StudyQA — Bachelor: Exercise Science — Slippery Rock University

Exercise Science

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:3211 Duration:48 months

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The Exercise Science major at SRU prepares undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills to be accepted and successful in a variety of graduate programs in the health care professions. Students will also be prepared to work as a professional in the health and fitness industry. Exercise Science professionals graduating from our program are skilled in:

  • ·Evaluating health behaviors & risk factors
  • ·Conducting fitness assessments
  • ·Developing and implementing safe & effective exercise prescriptions
  • ·Motivating individuals to modify health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors

The Exercise Science program at Slippery Rock University is one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the country. Students in this major are prepared to become leaders in the industry while developing expertise in utilizing cutting edge technology and hands on learning experiences under the careful supervision of a student-centered faculty. The curriculum provides a strong science base including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics, and then allows application of knowledge in practical experiences working with “real” people. The Exercise Science Program became one of the first six schools in the nation to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), the largest programmatic accreditor in the health-sciences field. The program is also endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. With a degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University, graduates are recognized as qualified and respected professionals in the field.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Exercise Science Program at Slippery Rock University is to develop competent and contributing entry-level professionals in the field of exercise science in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (abilities) learning domains. This is accomplished by providing quality academic preparation that incorporates both classroom and supervised practical experiences.

Program Outcomes

  • ·Professional Interaction and Communication

To interact and communicate effectively by presenting information in oral, written, and technology formats; collaborating with professionals and peers; expressing ideas clearly; and giving and receiving feedback.

  • ·Professional Competence

To utilize knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate health behavior and risk factors; develop, implement, and evaluate exercise and wellness programs, and employ behavioral strategies to motivate individuals to adopt and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors.

  • ·Professional Ethics and Conduct:

To demonstrate behavior that preserves the integrity of a profession, prevents misrepresentation, and protects the consumer.

  • ·Professional and Personal Development:

To continuously improve knowledge, skills, and abilities and to uphold a professional image through actions and appearance.

  • ·Professional Decision Making (Problem Solving)

To demonstrate critical thinking by making decisions based on multiple perspectives and evidence-based practice.

3+3 Physical Therapy specialization

Exercise Science is an approved undergraduate major for the 3+3 Physical Therapy specialization. This unique program provides students with the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) in six years rather than seven. This entails three years in the Exercise Science undergraduate program and three years in the Graduate School of Physical Therapy. During the junior year students would apply for admission into the DPT Program.

If accepted, the first year in the DPT Program will meet the requirements for the undergraduate degree. This is a highly accelerated and challenging academic program designed for incoming freshmen only. Participation in the undergraduate commencement ceremony takes place after the first full year of Physical Therapy school is successfully completed.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Requirements for the Major - Credits: 57

Required Courses

Required Basic Courses - Credits: 21

  • ERS 100 - Introduction to Exercise Science: Careers and Content Credits: 3
  • ERS 101 - Applied Anatomy Credits: 3
  • ERS 200 - Measurement and Statistical Application in Exercise Science Credits: 3
  • ERS 201 - Exercise Physiology Credits: 3
  • ERS 202 - Biomechanics Credits: 3
  • ERS 301 - Exercise Leadership: Group Fitness Credits: 3
  • ERS 302 - Exercise Leadership: Resistance Training Credits: 3

Required ES Upper Level Courses - Credits: 36

Note: Students must have achieved “Sufficient Academic Performance” to take these courses. Students must earn a “C” or better in all of the following courses.

  • HLTH 424 - Nutrition and Exercise Credits: 3
  • ERS 400 - Wellness Promotion and Programming Credits: 3
  • ERS 401 - Fitness Assessment Credits: 3
  • ERS 402 - Exercise Prescription Credits: 3
  • ERS 403 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Credits: 3
  • ERS 410 - Clinical Exercise Physiology Credits: 3
  • ERS 411 - Exercise Science: Special Populations and Conditions Credits: 3
  • ERS 412 - Exercise Science: Senior Synthesis Credits: 3
  • ERS 450 - Exercise Science Internship Credits: 12
College/Department Requirements (Liberal Studies) - Credits: 13
  • BIOL 216 - Anatomy and Physiology/Lab Credits: 3
  • BIOL 217 - Anatomy and Physiology/Lab Credits: 3
  • MATH 152 - Elementary Statistics I Credits: 3
  • PHYS 201 - Elements of Physics I/ Lab Credits: 4


Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

  • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable
  • SAT or ACT Scores
  • $30.00 application fee

WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.
Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Slippery Rock University.


Contact the Office of Financial Aid for detailed information on various financial aid programs and scholarship materials. You can submit your questions regarding financial assistance directly to the Financial Aid Office at Students are encouraged to apply for admission early.

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