2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 01, 2023  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Exercise Science, BS


For Intra-University Transfers:

School of Education, Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly, Suite 230, 315-443-9319, soeadvising@syr.edu

Tom Brutsaert, Chair, 201 Women’s Building, 820 Comstock Avenue, 315-443-9696 orsuexsci@syr.edu


The B.S. degree in health and exercise science is a non-teaching certification program offering study in the physiological, mechanical, and psychological aspects of physical activity and health behavior. There are three tracks from which to choose in health and exercise science:

  1. The general health and exercise science track prepares students for careers in community health and fitness, corporate fitness, clinical physiology, research, medicine, sports medicine and others.
  2. The pre-physical therapy track allows students the opportunity to interchange some courses in order to meet the requirements of graduate study in physical therapy (DPT) while still leaving options open to the other possible career paths listed above.
  3. The third track, the 3+3 program with SUNY Upstate Medical University, allows students the opportunity to spend three years in our health and exercise science program focusing on physical therapy preparation, and then continue with three years in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at SUNY Upstate. Students transfer the first year of credits taken from SUNY Upstate to SU, which then completes their fourth year at SU and grants them a B.S. degree in health and exercise science. Please note that this track has specific admissions requirements, described in more detail below.  It is not an option available to current SU students or students transferring to SU from another college or university.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the natural sciences, including the life sciences, chemistry, and mathematics

2. Demonstrate understanding of human physiological function and anatomy

3. Illustrate how metabolic, muscle, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems underlie human physical performance

4. Interpret and critique research findings in the exercise sciences

5. Demonstrate basic exercise testing protocols that are used to measure human performance in the laboratory

6. Gain practical experience in the broadly construed field of Exercise Science, informing career opportunities and allowing students to network with professionals in the field

7. Apply principles of exercise science at both the personal and public health levels

8. Synthesize principles from the natural sciences, including the life sciences, chemistry, and mathematics, to Health and Exercise Science

9. Explain human physiological function and anatomy

Program Requirements


  • Two approved humanities or social science electives (6 credits)
  • Two approved Arts and Sciences electives (6 credits)
  • Three open electives (9 credits)

Total Credits 125

Note for Pre-PT Track:

Students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in Physical Therapy (and not interested in following the 3+3 program described below) will take 8 credits of physics (includes labs) and 3 credits of child psychology, as required for entrance into physical therapy graduate level programs. These alternate classes will fill elective slots in the exercise science undergraduate track.

The 3+3 DPT Program with SUNY Upstate Medical University

Health and Exercise Science Requirements for the 3+3 DPT Program with SUNY Upstate Medical University follows a more consolidated course sequence, described below:

The General Health and Exercise Track

Students follow the general track listed above, with some changes:

Senior Year SUNY Upstate Medical University

  • PHYT 601 - Gross Anatomy (6 credits)
  • PHYT 621 - Foundations Patient/Client Management (3 credits)
  • PHYT 611 - Bioscience I (5 credits)
  • PHYT 612 - Bioscience II (2 credits)
  • PHYT 625 - Movement Analysis I (4 credits)
  • PHYT 605 - Neuroscience (6 credits)
  • PHYT 616 - Interventions II (2 credits)

Total Credits 127

SU Credits: 99

SUNY Upstate credits: 28

Total Credits: 127