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Exercise and Sport Science (B.S.)

The Exercise and Sport Science degree provides students with a scientific-based curriculum for improving human performance and wellness, and is an ideal preparation for successful entry into a variety of graduate professional programs such as nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant, physical therapy, athletic training, or medical school.  Students develop application skills for sport and fitness activities, assessment and evaluation of various populations and fitness levels, and human movement systems from all of the subdisciplines of kinesiology (e.g., exercise physiology, exercise and physical activity psychology, motor learning and development, biomechanics, and others).  Career options include corporate wellness, exercise physiologist, cardiac rehabilitation, strength and condition coach, and a wide variety of therapeutic exercise and recreation positions.  

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate students entering Wayne State University, either from high school or transferring from other accredited universities or colleges, are admitted directly into the bachelor's degree program.

Admission questions should be directed to the Division of Academic Services, College of Education, 489 Education, phone 313-577-1601.


Program Requirements

A student must complete all University General Education requirements, all College and program requirements, and a minimum of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher to earn a bachelor’s degree in the College of Education.

No grade below a “C” may be used to meet College requirements, electives, courses in the major or courses in a College of Education minor. Note: All students must receive a “C” or higher in Basic and Intermediate Composition if these requirements are completed or transferred in Fall 2008 or thereafter. 

Exercise and Sport Science Requirements 1,2
PSY 1010Introductory Psychology3-4
or PSY 1020 Elements of Psychology
BIO 2870Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 1510
BIO 1511
Basic Life Mechanisms
and Basic Life Mechanisms Laboratory
PHY 1020Conceptual Physics: The Basic Science4
or PHY 2130 Physics for the Life Sciences I
or PHY 2170 University Physics for Scientists I
CHM 1100
CHM 1130
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
or CHM 1020 Survey of General Chemistry
Major Requirements (40 credits) 2
KHS 1000Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences3
KIN 3000Professional Perspectives in Kinesiology and Exercise Science3
KIN 3400Lifespan Growth and Development3
KIN 3540Cultural Foundations of Kinesiology3
HE 3440Nutrition and Health Education3
or NFS 2030 Nutrition and Health
HE 3500Human Disease3
KIN 3550Motor Learning and Control3
KIN 5523Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology3
or KIN 5520 Sport Psychology
KIN 3580Biomechanics3
KIN 6300Exercise Physiology I3
KIN 6100Methods of Group Training3
or KIN 6120 Strength and Conditioning
KIN 6320Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription3
KIN 5350Exercise Science Internship4
Elective Requirements (21 credits)
Complete a minimum of 21 semester credits of electives related to the field of Exercise and Sport Science.

All courses in this list, except for BIO 2870, also satisfy the Natural Scientific Inquiry (NSI) requirement of the University's General Education Program.


Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisite and placement requirements prior to enrolling in the listed courses. See the individual courses or contact an advisor for more information.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Exercise and Sport Science requires the completion of 21 credits of approved program electives. Students can use these electives to pursue university minors in certain areas or fulfill requirements for admission to a professional program. Other electives not listed can be approved by your assigned academic advisor. 

