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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 120 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Aug. 1
  • Summer: May 1*
  • Spring: Nov. 1

* Students should apply for summer admission only if they are planning to take required major courses.

Exercise Science, B.S.

Georgia State’s BS in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in adult fitness and wellness, worksite health promotion/corporate fitness, personal training, clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation and other related fields. Preparation is also provided in biomechanical analysis, program management, sports skills development and enhancement, strength and conditioning, and related topics.

Employers value Exercise Science majors. In every class, at every event, and in every program in which you participate, you practice skills that connect to the competencies employers value most.

  • Heath care, exercise, and fitness thrives in team-based environments, and the B.S. Exercise Science curriculum is designed to enhance collaboration skills that will transfer in the field. This is accomplished through group activities and labs.
  • The Exercise Science Program integrates critical thinking and problem-solving skills in program-level courses.
  • Technology is evolving in the health and fitness industry, and allowing our students to experience and train with the most recent technology to help evaluate the human body is paramount.
  • Many classes aim to help students evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and work develop as leaders in the field.

Program Highlights

Research & Experience Opportunities

With more people becoming healthy and physically active, the demand for exercise science professionals has greatly increased. Several corporate headquarters have been established in or moved to Atlanta, increasing the need for corporate wellness centers, health educators and wellness coaches.

Our program’s location in the heart of Atlanta provides ample opportunities for conducting research and getting practical experience with several cutting-edge facilities and organizations. Students participate in a semester-long internship to put what they’ve learned into practice before they graduate. While students complete an internship or research fellowship before graduating, they are encouraged to become involved in faculty research throughout their program.

Exercise Science Club

Many students in the exercise science program participate in the Exercise Science Club. The Exercise Science Club is a student organization that offers opportunities to network, participate in community service activities, attend educational events and connect with the regional and national chapters of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Georgia State exercise science students have won the Southeastern ACSM Student Trivia Bowl title and have placed as high as third nationally. Our students also have an above-national average pass rate for ACSM’s Certified Exercise Physiologist Exam.


Program Details

Admissions Requirements

Program Requirements for Students in Fall 2019 Catalog and After:

  • completion of Areas A-F
  • completion of the following two Area F courses, with a minimum grade of “C” or better on the first attempt (WF counts as an attempt) — competitive applicants will have a grade of “B-” or better in each: KH 2220K and 2230K
  • submission of the major application, including a statement of purpose not to exceed 1,000 words, which addresses 1) your educational and career objectives and how an Exercise Science degree will help you achieve those goals, and 2) lists extracurricular activities, including jobs, volunteer work, student clubs/organizations, etc.

Program Requirements for Students in Fall 2016 through Summer 2019 Catalogs:

  • completion of Areas A-E
  • completion of the following four Area F courses, with a minimum grade of “C” or better on the first attempt (WF counts as an attempt) — competitive applicants will have a grade of “B-” or better in each: KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, and KH 2231
  • submission of the major application, including a statement of purpose not to exceed 1,000 words, which addresses 1) your educational and career objectives and how an Exercise Science degree will help you achieve those goals, and 2) lists extracurricular activities, including jobs, volunteer work, student clubs/organizations, etc.

Program Requirements for Students in Catalogs Prior to Fall 2016:

  • completion of Areas A-E
  • completion of the following two courses with a minimum grade of “C” and minimum combined course grade point average of 2.5 in no more than two attempts per course: KH 2220 (Anatomy in Kinesiology & Health) and KH 2230 (Physiology in Kinesiology & Health)
  • submission of the major application

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Program of Study

B.S. in Exercise Science

Core Curriculum (42 hours) in addition to preparation for the major (18 hours), and major area (60 hours).

Some of the courses include Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription. The program concludes with an internship.

Total program: Minimum of 120 semester hours.

Visit the catalog to view the full curriculum.

Program Financial Information

Lab fees are associated with several courses within the Exercise Science program. In addition, B.S. majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the university and the college.

The exercise science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES).

Internships give students practical experience in planning, organizing, assessing and implementing programs in exercise science, including but not limited to, industrial fitness, health clubs, rehabilitation clinics, wellness centers and athletic clubs.

The Department of Kinesiology and Health in accord with the College of Education and the other colleges and departments of the university seeks an ever-increasing degree of excellence in a wide variety of programs. The Department’s mission includes:

Recognizing that physical activity is vital for all people, the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State seeks to:

  • discover new knowledge and advance the understanding of the role of physical activity in attaining optimal health and well-being,
  • educate members of society and prepare future professionals, and
  • promote healthy lifestyles through life-long activity and learning.

The Department provides professional preparation and continuing education in each of these fields, generates and communicates knowledge, and serves the community with emphasis on the urban setting of which it is a part. The Department recognizes the necessity of cross cultural competence and actively supports international development activities in research, teaching and service. Although the Department is diverse in the disciplines it embraces, the members of the faculty are united in their interdisciplinary commitment to the highest quality in all of these pursuits.

Student Learning Outcome Goals and Competencies for the BS Exercise Science Program:

1: Content Knowledge

Students should have an understanding of content, principles and research related to anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, movement performance and psychology of physical activity courses

2: Practical Skills

Students should be able to develop, conduct and communicate safe and effective assessments and programs associated with physical activity, wellness and exercise in clinical and non-clinical populations.

3: Professional Development

Students should be able to demonstrate evidence-based critical thinking, problem-solving and the professional attributes related to a successful career in exercise science.

Student Resources

Career Outcomes

Employers Value Exercise Science Majors

Our alumni find a wide variety of careers open to them in exercise science. Our most recent graduates have landed the following positions:

  • Assistant coach for beach volleyball at Georgia State University
  • Certified athletic trainer at Alliance Spine and Pain Center
  • Exercise Physiology Lab Research Technician at Georgia Tech
  • Minor League Athletic Trainer for the Texas Rangers
  • Clinical Instructor for Georgia State in the Department of Kinesiology and Health
  • Studying the Medical Device Sales Industry at Medical Sales College – Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Reconstruction and Trauma
  • Ergonomic Specialist for Progressive Health

Many of our alumni also continue their education in the Kinesiology, Ph.D. program.

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