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 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institution. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU resident credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

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

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

Exercise Science Requirements
BIOL 220
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S) *
BIOL 221
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S) *
CHEM 122
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
CSCI 114Computer Applications (May satisfy general education category S)3
or TL 116 Business Software Applications
HNES 170Introduction to Exercise Science *2
HNES 250Nutrition Science (May satisfy general education category W)3
HNES 365Kinesiology3
HNES 368Biomechanics of Exercise3
HNES 370Exercise and Disease3
HNES 371Worksite Health Promotion3
HNES 374Methods in Resistance Training and Cardiovascular Conditioning3
HNES 375Research Methods and Design in Exercise Science3
HNES 465Physiology Of Exercise3
HNES 466Physiology Exercise Laboratory1
HNES 472Exercise Assessment and Prescription3
HNES 475Exercise Science Internship12
HNES 476Exercise Testing Laboratory2
HNES 491Seminar1
HNES 496Field Experience1
PHYS 211
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B)3
PSYC 211Introduction To Behavior Modification (May satisfy general education category B)3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
Total Credits78

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.
  • Department Requirements:BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 220L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory, CHEM 121 General Chemistry I, PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology and PSYC 211 Introduction To Behavior Modification, and HNES 250 Nutrition Science are listed within the General Education categories of Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Wellness.