Exercise Physiology (BS)

Departmental Admission Requirements

See admissions requirements for the College of Education and Human Development at https://louisville.edu/admissions

Admission to the professional phase of the Physical and Health Education track also requires:

  • Minimum 2.75 or higher overall GPA, or 3.0 in last 30 hours
  • Minimum test scores as required by the Education Professional Standards Board
  • C or better in ENGL 102  (or equivalent) and in Oral Communication course
  • Completion of Pre-Professional Courses with a B-minus or better
  • Any other requirements as outlined in Application.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements31
The following course can be taken to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement and a major requirement in all tracks:
Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology - S
For tracks in Allied Health Therapies and Human Performance:
Foundations of Quantitative Statistics - QR
For track in Physical and Health Education:
Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity - SB

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

HSS 181First-Year Experience 11
Select two (2) Physical Activity Courses (see list below)2
Minimum Total Hours3
1

Not required for transfer students with 24 credit hours or more.  Students who successfully complete a first year experience course through another college may waive this requirement.

Program/Major Requirements

Core Courses
HSS 180First Aid and Safety Education3
HSS 184Healthy Lifestyles I3
HSS 202Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology - S3
HSS 263Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
HSS 318Diverse Populations in Physical Activity and Health3
HSS 320Growth and Motor Development Across the Lifespan3
HSS 386Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I 13
HSS 387Biomechanics3
HSS 394Foundations of Exercise Physiology3
HSS 395Fitness Assessment and Prescription3
Minimum Total Hours30
1

Please see notes on Track page regarding Anatomy and Physiology requirements.

Track Requirements (see Track Requirements tab)62

 Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 hours with an overall GPA of 2.25; minimum grade of C- in Exercise Physiology core and track-specific courses; successful completion of an Exercise Physiology Internship or Research Project; minimum of 50 hours at the 300-level or above.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Tracks in Allied Health Therapies and Human Performance
Advanced Exercise Physiology - CUE
Track in Physical and Health Education
Capstone Seminar: Initial Teacher Certification - CUE
Physical Activity Courses
HSS 101Beginning Swimming1
HSS 102Advanced Swimming1
HSS 103Life Saving1
HSS 104Scuba1
HSS 108Water Fitness1
HSS 109Weight Training1
HSS 110Physical Fitness and Conditioning1
HSS 111Aerobic Fitness1
HSS 112Mini-Marathon Training1
HSS 114Fitness Walking1
HSS 115Step Aerobics1
HSS 116Introduction to Yoga1
HSS 117Intermediate Yoga1
HSS 118Beginning Martial Arts1
HSS 119Intermediate Martial Arts1
HSS 120Beginning Racquetball1
HSS 121Billiards and Table Games1
HSS 122Badminton1
HSS 123Tennis1
HSS 124Advanced Tennis1
HSS 125Golf1
HSS 126Tumbling and Apparatus1
HSS 127Beginning Fencing1
HSS 128Pickleball1
HSS 132Canoeing1
HSS 133Backpacking and Hiking1
HSS 134Rappelling1
HSS 136Soccer1
HSS 137Volleyball1
HSS 138Basketball1
HSS 140Softball1
HSS 144Physical Activity for the Older Adult1
HSS 145Activity for the Physically Challenged1
HSS 150Special Topics: Physical Education Activities1
HSS 160Beginning Aerobic Dance1
HSS 161Intermediate Aerobic Dance1
HSS 162Beginning Modern Dance1
HSS 163Intermediate Modern Dance1
HSS 164Beginning Country Western Dance1
HSS 165Ballroom Dance1
HSS 166African Dance1
HSS 167Country Line Dance1

Track Requirements 

Track in Allied Health Therapies

Academic Plan Code(s): EXP_BS_AHT

HSS 377Foundations of Quantitative Statistics - QR3
Select one of the following options:2-3
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1,2
Senior Seminar in Exercise Physiology
HSS 389Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries I3
HSS 390Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II 1,23
HSS 396Lab Methods in Fitness Evaluation3
HSS 460Human Body in Health and Disease3
HSS 462Advanced Biomechanics3
HSS 486Advanced Exercise Physiology - CUE3
HSS 492Exercise Science Internship3
HSS 504Physical Activity and Public Health3
General Electives32-33
Minimum Total Hours62
1

HSS 381 should be taken concurrently with or after previous completion of HSS 386.  HSS 391 should be taken with or after previous completion of HSS 390.

