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Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

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Exercise Science Dual Degree

The B.S. to M.S. in Exercise Science (EXS) "4+1" dual degree program in the Department of Human Movement Science provides high-achieving students an opportunity to complete a bachelor's and master's degree in less time than would be required if the two degrees were done independently. In approximately one calendar year, participants can graduate with a Master of Science in EXS after completing a B.S. in EXS.

Advising Apply

Contact Us
Dr. Daniel Goble
Associate Professor and Director
Exercise Science
1015 Human Health Building
dgoble@oakland.edu

Lisa Staudt
Office Assistant
3068 Human Health Building
lstaudt@oakland.edu
(248) 364-8855

Curriculum

Students in the program complete 12 graduate level credits at the undergraduate tuition rates. Students who have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and have earned a 3.0 or above GPA in each of the 12-credits of graduate courses will be reclassified as a graduate student through the Graduate School.

Requirements for the B.S. to M.S. of Exercise Science (EXS) “4+1” Dual Degree Plan

If a student has a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, has at least junior standing, and has completed half of the department credits required for the major the student may apply to the B.S. to M.S. in EXS “4+1” program through the graduate school. Qualified applicants will be given a delayed admission to the EXS program. (Full, formal admission will not take place until the student successfully completes his or her undergraduate degree).

A student accepted into the “4+1” program continues his or her undergraduate degree with the substitution of the 4 graduate courses as shown below.

If a “4+1” program student has successfully graduated with a B.S. degree and an overall GPA of 3.0, he or she is fully admitted to the graduate EXS program.

Students seeking the B.S. to M.S. in EXS “4+1” dual degree plan must complete a minimum of 123 credits to earn the B.S. and an additional 20 graduate credits to earn the M.S. See requirements below:

Requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in Exercise Science

  1. Meet the university general education requirements (See General Education Requirements).  Note that several foundational courses satisfy general education requirements and Exercise Science degree requirements. See courses marked with “*”.

  2. Complete the foundational courses
    • BIO 1200 - Biology I(4)
    • BIO 2100 - Human Anatomy (4)
    • BIO 2101 - Human Anatomy Laboratory (1) or BIO 3621 - Physiology Laboratory (1)
    • BIO 2600 - Human Physiology (4) or BIO 3621 - Physiology Laboratory (1)
    • CHM 1440 - General Chemistry I (4) * and CHM 1470 - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
    • MTH 1441 - Precalculus (4) or MTH 1554 - Calculus I (4) or MTH 1331 - College Algebra (4) and MTH 1332 -Trigonometry (3)
    • PHY 1010 - General Physics I (4) * or PHY 1510 - Introductory Physics I (4)
    • PHY 1100 - General Physics Lab I (1)
    • PSY 1000 - Introduction to Psychology (4)
    • PSY 2500 - Research Design in Psychology (4)
    • STA 2220 - Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Reasoning (4)

  3. Complete the exercise science core courses
    • HS 2000 - Introduction to Health and Health Behaviors (3)
    • EXS 1000 - Exercise (Strength Training) and Health Enhancement (2) or EXS 1100 - Cardiovascular Fitness Training (2)
    • EXS 2200 - Introduction to Exercise Science (2)
    • EXS 2410 - Nutrition for Exercise, Sport and Health (3) or NTR 2500 - Human Nutrition and Health (3) and NTR 3200 - Nutrition and Physical Activity (2)
    • EXS 2700 - Safety and First Aid in Exercise Settings (2)
    • EXS 3010 - Exercise Physiology (3)
    • EXS 3020 - Biomechanics (3)
    • EXS 3030 - Motor Control (3)
    • EXS 4030 - Assessment and Interventions Laboratory (3)
    • EXS 4715 - Integrated Laboratory in Exercise Science (3)
    • EXS 4960 - Practicum in Exercise Science (3) or EXS 4995 - Directed Research (3)
    • Electives in exercise science (to total 4 credits; EXS 4960or EXS 4995 are required, but may be repeated once for credit with permission)

      Core course electives

    • EXS 1000 - Exercise (Strength Training) and Health Enhancement (2)
    • EXS 1100 - Cardiovascular Fitness Training (2)
    • EXS 1500 - Exercise (Judo) and Health Enhancement (2)
    • EXS 2000 - Group Exercise Instruction I (2)
    • EXS 2100 - Group Exercise Instruction II (2)
    • EXS 2510 - Laboratory Safety (1)
    • EXS 2520 - Practice Management (1)
    • EXS 3015 - Exercise Physiology Laboratory (1)
    • EXS 3510 - Clinical Assessments (3)
    • EXS 3520 - Material Characteristics (2)
    • EXS 3530 - Patient Management (1)
    • EXS 3540 - Fit, Function and Modifications (3)
    • EXS 4100 - Introduction to Personal Training (2)
    • EXS 4110 - Advanced Personal Training (2)
    • EXS 4200 - Physical Activity and Aging (2)
    • EXS 4210 - Children and Exercise (2)
    • EXS 4300 - Human Performance Enhancement (2)
    • EXS 4310 - Environment and Human Performance (2)
    • EXS 4400 - Obesity and Physical Activity (2)
    • EXS 4500 - Healthy Lifestyle Choices (2)
    • EXS 4600 - Health and Disease (2)
    • EXS 4620 - Clinical Biomechanics (2)
    • EXS 4630 - Basic Athletic Training (2)
    • EXS 4640 - Exercise Electrocardiography (2)
    • EXS 4650 - Yoga Therapy (3)
    • EXS 4700 - Corporate and Worksite Wellness Programs (2)
    • EXS 4800 - Exercise Endocrinology (2)
    • EXS 4900 - Special Topics (1 TO 4)
    • EXS 4996 - Independent Study (1 TO 4)
    • EXS 4997 - Apprentice College Teaching (1 TO 3)

  4. Graduate courses
    • EXS 5010 Advanced Exercise Physiology (4)
    • EXS 5020 Advanced Biomechanics (3)
    • EXS 5030 Diagnostic Testing and Exercise Prescription (3)
    • EXS 5040 Nutrition, Weight Management and Exercise (2)

All university and departmental requirements for each of the B.S. and M.S. degrees must be satisfied to receive both degrees. The full number of credit hours required for the B.S and M.S. degrees must be completed; this includes the 12-credit of graduate courses completed as an undergraduate and approved to count towards the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Career Information

Students can broaden their expertise and increase income potential with a M.S. in EXS. In addition to career advancement opportunities, the “4+1” program is excellent preparation for post-graduate clinical programs, such as P.T. and O.T.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the exercise science industry is expected to grow over the next decade to serve aging populations and the increased interest in healthy living. 

Physical therapy, fitness training, coaching, exercise physiologist, recreational therapist, health education, and cardiac rehabilitation specialist are some of the potential career pathways graduates may pursue.