Academic Catalog

Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Science

Students in the Exercise and Sport Science major are trained for a variety of careers, including fitness specialist, personal training, and strength and conditioning specialist. With graduate training, students can pursue careers in sport nutrition, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and physical therapy. Preparation for both the NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam and the ACSM’s Health Fitness Specialist exam is built into the curriculum, and students passing one of these national exams can expect enhanced job opportunities. See or for more information.

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
MATH U102Elementary Statistics3
MATH U121College Algebra3
MATH U127Precalculus II 13
PSYC U225Psychological Statistics3
Natural Science (w/ lab):
(See footnote 2)
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
and General Biology
and General Biology Lab
or CHEM U111
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
and Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Strategies for Information Discovery
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
Fine Arts, Humanities:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Business Writing
Understanding English Grammar
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
African American Literature
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Southern Studies
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 33
American Sign Language I
Introductory French I
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
PSYC U101Introduction to Psychology3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
American National Government
Introduction to Sociology
Interpersonal Communication
Leadership Development I
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
General Education Electives:
Choose from the options below if hours are required in the major:
Select any approved general education course or courses0
Major Requirements 4
Sport Science Core
EDHL U221Lifelong Health & Wellness3
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 5
or EXSC U290 Functional Kinesiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 5
or EXSC U291 Functional Kinesiology II
EDPH U128Group Fitness1
EXSC U280Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science3
EXSC U301Exercise Physiology4
EXSC U302Biomechanics3
EXSC U390Field Experience3
EXSC U455Fitness Assessment and Prescription4
EXSC U457Essentials of Strength and Conditioning4
EXSC U459Sport Nutrition3
EXSC U480Internship in Exercise and Sport Science6
EXSC U499Research Seminar3
Major Electives
Select 13 credits of the following, with at least 6 credits from EXSC courses:13
Select an EDPH course at 100-level 6
Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology
First Aid
Motor Learning & Development
Sports Ethics
Team Sports I
Individual Sports
Principles of Coaching
Introduction to Athletic Training
Lifestyle-Related Diseases
Current Topics in Exercise Physiology
Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription
Advanced Strength & Conditioning
Advanced Exercise Assessment and Prescription
Minor, Cognate, Certificate or Health Sciences Emphasis
Exercise and Sport Science General majors must select a minor (18-hour minimum), a certificate (if less than 18 credits need to make up the difference with electives), or cognate approved by their academic advisor. Exercise & Sport Pre-OT majors should pick the psychology minor. Students in these two majors should not take the Health Sciences Emphasis. The Health Sciences Emphasis is required for Pre-PT majors.18-24
Minor, Cognate, or Certificate 7,8
Select 18-24 credits
Health Sciences Emphasis
Exercise & Sport Science Pre-PT majors must complete the Health Science Emphasis. They should not complete the Minor, Cognate, or Certificate option.
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology II Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Psychological Disorders
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Total Hours 120-126

MATH U127 Precalculus II required for Health Sciences Emphasis


Health Sciences Emphasis must take BIOL U101 Introductory Biology I & BIOL U101L Introductory Biology I Lab and CHEM U111 General Chemistry & CHEM U111L General Chemistry Lab


The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program.


Final responsibility for satisfying degree requirements as outlined in the USC Upstate Academic Catalog rests with the student.


Students must take particular course sequence, either EXSC U290 Functional Kinesiology I & EXSC U291 Functional Kinesiology II or BIOL U243 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL U243L Human Anatomy and Physiology I LabBIOL U244 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, & BIOL U244L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab; minimum grade of C is required in all Major coursework.


Not EDPH U128 Group Fitness


Up to 6 hours of General Education (<300 level) may be used to satisfy requirements of a minor.


See current USC Upstate Academic Catalog for specific requirements of the chosen minor. A minimum grade of C is required in all minor, cognate, or Health Science Emphasis coursework. Students must have 120 hours to satisfy the requirements for the degree.