Exercise Science, B.S.

The primary objective of the New Jersey City University (NJCU) Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree program is to develop professionals with a strong exercise science foundation who are able to enter directly into the job market or one of many exercise science-related graduate degree programs. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science is intended to prepare its graduates with the ability to apply knowledge of health and exercise interventions in a variety of settings and situations. It will enable students to acquire the skills necessary to gain employment in a variety of exercise science-related professional fields and prepare students for advanced professional training in the areas of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Athletic Training.

The requirements for admission to this degree track are:                   

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 2.75

Transfer Students:

  • Transfer students must complete at least 12 credits at NJCU in addition to above requirements prior to declaring a major in Exercise Science
  • 31 credits in FES Residency requirements 
Prerequisites (These courses are required before entering the major and may also meet university general education requirements)17
MATH 112Intermediate Algebra3
BIOL 236Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIOL 237Anatomy & Physiology II4
HLTH 203Cultural Aspects of Health3
PSYC 110Introduction to Psychology3
Required Courses43
FES 205Prevention & Treatment of Athletic Injuries3
FES 207Introduction to Exercise Science3
FES 314Life Span Motor Development 3
FES 315Structural Kinesiology3
FES 320Sports Nutrition3
FES 325Exercise Testing and Prescription3
FES 326Adapted Physical Education3
FES 344Psychosocial Aspects of Sport3
FES 407Responding to Emergencies3
FES 410Motor Control and Learning4
FES 422Exercise Physiology3
FES 414Contemporary Issues in Exercise Science3
FES 415Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise 3
FES 450Internship in Exercise Science3
FES Electives (Choose a minimum of 12 credits.)
FES 104Spinning (R)2
FES 111Yoga I2
FES 113Yoga II2
FES 116Swimming Level 12
FES 117Swimming Level 22
FES 118Scuba Open Water Dive Course3
FES 121Pilates Flexibility Methods3
FES 123Step Aerobics I3
FES 124Cardio-Training I3
FES 180Karate-Tae Kwon Do3
FES 188Basic Fencing3
FES 190Weight Training Methods3
FES 202Foundations of Physical Fitness3
FES 310Sport in American Society3
Special Electives9-12
BIOL 130Principles Biology I 14
BIOL 224The Human Body3
CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture 13
or CHEM 1105 General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory
CHEM 106General Chemistry II Lecture 13
or CHEM 1106 General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory
MATH 140Statistics I3
PHYS 101Basic Concepts of Physics3

Students interested in pre-professional/graduate school options are encouraged to select Electives such as Chemistry, Physics, and an advanced math and statistics to meet program entry requirements. Students interested in career/applied pathways are encouraged to build their practical skill set, while also focusing other elective choices on building additional competencies (business, health promotion, etc.).

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4-6
MATH 112 Intermediate Algebra 3
PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
INTD 101 Orientation to College 1
General Education Tier I Course 3
 Credits14-16
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
or
4-6
FES 207 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
 Credits13-15
Sophomore
Semester 1
HLTH 203 Cultural Aspects of Health 3
FES 314 Life Span Motor Development 3
BIOL 236 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
General Education Tier II Course 3
Elective or GE Tier II Course 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
BIOL 237 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
FES 407 Responding to Emergencies 3
FES 315 Structural Kinesiology 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
 Credits16
Junior
Semester 1
FES 205 Prevention & Treatment of Athletic Injuries 3
FES 320 Sports Nutrition 3
FES 326 Adapted Physical Education 3
General Education Tier III Course 3
Elective (FES or Special) 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
FES 325 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
FES 344 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport 3
FES 410 Motor Control and Learning 4
Elective (FES or Special) 3
Elective (FES or Special) 3
 Credits16
Senior
Semester 1
FES XXXContemporary Issues in Exercise Science 3
FES 422 Exercise Physiology 3
FES 4XXBiomechanics & Lab 3
Elective (FES or Special) 3
Elective (FES or Special) 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
FES 450 Internship in Exercise Science 3
Elective (FES or Special) 3
Elective (FES or Special) 3
Elective (FES or Special) 3
Elective (FES or Special) 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120-124

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Exercise Science BS program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the factual and theoretical bases of kinesiology, exercise physiology, and biomechanics of human movement.
  2. Develop knowledge of special physiology concerns for any population.
  3. Assess personal health, attitude, and behaviors.
  4. Develop ability to think critically about human movement.
  5. Assess quantitative and qualitative movement for healthy and chronically ill individuals.
  6. Evaluate research related to controversial issues in various disciplines within exercise science.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).