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

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

 May be satisfied by completing 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.

  •  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 1, 2
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, 2
CHEM 121LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory 11
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 Science 23
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 465Exercise Physiology3
HNES 466Exercise Physiology Laboratory1
HNES 472Exercise Assessment and Prescription3
HNES 475Exercise Science Internship12
HNES 476Exercise Testing Laboratory3
HNES 491Seminar1
HNES 496Field Experience1
PHYS 211
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology 23
PSYC 211Introduction To Behavior Modification 23
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
Total Credits80

Requires a grade of ‘B’ or better.


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 Also satisfy the General Education categories of Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Wellness.

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.