B.S. Exercise Science (extended major)

We offer the B.S. in exercise science with advising tracks for clinical exercise physiology and graduate and professional preparation.


To earn this degree, complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)


Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.


Also be aware that NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).


Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact the Biology Advisement Center for details.

Major Requirements

As an exercise science major, you must complete at least 86 units of course requirements.  You must attain grades of C or better in CHM 151, 151L, 152, and 152L; BIO 201; PHY 111; MAT 125; and ENG 105.

or PHY 161, 161L, 262 and 262L (8 units)

AT 200, BIO 205, 320, 331, 332, 340, 343, 344, 350, 408*, 420C (when not used as a capstone), 424, 485, 497; CHM 320/L or 440; MAT 136; ME 340, NTS 370, PSY 227, 240, 250, 350, or 415; SOC 318; STA 371 or 472


*Note: Internship (408 or 408C) requires outside placement and must be planned at least six months before the internship is to begin.  See Biology Advisement for more information.


#Note: If BIO 420C is taken instead of BIO 444C, then BIO 420C may not be used to satisfy the capstone requirement.

General Electives  

Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  


You may take these remaining courses from any academic area, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with the Biology Advisement Center to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)


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