Jun 16, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Health Sciences (B.S.): Health & Exercise Science concentration

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Students in this program study the human body and learn how exercise, nutrition and psychosocial health behaviors influence health and wellness. Through coursework, research and a required internship, students study the sciences related to movement, exercise and contemporary health issues, and they assess and design programs to address risk factors, health and fitness in different populations. Graduates earn a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Health & Exercise Science. Graduates who successfully complete the education curriculum for secondary licensure become candidates for a license to teach science in grades 7-12.

In addition to the learning outcomes for all Health Sciences majors noted below, there are two additional outcomes for students in this concentration:

  • Students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in clinical/medical settings, personal training, strength and conditioning, corporate health/wellness, community health education and health/wellness consulting.
  • Students will be well-prepared for graduate programs in kinesiology, exercise science, public health, athletic training and related disciplines.

Health Sciences Programs at JSC

Students majoring in Health Sciences at JSC choose one of three concentrations: Health & Exercise Science , Physical Education  with or without licensure, and Pre-Physical Therapy . Students graduate with a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in one of these specialties. Graduates who successfully complete the appropriate education curriculum also become candidates for a license to teach science (grades 7-12) or physical education (grades PreK-12).

The major is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in health, fitness, physical education and the allied health fields. It trains students in the basic sciences, including biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology; assessment of health status; the disease process; health and fitness; and cardiac and pulmonary assessment and rehabilitation. Graduates are prepared for a variety of career options as well as graduate study (which is required for students pursuing careers as physical therapists, chiropractics, physician assistants and similar fields). In addition, with the current increases in lifestyle-related disease and the growing elderly population, graduates will be poised to take advantage of new prospects in the health field.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the outcomes identified within each concentration, the B.S. in Health Sciences seeks to produce graduates who:

  • Demonstrate through both speaking and writing an understanding of biological, physical and social sciences related to human movement, sport exercise and contemporary health issues.
  • Identify and describe challenges to the natural homeostasis of the body and mind and how they respond to these challenges.
  • Apply knowledge related to physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle behaviors to prevent and control diseases in diverse populations.
  • Use both qualitative and quantitative methods to appraise risk factors, health status, fitness and physical skills, and then design safe and effective programs to target these factors in healthy and diseased populations.
  • Possess in-depth understanding of the scientific methods and the ability to accurately interpret and apply scientific findings related to the human body, health and disease.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply theoretical knowledge, research skills, use of technology and professionally appropriate and ethical behaviors in workplace settings.

Health & Exercise Science Concentration

Total: 57-59 credits

Medical School Admission Requirements

Students who intend to apply to medical school after completing their B.S. in Health Sciences at JSC should take these standard prerequisite courses as well:

Secondary Teaching License in Science

Students pursuing licensure endorsement to teach science in grades 7-12 must successfully complete one of the approved majors for this endorsement (the B.A. in Biology: Field Naturalist , B.S. in Biology: General , B.S. in Biology: Pre-Medical B.S. in Health Sciences: Pre-Physical Therapy  B.S. in Environmental Science: Analysis & Assessment , or B.S. in Environmental Science: Policy & Advocacy ), as well as specific teacher-education coursework and requirements. Please refer to the Secondary Teacher License Endorsement  section for details.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Curriculum requirements  and JSC Graduation Standards .

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