Exercise Science

The Exercise Science major is designed to prepare students for professional study in sport and exercise science or movement-related programs like physical and occupational therapy. The major consists of 120 semester hours which includes courses in anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness evaluation, neuromuscular control, motor learning and motor development. Some graduates pursuing this major go on for further study in exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine or other similar allied health professions. 

Degree Plans and Four-Year Guides:

Available catalogs: (12-14) PDF
(10-12) PDF
(08-10) PDF

The first and second year course listings in these documents are to be used as guides to assist you with selecting a schedule, and should be used with the degree plan. These courses can be taken during the fall, spring or summer terms. Twelve to fifteen hours are recommended during the fall and spring semesters.

Guides: (10-12) PDF
(08-10) PDF
Create your own four-year plan using this PDF

Health Professions Preparation:

Many students majoring in Exercise Science tend to be interested in pursuing one of the many allied health professions after graduation. These students must complete their Exercise Science degree requirements, plus the prerequisites for the allied health profession of their choice. With careful planning, it is very possible for our majors to graduate in four years while also completing all of thier allied health profession prerequisites. For more information on allied health professions, please visit the Health Professions Office.

Minors and Specializations:

Students in Exercise Science are required to choose either a minor or specialization to complete their degree requirements. A student can minor in almost any subject offered at The University of Texas at Austin, aside from Kinesiology. Some of the most popular minors for an Exercise Science major include biology, business, communication, nutrition, or psychology. Students interested in furthering their education in Kinesiology are encouraged to choose a specialization. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers ten specializations. For details, please visit our KHE Specializations page.

Foreign Language Requirement:

Students majoring in Exercise Science may choose one of three options to fulfill the foreign language requirement:

  1. complete second semester proficiency at the college level in any language other than English,
  2. take an exam to reach second semester proficiency in any language other than English,
  3. complete three of the foreign language substitution courses from our approved list (PDF).
Last updated on August 22, 2013