Aug 22, 2019  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 

PR - Exercise Science Major

Exercise Science Major

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Students entering the exercise science program are listed as “intents” and will be considered for candidacy when the following criteria are met:

  1. Declaration of intent to major in exercise science with the University Advising & Career Development Center and the School of Health Promotion and Human Performance.

  2. An overall GPA at Eastern Michigan University of 2.80 (transfer GPA evaluated separately).

  3. Completion of the following courses with a grade of B- or better: BIO 105  or BIO 110  (*see note), CHEM 120  or CHEM 121 /CHEM 122  (*see note), PHY 221 , SPMD 119 , SPMD 201  and SPMD 202 , (ATTR 201  and ATTR 202  or BIO 251  and BIO 252  are acceptable substitutions).

When an “intent” has successfully achieved the above, he or she must complete the candidacy application, including the application form, three letters of recommendation (two professional and one personal) and a biographical sketch, and turn this in to their adviser. Once accepted into candidacy, the student must maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA. The student will not be allowed to complete the internship experience (SPMD 480 ) if the GPA falls below 2.8. In addition, a grade of B- or better must be attained in the following courses: SPMD 300 , SPMD 325 , SPMD 410 , SPMD 430 , SPMD 431 , SPMD 432 , SPMD 433  and SPMD 480 . If the above are not met, the course(s) in question must be retaken.

School of Health Promotion and Human Performance Information:

School Director: Christine Karshin
School Contact:
Web site:

Additional department information is available here  in the online catalog.

Advisor Information:

College of Health and Human Services Advising Center
Phone Number: 487-0918

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .  Download the Gen Ed Checklist  here.

Major Requirements: 65-70 hours

Elective Courses: 2-6 hours

Only two credit hours are required if the 124 credit hours program total has been met. If the 124 credit hours have not been completed, then five credit hours are required.

  • Any undergraduate or graduate-level SPMD course

Minor Requirements:

This major does not require a minor. For students interested in fitness and wellness center management, a minor in management (21 hours) is encouraged.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your adviser for course options.

*For students also preparing for medical school, physical therapy school or physician assistant school, BIOL 110 and CHEM 121/122 should be taken instead of BIO 105 and CHEM 120. These substitutions will meet program and general education requirements. Grade requirements will still be enforced.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.
  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at

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