Bachelors of Exercise and Sport Science


The Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) undergraduate program is a discipline encompassing several distinct areas including biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, and sport and exercise psychology.  Students will develop knowledge and skill in sport and fitness activities, apply knowledge about human movement systems from the various subdisciplines to fitness/wellness, and analyze and evaluate human performance of individuals in various age groups and at fitness levels. Competency in these areas enables the student to use and apply these skills in a variety of careers in adult fitness, corporate fitness settings, exercise therapy, entrepreneurial pursuits, and cardiac and physical rehabilitation.  Additional certifications may be needed for some areas within these specializations.

Exercise scientists tend to specialize in a variety of career fields, please see the following list:

Program Overview

Our program is a Bachelor of Science degree and requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including General Education. Students must earn grades of "C" or better in all courses in these categories, including Biology 2870. A 2.5 grade point average in all professional preparation courses is required for graduation.  When a student is admitted into our program, advising is handled by Academic Services

Admission Requirements

Admission questions should be directed to the Office of Academic Services, College of Education, 489 Education, phone (313) 577-1601.

To Apply to Wayne State University and become a Warrior

To declare or change your major to Exercise and Sport Science, complete the below online application:

Application to Request a Major Change

To request an override into an ESS course please use the links below:

Request an Override into a Kinesiology Course

Non- KIN majors, please use the form below when requesting an override into KIN 3580 (Biomechanics) or KIN 6300 (Exercise Physiology I):

Non- KIN Major Override Request Form

Plan of Work