​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

CMU’s exercise science kinesiology major gives you a strong background if you’re looking to pursue a graduate degree in fields such as occupational therapy, physician assistant, physical therapy or chiropractic studies. You’ll experience a combination of biology, exercise science and chemistry studies.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Occupational therapist$75,400 per year29% (32,800 more jobs)
Physical therapist$79,860 per year36% (73,500 more jobs)
Physician assistant$90,930 per year38% (33,300 more jobs)

For More Information

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School of Health Sciences
Health Professions Building 2219
Email: helme1lm@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3541

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Exercise Science Major: Kinesiology Option

The Kinesiology option is a broad-based exercise science option for students interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical therapy, physician assistant medical and health sciences, occupational therapy, chiropractic, or other allied health field. Please note that many graduate and professional programs require prerequisite courses in addition to those included in this option. It is the responsibility of the student to determine which prerequisite courses are required for their program of interest.
Total: 52-56 semester hours
Core Courses I
(17 hours)
HSC 190
Introduction to Exercise Science
1
HSC 205
Responding to Emergencies
2
HSC 214
Human Anatomy
4
HSC 215
Human Physiology
4
HSC 216
Biomechanics and Kinesiology
3
HSC 308
Physiology of Sport and Exercise
3
Core Courses II
(8-9 hours)
Select one of the following options:
CR2A-EXSCI:K
Option A
(8 hours)
CR2B-EXSCI:K
Option B
(9 hours)
Required Courses
(9 hours)
HSC 220
Health-related Components of Fitness
3
HSC 411
Pathophysiology
3
HSC 547
Health Risk Identification and Management
3
Other Requirements I
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 315
Human Genetics
3
CHM 421
Survey of Biochemistry
3
FNS 370
Nutrition
3
Other Requirements II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 500
Biological Statistics
3
HSC 544
Biostatistics
3
PSY 211QR
Introduction to Psychological Statistics
3
Electives
(12-15 hours)
Select from the following:
BIO 208
Microbiology
4
BIO 590
Cardiovascular Physiology
3
FNS 375
Nutrition and Performance
3
HSC 201
Medical Terminology
3
HSC 219
Exercise Conditioning for Health Fitness Professionals
2
HSC 503
Health Implications of Obesity
3
HSC 586
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Children
3
PES 401
Fundamentals of Motor Learning
3