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.
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. Beginning in spring 2015, room 118 in Crawford Gym will have a Pearson Review testing center for certification exams.
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Undergraduate Student Outcomes
Year of Graduation
National Certification Exam Results
Graduate Placement Rate
Pass on 1st Attempt = 90%
Pass on 1st Attempt = 90%
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
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For information on program accreditation click here.
Exercise Science offers course preparation plans for Medical School, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant. Preparation plans are available on the bulletin board at the Human Performance Lab (Crawford Gym LL02).
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 (Foundations of Exercise Physiology), and HSS 492 (Internship) are typically offered during the summer session.
You can take the courses in any order you like as long as you meet the prerequisites, but, HSS 184 (Healthy Lifestyles), HSS 202 (Human Anatomy & Physiology), HSS 320 (Growth and Motor Development), HSS 387 (Biomechanics), and HSS 394 (Foundations of Exercise Physiology) should be taken early. They are prerequisites for several core courses.
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.
Visit the academic calendar for details.. The drop/add form is found here: http://louisville.edu/registrar/forms/DropAdd.pdf . 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 (ESS), including courses specific to the track, may be found in the UofL Undergraduate Catalog.
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:
For conditional admission, prospective students must submit one of the following:
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.
Exercise physiologists work in health promotion, fitness development, colleges and universities, clinical rehabilitation, and sport and athletic programs. Hence, they are hired as:
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.
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Before Meeting with Your Faculty Advisor...
You may also visit the College of Education and Human Development Office of Education Advising and Student Services website for further information.
|If your Last Name begins with...||Your Faculty Advisor is...|
|A - Ch||Dr.. Kathleen Carter|
|Ci - F||Ms. Jessica Gibb|
|G - H||Tiffany Isaac|
|I - Ma||Jason Jaggers|
|Mc - Pi||Mr. Mike Jett|
|Pl - So||Dr. Ann Swank|
|Sr - Z||Dr. Brock Symons|
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.
Students from our program work in a variety of fields. Some of these areas may require additional training and/or certification:
|Corporate Wellness||Community Health|
|Public Health||Personal Trainer or Fitness Specialist|
|Athletic Trainer||Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|Physical or Occupational Therapy||Dentistry|
|Pharmacy||Medical, Pharmaceutical, or Fitness Sales|
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.
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.
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.
First, contact an advisor about the program you are interested in applying to. Some require different steps in the admission process.
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.
If you are a junior or senior and in 'good standing,' you do not need to see your faculty advisor prior to registration.
Visit your ULink site to see a registration schedule, OR visit the Registrar's registration information web page.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 (Foundations of Exercise Physiology), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.