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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Exercise Science

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Exercise Science Events, Internships & News

Keep up to date with the latest on:

- conferences and events related to exercise science

- internship and job postings

Applying to the Major

Complete the Application to the Exercise Science Major

Both general and pre-PT tracks will use the same application. You can choose either of the 2 application guidelines and they are described in the application. You will need to upload an unoffical transcript at the end of your application. 

Application Due March 1st.

Decisions are emailed to students by March 16th. 

The Exercise Science major requires a separate application process. Acceptance into the major gives you permanent upper level division permission to enroll in 300-400 level courses. Applications will only be reviewed twice a year with the deadlines of October 1st and March 1st. There are new minimum requirements for all students on the Spring 2018-current bulletins. These new requirements were put in place to have students apply to the major earlier, make the transition to upper level classes more seamless, and move students through the progression of classes with 12+ credit semesters. If you are on a bulletin (check the upper right corner of your DARS) before Spring 2018, you can apply to the major using the old or updated requirements. The new requirements would allow you to apply while you are enrolled in BIO 330 and the old ones require a C in BIO 330. The next application will open February 1st and be posted here.

Old Requirements

1. Completion of at least 32 credits.
2. A minimum cumulative GAP of 2.75.
3. A minimum grade of a C in BIO 330.

Updates ES Major Minimum Requirements

1. Completion of at least 32 credits.
2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
3. A minimum grade of C- inBIO 220. 
4. A minimum grade of a C- in CHEM 111 or  CHEM 201.
5. A minimum grade of a C in MATH 112 or  MATH 115. 
6. Completed or currently enrolled in:  [General Track- HP 291 and HP 160] or  [Pre-PT- HP 265].


***Updated Advising Resources*** With information on HP course pre-reqs, course sequencing, and what you need to apply to the major. 

B.S. Exercise Science Program Requirement (Both Tracks)

[PDF] (123 KiB)

Academic Map for General Track Emphasis

[PDF] (41 KiB)

Academic Map for Pre-PT Track

[PDF] (41 KiB)

Got a question???


Registration for Summer 2018 Opens 3/19

Registration for Fall 2018 Opens 4/2

HP 403W and HP 392 will be offered both semesters for the 2018-2019 academic year. For the 2019-2020 year, HP 392 will only be offered in the Fall and HP 403W will only be offered in the Spring.

Internship Permission 

The major requires 3 credits of HP 496 internship. Each credit represents 50 hours of internship therefore you need to complete 150 internship hours. You must enroll in HP 496 during the semester you are completing your hours. 

Pre-PT/OT/AT students may use observation hours towards their internship credits. Send a document (including the location, contact information, goals, and objectives of your observation hours) to your advisor. The observation hours will be approved nad you will be given permission to register. You will log all of your observation hours using the HP 496 Hours Log and through your online application system for graduate school (example PTCAS). If you are not 100% on a specific grad school, we highly reccomend you combine observation hours with a hands on internship to help with a potential job search. 

General Track Students must complete the internships application to be approved and get permission to register for HP 496. Please complete the form and email it to your advisor along with your tech id. 

[PDF] Internship Application (204 KiB) for General and Pre-PT Tracks. 

You can split your 3 credits (150 hours) across semesters. You need to complete an application for each semester you want to enroll in HP 496. 

Use the HP 496 Internship/Observation Hours Log to keep track of your hours. You will submit this log at the end of the semester. 

Please include your tech id with your internship application. 

 Course Permissions- Who to Ask?!?!?

If you can't register for a course, look at the error message you receive. 

Upper Level Permission - Your advisor
Pre-Requsite Permission - The instructor listed for the course
To add or remove and minor:
Sports Medicine - Your advisor
Coaching -Your advisor
Psychology - The Psychology Department


You need to apply for graduation at the begining of your last year of classes.
Registering to walk at commencement is a seperate process than applying for graduation. Make sure you complete both. 
You can appeal to walk at commencement even if you have a few credits left to fullfill.
All of the information and applications are located on the Graduation Services website.

**Note on Course Offerings**

Starting August 2018, HP 392 will only be offered in the Fall and HP 403W will only be offered in the Spring. 


The college advising team is working on reassigning advisors to all students. While this continues, you can see Dr. Albers, Dr. Visser, or Dr. Frost for assistance. Know that if we are not assigned as your offical advisor (listed at the top of your DARS) we do not have digital access to your DARS and you will need to bring it with you. 

Students with less than 30 credits or those not yet ready to apply to the major are assigned to the College Advising Office. The College SRC also remains co-listed as an advisor for students pursuing Pre-PT, Pre-OT, or those not meeting academic standards. 

About the program
Program Highlights (pdf) (broken link)
Scholarships/research support (pdf) (broken link)


Program Overview: our BS in exercise science is regarded as one of the top programs in the country. We cater to students with wide range of interests. Our program prepares students for certifications offered by the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Faculty (2017-2018)

Dr. Jessica Albers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: HCN 170; Phone: (507)-389-1471
Interest/Research: physical activity and fitness assessment in youth populations, development and evaluation of physical activity after-school programs, jump rope programs for youth, high intensity interval training, physical activity interventions for special populations



Dr. Mary F. Visser, PhD
Professor and FA President
Office: HCN 181; Phone: (507)-389-2672

GraduateAssistants, Research Assistants,
Graduate Adjuncts (2017-2018)

Dylan Hofstad - Teaching Assistant Viola Holdbrook Laboratory

Slater Powell - Teaching Assistant Viola Holdbrook Laboratory
Jacob Gallagher - Teaching Assistant Viola Holdbrook Laboratory
Kate Weed - Research Assistant Force Science Institute
Emily Novak - Research Assistant Force Science Institute
Mike Kantor - Teaching Assistant MSU Anatomy and Physiology
Alex Hartman - MSU Athletic Training
Courtney Ferry - MSU Athletic Training
Spencer Klevan - MSU Fitness and Wellness
Lindsey Lentz - Graduate Assistanship United Hospital

Austin Witt - Graduate Assistantship South Central College



Contacting the HP Lab GA’s

GA Office is in Highland Center Rm 1300. The phone number is (507)-389-5988

Updated Dec. 2017