). Please refer to the "Internship General Information Sheet" and the bulletin board at the Human Performance Lab (Crawford Gym LL02) for more details.

When is the last day to drop a course or change the grading options?

Visit http://louisville.edu/calendars/academic/undergrad-grad.html. The drop/add form is found here: http://louisville.edu/registrar/deadlines-for-changing-grading-types-credit-audit-pass-fail-letter-grade.html. Please note: After the deadline, the instructor WILL NOT approve to drop the course unless there is a TRUE unforeseen emergency situation.

Detailed course requirements for completing the BS-HHP (ES), including courses specific to the track, may be found in the UofL Undergraduate Catalog.

This is a sample of course requirements. Please review with your advisor before registering for classes.

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES (6 credit hours)

  • HSS 181 (1): Academic Orientation
  • HSS 101 – 167 (1 x 2 courses): Physical Activity Courses
  • HSS 184 (3): Healthy Lifestyles I

HHP CORE COURSES (30 credit hours)

  • HSS 180 (3): First Aid and Safety Education
  • HSS 202 (3): Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • HSS 293 (3): Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity
  • HSS 302 (3) OR HSS 303 (3): Nutrition in Healthy Living OR Human Nutrition
  • HSS 320 (3) Growth and Motor Development Across the Lifespan
  • HSS 377 (3): HSS Tests and Measurements
  • HSS 387 (3): Biomechanics
  • HSS 394 (3): Introduction to Exercise Science
  • HSS 418 (3): Diverse Populations in Physical Activity and Health
  • HSS 492 (3): Internship/Practicum in HSS

EXERCISE SCIENCE TRACK (21 credit hours)

  • HSS 386 (3): Structure in Movement Sciences
  • HSS 388 (3): Principles of Athletic Conditioning
  • HSS 389 (3): Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • HSS 390 (3): Function in Movement Sciences
  • HSS 395 (3): Personal Trainer Workshop
  • HSS 396 (3): Health/Fitness Instructor Lab
  • HSS 486 (3): Advanced Exercise Physiology

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the University of Louisville.

For admission in good standing, prospective students applying with fewer than 24 earned credit hours at the college level must submit all of the following:

  • Official high school transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Official ACT composite score of 21 or above
  • Official transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 for all college credit earned

For conditional admission, prospective students must submit one of the following:

  • Official high school transcripts with a cumulative GPA between 2.25-2.49
  • Official ACT score with a composite score between 16 and 20
  • Official transcripts with a cumulative GPA between 2.00-2.24 for all college credit earned

FAQs

Should I see my faculty advisor before registering for classes?

If you are a junior or senior in 'good standing', you do not.

When do I register?

Log into your ULink account to find out when to register, or visit: http://louisville.edu/registrar/registration-information/.

Can I take more than 18 credit hours during the fall/spring semesters and/or 16 credit hours during the summer semester?

You will need to complete the "request for taking additional hours" form [PDF]. Your faculty advisor and the HSS Department Chair need to approve your request. Please note: the form is course-specific, and you will only be approved for the courses listed on the completed form. You may be blocked from registering for courses that are not listed on the form.

What if the course I need is closed?

First--get on the waiting list. The course instructors need to honor the order of the list, so if you are not on the list, you may have less of a chance in getting into the class. If it is the last class you need to graduate, contact the course instructor. Only the course instructor decides who can/cannot get into the course. And most importantly, ATTEND CLASS.

What should I do if I'm blocked to register?

First, find out what is causing the block by visiting your ULink account. If the block is due to unmet prerequisites, then you need to take the prerequisites before you can register for the course. If the prerequisite block occurs by mistake, contact your faculty advisor to clear you to register for the course. If the block is due to academic probation, you will need to meet with the academic probation advisor at the CEHD's Education Advising and Student Services Center. If the block is due to unreturned library books, unpaid parking tickets, etc., then you will need to resolve these issues before registering for the course(s). This type of hold is listed under your ULink "Student Services" tab, -> "Undergraduate Advising" -> "Student Services".

If I am interested in completing a minor in a discipline that is part of the College of Education and Human Development, how do I apply?

You may apply for the minor using the minor request form. This is a requirement if you (Health and Human Performance with emphasis in Exercise Science) want a minor in Sports Administration.

