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Health status has been shown to be related to many factors including illness and disease, but it’s also related to lifestyle, environmental exposures, social status, cultural affiliation, spiritual belief and access to health services. Our Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science offers the foundation for you to use strategies to help others reduce health risks and increase overall health, as well as evaluate and advocate for policies that influence public health for the common good. In Jesuit education it’s known as Cura Personalis. To our students it means looking at all aspects that affect individuals’ and communities’ health including social justice issues along with each individual’s unique circumstances, challenges and gifts. Be a change agent; help others make the most of their health by improving their well-being physically, mentally and socially.

Our Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science combines the following principles to optimize physical, mental and social wellbeing: behavioral health, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, nutrition, and psychology of sport.

Within the major, you will be taught by our 100% doctoral prepared School of Physical Therapy faculty; our professors are not just health care experts – they are compassionate, influential teachers, health care providers and policy makers.

The HES degree lays the foundation for careers in health and wellness, personal training or community health.  Careers include Exercise Physiologists, Exercise Specialists, Personal Trainers, Fitness Center Managers, Health Coaches, and Wellness Directors.  In addition to the course work included in this degree, there’s an optional internship for you to gain practical experience in community health, individual fitness or health policy settings.

Degree: Four-year degree including 120 semester hours includes preparation for the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) exercise specialist certification. With specific advising and use of electives, you can fulfill specific prerequisite coursework to enter professional post-baccalaureate programs in Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology and a variety of other health care fields.

Format:一道本不卡免费高清 Full-time study on our campus in Denver, Colorado with classes Monday-Friday.

Minor Option: A minor in Health and Exercise Science is offered and is compatible with a number of undergraduate majors, including Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology. Courses in the minor develop theoretical and practical knowledge related to the biological, mechanical, and behavioral basis for movement. The minor is designed so that students will experience the multidisciplinary foundations of human exercise and movement. Students who include the Health and Exercise Science minor in their education will be able to apply this knowledge to strategies designed to improve and optimize physical performance. The Health and Exercise Science minor, offered through the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, School of Physical Therapy is open to all Regis University students. The four required courses (12 semester hours) in the minor are upper division courses that may be taken in any sequence and are offered on our main campus in Denver, Colorado. The minor includes the following courses: HES 420 Functional Anatomy, HES 430 Physiology of Exercise, HES 440 Concepts of Motor Behavior, HES 450 Biomechanics of Exercise.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science (HES) program at Regis University. The total degree requires 120 semester hours.

RCC 200 Writing Analytically 3 semester hours
Literature/Humanities/Oral and Written Communication
(Speech Communication Recommended)
6 semester hours
Natural Science/Mathematics/Computer Science
PH 202A General Physics with Trigonometry I 3 semester hours
PH 205A General Physics Lab with Trigonometry I 1 semester hour
NS 260 Introduction to Brain and Behavior 3 semester hours
NS 261 Introduction to Brain and Behavior Lab 1 semester hour
BL 260 Principles of Biology: Molecular and Cellular 3 semester hours
BL 261 Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory 1 semester hour
Philosophy Elective 3 semester hours
HCE 445 Ethics and Health 3 semester hours
Religious Studies
Religious Studies 6 semester hours
Social Science/Economics/Business
PY 250 General Psychology 3 semester hours
PY 461 Developmental Psychology: Adult 3 semester hours
SO 200 Introduction to Sociology 3 semester hours
Social Science/Economics/Business Elective 3 Semester Hours
NR 350 Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition 3 semester hours
MT 260 Pre-Calculus 3 semester hours
PH 202B General Physics with Trigonometry II 3 semester hours
PH 205B General Physics Lab with Trigonometry II 1 semester hour
General Electives 14 semester hours
Lower Division Major Requirements
HES 210 Introduction to Health and Exercise Science (3 semester hours)
HES 311 Research Design and Statistics (3 semester hours)
HES 374 Applied Human Anatomy (3 semester hours)
HES 375 Applied Human Anatomy Laboratory (1 semester hours)
HES 376 Applied Human Physiology (3 semester hours)
HES 377 Applied Human Physiology Laboratory (1 semester hours)
Upper Division Major Requirements
HES 420 Functional Anatomy (3 semester hours)
HES 421 Functional Anatomy Laboratory (1 semester hour)
NS 485 Functional Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy (3 semester hours)
NR 486 Functional Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy Laboratory (1 semester hour)
HES 430 Physiology of Exercise (3 semester hours)
HES 431 Physiology of Exercise Laboratory (1 semester hour)
HES 440 Concepts of Motor Behavior (3 semester hours)
HES 441 Concepts of Motor Behavior Laboratory (1 semester hours)
HES 418 Psychosocial Aspects of Health (3 semester hours)
HES 434 Exercise Prescription (3 semester hours)
HES 435 Exercise Prescription Laboratory (1 semester hour)
HES 438 Nutrition Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours)
HES 450 Biomechanics of Exercise (3 semester hours)
HES 451 Biomechanics of Exercise Laboratory (1 semester hour)
HCA 432 Leadership and Management in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)

Complete 12 semester hours of HES elective courses from one of the tracks below.

Community Health Coaching and Exercise Electives (Track A)

HES 439 Management of Exercise (3 semester hours)
HES 460 Community Health Assessment (3 semester hours)
HES 465 Management in Health Settings (3 semester hours)
HES 470 Perspectives on Global Health (3 semester hours)
HES 472 Society and Culture in Health (3 semester hours)
HCA 440 Health Coaching (3 semester hours)

Natural and Behavioral Science Electives (Track B)

PY 459 Developmental Psychology: Childhood (3 semester hours)
PY 460 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence (3 semester hours)
PY 471 Abnormal Psychology (3 semester hours)
BL 414 Principles of Genetics (3 semester hours)
BL 415 Genetics Laboratory (1 semester hours)
HES 490E-W Independent Study in Health and Exercise Science (3 semester hours)
HES 498E-W Internship in Health and Exercise Science (3 semester hours)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

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Admission Criteria

This degree is a four year degree consisting of 128 semester hours of coursework.  Anyone interested in pursuing a degree in health promotion and disease prevention may be interested in this option. High school student or students with prior college credit are eligible to apply.  All students interested in declaring Health and Exercise Science as a major are welcome to pursue the degree assuming they are in good academic standing as defined in the bulletin relative to RHCHP students.

Graduates will be prepared to develop and implement health promotion programs that improve health behaviors and enhance the well‑being of their clients at an individual, group and societal level.

The primary academic pillars of this degree include biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, psychological aspects of exercise, and nutrition.

Application Process

Students interested in pursuing a B.S. in Health & Exercise Science will begin as a Regis College student. After completing the necessary prerequisite coursework, they are eligible to progress into their program curriculum offered through Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.

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What does this degree prepare me to do? 

一道本不卡免费高清This degree prepares you for employment in community clinics, private and resort based health and fitness centers, college and university student and employee health centers, government agencies, private wellness and health promotion counseling firms, insurance companies and worksite health promotion centers.

Does this degree prepare me for application to Physical Therapy programs? 

With specific advising and use of electives, students can fulfill specific prerequisite coursework to apply to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs either at Regis University or elsewhere.

Who teaches the courses? 

Faculty from Regis College teach the first two years of prerequisite courses and the School of Physical Therapy faculty teach  the upper division courses of the BS in Health and Exercise Science degree.

Do I get special consideration if I want to apply to Regis University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program?

一道本不卡免费高清Students that attend Regis University and complete the Health and Exercise Science degree are given additional consideration in the DPT application review process, but we do not guarantee admission to these students.


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