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Exercise Science - BS

Overview


The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science (EXSC) programs offers students the chance to acquire knowledge and skills in the scientific basis of the benefits of regular physical activity and proper nutrition to health and wellness. The BS in EXSC program trains students in the science and practice of exercise, physical activity, and health in the greater context of public health by developing critical thinking skills and fostering life-long learning.

There are currently 4 programs within the BS Exercise Science degree 

  •  Exercise Science
  •  Pre-Medical Professional
  •  Pre-Physical Therapy
  •  Pre-AthleticTraining/Sports Medicine.

The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) BS Exercise Science program hopes to matriculate students who will take their public health voice into diverse fields of professional practice.


Curriculum


University General Education Requirements- all concentrations

University Writing: UW 1020-University Writing or HONR 1015 (4 credits)
WID: Two WID courses (may also be counted in another category) (6 credits)
Humanities: One course in Humanities (3 credits)
Math/Stats: One course in Mathematics or Statistics (3 credits)
Science: One Natural or Physical Science Course with Laboratory (4 credits)
Social Science: Two courses in the Social Sciences (6 credits)

* Note some classes will double count: for GenEd and Exercise Science Core requirements.

GER TOTAL  26 credit hours

See the University Bulletin for most up-to-date version of GenEd requirements and approved courses: GenEd's Here

Exercise Science Core Courses- all concentrations

EXNS 1103 | Professional Foundations in Exercise Science (1 credit)
EXNS 1110 | Applied Anatomy Physiology I & Lab (4 credits)
EXNS 1111 | Applied Anatomy Physiology II & Lab (4 credits)
EXNS 2111 | Exercise Physiology I & Lab (4 credits)
EXNS 2112 | Exercise Physiology II & Lab (4 credits)
EXNS 2113 | Kinesiology (4 credits)
EXNS 2116 | Exercise and Health Psychology (3 credits)
EXNS 2119 | Introduction to Nutrition Sciences (3 credits)
EXNS 3110 | Field Experience - EXNS (4 credits)
EXNS 4110 | Current Issues in Exercise Science (3 credits)
PUBH 1101 | Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
PSYC 1001 | General Psychology (3 credits)

  • *BISC 1115/1125 | Introduction to Biology: Cells & Molecules and Laboratory- also fulfills GenEd Science Requirement
  • *STAT 1051, 1053 or 1127 | Statistitics Requirement- also fulfills GenEd Statistics Requirement
  • *COMM 1040 or 1041 | Communications Requirement- also fulfills Social Science GenEd Requirement
  • *ANTH 1002, 1003 or 1004  | Anthropology Requirement- also fulfills Social Science GenEd Requirement

           * Counts for GenEd AND meets core Exercise Science requirement.

NOTE:  Students must earn a minimum of a C- in each exercise science core course, and earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the Exercise Science core to graduate.

 

CORE TOTAL: 40 CREDITS

Exercise Science Course Descriptions

Guided Electives - all concentrations

Number of credits vary by concentration shown in Concentrations Tab

Guided Electives-  the courses provided on the Guided Electives list have been identified as highly relevant to the BS in Exercise Science.  Each concentration indicates a minimum number of credits that must be selected from this approved list of 'guided elective' courses.  See Concentration TAB and program guide for more information.

For the most up to date list of program courses and program requirements, please reference the program guide or click the button below for EXNS and SPH course descriptions.

Course Descriptions

Non-Academic Requirements

Professional Enhancement

Students in GW SPH programs must participate in eight hours of Professional Enhancement. These activities are pre-approved by an advisor and may be Public Health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia related to your field of study.

Professional Enhancement activities supplement the rigorous academic curriculum of the SPH degree programs and help prepare students to participate actively in the professional community. You can learn more about opportunities for Professional Enhancement via the Milken Institute School of Public Health Listserv, through departmental communications, or by speaking with your advisor.

Students submit a completed Professional Enhancement Form to the Office of Student Records which is required documentation to be cleared for graduation.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training

All students are required to complete the Basic CITI training module in Social and Behavioral Research.  This online training module for Social and Behavioral Researchers will help new students demonstrate and maintain sufficient knowledge of the ethical principles and regulatory requirements for protecting human subjects - key for any public health research.

Academic Integrity Quiz

All Milken Institute School of Public Health students are required to review the University’s Code of Academic Integrity and complete the GW Academic Integrity Activity.  This activity must be completed within 2 weeks of matriculation. Information on GWSPH Academic Integrity requirements can be found here.

Program Guides

Past Program Guides

Students in the BS in Exercise Science program should refer to the guide from the year in which they matriculated into the program. For the current program guide, click the red "PROGRAM GUIDE" button on the right-hand side of the page.


Concentrations


Pre-Medical Professional

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science with Pre-Medical Professional Concentration program offers students the chance to acquire knowledge and skills in the scientific basis of the benefits of regular physical activity and proper nutrition to health and wellness. The BS in Exercise Science with Pre-Medical Professional Concentration trains students in the science and practice of exercise, physical activity, and health in the greater context of public health by developing critical thinking skills and fostering life-long learning. 

Concentration Requirements

BISC 1116   | Introduction to Biology: The Biology of Organisms (3 credits)
BISC 1126   | Laboratory for BISC 1116 (1 credit)
CHEM 1111  | General Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHEM 1112  | General Chemistry II (4 credits)
CHEM 2151  | Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHEM 2153  | Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 2152  | Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
CHEM 2154  | Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
MATH 1220   | Calculus with Precalculus I (or higher level) (3 credits)
PHYS 1011   | General Physics I (4 credits) 
PHYS 1012   | General Physics II (4 credits)

CONCENTRATION TOTAL: 31 credits

26 credits | All General Education Requirements (GenEd) & WID Courses
40 credits | All Core Exercise Science Requirements
31 credits | Pre-Medical Professional Concentration Requirements
9 credits   | Guided Electives
18 credits | General Electives

124 Credits | TOTAL- Pre-Medical Professional Concentration

Guided Electives- the courses provided on the Guided Electives list have been identified as highly relevant to the BS in Exercise Science curricula.  A minimum of 9 credits are required to be selected from this approved list of 'guided elective' courses for the Pre-medical Professional concentration. 

