Applied Exercise Science


Bachelor of Science with a major in Applied Exercise Science
Westbrook College of Health Professions (WCHP)
Exercise and Sport Performance


Heath R. Pierce, M.Ed., RSCC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, HFS (Program Director)


The Applied Exercise Science (AES) program is a student-centered, innovative, comprehensive program designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for excellence in the fields of exercise science, sport performance, and health & wellness. The curriculum encourages life-long learning through classroom, laboratory, internship, and research experience. Graduates will become highly effective, compassionate allied health care professionals capable of working with varied populations.

Major Description

The AES program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform pre-participatory screening, fitness testing, exercise prescription, and exercise leadership for healthy, health-compromised populations, and athletic performance enhancement. With a combination of basic science, exercise science and athletic training courses, these students are prepared for career opportunities as an exercise science professional in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, corporate fitness, personal training, and health promotion. Internship settings include: colleges and universities, sport/athletic organizations, hospitals/clinics, private/commercial/community health and fitness facilities, municipalities, corporations, and non-profit organizations. A senior year research option is also available on a selected basis. The Applied Exercise Science program provides a strong foundation for graduate school preparation for allied health programs. 

Program Goals

The goals of the AES program are to prepare students to pass accredited national certification examinations, entry-level employment and graduate school admissions. The goals are compatible with the missions of the Department, College, and University and are attained through the interprofessional curriculum. They are as follows:

  1. Prepare students to be competent exercise science professionals.
  2. Develop a comprehensive curriculum that meets the demands of the exercise science profession.
  3. Contribute to the body of knowledge in exercise science through scholarly and research activities.
  4. Provide continuing education opportunities for exercise science professionals.
  5. Actively participate in and contribute to professional activities at the department, college, and community (state, regional and national) levels.

Curricular Requirements

First Year  33
IHS 110 - Introduction to Health Care 2
IHS 120 - Health Care Issues 1
BIO 208 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 104 - General Biology 4
ENG 110 - English Composition 4
EXS 120 - Personal Health and Wellness 3
MAT 120 - Statistics 3
PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology 3
One (1) Explorations Course 3
One (1) Creative Art (May be ART, ARH or MUS course) 3
Second Year  32
IHS 210  - Methods of Scholarly Inquiry 3
IHS 220  - Nutrition 3
IHS 310 - Ethics for Interprofessional Practice 3
ATC 333 - Gross Anatomy 3
BIO 309 - Pathophysiology 3
EXS 180 - Motor Learning and Performance 3
BIO 209 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I 4
ATC 101 - Care and prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
PSY 250 - Lifespan Development 3
Third Year 32
ATC 420 - Research Methods 3
EXS 310 - Kinesiology and Biomechanics w/Lab 3
EXS 320 - Exercise Physiology w/Lab 3
EXS 330 - Fitness Evaluation and Prescriptions 3
EXS 380 - 12 Lead ECG Interpretation w/Lab 3
EXS 392 - Clinical Exercise Testing/Presc 3
EXS 495 - AES Seminar 1
EXS 322 - Metabolism and Bioenergetics of Sport Nutrition 3
PHY 110 - General Physics w/ Lab 4
AES Elective Course 1 of 4** 3
AES Elective Course 2 of 4**  
Fourth Year  24
EXS 340 - Concepts of Strength and Conditioning 3
EXS 432 - Exercise Management for Chronic Disease & Disability 3
One Social Global Awareness Course 3
One Advanced Studies Course 3
EXS 499 - Internship* 6
EXS 499 - Internship* and 3
EXS 489 - Research Practicum  3
AES Elective Course 3 of 4** 3
AES Elective Course 4 of 4** 3
Minimum Required Credits 121

 “A student in the applied exercise science major may elect to pursue a bachelor’s degree in health sciences.  This degree is only open to matriculated students at the University of New England.  Special permission from the student’s advisor and the Dean of the Westbrook College of Health Professions is required for enrollment in the BS in Health Sciences”.