Contact

Kathy Carter
HSS Department
Crawford Gym
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
502-852-8352
Kathy Carter

Exercise Science Faculty

Opportunities for Graduates

Exercise physiologists work in health promotion, fitness development, colleges and universities, clinical rehabilitation, and sport and athletic programs. Hence, they are hired as:

  • sports and wellness program instructors and directors
  • strength coaches for college, university and professional sports programs
  • teachers at institutions of higher learning (i.e., if they have a PhD)
  • researchers in companies that make physiological equipment for testing and evaluation
  • managers and exercise leaders in corporate wellness programs
  • instructors in health and fitness clubs
  • supervisors of specialized health, fitness, wellness, or lifestyle programs in correctional services, police, fire, and emergency response organizations
  • fitness instructors in YMCAs, spa and resort centers
  • exercise specialists in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs
  • fitness directors and managers in the military (such as the air force and army)
  • exercise technologists in cardiology suites
  • fitness instructors and supervisors at the state, regional, and national levels in sports and athletic programs including
  • sports consultants in areas of psychology and training, biomechanics, efficiency and metabolism, and nutrition
  • electrophysiology technologists in hospital settings

Research Job Opportunities

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for all fitness workers were expected to increase 29 percent from 2008-2018, www.bls.gov. While opportunities may vary for exercise physiologists, jobs will be created by the increasing population and the need for research in exercise science. In November 2011, PayScale.com reported that most exercise physiologists earned $26,703-$53,951 annually, including bonuses. Among the factors that PayScale.com cited as influencing pay were experience and the certification an individual holds.

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University of Louisville's Financial Aid office, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

Other financial aid opportunities available include student employment opportunities.

Before you call an advisor, please read through the information below.

Before e-mailing your faculty advisor...

  • Read through this Advising FAQ to find out if your questions are addressed
  • Be sure you know who your faculty advisor is (see below)

Before Meeting with Your Faculty Advisor...

  • Read through the FAQs below to see if you questions are addressed
  • Know who your faculty advisor is (see below), and make an appointment with your advisor--unless you are only getting a form signed. If you need a form signed, complete the form before bringing it to the advisor.
  • Locate and update your program sheets--Ex. Sci. and Gen. Ed. (see also related FAQ below)
  • If you are meeting your advisor about the schedule for next semester, come prepared with a list of courses you'd like to take.
  • If you are meeting your advisor about graduate or professional schools, do some research about those schools/programs before the meeting. Come prepared to discuss.

You may also visit the College of Education and Human Development Office of Education Advising and Student Services website for further information.

Faculty Advisors

If your Last Name begins with...Your Faculty Advisor is...
A - D; Si - ZMs. Kathy Carter
E - IMr. Mike Jett
J - MMs. Jessica Gibb
N - ShDr. Ann Swank

Where can I find the academic calendar?

Visit UofL's academic calendar site.

What is the role of the HSS faculty advisor?

The HSS faculty advisor can help you with questions and issues that arise with courses in the program including information about HSS courses, internships, suggested course sequences, and transfers from other universities that will count towards an HSS degree. Your faculty advisor will also assist you in obtaining approval for taking additional courses (>18 hours for fall/spring; >15 hours for summer).

Please note: It is your responsibility to keep track of your academic progress and develop you academic plan (i.e. which course to take). Your faculty advisor will not tell you what courses to choose. Please plan your schedule before you meet with your faculty advisor.

For general education requirement questions and transfers, you should consult your advisor at the Education Advising Center, 502-852-5597.

What can I do with this degree? What are my career opportunities?

Students from our program work in a variety of fields. Some of these areas may require additional training and/or certification:

TeachingTeacher Education
Corporate WellnessCommunity Health
Public HealthPersonal Trainer or Fitness Specialist
Athletic TrainerStrength and Conditioning Coach
Exercise PhysiologistMedicine
NursingPhysician Assistant
Physical or Occupational TherapyDentistry
PharmacyMedical, Pharmaceutical, or Fitness Sales

Is the coursework difficult?

Questions about courses should be addressed to the course instructors and students who have completed the courses. Instructors can give you a reasonable estimate on workload.

What electives should I take?

Students may choose what electives they want to take. Some choose electives related to their degree while others choose to take electives in other disciplines. If you have a minor or second major, some of these hours can be used to fulfill those requirements. In order for a course to count as an elective, it must be at least a 100 level class and not a vocational course. Many students take additional internship credits as their electives. Remember, you must have at least 50 hours at or above the 300 level to graduate. This includes the core and exercise science courses, and the electives.

I want to apply to a graduate or professional program after graduation. Which courses should I take? How should I prepare?

Many of our graduates go on to graduate or professional programs in a variety of disciplines. The admissions prerequisites differ widely from program to program and from school to school. For this reason, we encourage you to contact the schools/colleges you want to apply to and request information about their requirements. Please also see ‘human anatomy & physiology’ substitution question under “Ex. Sci. Course Questions” below.

What should I do if I want a minor in another discipline?

First, contact an advisor about the program you are interested in applying to. Some require different steps in the admission process.

I am interested in the Exercise Physiology master's program at UofL.

Visit the master's degree web page to learn more about the program. If you have additional questions regarding the master's program, contact Dr. Adrienne Bratcher, the Graduate Program Coordinator, 502.852.4031.

Questions about Registration...

Do I need to see my faculty advisor before registering for classes?

If you are a junior or senior and in 'good standing,' you do not need to see your faculty advisor prior to registration.

When do I register?

Visit your ULink site to see a registration schedule, OR visit the Registrar's registration information web page.

