James A. Carson, Ph.D., Interim Chair
The mission of the Department of Exercise Science is to expand and disseminate the body of knowledge concerning the relationship between exercise participation and human health.
Programs of Study
The undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in exercise science is a science-based program designed primarily to prepare students for entry into post-baccalaureate/graduate programs in health-related fields. A departmental core curriculum provides comprehensive mastery of exercise science. Students select one of three areas of emphasis: scientific foundations, health fitness, or motor development.
New freshmen who meet University admissions standards are eligible for admission to the degree program offered by the Department of Exercise Science. Transfer admission requires department approval as well as prerequisites.
- Students enrolled in other colleges on the Columbia campus must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and must have at least 12 USC credit hours.
- Students from other USC campuses must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and must have taken at least 12 USC credit hours. Additionally, students from other USC campuses who have fewer than 30 semester hours must also meet Columbia campus freshman admission requirements.
- Transfer students from regionally accredited institutions must present a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all college work taken. Students who have fewer than 30 semester hours of college work must also meet Columbia campus freshman admission requirements.
Retention and Progression Standards
- If the semester, yearly, or cumulative grade point average of a student is below 2.00, the student will be notified in writing.
- A student in exercise science must have an overall C average and complete the following courses with a grade of C or better before enrolling in any course in exercise science with a course number of 200 or greater: ENGL 101 , ENGL 102 , BIOL 101 /BIOL 101L , BIOL 102 /BIOL 102L , CHEM 111 , and MATH 141 or MATH 122 .
- A student in exercise science must earn a grade of C or higher in all departmental course work (EXSC), in required area of emphasis-specific courses, and in PHYS 201 /PHYS 201L , PHYS 202 /PHYS 202L , CHEM 112 , CHEM 333 /CHEM 331L , and CHEM 334 /CHEM 332L .
- An exercise science major may attempt an EXSC course and the courses listed in paragraph three above a maximum of two times to fulfill the requirement. A grade of W will be included as an attempt.
- An exercise science major may repeat a maximum of three EXSC courses.
- An exercise science major must receive a grade of C or higher in any course in order for it to serve as a prerequisite.
Students enrolled in the Department of Exercise Science are subject to attendance regulations of the University described elsewhere in the bulletin. When a student enrolls in a particular course, the student is obligated for all the work which may be assigned. Punctual and regular attendance is vital to the discharge of this obligation. The student is responsible for all assigned work in a course, and absences, excused or not, do not absolve the student of this responsibility.
Students majoring in exercise science may pursue minors as offered by other units. In completing minors, students may apply advisor-approved courses to both the minor and the block of elective credits required in the exercise science areas of emphasis.
Programs and Courses