Oct 03, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy B.S.

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The Exercise Science / Pre-Physical Therapy major prepares students for graduate school, particularly those students who are interested in pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and other advanced degrees such as Athletic Training, Chiropractic, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Exercise Physiology.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in these courses:  BI120, BI121, BI210, BI211, CH130, CH131, PC120, PC121, SE203, SE205, SE302 and SE304.

Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher  by the end of their sophomore year to remain in Pre-PT curriculum. 

Completing this degree program will enable students to:

  • Understand professional ethics and social responsibility as it relates to the development of exercise programs for the purpose of rehabilitation of injuries and prevention of injuries for athletes, as well as, for the general population.
  • Demonstrate competence in the application of major concepts and theories associated with the rehabilitation and the prevention of injuries, as well as, the other fitness-related practices.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in verbal, nonverbal, and written format.
  • Use critical thinking skills to solve problems associated with athletes and non-athletes with various injuries and in the development and administration of exercise programs designed to prevent injuries of athletes and non-athletes.
  • Engage in career development activities to prepare for graduate school (DPT) entrance.


Core Curriculum:

In addition, all students must fulfill the college’s core curriculum  requirements and meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.  The First Year Experience (FYE) Seminar  is a requirement for all first-year students.


  • Some DPT programs also require a pre-calculus course (MA106) as a pre-requisite.
  • Additional internship opportunities in physical therapy (SE410) may be recommended.
  • Any student that does not achieve a “C” or better in all required courses will continue their degree completion in the Exercise Science Sport Performance Specialist  or Exercise Science Fitness Specialist  track.
  • Some DPT programs accept Sport Psychology as the second psychology prerequisite.


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