*The senior-level culminating experience may be either EXS 499 taken as a six-credit field experience internship (taken in the fall or spring) or a combination of EXS 499 for three credits and EXS 489 Research Practicum for three credits (taken in the fall or spring). Research Practicum would involve data collection/interpretation/results and presenting during the department research symposium.   Each student is required to complete a minimum of 270 hours (45 hours/credit) under the direct supervision of an approved clinical internship site supervisor, averaging between 20-24 hours per week.  To be eligible to complete the internship the student must be in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater and no grades lower than a C in the core courses as outlined in the catalog.  Failure to achieve these academic standards may delay graduation.   

**AES Electives (12 credits):
A minimum of 6 out of 12 credits are required to have an EXS or ATC prefix.  The remaining credits must have a BIO, CHE or PHY prefix.  Elective course substitution per permission from the Exercise and Sports Performance Department Chair.

Academic and Technical Standards

Students accepted to the Westbrook College of Health Professions (WCHP) at the University of New England are subject to two sets of academic guidelines, one to meet minimum qualifications for ongoing enrollment at the University of New England and the other to meet specific program requirements.

National Strength and Conditioning Association - Education Recognition Program Endorsement

WCHP Common Curriculum Standards – Semesters One Through Four (Freshman and Sophomore Years)

  1. In keeping with the guidelines of the University of New England, all students must achieve a minimum cumulative semester-end grade point average as follows:
    Fall of First Year 1.70
    Spring of First Year 1.70
    Fall Of Second Year 1.70
    Spring of Second Year 1.80
  2. Failure to maintain the minimum GPA requirements will result in academic probation as described in the Catalog of the University of New England.
  3. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in the following courses: MAT 120, CHE 110, PHY 110, BIO 104, BIO 208, BIO 209, BIO 309, EXS 120, EXS 180, ATC 101 and IHS 220. Failure to achieve a “C” will result in program-level probation, and may affect academic progression and delay graduation.
  4. Failure to earn a C or above in any of the above courses requires the student to repeat the course.
  5. Failure to achieve a C or above a second time the course is taken will result in dismissal from the major.
  6. A student may enroll in any of the courses listed above a maximum of two times. Enrollment in a course consists of achieving a WP or WF or a letter grade. Receiving a W in a course is not considered officially enrolled and will not result in academic penalty.

Applied Exercise Science Program Standards – Semesters Four Through Eight (Junior and Senior Years) 

Minimum acceptable semester-end GPA 2.5
Minimal grade of a C or better in any EXS or ATC prefix course 2.0
  1. Once in course work within the major (fall of the junior year and beyond), students must maintain a minimum semester-end grade point average GPA of 2.5.   Failure to do so will result in program–level probation and may affect academic progression and delay graduation. 
  2. Students whose semester-end GPA falls below the 2.5 threshold for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the program. 
  3. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each EXS and ATC prefix course 
  4. Student may only enroll in any course in the major a maximum of two times.  Enrollment in a course consists of achieving a WP or WF or a letter grade.  Receiving a W in a course is not considered officially enrolled and will not result in academic penalty.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Applied Exercise Science Program students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge in the exercise sciences including: anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, Kinesiology and biomechanics, ECG interpretation, exercise testing and prescription, motor learning and nutrition.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of and clinical proficiency in the following content areas for both apparently healthy and chronic disease populations: a) pre-participation screening/ health risk appraisal and stratification, b) fitness assessment and evaluation c) the design of individually tailored exercise prescription, d) appropriate exercise techniques.
  3. Recognize the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of safe, high quality care within the health care system/exercise science field.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written formats.
  5. Recognize the importance of ethically-grounded care for diverse clients, patients and/or athletes.
  6. Successfully challenge entry-level professional certification examinations from the American College of Sports Medicine and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
  7. Participate in activities to promote life-long learning and professional development. 


The following criteria must be met for admission to the AES program:

  • A high school diploma or the equivalent with a better-than-average achievement record in a college preparatory program including: chemistry (must include laboratory); biology (must include laboratory); mathematics (two mathematics courses - algebra required, geometry preferred); English (three years required - four years preferred).        
  • Academic transcripts must reflect an overall high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, in addition to a GPA of 2.5 in all science and math courses.        
  • Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) scores must be submitted.        
  • A health record must be submitted which indicates specific findings regarding applicant's complete physical exam.

Also see Undergraduate Admissions.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2015-2016 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 30, 2015.  *Addendum published January 29, 2016.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.