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Exercise Science BS/MPH - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 08.35 PHYSICAL ED METHODOLOGY, CIP: 26.0908 Exercise Physiology)

Completing the Exercise Science BS/MPH Program

Academic Requirements

Students in the BS/MPH program are required to maintain a GPA of 3.000 while in the undergraduate portion of the program. 

Students that do not maintain a minimum GPA of 3.000 will not be allowed to continue in the combined BS/MPH program but may continue in the BS degree program.

All students in the BS/MPH program will be required to receive a grade of "B" or better in the following required graduate public health and epidemiology classes to continue in the program:

Academic Advice

To be eligible for the BS/MPH program, students must have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.000 and no grade in prerequisite courses below C (refer to above section on Applying to the Program). Students may be accepted into the BS/MPH program as freshmen if they enter UB  in the University Honors Program and meet the requirements to remain in that program.

Retention Criteria: Students who fail to meet the minimum academic requirements for the BS/MPH program will not be allowed to continue in the combined program but have the option to continue in the BS in ES degree program. Refer to the BS in Exercise Science concentrations for academic requirements for the undergraduate program.

Transfer Credit Policy

All prerequisite coursework taken at other institutions must articulate to UB as equivalent courses. Courses that do not articulate to UB will not count towards the requirements for the BS/MPH Program.  Refer to TAURUS for information on courses at other schools that are equivalent to UB courses.

Residency Requirement

Prerequisite Courses

CHE 101 General Chemistry I LEC and CHE 113 General Chemistry I LAB
CHE 102 General Chemistry II LEC and CHE 114 General Chemistry II LAB
ES 200 Introduction to Exercise Science
ES 207 Human Form and Function OR APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy and APY 346 Dissections in Comparative Primate Anatomy
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 131 Mathematical Analysis for Management or MTH 141 College Calculus I
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 102 College Physics II
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
PHY 152 College Physics II Lab
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
PUB 101 Intro to Public Health
STA 119 Statistical Methods

To enroll in MTH 121, MTH 131, and/or MTH 141, all students complete ULC 147 and/or ULC 148 as appropriate and/or achieve the required ALEKS score. If a student is receiving TAP or Excelsior awards please note that ULC 147 or ULC 148 will count for elective credit up to the number of credits each student still has available in their degree program.

Required Courses

Required Courses for the Major:

ES 300 Theory of Athletic Injury
ES 310 Practical Applications in Exercise Science
ES 330 Lifespan Physiology OR NTR 402 Lifecycle Nutrition
ES 340 Physical Activity for Special Cases
ES 342 Neuroscience I
ES 370 Biomechanics
ES 380 Exercise Physiology
ES 381 Exercise Physiology Lab
ES 402 Exercise Nutrition
ES 410 Exercise Assessment and Prescription
ES 442 Intro to Ex Sci Lab Techniques
ES 496 Practicum
NTR 461 Special Topics
PAS 407 Gross Anatomy

Required Graduate Courses:

CHB 501 Study of Health Behaviors
CHB 507 Public Health Professionalism and Teamwork 
CHB 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health
EEH 501 Epidemiology Principles
EEH 502 Advanced Methodology
EEH 530 Health care Organization
EEH 544 Field Training
EEH 550 Environmental Health
EEH 573 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
EEH 590 Leadership, Collaboration and Negotiation in Public Health
EEH 630 Culminating Project 
STA 527LEC Statistical Analysis I
STA 528 Statistical Analysis II

Students must also participate in one Interprofessional Forum at some point during their MPH program. Forum participation requires 2.5 hours and is non-credit-bearing. Forums are offered at least one time per semester


  • 6 credits of undergraduate level ES electives
  • 9 credits of graduate level epidemiology electives

Approved Undergraduate Electives:

*Students can only use one Biochemistry course towards their elective requirement.

Departmental Honors Requirements

The ENS department award of program distinction is based on the UB GPA for the program (major GPA). A minimum of 50% of credits for the major program must be completed at UB. The department requires a minimum of 3.200 for “with distinction”; 3.500 for “with high distinction”; and 3.750 for “with highest distinction.”

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Exercise Science BS/MPH degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)94
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)46
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  17
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 157

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jul 15, 2021 08:26:57