Exercise Science (ES) includes courses in anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, and motor development. 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.
Program Admission Requirements
Students will be required to have an overall 2.5000 minimum GPA in order to transfer to the Exercise Science major. If admitted to the Exercise Science major, students are required to maintain a 2.5000 GPA in their KHE Core and Cognate courses to remain in the program. Students who do not maintain this GPA will be placed on academic probation for one semester. If they do not meet the criteria after one semester, they will be dismissed from the program.
Health Professions Preparation
Many students majoring in Exercise Science are interested in pursuing one of the many allied health professions after graduation. These students must complete their Exercise Science degree requirements, plus the prerequisites for the allied health profession of their choice. With careful planning, it is very possible for our majors to graduate in four years while also completing all of their allied health profession prerequisites. For more information on allied health professions, please visit the Health Professions Office.
Certificate, Minors, Specializations, and Tracks
Students in Exercise Science are required to choose a certificate, track, minor or specialization to complete their degree requirements.
Certificates and Minors
The University of Texas at Austin offers various programs that allow students to choose from a set of courses in order to focus on an area of study in addition to their major. Beginning with the 2016-2018 catalog, Certificates and minors are recognized on transcripts. University-wide requirements and the available options can be found in the university's Undergraduate Catalog.
Students interested in furthering their education in Kinesiology and Health are encouraged to choose a specialization. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers seven specializations. For details, please visit our KHE Specializations page.
Tracks do NOT appear on UT Austin transcripts or diplomas; they are reflected only on a student's profile record and degree audit. Most tracks consist of 15 hours, 6 of which must be upper-division. Learn more about the available tracks.
Foreign Language Requirement
Students majoring in Exercise Science prior to 2014 may choose one of three options to fulfill the foreign language requirements.
- complete second semester proficiency at the college level in any language other than English,
- take an exam to reach second semester proficiency in any language other than English,
- complete three of the foreign language substitution courses from our approved list.
Students majoring in Exercise Science after 2014 are only required to complete a foreign language requirement if they do not have two or more years of foreign language in high school. Students without two years of high school foreign language coursework must earn credit for the second college-level course in a foreign language; this credit does not count towards the degree.
Please see the above degree plans for more information.