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Degree Requirements

The undergraduate degree program consists of a single core curriculum emphasizing applied science and professional preparation in combination with an elective block sufficiently broad to allow students to develop strong preparation in an area of personal interest related to health and exercise. A minor in Health and Exercise Science is also available at the undergraduate level for non-HES majors. 

Students majoring in Health and Exercise Science will be designated as pre-HES until they have applied and are admitted to the Bachelor of Science degree program. Students who select the HES minor are not required to apply to the program, but will only be permitted to take courses in the core curriculum if seats are available one month after junior enrollment begins and with appropriate permissions. 

Applying to the Bachelor of Science degree program

Students interested in entering the HES undergraduate degree program must apply for matriculation into the upper-division HES core curriculum. There are two application categories: 1) full admission or 2) deferred admission. Students applying for full admission must have all prerequisite courses completed with a grade of "C" or better. To apply in the deferred admission category, students must have a grade of "C" or better in the completed prerequisite courses AND the unfulfilled prerequisite courses must be in progress at the time of application. Students admitted on deferred status will be fully admitted to the HES program upon earning a grade of "C" or better in any in-progress prerequisite coursework and meets all additional criteria for admission.

The application deadlines are set for the end (Friday at 5 p.m.) of the third week for the fall and spring semesters. Final admission to HES is a competitive process that is based on the following criteria: 1) prerequisite course GPA, and 2) combined retention GPA.

Students will be selected for admission from a pool of applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for application and have submitted all required HES application materials.

Please note that due to limited resources for this program not all students with a minimum 2.75 GPA are admitted. Depending on the number of applicants and the GPA distributions for the applicant pool, the minimum GPA required for consideration may not be competitive and does not guarantee admission.

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Prerequisite courses

Students on a catalog year prior to 2021*
BIOL 1124– Introduction to Biology: Molecules/Cell/Physiology**
BIOL 2124 – Human Physiology
BIOL 2234 OR BIOL 2255 – Introduction to Human Anatomy OR Human Anatomy
CHEM 1315 – General Chemistry
COMM 1113 OR COMM 2613 – Principles of Communication OR Public Speaking
ENGL 1113 – Composition I
ENGL 1213 OR EXPO 1213 – Composition II
HES 2131 – Introduction to HES
HES 2823 – Introduction to Nutrition
HES 2913 – Personal Health
MATH 1503 – College Algebra or higher-level math course
PSY 1113 – Elements of Psychology
SOC 1113 – Introduction to Sociology

Students on a 2021 catalog year and beyond*
BIOL 1124– Introduction to Biology: Molecules/Cell/Physiology**
BIOL 2124 – Human Physiology
BIOL 2234 OR BIOL 2255 – Introduction to Human Anatomy OR Human Anatomy
CHEM 1315 – General Chemistry
ENGL 1113 – Composition I
ENGL 1213 OR EXPO 1213 – Composition II
HES 2131 – Introduction to HES
HES 2823 – Introduction to Nutrition
HES 2913 – Personal Health
MATH 1503 – College Algebra or higher-level math course
PSY 1113 – Elements of Psychology
SOC 1113 – Introduction to Sociology

*Consult with your academic advisor if you are unsure about your catalog year.

**BIOL 1114 and 1121 are also acceptable. BIOL 1005 is acceptable in some cases, check with your HES academic advisor.