Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science

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

Sara J. Kovacs , Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Interim Program Director
Temple University
Department of Kinesiology
1800 North Broad Street
245 Pearson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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, and prepares students for a range of professional certifications and physical fitness careers. The Exercise and Sport Science program focuses on physical fitness and training related to two areas: (1) Health (involving populations that are either healthy or have pre-existing medical conditions), and (2) Performance (involving populations whose primary goals are athletic, competitive or related to sports performance).

Our students pursue a wide range of career paths in university, corporate, commercial, community and clinical settings. Primary career opportunities include exercise physiology, group exercise instruction, strength and conditioning / sport performance, and personal training. This program can also be a foundation for graduate programs. It offers an innovative curriculum that incorporates hands-on learning opportunities, and the program graduates are eligible to take several different professional examinations, including:

  • The American College of Sports Medicine certification, for those who want to become exercise physiologists, group exercise instructors or personal trainers.
  • The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification, for those who want to become personal trainers or strength and conditioning specialists.

Hands-on learning opportunities in the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science include laboratory experiences focused on learning to assess, design, and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for apparently healthy, clinical, and/or athletic populations. Course labs are instructed in our state-of-the-art Exercise and Sport Science lab facilities. Additionally, students complete a minimum of two internship experiences. The internship experiences are designed to provide a practical education for the developing Exercise and Sport Science student. Under the supervision of a Temple University faculty member and a trained professional in the field, students have a personal and professional opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in health and/or performance related fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, data analytics, wellness and/or therapeutic exercise programming.

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 3296 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 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

Math and Science Requirements
CHEM 1031General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1033General Chemistry Laboratory I1
BIOL 1011General Biology I4
Select one of the following:4
College Algebra
Precalculus
Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
Introduction to General Physics I
General Biology II
Exercise and Sport Science Core
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
KINS 2205Exercise Assessment and Programming (ACSM - Certification Prep)4
KINS 2362Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science3
KINS 2424Functional Anatomy for Kinesiology3
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
KINS 3296The Social-Psychology of Physical Activity (WI)3
KINS 3368Principles of Health Fitness Program Management3
KINS 4311Advanced Physiology of Exercise3
KINS 4314Principles of Personal Fitness (NSCA - Certification Prep)4
KINS 4385Internship in Exercise and Sport Science6
KINS 4396Research and Writing in Exercise and Sport Science (WI)3
KINS 4242Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior3
Electives
Select from the following:18
Olympic and Powerlifting
Basic Electrocardiography
Directed Readings and Study in Kinesiology
Special Topics in Kinesiology
Clinical Cardiovascular Pulmonary Exercise Physiology
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Principles of Strength and Conditioning
Applied Performance Nutrition
Movement Injuries: Prevention and Care
Emergency Medical Care for Health Professionals
Total Credit Hours88

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy [GQ]4
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
BIOL 1011General Biology I4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
KINS 2424Functional Anatomy for Kinesiology3
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:4
College Algebra 
Precalculus 
Calculus I 
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
KINS 2362Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science3
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
CHEM 1031General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1033General Chemistry Laboratory I1
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
KINS 2205Exercise Assessment and Programming4
KINS 4242Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics I 
General Chemistry II 
General Biology II 
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
KINS 4311Advanced Physiology of Exercise3
KINS 4314Principles of Personal Fitness4
Elective in ESS3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
KINS 3296The Social-Psychology of Physical Activity [WI]3
KINS 4385Internship in Exercise and Sport Science3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective in ESS3
KINS 3368Principles of Health Fitness Program Management3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
KINS 4396Research and Writing in Exercise and Sport Science [WI]3
Elective in ESS3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours12-13
Spring
KINS 4385Internship in Exercise and Sport Science3
Elective in ESS3
Elective in ESS3
Elective in ESS3
 Term Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours: 120-121