Exercise science prepares students to work in exercise-related areas by examining the effects of exercise and physical activity on the human body.
The Exercise Science (BS) - Pre-Professional degree at Appalachian State University is primarily for students looking to pursue graduate or professional school. The program provides the science-related foundation required for successful admission to professional schools for students interested in becoming physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians and physician assistants.
Faculty in the Department of Health and Exercise Science are nationally and internationally known researchers who are also expert teachers.
This particular concentration is primarily for students looking to pursue graduate or professional school. Students have gone on to become physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians and physicians assistants.
Students take a 32-hour Exercise Science core, plus 30 hours in the Pre-Professional concentration. The concentration’s core courses include:
- Biological Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Psychological Sciences
- Other Interdisciplinary Studies
- Required Field Experience
A minor is not required, but some students choose to minor in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Public Health, Nutrition or Health Care Management.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Exercise Science Club - designed for students majoring or minoring in exercise science or those interested in the field of exercise science. The club is a great way for students to meet each other and learn important information about the major and what you can do with it after graduation.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- The Department of Health and Exercise Science is primarily housed in the Holmes Convocation Center, which has 13 advanced laboratories, 10 classrooms and extensive public service areas.
- Students gain valuable skills through applied laboratory experiences in state-of-the-art facilities. The Human Performance Laboratory Complex houses the Human Performance, Hydrostatic and Fisher Hamilton/Nycom Biochemistry laboratories. There are also Neuromuscular and Biomechanics laboratories in the department.
- Students have opportunities to conduct research alongside their professors and contribute to finding innovative solutions for regional and national problems. They also present their findings at professional conferences.
Number of Students
Method of Delivery
On campus only
These jobs require education beyond a bachelor’s degree.
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Physician assistants