HE 2310Dynamics of Personal Health3
HE 3300Health of the School Child3
HE 3440Nutrition and Health Education3
HE 5522Health Psychology3
HE 6310Reproductive Health Education3
HE 6320Mental Health and Substance Abuse3
HE 6330Health Behavior Change3
HPE 6400Physical Activity in Pediatric Disabilities3
HPE 6410Teaching Adapted Physical Activity and Sport3
HPE 6420Teaching Aquatics to Special Populations3
HPE 6430Physical Activity Assessment in Special Populations3
IE 3120Work Design3
KHS 6540Workshop in Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies1-3
KIN 2560Individual Problems in Kinesiology1-3
KIN 5360Senior Research Project1-5
KIN 5520Sport Psychology3
or KIN 5523 Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology
KIN 6120Strength and Conditioning3
KIN 6150ECG Interpretation3
KIN 6160Pharmacology for the Physical Activity Professional3
KIN 6210Physical Activity and Cognition3
KIN 6310Exercise Physiology II3
LFA 2330First Aid and CPR3
PSL 5010Individual Research I2-5
SAM 3010Ethics in Sport3
SAM 3020Sociology of Sport3
SAM 4020Sport Governance3
SAM 4030Sport Finance3
SAM 4040Sport Communication3
SAM 5510Principles of Coaching3
SAM 5700Sport Leadership3
Lifestyle Fitness Activity (LFA) Courses (4 Crs. maximum, excludes LFA 2330) *LFA 1020 cannot be used to meet elective credit2-4
Business Courses (6 cr. maximum)
Marketing Management
Management of Organizational Behavior
Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Psychology (PSY) Course(s) at the 2000+ level (8 Crs. maximum)
Sociology (SOC) Course (4 Crs. maximum)
Additional Nutrition & Food Science (NFS) Course (6 Crs. maximum, excludes NFS 2030)
Pre-professional (21 Crs. maximum)
BIO 1500
BIO 1501
Basic Life Diversity
and Basic Life Diversity Laboratory
BIO 2270
BIO 2271
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
BIO 2550Fundamentals of Cell Biology for Neuroscience4
BIO 2600Introduction to Cell Biology4
BIO 3100Cellular Biochemistry3
BIO 3200Human Physiology3
BIO 4630Histology4
CHM 1030Survey of Organic/Biochemistry4
CHM 1060General, Organic and Biochemistry5
CHM 1100
CHM 1130
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHM 1140
CHM 1150
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHM 1125General Chemistry I for Engineers3
CHM 1145General Chemistry II for Engineers3
CHM 1240Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 1250Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 2220Organic Chemistry II4
CHM 2225Organic Chemistry II for Engineers3
CHM 2230Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM 5600Survey of Biochemistry3
MAT 2010Calculus I4
MLS 3330Medical Terminology1
OT/RT 5650Pathophysiology for Health Sciences3
PHY 2130
PHY 2131
Physics for the Life Sciences I
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
PHY 2140
PHY 2141
Physics for the Life Sciences II
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
PHY 2170
PHY 2171
University Physics for Scientists I
and University Physics Laboratory
PHY 2180
PHY 2181
University Physics for Scientists II
and University Physics Laboratory II
PHY 2175University Physics for Engineers I4
PHY 2185University Physics for Engineers II4
STA 1020Elementary Statistics3
STA 2210Probability and Statistics4
Credits completed in an university minor
Total Elective Credits 21+

Exercise and Sport Science AGRADE Overview

The Division of Kinesiology, Health, and Sports Studies (KHS) in the College of Education offers degrees that focus on the broad careers of health, wellness, exercise, sport, and human performance. With programs in Athletic Training (AT), Community Health (CH), Exercise and Sport Science (ESS), Health and Physical Education Teaching (HPET), and Sport Administration and Management (SAM), KHS prepares students to excel in a range of health-related professions.  

The Exercise and Sport Science  AGRADE program is available to academically strong students completing B.S. degrees in Community Health; Exercise and Sport Science; Health and Physical Education Teaching; and Sport Management so they can begin a master's degree while simultaneously completing their bachelor's degree. Coursework taken during a student's senior year (up to 16 credits) can simultaneously qualify toward the bachelor's and master's degrees. In this case, after completing any bachelor's degree in this division, students would have also completed a substantial portion of the coursework required for the Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science. This allows motivated students the opportunity to complete the requirements for both degrees in an accelerated format.  
Our bachelor's programs typically have between 15-25 elective courses in their plans of work. This AGRADE program allows students to utilize graduate courses in Exercise and Sport Science to fulfill these elective requirements. Students, in consultation with their advisor, can select Exercise and Sport Science graduate courses that count toward the student’s bachelor's and master's degrees. The graduate coursework completed while enrolled as an undergraduate is assessed at the undergraduate tuition rate, resulting in significant tuition savings. 

Admission Criteria 

Students may apply for the Exercise and Sport Science AGRADE program no earlier than the semester in which ninety credits are being completed. Applicants must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.30. After admission, the AGRADE program requires a continuing undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.30 and a grade of B or higher in Exercise and Sport Science master's coursework. 

For more details about the Exercise and Sport Science AGRADE program, contact the Division of Academic Services.

Exercise and Sport Science AGRADE Advising

AGRADE advising is provided by the Division of Academic Services College of Education.

Eligible AGRADE Courses and Sequence

The following table outlines the Exercise and Sport Science master's courses that could be included in the undergraduate plan of work. Students may take up to a maximum of 16 credits from the following list. In addition, other courses may qualify as exceptions.

KIN 5100Anatomical and Physiological Bases of Physical Activity3
KIN 5523Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology3
KIN 6100Methods of Group Training3
KIN 6120Strength and Conditioning3
KIN 6300Exercise Physiology I3
KIN 6310Exercise Physiology II3
KIN 7580Biomechanical Analysis of Motor Activity3
KIN 8530Motor Learning3
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