Health & Exercise Science, B.S.

View Checksheet

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 122

Major Hours: 45

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B500

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science

Students interested in entering the HES undergraduate degree program must apply for matriculation into the upper division HES core curriculum. Final admission to HES is a competitive process that is based on the following criteria: prerequisite course GPA and combined retention GPA. Students will be selected for admission from a pool of applicants who have completed all prerequisite coursework, have both prerequisite and combined retention GPA of 2.75 or higher, and have submitted all required HES application materials. Please note that due to limited resources for this program not all students with the minimum 2.75 GPA are admitted. Depending on the number of applicants and their GPA distributions, the minimum GPA required for consideration may not be competitive and does not guarantee admission.

Admission to this major is a selective process. Not all students with the minimum 2.75 are admitted due to limited resources for this program. Contact the Department of Health & Exercise Science for information about the HES admission process.

A grade of C or better is required in all HES courses and in all major support requirements.

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
Health & Exercise Science
HES 2131Introduction to Health and Exercise Science1
HES 2823Introductory Nutrition3
HES 2913Personal Health3
HES 3513Health Promotion Program Planning3
HES 3563Lifestyle Intervention3
HES 3813Principles of Health and Fitness3
HES 3823Physiology of Exercise3
HES 3853Exercise Testing and Prescription3
or HES 4833 Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
HES 4503Principles of Community Health3
or HES 4573 Chronic Disease Intervention
HES 4953Senior Capstone (Core V)3
Choose 2 hours of lifetime skill activities courses from different content areas2
HES Electives
Choose 15 upper-division hours15
Total Credit Hours45

Major Support Requirements

CHEM 1315General Chemistry (Core II)5
or CHEM 1335 General Chemistry I: Signature Course
MATH 1503College Algebra (Core I, Math) (or higher)3
PSY 1113Elements of Psychology (Core III)3
SOC 1113Introduction to Sociology (Core III)3
BIOL 1124Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys4
BIOL 2124Human Physiology4
BIOL 2234Introduction to Human Anatomy4-5
or BIOL 2255 Human Anatomy
Total Credit Hours26-27

General Education and College Requirements

Courses graded P/NP will not apply

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/courses.

University-Wide General Education (minimum 40 hours) and College Requirements

Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Health & Exercise Science academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of Arts and Sciences, and Health & Exercise Science major requirements.

Students who have completed prerequisites and meet the minimum grade point average requirement must file an application to be admitted to the program. Because admission is competitive, not every applicant will be admitted.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
MATH 1503 College Algebra (Core I) (or higher) 3
PSY 1113 Elements of Psychology (Core III) 3
BIOL 1124 Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys (Core II) 4
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
HES Lifetime Skill Activity 1
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
CHEM 1315
General Chemistry (Core II)
or General Chemistry I: Signature Course
5
HES 2913 Personal Health 3
SOC 1113 Introduction to Sociology (Core III) 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore
First Semester
HES 2131 Introduction to Health and Exercise Science 1
HES 2823 Introductory Nutrition 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
BIOL 2234
Introduction to Human Anatomy
or Human Anatomy
4-5
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
BIOL 2124 Human Physiology 4
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
HES Major Elective, upper-division 3
HES Major Elective, upper-division 3
Intermediate Language 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
HES 3563 Lifestyle Intervention 3
HES 3813 Principles of Health and Fitness 3
HES 4503
Principles of Community Health
or Chronic Disease Intervention
3
HES Major Elective, upper-division 3
HES Lifetime Skill Activity 1
 Credit Hours13
Senior
First Semester
HES 3513 Health Promotion Program Planning 3
HES 3823 Physiology of Exercise 3
HES 3853
Exercise Testing and Prescription
or Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
HES 4953 Senior Capstone 3
HES Major Elective, upper-division 3
HES Major Elective, upper-division 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 1-2
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours122