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Candidacy Information

Achieving candidacy is the formal acceptance in to the Exercise Science Program. Candidacy must be obtained before taking most 400 level courses in the program. Ideally, you should be applying for candidacy by the end of your sophomore year or one year after transferring into the program. To receive candidacy in the Exercise Science Program you must meet the following criteria.

  1. The following classes must be completed with a “B-” grade or better (a “C+“ will not suffice):

    BIO 105 (or 110/111): Intro. to Biology for Non-majors (or Intro. to Biology I with Lab)
    CHEM 120 (or 121/122): Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry (or Gen. Chem. I with Lab)
    PHY 221: Mechanics, Sound, and Heat
    SPMD 144: Intro. to Exercise Science
    SPMD 201: Human Anatomy
    SPMD 202: Human Physiology
    SPMD 300: Physiology of Exercise

    Note: if you intend to graduate in four years, these classes should be completed in your first 45-60 hours.

    An overall GPA of 2.8 is required.
  2. When steps 1 and 2 are fulfilled, an application for candidacy (candidacy application) should be obtained from the program coordinator, completed and submitted to your program advisor. You may apply for candidacy by the end of the semester you’re taking your last pre-candidacy class(es), however candidacy will not be granted until final grades are received. Included in the application should be a one to two page biographical sketch describing your background, why you chose to enter the field of Exercise Science, career goals and any other information pertinent to your candidacy application.
  3. Your program advisor will either recommend or not recommend your application for candidacy and then forward to the program coordinator for confirmation.
    • If both agree you should be admitted to candidacy, your name will be submitted to the Records and Registration office and your major status will be changed from “Intent” to “Candidate”.
    • If there is a disagreement as to your admittance, an interview will be scheduled with the Exercise Science faculty to better assess your application.
    • If both agree you should not be admitted to candidacy, or following the interview process your application is denied, you will be notified within three days and given the option of either taking additional classes to improve your GPA or retake candidacy-required courses to achieve acceptable grades in these classes.
  4. Please note that you cannot be approved for an internship site until you have completed all Candidacy courses in the Exercise Science Program.

Additional questions?

Andrew Cornett
Undergraduate Program Coordinator - Exercise Science
School of Health Promotion & Human Performance
319L Porter Building

The Exercise Science Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.2824