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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in adult fitness, work site health promotion/corporate fitness, personal training, clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation and other related fields. Preparation is also provided in fitness management, program management, sports skills development and enhancement, strength and conditioning and related topics. The degree program also provides an excellent academic background for graduate study or for application to physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, medical school, sports medicine, public health and other health science professional programs.

About the Exercise Science Program

The Exercise Science Program began Fall 2017 and is housed in the Ivester College of Health Sciences, Department of Math and Science building on the Gainesville historic campus. This co-educational program is a traditional on-ground day program that includes clinical internships, laboratory courses and some limited online courses.

What does the program look like?

  • The 122 credit hour Exercise Science program includes two years of pre-requisite coursework followed by two years of specialized study.
  • First- and second-year students are classified as Health Science majors with a Pre-Exercise Science Concentration. Students apply to the Exercise Science Program in the sophomore year.
  • Third- and fourth-year successful applicants become Exercise Science majors and graduate with a B.S. in Exercise Science.

You can download the suggested four-year course plan with course descriptions (PDF) to learn more.

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Ellie Johnson, a freshman biology major interested in Brenau's new exercise science major, measures Iman Williams' blood pressure during a biology lab. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Ellie Johnson, a freshman biology major interested in Brenau's new exercise science major, measures Iman Williams' blood pressure during a biology lab. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

How to Apply

**All candidates for the Exercise Science degree program must be accepted as an undergraduate student at Brenau University.

Applying as a New Brenau Student

Students not currently attending Brenau University must receive general admission to the University through the Office of Admissions. Students wishing to pursue a degree in Exercise Science must apply to the Health Science – Pre-Exercise Science Concentration major before they can be considered for acceptance into the Exercise Science program.

  • Complete the online application at brenau.edu/apply.
  • Submit official high school transcripts (freshmen applicants) and/or official transcripts from all colleges previously attended (transfer applicants) to the Office of Admissions. Transcript may be mailed to 500 Washington Street, SE, Gainesville, GA  30501 or submitted via encrypted delivery service (Escript, Parchment, etc.) to documents@brenau.edu.

Applying as a Current Brenau Student

Students who are currently attending Brenau University may apply to the Exercise Science Program directly. Students must meet the following to be eligible for consideration into the program:

  • Be a current Brenau student with at least 45 earned credit hours.
  • Meet Brenau’s Liberal Education requirements and have completed the following Exercise Science Foundation Courses:
    • BY 111/Lab Biology for Majors I (4)
    • PY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    • MS 205 Statistics (3)
    • CY 121/Lab General Chemistry I (4)
    • CY 122/Lab General Chemistry II (4)
    • BY 209/Lab Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
    • BY 210/Lab Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • Have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Have a minimum Science GPA of 3.0

If you meet the requirements above and wish to apply to the Exercise Science program, complete the application below: