Physical Education Major - Emphasis in Exercise Science

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Exercise Science emphasis area within the Department of Health and Physical Education, a student must be accepted as a student by North Georgia and meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Complete 40 semester hours of credit with an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher;
  2. Complete all courses in Area A (Essential Skills) classes, BIOL 2250 and BIOL 2251 with a grade of "C" or better. All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed no later than the conclusion of the spring semester;
  3. Complete a request for a criminal background check (admission may be revoked if serious offenses are found); and
  4. Complete an application for admission to the Exercise Science emphasis area including an up-to-date copy of your college transcript and personal resume. Applications will be received in January of each year for the following fall semester admittance (application deadline information is posted on the Health and Physical Education - Exercise Science web site).
  5. Complete an interview with the Exercise Science Admissions Committee.

All students entering into the Exercise Science emphasis area must be accepted before beginning any professionally-based coursework. A completed application must be submitted during the sophomore year and approved prior to admission to the Exercise Science emphasis area. Also, a copy of the student's college transcript, their resume and the Criminal Background Check Consent form (form can be notarized upon receipt) must be included with the application. An unofficial or "student" transcript copy is sufficient. Furthermore, admission is required prior to enrollment in the following upper division classes: PHED 3350, 3380, 3380L, 4420, 4430, 4430L, 4470, 4480, and 4490.

Once a year, complete applications will be accepted the beginning of January with a deadline for application submission in February for the following fall semester admittance. Candidates whose applications have met all admissions criteria will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Exercise Science Admissions Committee. After all interviews are completed, the Admissions Committee will select up to 24 qualified students for admittance into the program. All applicants will receive a letter indicating their status, whether it be accepted, provisionally accepted, or denied. Qualified students not selected for admittance will be ranked and placed on a waiting list. Provisionally accepted students that fail to meet the qualifications will have their acceptance letter withdrawn and the first qualified applicant on the waiting list will be considered for admittance.

Retention in Exercise Science Emphasis Area

One important aspect of the Exercise Science emphasis area is the constant vigilance exercised by the faculty involved to ensure that standards of quality are maintained. The following standards must be maintained for continued retention in the emphasis area:

  1. Compliance with rules and regulations prescribed for all students at North Georgia;
  2. Adherence to the Code of Ethics of the Professional Practices Commission;
  3. Completion of all courses in the academic major with an academic grade of "C" or better;
  4. Demonstration of competence in the use of oral and written language; and
  5. Maintenance of an overall grade point average of 2.75 as required for emphasis area admission.

Probation and Suspension

Students may be placed on probation and/or suspension if they fail to comply with the standards for retention in the Exercise Science emphasis area. Two consecutive semesters or sessions on probation will result in suspension from the Exercise Science emphasis area. In addition, a student will not be allowed to register for PHED 4490 (Internship: Exercise Science) until the standards for retention in the Exercise Science emphasis area are met. Due to the sensitive nature of working with both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals in various fitness settings (i.e., clinical, corporate, commercial, and community), this policy will be strictly enforced.


Students denied admission to or continuance in the Exercise Science emphasis area may appeal the decision to the School of Education's Student Admissions and Recognition Committee. Appeals must be made in writing and should clearly state why an exception should be made. An adverse decision by the dean may be appealed in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose decision shall be final.


For the most recent information on current Exercise Science policies and procedures, please review the North Georgia Exercise Science emphasis area web site (under Academics/Academic Majors/Physical Education – Emphasis in Exercise Science).

Core Curriculum Requirements

60 Hours

All baccalaureate programs at North Georgia have as a requirement the satisfactory completion of at least 60 semester credit hours comprising the six areas of the core curriculum. A complete description of Areas A-E of the core curriculum can be found in Core Curriculum. Individual degree programs may specify exceptions and/or particular courses which must be taken within each Area A-E of the core curriculum. Those exceptions and/or course requirements and Area F of the core curriculum are shown below.

Area A

no exceptions

Area B

no exceptions

Area C

no exceptions

Area D

no exceptions

Area E

no exceptions

Area F. Courses Appropriate to Major

18 Hours

BIOL 2250

4 hours

BIOL 2251

4 hours

Business Elective (2000 level)

3 hours, if not taken in Area E

COMM 1110

3 hours, if not taken in Area C

PHED 2000

3 hours

Approved Elective

1 hour

Physical Education Courses

18 hours

PHED 3012, 3014, 3023

2 hours each

PHED 3360, 4405, 4450, 4460

3 hours each

Exercise Science Courses

33 hours

PHED 3380, 4430

2 hours each

PHED 3305, 3350, 4420, 4470, 4480

3 hours each



PHED 3380L, 4430L

1 hour each

PHED 4490

12 hours

Other Requirements

9 hours

ATEP 2335

3 hours

MATH 2400

3 hours, if not taken in Area D

Approved Electives

3 hours

*Program requires a student to hold current CPR (American Red Cross Community CPR/American Heart Association CPR) & Basic First Aid Certification (American Red Cross/American Heart Association) during his/her internship experience.

Requirements in addition to the 120 hours:

Regents' Skills Test or exemption (must be taken during the first semester)

U.S. and Georgia Constitution & History requirement

Military Science requirement for military students

12 hours