2

Students should take either the entire HSS Advanced Anatomy and Physiology sequence (HSS 381, HSS 386, HSS 390, and HSS 391) (recommended), or the entire BIOL Anatomy and Physiology sequence (BIOL 260, BIOL 264, BIOL 261, and BIOL 265). There are no direct equivalents between each A&P course, therefore students are not permitted to mix courses between departments.

Track in Human Performance

Academic Plan Code(s): EXP_BS_HP

HSS 300Nutrition Coaching3
HSS 377Foundations of Quantitative Statistics - QR3
HSS 388Foundations of Strength and Conditioning3
HSS 389Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries I3
HSS 390Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II 13
HSS 392Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology3
HSS 396Lab Methods in Fitness Evaluation3
HSS 486Advanced Exercise Physiology - CUE3
HSS 492Exercise Science Internship3
HSS 500Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology3
HSS 530Nutrition and Athletic Performance3
General Electives29
Minimum Total Hours62
1

Students should take either the entire HSS Advanced Anatomy and Physiology sequence (HSS 386 and HSS 390) (recommended), or the entire BIOL Anatomy and Physiology sequence (BIOL 260 and BIOL 261). There are no direct equivalents between each A&P course, therefore students are not permitted to mix courses between departments.

Track in Physical and Health Education

Academic Plan Code(s): EXP_BS_PHE

Pre-Professional Courses 1
EDTP 107Human Development and Learning3
HSS 200Introduction to Health Education3
HSS 270Introduction to Physical Education3
HSS 271Teaching Physical Education3
HSS 293Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity - SB3
HSS 302Nutrition in Healthy Living3
or HSS 303 Human Nutrition
HSS 326Movement Skills and Concepts in Physical Education3
HSS 327Invasion and Net Games3
HSS 328Target and Fielding Games3
HSS 384Teaching Health Education3
HSS 455Current Trends and Issues in Health Education - CUE3
General Electives2
Professional Program Courses 2
EDTP 420Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
HSS 404Methods in Elementary Physical Education4
HSS 405Methods in Secondary Physical Educaiton4
HSS 485Methods in Health Education4
Student Teaching Courses 2
HSS 414Student Teaching in Elementary Physical Education3
HSS 415Student Teaching in Health Education3
HSS 416Student Teaching in Secondary Physical Education3
HSS 477Capstone Seminar: Initial Teacher Certification - CUE3
Minimum Total Hours62

NOTE: Students should take HSS 386 (recommended) or both BIOL 260 and BIOL 261. There are no direct equivalents between each A&P course, therefore students are not permitted to mix courses between departments.

1

Minimum grade of B- or better required in pre-professional HSS track courses.

2

Courses restricted to students admitted to professional teacher education program.

Midpoint Assessment Prior to Student Teaching:  All content methods classes passed with a cumulative 3.0 GPA; Electronic documentation of approved field experiences including assessment of dispositions; satisfactory performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; Target performance or better on all rubrics.

Certification Assessment:  Satisfactory dispositions assessment; passing scores on PRAXIS content and PLT exams; completion of degree requirements.

