Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science.

Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Associate Professor and Chair
Temple University
Department of Kinesiology
Pearson Hall 237
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
215-204-2158
mark.stoutenberg@temple.edu

Sara J. Kovacs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director
Temple University
Department of Kinesiology
Pearson Hall 245
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
215-204-8790
sara.kovacs@temple.edu

About the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science focuses on the science and practice of health, fitness, and sports performance. This degree prepares students for a range of professional certifications and physical fitness careers. The Exercise and Sport Science program focuses on providing training to work with individuals and small groups in two areas of emphasis: (1) Exercise Physiology (the application of exercise principles involving populations that are either healthy or have pre-existing medical conditions), and (2) Sports Performance (the application of sport science principles involving populations whose primary goals are competitive and related to sports performance).

Our students pursue a wide range of pathways, including workforce opportunities and pursuing advanced studies, following graduation from the Exercise and Sport Science program:

  1. Workforce Opportunities: Our students work in a variety of university, corporate, commercial, community and clinical settings. Career opportunities include working in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, sport performance, and personal training.
  2. Graduate Training in Exercise and Sport Science: Our students are prepared to attend graduate programs focused on exercise science, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and human performance.
  3. Graduate Training in Other Professional Fields: Our students develop a strong foundation that can prepare them for other graduate programs, including athletic training, recreational therapy and other allied health professions. If pursuing graduate studies is a future goal of yours, please see your academic advisor for further details early in your program of study.

To prepare students for these career pathways, our curriculum incorporates didactic training and hands-on learning experiences required to sit for several professional examinations. We thoughtfully integrate multiple hands-on learning experiences that include laboratory experiences, service-learning opportunities, and a culminating internship that provides students real-world experience implementing what was learned in the classroom throughout the Exercise and Sport Science program.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are KINS 3196 and KINS 4396.

College Requirement

All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.

Clearance Requirements

Please note that the Exercise and Sport Science program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off the University campus. Many of these placements may require that you have personal health insurance. Additionally, these placements may require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances, health clearances and immunizations and perhaps a drug screen. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options for the student which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. 

Major Requirements

Exercise and Sport Science Core
KINS 1203Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science3
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
KINS 20013
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
SBS 2204Diet and Weight Management3
HRPR 2421Emergency Medical Care for Health Professionals3
KINS 2424Functional Anatomy for Kinesiology3
KINS 3196Psychology of Physical Activity3
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
KINS 32034
KINS 33164
KINS 3368Principles of Health Fitness Program Management3
KINS 4311Advanced Physiology of Exercise3
KINS 43643
KINS 4385Internship in Exercise and Sport Science3
KINS 4396Research and Writing in Exercise and Sport Science (WI)3
KINS 44853
Kinesiology Physical Activity Program (KPAP) Courses4
Content Electives
Select from the following:12
Movement Injuries: Prevention and Care
Olympic and Powerlifting
Basic Electrocardiography
Directed Readings and Study in Kinesiology
Special Topics in Kinesiology
Applied Performance Nutrition
Principles of Strength and Conditioning
Clinical Cardiovascular Pulmonary Exercise Physiology
Clinical Exercise Physiology
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry Laboratory I
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry Laboratory II
General Biology I
General Biology II
Introduction to General Physics I
College Algebra
Precalculus
Calculus I
Total Credit Hours76

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
KINS 1203Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science3
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Kinesiology Physical Activity Program (KPAP) Course2
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Kinesiology Physical Activity Program (KPAP) Course2
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy (GQ)4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
KINS 20013
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
KINS 2424Functional Anatomy for Kinesiology3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
HRPR 2421Emergency Medical Care for Health Professionals3
SBS 2204Diet and Weight Management3
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
KINS 32034
KINS 3196Psychology of Physical Activity [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
KINS 33164
KINS 3368Principles of Health Fitness Program Management3
ESS Content Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
Year 4
Fall
KINS 4311Advanced Physiology of Exercise3
KINS 43643
KINS 4385Internship in Exercise and Sport Science3
ESS Content Elective3
ESS Content Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
KINS 4396Research and Writing in Exercise and Sport Science [WI]3
KINS 44853
ESS Content Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours: 120