Interested in Exercise Science?  Learn how to apply to the program at Gardner-Webb University.

Admission and Retention Requirements 

University acceptance to pursue the Exercise Science major does NOT guarantee admission into the Exercise Science major. Formal application to the Exercise Science Major must be completed by the student according to the following procedures.

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to submit an Application to the Major in the semester in which s/he is enrolled in 48 credit hours.
  2. The application must be submitted by October 1 in the Fall and March 1 in the Spring.
  3. Entering transfers from other universities or GWU students changing their major to Exercise Science with earned credits beyond 48 have a one-semester extension.
  4. By the beginning of the semester following application, students will receive notification of acceptance or denial to the major according to the following:

a. Acceptance – The student has fulfilled all major requirements in the section Prerequisites to the BS Major Core in the Exercise Science Major (see WebbConnect Audit), and has an overall and major GPA of 2.5. Once the student has been accepted into the Exercise Science Major, it will take the student at least four semesters to complete the curriculum, plus a 6-credit internship.

b. First Denial – Not fulfilling the requirements as stated above will result in a first denial. Failure to submit an application will also result in a first denial. Students who are denied for the first time are not permitted to take required upper level courses. Students must reapply for a second time the following semester.

c. Second Denial – If students do not meet the requirements again, they are denied the second time. Failure to submit an application will also result in a second denial. In the case of a second denial, students are not retained in the major and their major is changed to Undecided. Students are not permitted to reapply to the Exercise Science Major for one year following a second denial. If after one year the student has an overall and major GPA of 2.5, s/he may reapply and repeat the application process as stated previously.  


Students who are admitted into the program must maintain a major and overall GPA of 2.5 and earn a “C” or better in all EXSI major courses. Students are not permitted to do their internship unless they have met GPA and grade standards for the Exercise Science major. Failure to maintain the GPA requirement will result in a one semester probationary period in which the student must remedy any deficiencies. Failure to earn a “C” or better in an EXSI major course will result in a probationary period until the course is re-taken and the minimum grade standard is achieved. If s/he is not able to attain the necessary GPA requirements or grade standards by the end of the probationary period, s/he will be removed from the program. If a student is suspended from the program, s/he is eligible to reapply once s/he has met the Exercise Science standards. Reapplying consists of completing an abbreviated application form and an interview with the Exercise Science Program Director.



Any student changing his/her major to Exercise Science MUST have an overall GPA of 2.5.