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Exercise science is a major in the College of Education focused on the science of human body movement. The major courses in exercise science include motor development, anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor control. 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.

Declare This Major

Students interested in the Exercise Science major will enter the College of Education as an Applied Movement Science major. The College of Education has established specific GPA requirements that students must meet in order to transfer into the Kinesiology and Health majors. View the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education internal transfer policy for additional information.

**Getting admitted to Applied Movement Science and completing all the prerequisite classes does not guarantee you a spot in Exercise Science.**

Students that meet all the internal transfer criteria can declare Applied Movement Science as their major with the intention of applying to Exercise Science by discussing it with an academic advisor in the College of Education. Once a student completes all the prerequisite classes, they will apply submit an application by the May 1 deadline for Fall entry or the December 1 deadline for Spring entry.

Students must complete or be enrolled in the following prerequisite courses prior to "officially" applying to Exercise Science:

  • M 408C, M408K, or M408N
  • CH 301
  • BIO 311C
  • PHY 302K and PHY 102M
  • KIN 310

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

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 seven specializations available to kinesiology and health students.

Any of the following Specializations are suitable for this major:

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

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


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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