 

Flight Plans

Track in Allied Health Therapies

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HSS 181 First-Year Experience 1
HSS 184 Healthy Lifestyles I 3
Physical Activity Course (HSS 101-HSS 167) 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
HSS 180 First Aid and Safety Education 3
HSS 263 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
HSS 320 Growth and Motor Development Across the Lifespan 3
HSS 377 Foundations of Quantitative Statistics - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HSS 202 Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology - S 3
HSS 318 Diverse Populations in Physical Activity and Health 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
HSS 381 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 1
HSS 386 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I 3
HSS 387 Biomechanics 3
HSS 394 Foundations of Exercise Physiology 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
HSS 389 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries I 3
HSS 390 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II 3
HSS 391 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1
HSS 396 Lab Methods in Fitness Evaluation 3
Physical Activity Course (HSS 101-HSS 167 1
General Elective 3
 Hours14
Year 4
Fall
HSS 395 Fitness Assessment and Prescription 3
HSS 460 Human Body in Health and Disease 3
HSS 462 Advanced Biomechanics 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HSS 486 Advanced Exercise Physiology - CUE 3
HSS 492 Exercise Science Internship 3
HSS 504 Physical Activity and Public Health 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours120

 Track in Human Performance

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HSS 181 First-Year Experience 1
HSS 184 Healthy Lifestyles I 3
Physical Activity Course (HSS 101-HSS 167) 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
HSS 180 First Aid and Safety Education 3
HSS 263 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
HSS 320 Growth and Motor Development Across the Lifespan 3
HSS 377 Foundations of Quantitative Statistics - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HSS 202 Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology - S 3
HSS 300 Nutrition Coaching 3
HSS 318 Diverse Populations in Physical Activity and Health 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
HSS 386 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I 3
HSS 387 Biomechanics 3
HSS 392 Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology 3
HSS 394 Foundations of Exercise Physiology 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HSS 389 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries I 3
General Elective 3
HSS 390 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II 3
HSS 396 Lab Methods in Fitness Evaluation 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
HSS 395 Fitness Assessment and Prescription 3
HSS 500 Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology 3
HSS 530 Nutrition and Athletic Performance 3
Physical Activity Course (HSS 101-HSS 167) 1
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
 Hours15
Spring
HSS 388 Foundations of Strength and Conditioning 3
HSS 486 Advanced Exercise Physiology - CUE 3
HSS 492 Exercise Science Internship 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours120

Track in Physical and Health Education

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HSS 180 First Aid and Safety Education 3
HSS 181 First-Year Experience 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
Physical Activity Course (HSS 101-HSS 167) 1
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
HSS 184 Healthy Lifestyles I 3
HSS 263 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
HSS 200 Introduction to Health Education 3
HSS 270 Introduction to Physical Education 3
HSS 293 Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours15
Spring
EDTP 107 Human Development and Learning 3
HSS 202 Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology - S 3
HSS 302
Nutrition in Healthy Living
or Human Nutrition
3
HSS 318 Diverse Populations in Physical Activity and Health 3
HSS 320 Growth and Motor Development Across the Lifespan 3
Physical Activity Course (HSS 101-HSS 167) 1
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
HSS 271 Teaching Physical Education 3
HSS 384 Teaching Health Education 3
HSS 386 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I 3
HSS 387 Biomechanics 3
HSS 394 Foundations of Exercise Physiology 3
General Elective 2
 Hours17
Spring
HSS 326 Movement Skills and Concepts in Physical Education 3
HSS 327 Invasion and Net Games 3
HSS 328 Target and Fielding Games 3
HSS 395 Fitness Assessment and Prescription 3
HSS 455 Current Trends and Issues in Health Education - CUE 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
EDTP 420 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3
HSS 404 Methods in Elementary Physical Education 4
HSS 405 Methods in Secondary Physical Educaiton 4
HSS 485 Methods in Health Education 4
 Hours15
Spring
HSS 414 Student Teaching in Elementary Physical Education 3
HSS 415 Student Teaching in Health Education 3
HSS 416 Student Teaching in Secondary Physical Education 3
HSS 477 Capstone Seminar: Initial Teacher Certification - CUE 3
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours120

The Flight Plan outlined above is intended to demonstrate one possible path to completing the degree within four years.  Course selection and placement within the program may vary depending on course offerings and schedule, elective preferences, and other factors (study abroad, internship availability, etc.). Please consult your advisor for additional information about building a flight plan that works for you.

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