General Electives- 18 additional credits can also be chosen from the Guided Elective list, or any other undergraduate course at the University, except LSPA designated courses.

For the most up to date list of program courses and program requirements and approved guided electives,  please reference the program guide.

Pre-Physical Therapy

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science with Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration program offers students the chance to acquire knowledge and skills in the scientific basis of the benefits of regular physical activity and proper nutrition to sports medicine and athletic training. The BS in Exercise Science with Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration trains students in the science and practice of exercise, physical activity, and health in the greater context of public health by developing critical thinking skills and fostering life-long learning. 

BISC 1116   |  Introduction to Biology: The Biology of Organisms (3 credits)
BISC 1126   | Laboratory for BISC 1116 (1 credit)
CHEM 1111 | General Chemistry I & Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 1112 | General Chemistry II & Lab (4 credits)
MATH 1220 | Calculus or pre-calculus I (or  higher level math) (3 credits)
PHYS 1011 | General Physics I (4 credits)
PHYS 1012 | General Physics II (4 credits)
PSYC 2013 | Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
or 
PSYC 2011 | Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

CONCENTRATION TOTAL: 26 credits

 

26 credits | All General Education Requirements (GenEd) & WID Courses
40 credits | All Core Exercise Science Requirements
26 credits | Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration Requirements
14 credits | Guided Electives
18 credits | General Electives

124 Credits | TOTAL- Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

 

Guided Electives- the courses provided on the Guided Electives list have been identified as highly relevant to the BS in Exercise Science curricula.  A minimum of 14 credits are required to be selected from this approved list of 'guided elective' courses for the Pre-Physical Therapy concentration. 

General Electives- 18 additional credits can also be chosen from the Guided Elective list, or any other undergraduate course at the University, except LSPA designated courses.

For the most up to date list of program courses and program requirements and approved guided electives,  please reference the program guide.

Pre-Athletic Training / Sports Medicine

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science with Pre-Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Concentration program offers students the chance to acquire knowledge and skills in the scientific basis of the benefits of regular physical activity and proper nutrition to sports medicine and athletic training. The BS in Exercise Science with Pre-Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Concentration trains students in the science and practice of exercise, physical activity, and health in the greater context of public health by developing critical thinking skills and fostering life-long learning. 

EXNS 2110    | Injury Prevention and Control (3 credits)
EXNS 2121    | Orthopeadic Taping and Bracing (1 credits)
EXNS 3117    | Injury Assessment (4 credits)
EXNS 3118    | Therapeutic Modalities (4 credits)
EXNS 3119    | Therapeutic Exercise (4 crcredits
EXNS 3121    | Medical Issues in Sports Medicine (3 credits)
EXNS 3123W | Psychology of Injury and Performance (3 credits)
EXNS 3125    | Athletic Training Practicum (3 credits)

                                                                                                                                                                                                               CONCENTRATION TOTAL: 25 credits

26 credits | All General Education Requirements (GenEd) & WID Courses
40 credits | All Core Exercise Science Requirements
25 credits | Pre-Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Concentration Requirements
15 credits | Guided Electives
18 credits | General Electives

124 Credits | TOTAL- Pre-Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Concentration

 

Guided Electives- the courses provided on the Guided Electives list have been identified as highly relevant to the BS in Exercise Science curricula.  A minimum of 15 credits are required to be selected from this approved list of 'guided elective' courses for the Pre-Athletic Training/Sports Medicine concentration. 

General Electives- 18 additional credits can also be chosen from the Guided Elective list, or any other undergraduate course at the University, except LSPA designated courses.

For the most up to date list of program courses and program requirements and approved guided electives,  please reference the program guide.

Exercise Science- no concentration 

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science with no Concentration offers students the chance to acquire knowledge and skills in the broader areas of exercise science, including anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, health and exercise psychology, and much more.  It they wish, students may also add a minor area of study in an area of their choice.  

 

26 credits | All General Education Requirements (GenEd) & WID Courses
40 credits | All Core Exercise Science Requirements
40 credits | Guided Electives
18 credits | General Electives

124 Credits | TOTAL- Exercise Science - no concentration

 

Guided Electives- the courses provided on the Guided Electives list have been identified as highly relevant to the BS in Exercise Science curricula.  A minimum of 40 credits are required to be selected from this approved list of 'guided elective' courses for the BS, Exercise Science program with no concentration. 

General Electives- 18 additional credits can also be chosen from the Guided Elective list, or any other undergraduate course at the University, except LSPA designated courses.

For the most up to date list of program courses and program requirements and approved guided electives,  please reference the program guide.


Other


Field Experience

Coming soon.....

Careers

The BS in Exercise Science prepares students for professional careers in the field and for entrance into professional graduate programs:

  • Medicine (Physician Assistant, Nursing, Physician)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Nutrition
  • Corporate Fitness and Wellness Programs
  • Personal Training
  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Coaching
  • Sport Psychology
  • Health Promotion
  • Other health professions

Alumni

Coming Soon...


Faculty


Primary faculty from the Exercise and Nutrition Science Department teaching in the undergraduate program

Dr. Beverly Westerman - Program Director

Dr. Mary Barron

Dr. Allison Meni

Dr. Amanda Visek