Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Fitness

Exercise Science - Measuring Body Fat

A Degree in Exercise Science from Lamar University prepares students by providing a strong background in Exercise and Basic Sciences, Nutrition, Psychology, Principles of Disease, Exercise Prescription, Measurement and Laboratory Techniques.

Earning your bachelor's degree in Exercise Science is step one of the process of becoming a wellness leader in your community and beyond. Our program prepares you to work in a variety of roles, such as a fitness consultant, personal trainer or a wellness specialist. Offering three concentrations, you can choose which path to take from Personal Fitness, to Clinical Exercise, or Athletic Training, all of which offer a great foundation for advanced degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or medicine.

The program sequence is designed to satisfy the prerequisites for additional professional training in Medicine (physicians), Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Law, and to pursue graduate studies in Exercise and Basic Sciences, to mention a few. One of our priorities is to provide students with hands on experiences through their undergraduate experience focusing on the many diverse issues and challenges placed upon the human body.  The course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree encompasses several areas:

    1. the required block of professional theory courses (HLTH & KINT),
    2. the required block of physical activity courses (KINA 2378 and PEGA)
    3. the block of courses from a chosen emphasis area (management, clinical, laboratory sciences, nutrition, community and private recreation, or athletic training.)

A student must have successfully completed 45 semester credit hours to include the English, Math, and Laboratory Sciences General Education Requirements in addition to KINA 2378 (Applied Fitness Concepts) and KINT 2371 (Functional Anatomy and Physiology) before enrolling in the 3000- and 4000-level ESFM professional courses. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of the professional theory (KINT & HLTH) and activity (KINA & PEGA) courses.

Entrance Requirements for all Majors

    1. Entering freshmen who meet the university’s general entrance requirements may be admitted to the Department of Health and Kinesiology.
    2. GPA Requirements:
      1. Teacher Certification programs 2.75
      2. Community Health program 2.0
      3. Exercise Science and Fitness Management program 2.5 GPA