Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis, BS


Program Description

The Exercise Science bachelor’s degree focuses on the science of human movement and its importance in maintaining or improving health, physical fitness and athletic performance.  Coursework and selected emphases allow students to focus their studies on specific interests relative to career and graduate school pursuits. 

Emphases within this degree program include:

  • Exercise Science (generalist)
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements

American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Exercise Science Core Program Requirements

FAST 1300
XSCI 1543
Beginning Swimming
and First Aid / Resp Emergencies
or FAST 1301
XSCI 1543
Intermediate Swimming
and First Aid / Resp Emergencies
or FAST 1315
XSCI 1543
Aquatic Fitness
and First Aid / Resp Emergencies
or XSCI 1340 Lifeguarding/First Aid
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
RSM 2070Fundamentals of Sport and Leisure Management3
XSCI 2020Introduction to Exercise Science3
or XSCI 1025 Intro to Sports Medicine
or XSCI 2025 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
XSCI 2060Sport and Exercise Psychology3
XSCI 2120Principles of Fitness and Lifestyle Management3
XSCI 2200Nutrition for Sport and Exercise3
XSCI 3700
XSCI 3705
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Lab
XSCI 3370Exercise Testing and Prescription3
XSCI 3400Activity Programming for Special Populations3
XSCI 3500Theories and Techniques for Teaching Fitness and Motor Skills3
XSCI 3730Biomechanics3
or XSCI 3740 Clinical Biomechanics
or XSCI 3750 Quantitative Biomechanics
XSCI 3800Measurement & Evaluation in Physical Exercise & Sports3
or XSCI 3840 Measurement, Research, and Statistics in Exercise Science
XSCI 4100Physiology and Techniques of Strength and Power3
XSCI 4200Healthy Aging3
XSCI 4300Clinical Exercise Physiology3
XSCI 4230Applied Fitness Development for Aging and At-Risk Populations3
XSCI 4400Pediatric and Adolescent Fitness & Nutrition3
XSCI 4600RExercise Science Internship1-3
Choose one of the following course sets:
XSCI 3052
XSCI 3350
Psychophysiology of Motor Control
and Motor Learning and Development
XSCI 3054
XSCI 3352
Motor Learning and Control
and Motor Development

Pre-Physical Therapy Track Requirements

BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3
MATH 1060Trigonometry (MA)3-5
or MATH 1080 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry (MA)
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I (PS)
and College Physics I Lab (LAB)
PHYS 2020
PHYS 2025
College Physics II
and College Physics II Lab
PSY 1010General Psychology (SS, GC)3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
PSY 2400Psychology of Abnormal Behavior3

Recommended Electives 

To bring the total number of credits to no less than 120.
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
HLOC 1000Medical Terminology2
XSCI 4890RUndergraduate Research for Exercise Science1-3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher. 
  5. GPA of 2.0 or higher in Exercise Science Program Requirement courses.
  6. Grade C- or higher in each Exercise Science Program Requirement course.