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Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Physiology meets the knowledge, skill and aptitude (KSA) requirements for students to be eligible to take the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Certifications and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Examination. 

This degree is also an excellent preparatory program for graduate or professional school. Graduates continue their education in medicine, optometry, chiropractic, physician assistant, exercise physiology, physical therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, occupational therapy and other programs. The undergraduate program includes courses in science, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and hands-on laboratories in exercise physiology, and exercise instruction. Select senior students can also take a hands on cadaveric dissection gross anatomy laboratory to further enhance their ability to compete for admission to Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Medicine or other Rehabilitative Science graduate programs. Students will also complete a 134 hour clinical internship or research in their senior year. 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Exercise Physiology, high school students must meet the general admission requirements for WVU.  

As a transfer student from another school, you must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and be eligible to take at least math 122 at WVU. 

Current WVU students must attend a major change session, have a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average, and earn a grade of C or higher in all required coursework to be considered for admission.   Current sophomores, juniors and seniors must also have completed MATH 122 or higher.  Additionally, all students' records will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine eligibility for acceptance. 

Once in the program, all students must maintain a minimal cumulative GPA of 2.50 to remain in the program. 

Degree Requirements

I. University Requirements

  • Students must complete the University requirements for the General Education Foundation courses (GEF). These courses include ENGL 101 & 102 or ENGL 103 - 3-6 hours, GEF 5 - Human Inquiry & the Past - 3 hours, GEF 6 - The Arts & Creativity - 3 hours, and GEF 7 - Global Studies & Diversity - 3 hours for a total of 12-15 hours.  All other GEF requirements are fulfilled by program requirements. A complete list of courses that satisfy each GEF category can be found at the Registrar's Office web site. 

II. Program Requirements

  • Students must complete the required courses or course equivalents in theory and foundation in their track to meet the exercise physiology program requirements. Students must select either the General Track or the Health Professions Track.