Providing a valuable background in human performance, metabolic and muscular systems, and exercise testing protocols

This minor in the Department of Exercise Science prepares students for certifications in strength and personal/corporate fitness, or graduate studies in applied exercise, exercise science or physiology, kinesiology, and physical therapy. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in 2 or more advanced areas of focus within exercise science and human performance.

Minor Requirements

The Exercise Science minor requires 18 credits, including 2 required courses and 4 electives. Please note that both Anatomy and Physiology I & II are prerequisites for many courses in the minor. Classes include introductions to exercise science, human motion, athletic injuries, worksite health, aging, pathophysiology, obesity and body composition, cardiac rehabilitation, conditioning, and exercise testing. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

Student Organizations

The WHEEL Club was formed in order to bring people with common interests in Wellness, Health, and Exercise together so they could expand their knowledge of possible career paths and benefit the surrounding community through education and services in health related fields. WHEEL Club events have included kickball tournaments, meditation sessions, tours of Manley Field House (one of Syracuse University’s athletic facilities), and community service opportunities. The club brings in several guest speakers each semester with exercise-based and health care occupations to speak about their professions, run activities, and lecture about topics of interest. Recent speakers have had backgrounds in exercise science, strength and conditioning, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, athletic training, stress management, and more. If you are interested in joining WHEEL Club, or have any questions, you can contact us through All are welcome!

Getting Admitted

If you are interesting in declaring a minor, talk to your advisor in your home school or college to see if you have enough room for the courses, a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, and complete a Declaration of Minor form.

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