May 29, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Exercise Science, BS Major in

Associate Professor Sell, Coordinator,

This undergraduate major program gives students a background in the scientific concepts of fitness exercise, disease risk reduction, nutrition, and the techniques used to evaluate fitness, and health status. Students, in addition, are given an introductory background in the psychological and business aspects of the fitness/wellness field. Students are also prepared to go on to graduate work in related fitness/wellness/allied health disciplines. The emphasis of the course of study is on working with adults outside of the formal educational system. This program does not include preparation for New York State teacher certification. However, this program does include a senior year field experience in health fitness clubs, strength and conditioning, physical therapy settings, corporate fitness programs, cardiac rehabilitation programs, and/or any other approved fitness or wellness centers. 

Final admission to the field experience will be made by the chairperson of the Department of Health Professions  upon recommendation from the faculty.

Matriculation Standards are the same as for the certification program (IA).

Continuation Standards

Students who have declared exercise science as their major are screened for admission to the program at the completion of their sophomore year (64 credits) based on the following criteria:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in the following categories:
    1. All course work completed at Hofstra University;
    2. Required exercise science major course work (courses designated by *).
  2. Recommendation of the major adviser.
  3. Final admission to the program is made by the chairperson of the Department of Health Professions  upon the recommendation from the faculty. 

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 127

1. The Successful Completion of at Least 127 Semester Hours

The successful completion of at least 127 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in work completed at Hofstra.

2. Liberal Arts

At least 63 semester hours must be in liberal arts, with 9 of these semester hours in related disciplines, taken under advisement.

3. Residence Requirements

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization, including two field experiences, and the last 30 hours. The 15 hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. The following general and major requirements:

a) WSC 1 & 2

b) Humanities: 6 s.h.


d) Select 3 s.h. from:

e) SOC elective

3 semester hours of any Sociology  course

g) Natural science elective

Select 3-4 s.h. from the following courses under advisement:

h) Basic statistics, computer, or microcomputer course: 3-4 s.h.

Select 3-4 s.h. from the following courses under advisement:

i) Two business courses: 6 s.h.

Select 6 s.h. from any of the following under advisement: HPR 131 , ACCT, BAN, ECO, ENTR, FIN, GBUS, IB, IT, LEGL, MGT, MKT.

k) Electives: 6 s.h.*

Selection of 6 s.h. from the following courses or under advisement:

m) CMHP 116*


* Required exercise science major course work (C- or better required).

** See University Degree Requirements.