The Exercise Science program is designed to prepare students for careers in public, private, hospital, and corporate wellness programs, industrial and cardiac rehabilitation programs as well as fitness and conditioning programs.

exercise science studentsThe student will also be well prepared for graduate study in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Program Goals

The goals of the Lander University Exercise Science Major prepare students to be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss major factors in the evolution of the field of exercise science from its early historical roots to its present position in exercise related careers;
  2. Describe and apply bioscience (anatomical, physiological/biochemical, and biomechanical) concepts and changes occurring in the human organism to physical activity, conditioning, and health-related fitness across the lifespan;
  3. Describe and utilize a variety of methods, techniques, and procedures to assess the health related components of fitness and subsequently develop appropriate exercise prescriptions that address physical activity, conditioning, and health-related fitness in diverse populations;
  4. Understand the scientific method of conducting research and possess the ability to utilize discipline-based research in order to analyze the validity of health-related consumer information; and
  5. Exhibit professional dispositions in the exercise-related community conducive to promoting healthy lifestyles.



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

Humanities and Fine Arts


Behavioral and Social Perspectives 6
MATH 211 3
Approved Lab Science 4
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Approved Mathematics 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0
PEES 175 2
PEES 176 1
General Education Elective (Global Issues and Cultures) 3
Approved General Education Electives2


Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation


PEES 210 or BIOL 202 4
PEES 219 3
PEES 310 3
PEES 311 4
PEES 341 3
PEES 362 3
PEES 406 3
PEES 490 3
PEES 491 3


PEES 144 1
100-level Sports/Fitness 1
100-level Sports/Fitness 1
PEES 202 3
PEES 283 1
PEES 308 3
PEES 326 3
PEES 330 3
PEES 402 3
PEES 499 1
CIS 101 3
SPCH 101 3
Total Major Program Requirements 55
Additional Electives 25
  • Students following the PT/OT concentration should take PSYC 101, MATH 121, BIOL 111, and BIOL 202. Students not following the PT/OT concentration may take any general education course that satisfies each of the general education requirements for the University and may take either PEES 210 or BIOL 202 for the core requirement.
  • PEES 210 or BIOL 202 is a prerequisite for admission into Level II of the Exercise Science program, along with a minimum cumulative Lander GPA of 2.75.
  • Students following the PT/OT concentration should speak with an advisor regarding the specific electives required to meet Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy prerequisites.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses