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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Exercise Science BS - Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration/ Exercise Science MS

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Admission Criteria

  • Must be a current Exercise Science major in the Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration
  • Minimum GPA of 2.800 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work
  • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.000 at the beginning of the fall semester of your fourth year

Current students wishing to pursue the combined Exercise Science BS - Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration / Exercise Science MS must apply to the Exercise Science graduate program during year three. Visit the Exercise Science graduate admissions page for more information.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

Pre-PT Concentration Electives (3 credits)

Choose from this list of approved Pre-PT Concentration electives:

Graduate Course Requirements

Exercise Science Masters Core (16-17 credits)

  • CEP 532 - Introduction to Statistical Methods in Applied Research Credits: 3
  • CHB 550 - Public Health & Population Well-being Credits: 3
  • ES 502 - Neuromuscular and Metabolic Responses to Exercise Credits: 3
  • ES 503 - Cardiopulmonary Responses to Exercise Credits: 3
  • ES 539 - Seminar Credits: 2
  • NTR 505 - Exercise Nutrition Credits: 2
  • CEP 532 - Introduction to Statistical Methods in Applied Research Credits: 3 OR
  • STA 527LEC Statistical Analysis I Credits: 3 AND
  • STA 527REC Statistical Analysis I Credits: 1

Exercise Science Electives (13-17 credits)

Any 500, 600, or 700 level ES, NTR, PGY, PT, OT, or NUR courses except: ES 532 (Stats), ES 539 (research seminar), ES 589 (Directed Readings), ES 597 (thesis guidance), ES 599 (Independent study).

Culminating Experience (3-6 credits)

  • Exam option: ES 592 Practicum Credits: 3
  • Project option: ES 596 Individual Guidance Project Credits: 4
  • Thesis option: ES 597 Thesis Credits: 6

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 89

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 148 credit hour total

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 112

Total Graduate Credits Required: 36

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 148

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.


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

Academic Requirements

Students must maintain an overall undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.000 to be eligible for admission to the graduate portion of the program. Students must maintain ≥ 3.000 overall graduate GPA and achieve grades of B- or higher in all graduate courses. Students that do not maintain a 3.000 minimum graduate GPA will not be allowed to continue in the combined program but may continue in the BS program in any of the four concentrations.

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: 15

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Summer

Total Credits: 6

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 12

Fourth Year Spring

  • Credits: 1-12 (6 credits required)
  • ES 503LEC - Cardiopul Resp Exer Credits: 3
  • Graduate Major Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Fall

  • CHB 550LR - Pub Hlth Popultn Wellbng Credits: 3
  • ES 502LEC - Neuromusc Metab Resp Exer Credits: 3
  • STA 527LEC - Statistical Analysis I Credits: 3
  • STA 527REC - Statistical Analysis I Credits: 1
  • ES 539SEM - Research Seminar Credits: 2 

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Spring

  • Culminating Experience Credits: 6 
  • Graduate Major Elective Credits: 4
  • Graduate Major Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits Required: 148

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

Learning Outcomes

The BS/MS in Exercise Science prepares graduates for entry-level and managerial positions in the areas of fitness, health and wellness, sport performance, strength and conditioning, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. Students apply the scientific principles of exercise conditioning to design exercise programs to enhance the well-being of individuals.

Skills gained in this program include managing, organizing and meeting deadlines, analyzing, critical thinking, teaching, interpreting, communicating, persuading/influencing, coordinating, planning, problem solving, and coaching.

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.

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