Major Requirements

Curriculum Overview

Required courses in biology and chemistry give students a strong foundation in the sciences. Calculus or statistics and a year of anatomy and physiology are required. Students also take advanced courses in exercise physiology, nutrition and kinesiology. 
Additionally, there are three concentrations students can choose from. The pre-professional concentration is for students who are pursuing a professional degree, such as Medicine (MD) or Physical Therapy (DPT) degree or other allied health professions, such as Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic, etc. The Health Sciences concentration is for students interested in Physician Assistant Studies. The Health Fitness concentration is for students interested in corporate wellness, clinical exercise physiology, strength training or other fitness entry-level positions, as well as for students interested in advance degrees through graduate studies. 
For details on the curriculum, click here.

Photo of Gabby Cortese, Class of 2018Research

There’s no substitute for active research in undergraduate education to make your learning transformational. At Gardner-Webb University, you will be able to dive into meaningful guided undergraduate research. For example, Gabby Cortese, Class of 2018, (pictured, right) was mentored by Dr. Jeff Hartman, Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science, and presented their original research at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Southeastern Regional Conference.


As part of the Exercise Science major, you will be required to participate in a 300-hour supervised summer internship (EXSI 451) providing integral hands-on experience and exposing you to the job market in Exercise Science-related businesses and agencies. This internship will give you opportunities to apply your knowledge, skills, and abilities obtained through traditional coursework and experiential activities from the classroom. Students have completed competitive internships up and down the east coast in settings as varied as physical/occupational therapy to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, working with pediatric/geriatric populations to professional athletes.