Skip to main content

This is your Donation message.

Academic Program Guide

Exercise Physiology

College: Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Off. of Academic Services & Intern Support (OASIS)
Address: 207 Sandels Building
Phone: (850) 644-5279

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The Exercise Physiology major prepares students for graduate study in exercise physiology, physical therapy, and other health fields including medical school, as well as positions as personal trainers and health fitness instructors with both hospital-based wellness programs and corporate fitness programs.

Prerequisite Coursework

Requirements for Admission to the Upper-Division Major

Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 and at least half the required General Education hours, including English composition and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree. As a prerequisite for entry into each undergraduate major in the department, students must achieve a final grade of B minus or higher in HUN 1201.

Students must complete the following courses in preparation for upper-division coursework in the major. All of the following may also apply toward General Education and/or major coursework. (See section on “Grades and Continuation Requirements.”)

MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra
MAC X114 (3) Analytic Trigonometry or approved alternative
MAC X140 (3) Pre-calculus Algebra or approved alternative
HUN X201 (3) The Science of Nutrition (final grade of “B minus" or higher required)
CHM X045, X045L (3,1) General Chemistry I with Lab
CHM X046, X046L (3,1) General Chemistry II with Lab
BSC X010, X010L (3,1) Biological Science I, Lab
PSY X012 (3) General Psychology

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Grades and Continuation Requirements
In order to graduate and/or continue with a major in Exercise Physiology, students must earn these required final grades in the following courses:

* Students are allowed only a single repeat in just ONE of the following courses: * (any attempt, at any institution)

“B minus“ or higher in HUN 1201
“C minus” or higher in: MAC 1105, MAC 1114, MAC 1140, BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, CHM 1045, CHM 1045L, CHM 1046, CHM 1046L, either CHM 2210 or CHM 3217, PSY 2012, STA 2122.
“S” in PET 3102.

Major Program of Studies: (78 hours)

Department/Major Requirements: (25 hours)
HUN 1201 (3) Science of Nutrition (B minus or higher required)
HUN 3224 (3) Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients I
HUN 3226 (3) Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients II
PET 3102 (1) Introduction to Exercise Science ("S" grade required)
PET 3322, 3322L (3,1) Functional Anatomy and Physiology I
PET 3323C (4) Functional Anatomy and Physiology II
APK 3110C (4) Applied Exercise Physiology
PET 4551 (3) Exercise Testing and Prescription

Electives: Select three (3) of the following (9 hours minimum)
HSC 4711 (3) Wellness and Risk Reduction
PET 3361 (3) Nutrition and Sport
APK 4400 (3) Sport Psychology
APK 3164 (3) Eating Disorders and Body Image
PET 3932 (3) Physical Activity and Health
ATR 3102 (3) Athletic Training (for non-majors)
PET 3932r (3) Special Topics - Exercise and Disease
APK 3113 (3) Strength and Conditioning
PET 4076 (4) Physical Dimensions of Aging
APK4401 (3) Exercise Psychology
APK4402 (3) Applied Sport Psychology
HUN4362 (3) Fundamental Foods
APK4403 (3) Performance Psychology

Required coursework outside of department/college: (44 hours)
MAC 1114 (3) Analytic Trigonometry
MAC 1140 (3) Pre-calculus Algebra
STA 2122 (3) Introduction to Applied Statistics or STA 2023 (3)
PSY 2012 (3) General Psychology
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I and Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3,1) General Chemistry II and Lab
CHM 3217, 3217L (3,1) One Semester Organic Chemistry and Lab or all of: CHM 2210, CHM 2211, CHM 2211L (3,3,3) Organic I, II, II Lab
BCH 3023C (3) Introduction to Biochemistry or BCH 4053 (3) General Biochemistry I
BSC 2010, 2010L (3, 1) Biological Sciences I and lab
BSC 2011, 2011L (3, 2) Biological Sciences II and lab
PHY 2053C (4) College Physics A with Lab
PHY 2054C (4) College Physics B with Lab

Digital Literacy: (0-3 hours beyond major)
CGS 2060 Computer Fluency (3) or any University accepted Digital Literacy course.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours beyond major)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through any University approved college-level course; SPC 1017 suggested.

Electives to meet the graduation requirement of 120 hours; at least ten hours must be at the 3000-4000 level.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Min. Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisites 0 beyond GE and major coursework
Major Coursework 78*
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0-3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*NOTE: MAC 1105 (3), STA 2122 (3) and PSY 2012 (3) General Psychology should be taken as part of General Education requirements. Other courses required for this major may also be used to satisfy General Education requirements."

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Exercise Leader, Fitness Instructor/Consultant, Corporate Fitness Manager, Exercise Testing Technician, Fitness Club Manager, Activities Director, Health & Fitness Advisor, Exercise Physiologist.

Representative Employers: Athletic Teams, Hospitals, Fitness Centers, Private Practice, Health Organizations, Spas/Resorts, Health Departments.

View Exercise Physiology Academic Map