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General Exercise Science

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The Sport and Exercise Science Department provides students with an understanding of the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological effects of exercise on the human body. The Department offers three majors, each designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in fast-growing fields of wellness, and fitness.


Degrees Offered

The Sport and Exercise Science Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in:

Both the general and the pre-professional Exercise Science degrees will prepare students to enter the field of Exercise Science. However, the degree options differ in terms of students' preparation for post-degree programs. Students that plan to attend professional school, such as occupational therapy, should enroll in the General Exercise Science - Pre OTD degree program. Students who plan to enroll in physical therapy, should enroll in the Exercise and Rehabilitation Science at the School of Allied Health Science. The General Exercise Science will prepare students for a wide range of careers in fields of wellness and fitness. Students may choose from concentrations offered in the department or take elective courses required for application to PA programs, chiropractic programs, or graduate studies in exercise physiology. 


Four Year Plans

General Exercise Science - Four Year Plan.

General Exercise Science Pre- OTD Four Year Plan.


General Exercise Science 

Example of a first time freshman General Exercise Science Student Schedule. 


The Department also offers concentrations in Health, Sport Therapy, and Sport Coaching.

The General Exercise Science degree can also be tailored for students to complete the requirements for Physical Assistant Programs.


Sports Coaching Concentration

Bring your passions for exercise, sports, leadership and teamwork together with a concentration in Sports Coaching when you complete the bachelor's program.

Required courses include:

  • HLTH 360 Drug Awareness
  • HLTH 414 Contemporary Issues in Health and Fitness
  • PEXS 313 Issues in Sport- Youth thru Young Adult
  • PEXS 320 Legal Aspects of Sports
  • PEXS 354 Techniques and Coaching
  • PEXS 386 Practice and Application of Strength and Conditioning
  • PEXS 450 Leadership in Coaching
  • PEXS 493B Practicum in Coaching

Sports Therapy Concentration

Focusing on the therapeutic aspect of sports and exercise sciences, learn how to guide athletes through rehabilitation and various sports therapies.

Required courses include:

  • PEXS 434 Foundations and Administration
  • PEXS 444 Advanced Sports Emergency Care
  • PEXS 474 Injury Evaluation
  • PEXS 476 Evidence-Based Practice & Research Methods
  • PEXS 487 Therapeutic Modalities
  • PEXS 488 Rehabilitation of Ath Injuries
  • PEXS 494 General Medical Conditions
  • PEXS 497 Senior Seminar

Health Concentration

Our Exercise and Sports Science Bachelors Degree program offers a standard Health Concentration, which will prepare you for generalized roles in health care and health administration.

Required courses include:

  • HLTH 230 Family Living
  • HLTH 320 Public Health
  • HLTH 330 Consumer and Environmental Health
  • HLTH 340 School Health Programs and Services
  • HLTH 360 Drug Awareness
  • HLTH 370 Health Disparities
  • HLTH 470 Health of the Elderly
  • HLTH 493 Practicum in Health


General Exercise Science Pre OTD

Example of a General Exercise Science PRE OTD student schedule.

This major is for students interested in applying to Occupational Therapy School

The General Exercise Science major has 3 pathways to Occupational Therapy. 

  1. 3+3 that results in a B.S. General Exercise Science and an OTD. (Internal to LMU undergraduate students only via the GPA Program)
  2. 3+3 that results in only an OTD
  3. Direct entry (traditional admission pathway)

Pathway 1

Guaranteed Professional Admission (GPA) Program

The LMU Guaranteed Professional Admission (GPA Program) is a unique program of Lincoln Memorial University that allows high-achieving, highly motivated high school seniors to earn guaranteed acceptance into one of our professional degree pathways upon successful completion of their Undergraduate degree at LMU. Each professional program has slightly different benchmarks and requirements along the way but is committed to offering successful GPA program participants a head start on their professional education.

For more information on the GPA program, please visit the GPA page for more information.

The general exercise pre-OTD degree offer incoming freshmen that meet academic qualifications an opportunity 3+3 direct entry pathways to LMU Doctor of Occupational Therapy.

The requirements for this program are outlined below.

  1. High school graduate with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
  2. Minimum Math (21) ACT score or minimum Math SAT score of 530.
  3. Students will be required to answer an occupational therapy-focused writing prompt/personal statement.
  4. Two (2) character references from (choose 2 of the following)
  • Guidance counselor/humanities teacher 
  • Science Teacher 
  • Coach
  • Employer

Freshmen admitted as BS/OTD students will be granted acceptance into the OTD program upon satisfactory completion of the above requirements. Full acceptance will be granted pending satisfactory completion of the criteria for progression to the Professional OTD Program. Students must also complete LMU's general education core curriculum requirements in addition to the BS requirements to earn a baccalaureate degree in General Exercise at the end of the first year of the OTD program.


If you are interested in this path, please complete the online application below.

 Guaranteed Professional Admission (GPA) Program Supplemental Application

Pathway 2

  • Entry with 90+ hours (3+3)- Students who have performed exceptionally well during their first 90 undergraduate hours. This student demonstrates the ability to complete the OTD degree without holding a bachelor's degree.



Do you have a minimum of 90 semester hours of college coursework completed? If no, will 90 hours be completed before anticipated enrollment in the OT program?

3.0 overall GPA on all college coursework.

2.8 overall GPA on all college math/science coursework.

Minimum of 40 hours of shadowing occupational therapists.

Three professional letters of reference

Personal Statement



Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (4 credits)

Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits)

Kinesiology or Biomechanics (3 credits)

Human Growth and Development OR Lifespan Development (3 credits)

Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

Sociology, Anthropology, OR Philosophy (3 credits)

Statistics (3 credits)

Medical terminology (1-3 credits)

NOTE: Substitution of requirement for any of the above prerequisite courses may be granted by the occupational therapy program admissions committee on an individual basis.


Pathway 3

Please refer to the OTD admissions page for more information.


Sport and Exercise Science Outside the Classroom

When you're a student at LMU, you're not just a number on an attendance sheet. We know that you're not here just to take classes; you're here for the hands-on experiences and unique opportunities to build relationships with colleagues in your field. Our faculty understands the importance of helping you foster networking connections and ensure that you have a plan for what's next after your classes. 

The Sport and Exercise Science Majors Club offers students multiple ways to develop socially and professionally within the exercise science field on campus. 

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