Can I take more than 18 credit. hrs in the fall/spring, or 16 credit. hrs in the summer?

You will need to file the request for additional hours form [PDF]. BOTH your faculty advisor and the HSS Department Chair will need to approve your request. Note that the request is course-specific--you will be approved only for the courses listed on the form. You may be blocked to register for courses that are not listed on the form.

The course I want to take is closed. What should I do?

First, get on the wait list. The course instructors honor the order of the wait list. So if you are not on the list, you may have less of a chance getting into the class. If it is the last class that you need to graduate, contact the course instructor. The course instructor decides who can/cannot get into the course (not your faculty advisor). Also, make sure to attend the first class!

What if I am blocked to register?

First, visit your ULink site to find out what is causing the block. If the block is due to not meeting prerequisites, then you need to take the prerequisites before taking the particular course. If the 'prerequisite' block occurs by mistake, contact your faculty advisor to clear you to register for the course. If the block is due to academic probation, you will need to meet with the academic probation advisor at the Education Advising Center. If the block is due to unreturned library books, unpaid parking tickets etc., then you need to take care of these issues to be able to register.

When is the last day to drop a course or change the grading options?

Visit the Registrar's Deadlines webpage for semester deadlines. Please note: After the deadline, the instructor will not approve dropping the course unless there is a TRUE unforeseen emergency situation.

Ex. Sci. Course Questions

How do I get a new Exercise Science program sheet?

The program sheet is not available online. Contact the Education Advising and Student Services Center, 502.852.5597, to get your program sheet for Ex. Sci. and Gen. Ed. requirements.

When are the core and Exercise Science courses offered?

All core courses in HSS and the Exercise Science requirement courses are offered in the Fall and the Spring semesters. However, the Physical Education Activity courses offerings may vary by semester. HSS 202 (Human Anatomy and Physiology), HSS 387 (Biomechanics), HSS 394 (Introduction to Exercise Science), and HSS 492 (Internship) are typically offered in the Summer session. Please note--these courses may not always be offered due to budgetary constraints or low enrollment.

Which of the courses should I take first?

You can take the courses in any order you like as long as you meet the prerequisites, but you should finish early HSS 394 (Intro to Exercise Science), 320 (Growth and Motor Development), and 387 (Biomechanics). They are prerequisites for several of the core courses. Taking a course with the respective prerequisite course concurrently is not allowed, for example, HSS 386 and HSS 390. If it is necessary (transfer student), they may be taken concurrently with courses that require them as prerequisites, however, this will require the permission of the course instructor.

How do I complete an internship (HSS 492)?

You need 3 hours of internship credit to graduate but can take up to 6 per semester and 9 hours for the Exercise Science degree. People often use these additional hours of internship as an elective (300+ level). Please refer to the Internship General Information Sheet [PDF] and the bulletin board at the Exercise Physiology Lab (Crawford LL02) for more details.

Can I have any "D's" in the Exercise Science Requirements?

If you were officially admitted to the Ex.Sci. major prior to summer 2010, then you are allowed one "D". If you were admitted to the Ex.Sci. major after summer 2010, you are note allowed to have any "D's" in the Exercise Science requirement courses. The graduation requirements for your degree are listed at the top portion of your program sheet.

How do a apply for a minor at the College of Education and Human Development?

Apply for the minor at the advising website. This process is required if you (HHP with Ex. Sci. emphasis) want to to minor in SPAD or another track in HHP.

Preparing for Graduation...

What do I need to do to graduate this semester?

Plan on attending one of the Senior Workshops if it is available. All forms necessary to graduate will be available for completion at the workshop--including the degree check. Make sure you apply for your degree via ULink before the deadline.

What is a degree check? When should it be completed?

This section is VERY IMPORTANT for students who have 80 hours of credit, and were admitted to UofL as a freshman before summer 2010, or as a transfer student from another school before fall 2010.

If you are a newer student, refer to the "Degree Audit" below.

If you have 80 or more hours of credit, and have not done a degree check, it is highly recommended that you do. The degree check is an official report of what courses you need to graduate. You are only allowed one degree check and it should be completed two semesters prior to graduation. It will help you catch any issues with courses, etc., early enough to stay on track for graduation. A degree check may take up to eight weeks to complete.

What is the DEGREE AUDIT?

This section is Applies to students that were admitted as a freshman in summer 2010 or later, or as a transfer student from another school in fall 2010 or later.

"Degree Audit" shows how you are progressing toward completion of your degree, and it is available on ULink. On ULink, go to "Student Services" -> "My Academics" -> "View my advisement report" which is next to "Academic Requirements."

Where can I apply for my degree?

Go to: Commencement Information. You may also apply for your degree on ULink under "Student Services" -> "My Academics." When applying for your degree, be sure to indicate what your major(s) and minor(s) will be.

What is the criteria for graduating with honors?

Visit our "Graduate with Honors" website to learn more.