Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions


Chair: Joan Eckerson
Department Office: Criss Health Sciences Complex, Room 463

Exercise Science is the study of the human body’s metabolic and physiological response and adaptation to acute and chronic exercise. The coursework encompasses several disciplines including human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, biochemistry, biomechanics, and nutrition that provide a framework for the development of exercise and nutrition-based intervention programs for disease prevention, enhanced human performance, and therapeutic rehabilitation. The Exercise Science & Pre-Health Professions major prepares students for admission into several health-related professional programs including physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, physician assistant, dentistry, accelerated nursing, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. The curriculum also prepares students to become nationally certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association for employment as Certified Exercise Physiologists, Certified Personal Trainers, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists.

Specific Requirements for Admission to Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions

Enrollment is based upon the following requirements: A minimum of 30 credits in Creighton University coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; a grade of “C” or better in a one semester general chemistry lecture/laboratory and a one semester general biology lecture/laboratory course. Students apply for admission to the major through the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Prerequisite Courses:

Requisite Courses
BIO 201General Biology: Organismal and Population3
or BIO 202 General Biology: Cellular and Molecular
BIO 205General Biology: Organismal and Population Laboratory1
or BIO 206 General Biology: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory
CHM 203General Chemistry I3
or CHM 205 General Chemistry II
CHM 204General Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CHM 206 General Chemistry II Laboratory

B.S., Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions requirements (41-42 credits)

Required courses:
EXS 125First Aid2
EXS 240Foundations of Fitness and Wellness3
EXS 320Human Physiology4
EXS 331Human Anatomy4
EXS 335Exercise Physiology4
EXS 391Career Preparation and Professionalism3
EXS 401Exercise Prescription3
EXS 407Basic Statistics and Research Design3
EXS 450Nutrition Health&Sports Perfor3
EXS 489Laboratory Methods and Procedures4
EXS 334Biomechanics3-4
or EXS 534 Neuromechanics of Human Movement
EXS 492Exercise Science Internship2
or EXS 497 Directed Independent Research
Elective - choose one course from the following:3
Lower Body Evaluation
Essentials of Strength and Conditioning
Applied Immunology
Total Credits41-42


Professors: Joan Eckerson, G. Patrick Lambert

Associate Professors: Eric Bredahl, Dimitrios Katsavelis

Assistant Professors: Leland A. Barker, Kelley G. Hammond, Mitchel A. Magrini

Instructors: Mary C. Conway, Geri Moore, Jennifer C. Yee