Exercise Science

Major Requirements

Major: Exercise Science

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Category C: Communication12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Category R: Quantitative Reasoning 3
Category S: Science and Technology 10
Category A: Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Category B: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Category W: Wellness 2
Category D: Cultural Diversity *†
Category G: Global Perspectives *†
Total Credits39

Courses for category D & G are satisfied by completing D & G designated courses in another general education category.

General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

Major Requirements

Exercise Science Requirements
BIOL 220
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1
BIOL 221
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHEM 122
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CSCI 114Computer Applications3
or TL 116 Business Software Applications
HNES 170Introduction to Exercise Science 12
HNES 250Nutrition Science3
HNES 365Kinesiology3
HNES 368Biomechanics of Exercise3
HNES 370Exercise and Disease3
HNES 374Methods in Resistance Training and Cardiovascular Conditioning3
HNES 375Research Methods and Design in Exercise Science3
HNES 380Exercise Behavior3
HNES 465Exercise Physiology3
HNES 465LExercise Physiology Laboratory1
HNES 472Exercise Assessment and Prescription3
HNES 476Exercise Testing Laboratory3
HNES 470Professional Practices in Exercise Science (HNES 778) 23
HNES 475Exercise Science Internship (HNES 794) 29
HNES 491Seminar1
HNES 496Field Experience1
PHYS 211
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
Total Credits76

Requires a grade of ‘B’ or better.


Students approved for the accelerated program take the graduate courses in place of the undergraduate courses.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation. No grades of 'D' or 'F' may be used to satisfy Exercise Science major courses.
  • With the exception of field experiences, seminar, and internship, courses under the Exercise Science requirements may not be taken Pass/Fail.                                            

Accelerated Undergraduate to Master's Degree Program

  • Students may participate in an accelerated program in the following area:
    • B.S. Exercise Science to M.A. Trg. Master of Athletic Training
      • Program information and application process are found here.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Students are required submit an application to the Graduate School and an Accelerated Degree Program Declaration form prior to any graduate work.