The Exercise Science major features two concentrations in order to meet the needs of a wide array of students. The Professional Track prepares students for graduate-level training in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Dietetics, Rehabilitation Science, Genetic Counseling, Athletic Training, and Exercise Physiology, among others. The Health and Wellness track prepares students for careers in Personal Training, Group Fitness, Strength and Conditioning, Health Coaching, Fitness Facility Management, and Corporate Wellness. Both tracks rely on a core set of courses foundational to the study of Exercise Science. These include: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Strength and Conditioning, and Exercise Physiology. Both tracks also allow students to pursue a variety of certifications including, for example, the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. They both may also be coupled with minors and certificates; whether they be Athletic Coaching, Sports Management, Hospitality Management, Recreation and Wellness Management, or others.
Requirements for Graduation
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Exercise Science must complete a minimum of 122 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.