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B.S. in Kinesiology

Exercise Science Option

Overview

The B.S. in Exercise Science provides a strong foundation for students who want to pursue careers or graduate and professional degrees in a wide range of health careers. At URI, you can choose between two areas of specialization, the Pre-Professional Track or the Applied Track, depending on your specific interests and career goals.

Exercise Science Curriculum Planning Worksheet (PDF)   |   Course Descriptions

Pre-Professional Track

student monitoring runner on treadmillThis specialization prepares you to analyze physical activity, exercise, and sport in a physiological context, with an emphasis on basic science courses. You will be trained to assess, design, and implement exercise programs for individuals who are apparently healthy, and those with controlled disease. You will learn to evaluate health behaviors and risk factors, conduct fitness assessments, write appropriate exercise prescriptions and motivate individuals to modify negative health habits.

This option is for students considering careers or graduate degrees in health care professions including exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, chiropractic, and occupational therapy. You may also choose advanced study in the allied health professions, including exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, chiropractic medicine or occupational therapy.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Core Exercise Science Curriculum Courses (47 credits)
Required of all exercise science students. Courses include Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Physiology of Exercise and Exercise Testing and Prescription. The required 12-credit internship provides students an opportunity to apply scientific course work principles in an exercise, fitness, rehabilitation or physical therapy setting.

Professional Content Area (13 credits)
Courses include Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry Aspects and Statistics.

General Education Requirements (40 credits)
Courses taken to meet university requirements. See UCAS for more information.

Applied Track

dumbbell weights on a rackThis specialization trains you to assess, design, and implement exercise and fitness programs for individuals who are apparently healthy and those with controlled disease. You will learn to evaluate health behaviors and risk factors, conduct fitness assessments, write appropriate exercise prescriptions and motivate individuals to modify negative health habits. There is an emphasis on applied sciences, with coursework available in the areas of health promotion, nutrition, communication, and human development.

This option is for students considering careers in corporate fitness and wellness, personal training, community fitness, and hospital-based fitness and wellness centers. You may also use this specialization to prepare for graduate study in exercise science, health promotion, preventive medicine and related fields.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Core Exercise Science Curriculum Courses (47 credits)
Required of all exercise science students. Courses include Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Physiology of Exercise and Exercise Testing and Prescription. The required 12-credit internship provides students an opportunity to apply scientific course work principles in an exercise, fitness, rehabilitation or physical therapy setting.

Professional Content Area (14 credits)
Select from courses such as Measurement and Evaluation, Program Development, Athletic Injuries, Sport Psychology and Advanced Strength & Conditioning.

General Education Requirements (40 credits)
Courses taken to meet university requirements. See UCAS for more information.

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