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Exercise Science

Major in the College of Education

Exercise Science is a major in the College of Education focused on the science of human body movement.

Exercise Science students will learn about all components of the human body including motor development, anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuromuscular control and more. Many graduates plan to pursue graduate or professional study in areas such as exercise and sport science, sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other allied health professions.

Declaration Requirements


Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

How to Declare


The College of Education has established specific GPA requirements that students must meet in order to transfer into the Kinesiology and Health majors. For Exercise Science, students must have and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to enter and stay in the program. View the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education internal transfer policy for additional information.

Students that meet all the internal transfer criteria can declare Exercise Science by attending an internal transfer session and discussing the major with an academic advisor in the College of Education.

Required Courses


View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Exercise Science major.



Students are required to complete a Certificate, Minor, Track or one of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education's six specializations available to kinesiology and health students.

Any of the following Specializations are suitable for this major:

  • Coaching
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Disability Studies
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Medical Fitness and Rehabilitation
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching



Students in this major have a passion for science and the human body. The desire to learn about the human body and how it functions during rest and physical activity would be foremost. Also, the desire to enter a profession centered on helping people in a medical, clinical, or laboratory setting are vital to a student's success. Exercise science students are motivated to help others and should possess strong communication skills.



Students in this major will learn the science of movement, human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, motor control, and to some degree health promotion. They will learn to incorporate their knowledge into a career in an allied health program or in a graduate program in kinesiology.


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