Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science

Promote healthy living. Coach athletes. Inspire positive change.

Our health and exercise science degree program provides basic theory and application for the fast-growing fields of exercise science, fitness leadership and exercise physiology.

Learn about the scientific foundation in the structure and function of the human body, including the physical changes that occur with activity and nutritional variations. Master methods of measuring and evaluating the various components of fitness and assess fitness statuses, evaluate progress and design programs appropriate for improving fitness levels.

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate health and exercise science program, in the division of applied sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus. Gain real world experience working with our student athletes and campus coaches by joining the Athletic Ministries at Pfeiffer (AMP) or the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)


The health and exercise science program curriculum requires a minimum investment of 73 semester hours (SH). In addition to health and exercise science, the curriculum includes instruction in several aspects of business, computing and statistics.

Requirements for a Major in Health and Exercise Science (73-74 SH, Plus 2 Activities)

Core Courses

  • BIOL 211 General Biology I
  • BIOL 212 General Biology II
  • EXSC 202 Principles of Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • EXSC 215 Foundations of Fitness Leadership
  • EXSC 265 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • EXSC 305 Exercise Physiology
  • EXSC 306 Kinesiology
  • EXSC 266 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • EXSC 401 Sports Nutrition
  • EXSC 506 Practicum in Sports Science I
  • EXSC 511 Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • EXSC 512 Exercise Science Seminar
  • HPED 213 Personal Wellness in Modern Society
  • MATH 220 College Algebra

Take any two HPED activity classes and an approved statistics course. Talk to your advisor for guidance.

Areas of Concentration

In addition to the above-listed required courses, each student majoring in health and exercise science completes one of the following concentrations:

Health Promotion Concentration (23 SH)

  • BMAL 201 Principles in Business
  • CHEM 210 General, Organic and Biochemistry
  • COMM 200 Public Speaking
  • EXSC 525 Internship in Health Promotion
  • HPED 310 Health Promotion
  • SMGT 207 Sports Facilities Management
  • SMGT 112 History of Sport and Physical Activity

Sports Medicine Concentration (19 SH)

  • CHEM 301 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 302 General Chemistry II
  • MATH 235 College Trigonometry
  • PHYS 301 General Physics I
  • PHYS 302 General Physics II

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


Interested in a career as a fitness coach, sports medicine advisor, rehabilitation facilitator or another aspect of exercise physiology? Recent graduates are currently working or pursuing graduate study in exercise science, health promotion, nutrition, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine or health and science education.

Pfeiffer grads are excelling in sports medicine and exercise science careers:

  • Ryan Brown (2009) Clinical Exercise Physiology program, UNC-Charlotte
  • Matt Tyndall (2010) Certified Personal Trainer, Charlotte N.C.
  • Nicole Cummings (2008) Doctor of Physical Therapy program, East Carolina University
  • Andrea Beaver (2008) Doctor of Chiropractic program, Logan College of Chiropractic
  • David Harris (2007) PGA Golf Professional, Baden, N.C.
  • Carolyn Mueller (2005) Manager, Fitness Services, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Brittany Dickens (2010) Doctor of Physical Therapy program, East Carolina University

Ready to get started? Apply now.

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