Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Exercise Science, BA

Exercise Science

College Arts and Sciences
Academic Award Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Credits Required 122 semester credits
Faculty Lead Leland Nielson
CIP Code 26.0908

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepare students with the essential knowledge and skills to enter careers as health, fitness, and human performance specialists. The degree emphasize a strong core of scientific understanding of the human body and its systems as they relate to general health and wellness, fitness, and performance enhancement.


Graduates with a degree in Exercise Science will be able to:

  1. Describe the physiological response to exercise.
  2. Generate a proposal for a research project that uses the scientific method.
  3. Asses health-related components of fitness.
  4. Design a performance-based training program.
  5. Integrate the study of Exercise Science and the Christian faith.


Core Curriculum Requirements: 57

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST   xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits
    • Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following: 9 credits
    • Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Exercise Science (EXSC), Geography (GEOG), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 3

Professional Readiness: 2

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 57 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 44-56 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 6

Select any college-level courses

Pre-Major/Foundations Requirements: 22

Pre-Major/Foundation requirements may be applied to the Core Curriculum requirements or General Electives

General Electives: 9-31

Any college-level courses

Total: 122 Semester Credits