Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Exercise Science Program Outcomes


Total Number of Graduates

Students Completing Internship

ACSM EP-C Pass Rate*

NSCA CSCS Pass Rate*

Retention Rate

Graduation Rate

Graduate Satisfaction


158 100%** 100% -- 97% 90% 96%

























*First time pass rate
** All students started internships, most unable to complete all hours due to COVID-19

Exercise Science Student Learning Outcomes

SLO 1 - Students will identify the biomechanical principles at work in human movement associated with physical activity, exercise, and sports.

SLO 2 - Students will comprehend theories behind the physiological and metabolic responses to exercise and apply them to testing of healthy, at risk, and clinical populations, utilizing patient safety guidelines.

SLO3 - Students will interpret the results of exercise testing to create appropriate exercise programs for healthy, at risk, and clinical populations according to age, functional capacity, and desired outcomes.

SLO4 - Students will comprehend and apply the protocols for body composition assessment, utilizing strategies to minimize error, and correlate those results with patient/client health risk.

SLO5 - Students will comprehend the legal and organizational issues associated with the professional practice of exercise science.

SLO6 - Students will communicate effectively in both written and oral formats in a professional manner.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Pre-Exercise Science

Freshmen, transfer students, and change-of-major students seeking admission to the Exercise Science major must declare Pre-Exercise Science as a major. Admission to Pre-Exercise Science does not automatically admit an applicant to the Exercise Science Major. Students interested in declaring the Pre-Exercise Science major should click HERE:

Requirements for Admission to Upper Division Exercise Science Major

The Exercise Science Program has a selective admissions process. Admission decisions are made by the Admissions Committee. Applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements as well as submit the online Exercise Science Major application. Application instructions can be found HERE.

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in all college course work at UNCC;
  2. Completion of 36 hours of coursework;
  3. Successful completion of the following courses with a "C" or better at the time of application. Please note that applicants who are enrolled in required classes at the time of application may still apply, but admission will be contingent upon successful completion of those classes.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (KNES 2168, 2168L) or BIOL 2273, 2273L
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (KNES 2169, 2169L) or BIOL 2274, 2274L
  • Chemistry 1251, 1251L
  • College Algebra (MATH 1100)
  • Statistics (STAT 1222)
  • Introduction to Exercise Science (KNES 2150)
  • Foundations of Physical Conditioning (KNES 2101)
  1. Submission of the online Exercise Science Major Application on or before the posted deadline. 

The Exercise Science program considers application for admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours. See suggested plan of study below.
  2. Complete all courses required by the university and the program.
  3. Achieve a grade of "C" or better in all required major courses.
  4. Maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average.

suggested plan of study

  1. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses marked with an asterisk.
  2. All prerequisites must be successfully completed before taking a course.
  3. All requirements (marked in bold) must be completed before being considered for the Upper Division Exercise Science Major.

1st semester (14-16 hours)
KNES 2168* - Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Professions (3 credits)
KNES 2168L* - Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Profession Lab  (1 credit)

MATH 1100* - College Algebra and Probability (3 credits)
HAHS 1000 - Prospect for Success (1 or 3 credits)
LBST 1101, 1102, 1103, 1004, or 1105 (3 credits) - Arts and Society

2nd semester (16-17 hours)
KNES 2150* - Introduction to Exercise Science (3 credits)
KNES 2169*- Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Professions II (3 credits)
KNES 2169L*- Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Profession  II Lab  (1 credit)

CHEM 1200* - Fundamentals of Chemistry (3 credits)
UWRT - Writing and Inquiry Academic Context (3 or 4 credits)
XXXX-XXXX – Elective (3)

3rd semester (16 hours)
CHEM 1251* - General Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHEM 1251L*- General Chemistry Lab (1 credit)

LBST 2101 - Western Tradition (3 credits)
LBST 2301 - Critical Thinking (3 credits)
STAT 1222* - Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)
Social Sciences Reqs (3 credits)

Exercise Science Major 4th semester (16 hours)
LBST 2200 series - LBST 2214 Issues of Health and Quality of Life (3 credits)
LBST 2102 - Global and Intercultural Connections (3 credits)
KNES 2290* - Emergency Medical Response (3 credits)
KNES 2298* - Applied Kinesiology (3 credits)
KNES 2101* - Foundation of Physical Conditioning (3) (O)
Activity Course* – KNES 1000 level courses (1)

Exercise Science Major Level  5th semester (16 hours)
KNES 3260* - Nutrition for the Physically Active (3 credits)
KNES 3280* - Exercise Physiology: Foundation and Theory (3 credits)
KNES 3281* - Exercise Physiology: Principles and Application (3 credits) (W)
Activity Course(s)* – KNES 1000 level courses (1 credit)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Exercise Science Major Level II  6th semester (12 hours)
KNES 3285* - Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
KNES 3286* - Exercise Testing : Foundation and Theory (3 credits)
KNES 3287* - Exercise Testing: Principles and Application (3 credit) (W)
Elective (3)

Exercise Science Major Level III  7th semester (15 hours)
KNES 4121* - Pharmacology for the Physically Active (3 credits)
KNES 4286* - Exercise Prescription (3 credits)
KNES 4293* - Biomechanics (3 credits)
Elective (3)
Elective (3) 

Exercise Science Major Level IV  8th semester (12 hours)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
KNES 4490* - Exercise Science Internship (3-9 credits) optional


Student Handbooks are available on the Student Resources web page.

CHHS Internship Prerequisites

The following prerequisites are required of all students in the College of Health and Human Services before they can participate in internship experiences. For Exercise Science majors these prerequisites would be completed the semester prior to your internship.

  1. Immunization and Health Status. Prior to admission to clinical experiences, all students must submit evidence of a physical examination. The TB test must be repeated and the results submitted annually as long as the student is enrolled in clinical courses. Students must present documentation of a completing at least 2/3 of the series of HBV immunizations prior to any contact with patients/clients, or sign a declination form indicating a refusal of the vaccination.
  2. CPR Professional Rescuer. For all clinical courses, it is the student's responsibility to obtain and maintain CPR Professional Rescuer, AED certification, and Blood-Borne pathogen training.  Evidence must be submitted annually.
  3. Technical Standards. Prior to admission to the major all students must submit evidence via a physical examination of the ability to meet the required technical standards of the program.
  4. As a student in a professional program in the College of Health and Human Services, you will be asked by a internship facility to undergo drug testing and/or have a criminal background check before being allowed to participate in a clinical experience at that facility. All costs associated with drug testing and background checks are the responsibility of the student.

Exercise Science Program Contact Information:

Program Director: 

Julie Marino 
Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences
Belk Gym 214
Phone: 704-687-7951
Fax: 704-687-0930

Internship Coordinators:

Brenda Ward
Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences
Belk Gymnasium 218
Phone: 704‑687‑0870
Fax: 704‑687‑0930

Tracy Bonoffski
Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences
Belk Gymnasium 215
Phone: 704‑687‑0859
Fax: 704‑687‑0930

CHHS Advising Contact Information:

Dr. Demetrius Richmond
CHHS Academic Advising Center Director
College of Health and Human Services
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Phone: 704‑687‑8537
Fax: 704‑687‑1785

The Credentialing Concentration of the Exercise Science Degree Program is accredited by CoAES and CAAHEP.

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