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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science BS - Applied Exercise Physiology Concentration

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Do you love wellness, fitness and sports? Are you interested in helping athletes improve their health and performance, designing fitness programs for adults, and motivating people to develop healthy habits? If you like learning about the human body, you enjoy science and you’re good with people, then UB’s exercise science program can give you the hands-on training and evidence-based knowledge that helps prepare you for whatever comes next-whether that’s becoming a medical doctor or physical therapist, training people as a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach, doing research that keeps soldiers and first responders safer, or combating childhood obesity.

Visit the Excercise Science academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Exercise and Nutrition Sciences department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current students wishing to pursue this Exercise Science BS - Applied Exercise Physiology Concentration must follow the instructions on the School of Public Health and Health Professions major application form.

Course Requirements

Applied Exercise Physiology Concentration Electives (16 credits):

Below is a list of approved electives. At least 6 of the 16 credits must be from ES, NTR or PUB.


* Students can only use one Biochemistry course towards their electives.

**  This course can be used to satisfy the prerequisite requirement OR an elective, NOT both

Total Credits Required for Major: 103-106

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements

Elective courses as needed to complete the 126 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 126

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

All ES students must maintain a 2.000 GPA in required course work each semester. All students will be monitored each semester to ensure that they are making satisfactory academic progress in the major. Failure to maintain a cumulative UB GPA or ES major GPA ≥ 2.000 will result in the student receiving warnings, mandatory advising, and required completion of an academic workshop. Students who fail to maintain a cumulative UB GPA or ES major GPA ≥ 2.000 for three consecutive semesters will be removed from the major. Academic reviews are conducted following Fall and Spring semesters only. Courses repeated during the winter and/or summer are not factored into the review. Students must pass all required courses with a D or higher. A student who has been dismissed is not eligible for readmission into the major.

The ES major GPA includes all required ES coursework in the major and is a cumulative GPA. The student’s HUB Academic Advisement Report includes the ES major GPA.

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Spring

  • ES 451LAB- Internship 2 Credits: 12

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 126

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

The Exercise Science program prepares graduates to assess, plan, and implement fitness programs that include exercises designed to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.

Skills gained in this program include prioritizing and meeting deadlines; analyzing, interpreting, and translating scientific information; critical thinking; teaching and coaching; communicating, persuading, and influencing; coordinating and planning; and problem-solving.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of essential principles and vocabulary of exercise science.
  • Apply scientific knowledge to improve human health, fitness and performance. 
  • Demonstrate entry-level skills as an exercise science practitioner.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and commitment to evidence-based practice and prudent decision-making skills.
  • Display competence in oral, written and digital communication skills. 
  • Demonstrate effective team work and interpersonal skills in working with clients, supervisors and professional colleagues.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills to a variety of scenarios relevant to practice as an exercise science professional.


(HEGIS: 08.35 PHYSICAL ED METHODOLOGY, CIP26.0908 Exercise Physiology)


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