Exercise and Sport Science Major: Exercise Science Pre-Professional Track - Bachelor of Science
(College of Science and Health)
Admission to program
Admission to the ESS-exercise science emphasis is competitive and not all who apply may be accommodated.
- To be considered for admission to the exercise and sport science major: exercise science emphasis, the student must have completed at least 30 semester credits, including general education credits and two pre-admission courses (BIO 105 or MIC 100 and HPR 105) with a grade of at least "C" in each of these courses and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
- Applications for admission are accepted in the fall semester (deadline of October 1) and the spring semester (deadline of February 1). All candidates must meet academic requirements, physical fitness standards and professional and personal qualifications and be approved by the Exercise Science Advisory Committee. Consideration for selection is based on the following criteria:
- Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA (includes transfer credit);
- Grade of "C" or better in BIO 105 or MIC 100;
- Grade of "C" or better in HPR 105;
- Fitness evaluation;
- Two professional job shadows (pre-approved by the student's ESS Academic Advisor);
- Extra-curricular experiences related to the emphasis; and
- Narrative statement content and technical writing quality.
Retention and advancement
Once admitted, a 3.00 GPA (cumulative and major) must be maintained and a "C" grade or better must be earned in all required and elective major courses for retention in the program. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation for one semester. Failure to achieve a 3.00 GPA (cumulative and major) by the end of the probation semester will result in ineligibility to continue in the program.
For complete details regarding application procedures, contact the Exercise Science Program Director in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.
(60-61 credits for the pre-professional track)
Pre-professional track courses:
(required for all ESS-exercise science emphasis students)
|ESS 100||Physical Activities (6 credits, may include ESS 116)||6|
|ESS 201||Safety, First Aid and CPR||1|
|ESS 207||Human Motor Behavior||3|
|ESS 281||Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries||2|
|ESS 302||Physiology of Exercise||3|
|ESS 320||Field Experience in Exercise Science or Sport Management||3|
|ESS 323||Nutrition and Sport||3|
|ESS 368||Strength Training Techniques and Programs||3|
|ESS 446||Current Research and Trends in Exercise Science||3|
|Required courses (12 credits)|
|ESS 383||Clinical Pathology for Exercise Science||3|
|BIO 312||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO 313||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|CHE 460||Medical Terminology for Health Education||1|
|SAH college curriculum (12-13 credits)|
|CHM 104||General Chemistry II||5|
|PHY 104||Fundamental Physics II||4|
|Select a BIO or MIC course 1||3-4|
|Psychology (3 credits)|
|Select one of the following:||3|
Any 3 credits of PSY course work transferred from another institution
|Select any 3 credit sociology course||3|
Students must complete at least 40 credits in the 300/400 level range.
General education requirements
Students who select the exercise and sport science-exercise science pre-professional track major are required to take HPR 105, BIO 105, CHM 103, STAT 145, a second math course at the 150 level or higher or CS 101 or CS 120; and PHY 103. Additional general education courses must also be selected to complete all category requirements and to meet the university minimum requirement of 48 total credit hours in general education.
All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.
College of Science and Health (SAH) Bachelor of Science core requirements
B.S. and B.A. students graduating from the College of Science and Health are required to take two natural laboratory science courses selected from the general education laboratory science category (GE 05) and/or from BIO 203, BIO 304, BIO 210, CHM 104, ESC 221, ESC 222, PHY 104 or PHY 204, and they either must take two mathematics courses or one math course and one computer science course from the math/logical systems category of the general education requirements (GE 02). One of the two science courses must be from a department outside of the student’s major department.
Note: Math courses can be pairs, i.e. 150 and 151; MTH/CS majors can use two science courses from same department.
For the Bachelor of Science degree, in addition to all other College of Science and Health core requirements, students from non-exempted programs1 must complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with students’ academic advisor.
Complete a second major; or
Complete a minor outside the major; or
Complete an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits
At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department.
The remaining six credits should come from
100 level or higher courses outside the major (General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.); or
300/400 level courses inside major not being used to fulfill major requirements.
Internship credits may not count toward the individualized option.
The list of exempted SAH programs is below.
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.
Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.
The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.
General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.
Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.
This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.
|BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||4||CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||5|
|ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3||CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3|
|HPR 105 (Gen Ed Health & Well-Being)||3||ESS 100 (Select a topic of interest)||1|
|MTH Course at 150 Level or Higher, or CS 101 or CS 120||4||ESS 201||1|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3||STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math )||4|
|Meet with faculty advisor to discuss requirements for admission to the ESS-Exercise Science program.||Gen Ed Minority Cultures (Any 3 credit SOC Course)1||3|
|BIO 3122||4||ESS 100||1|
|CHM 104||5||BIO 313||4|
|ENG 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, or 206 (Gen Ed Hum Studies-Lit)||3||ESS 100||1|
|HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)||3||ESS 281||2|
|Apply for admission to ESS-Exercise Science program--see WINGS advisement report and ESS-Exercise Science website for details.||ESS 303||3|
|Any BIO or MIC Course 2, 3||3|
|ESS 100||1||CHE 460||1|
|ESS 207||3||ESS 320||3|
|ESS 302||3||ESS 323||3|
|ESS 383||3||PHY 104||4|
|PHY 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||4||Minor or 2nd Major Coursework 300/400 level6||6|
|PSY 100 (Gen Ed Self & Society)5||3|
|ESS 100||1||ESS 100||1|
|ESS 368||3||ESS 446||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3||Gen Ed Global Studies||3|
|Minor or 2nd Major Coursework 300/400 level6||6||Minor or 2nd Major Coursework 300/400 level6||6|
|Total Credits: 121|
SOC 225 Racial and Ethnic Minorities (3 cr.) is a popular choice.
BIO 312 enrollment - requires a recommendation from the ESS-Exercise Science Program. Access to this class may be limited at times and/or students may encounter delays in satisfying the BIO 105 and CHM 103 prerequisites. For this reason, students may consider taking ESS 205 and ESS 206 instead of BIO 312 and BIO 313. However, students should consult with their faculty advisor prior to taking this alternative anatomy and physiology sequence.
MIC 100 Microbes and Society (4 cr.) is a popular choice.
PSY 100 satisfies the Gen Ed Self & Society requirement. Students might also consider taking PSY 212, which is not a Gen Ed class. Any three credit PSY course satisfies the PSY requirement in the ESS-exercise science pre-professional major.
The most efficient way to satisfy the College Core Upper Level Course requirement is to choose the individualized minor option. With that option, BIO 312, BIO 313, and CHE 460 apply, along with 3-9 additional credits of 300/400 level coursework from any department. See SAH BS Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.