The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Certification is required to be taken by the summer of the junior year (entering the senior year) for all Exercise Science majors.
At the end of the senior year, Exercise Science majors are required to sit for the ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) examination which will serve as an exit exam for all Exercise Science majors.
To graduate with a degree in Exercise Science students MUST have taken both exams at least once.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for junior acceptance. Students are expected to complete a professional development portfolio during the BS Exercise Science program outlining their goals and accomplishments, including required hours of professional experience (based on class standing and previous experience). Successful completion of the portfolio is required for graduation.
Exercise Science Program (Step 1)
Prospective students enter the Exercise Science program upon acceptance to Andrews University. Students must apply to the professional program* at the end of their sophomore year.
This includes two years of the followings courses:
- Introductory professional (e.g., HLED 120 Fit for Life)
- Sciences (e.g., CHEM 110 Intro to Chemistry, BCHM 120 Biochemistry, and BIOL 221 & 222 Anatomy & Physiology I & II,)
- Social Sciences (e.g., PSYC 101 Psychology)
- Math (e.g., MATH 168 )
- Andrews Core Experience (ACE)
These courses may be obtained at Andrews University or another accredited college or university, or equivalent institution for international students.
Professional Program in Exercise Science (Step 2)
The professional program includes two years of study including:
- FTES 465 Exercise Physiology
- FTES 475 Kinesiology
- PHYS 141 & 142 Physics I & II
- FTES 410 Issues in Exercise Studies
- FTES 445 Exercise Testing & Prescription
- HLED 411 & 412 Community Health & Fitness
- FTES 490 Exercise Science Program Review
These courses are to be obtained on the Andrews University campus.
Apply to the Program
To transition into the professional program, students need to apply to the director of Fitness and Exercise Science at the end of their sophomore year in order to register for FTES 305 Current Concepts and Applications in Fitness (a required course for the major).
For acceptance to the program applications need to be submitted by the last Friday in March, September, or November for the following semester.
- Full acceptance into the BS Exercise Science Program requires successful completion of all prerequisite courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in sciences and FTES courses.
- Students who are not fully accepted into the program by their senior year will be unable to register for HLED 411 Community Health & Fitness which is required for the completion of the program.
Student Learning Outcomes
Domain I: Health and Fitness Assessment
1.1: Conduct assessments of cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, anthropometrics and body composition.
1.2: Implement assessment protocols and determine participant’s readiness to take part in a fitness assessment.
Domain II: Exercise Prescription and Implementation
2.1: Determine safe and effective exercise programs for healthy populations.
2.2: Determine a safe and effective exercise program for a diseased population.
2.3: Implement exercise prescriptions using the FITT principle.
2.4: Prescribe and implement exercise programs for healthy special populations.
Domain III: Exercise Counseling and Behavioral Strategies
3.1: Optimize adoption and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors by applying effective communication techniques.
3.2: Provide educational resources to support clients in the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviors.
3.3: Provide support within the scope of practice of a Health Fitness Specialist and refer to other health professionals as indicated.
Domain V: Management
5.1 Develop and execute a marketing plan to promote programs, services or facilities.
5.2 Demonstrate leadership and interpersonal skills