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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Exercise Science Events, Internships & News

Keep up to date with the latest on:

  • Conferences and events related to exercise science
  • Internships and job postings


**MS Exercise Physiology Graduate Program**

Join the Exercise is Medicine Club!!!

 Faculty Advising Requests

You can find the name of your faculty advisor on the top of your Degree Audit Report (DARS). Make an appointment with your faculty advisor through MavConnect at



Applying to the Major

If you have at least 32 credits or are in your 3rd or 4th semester, it is most likely time to apply 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. 

The application for Spring 2019 is now open. The application is due March 1st and you will be notified of accecptance by March 15th.

Spring 2019 Ex Sci Application to the Major

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. You can apply to the major using either sets of requirements. 

Old Requirements

  1. Completion of at least 32 credits. 
  2. A minimum cummulatice GPA of 2.75.
  3. A minimum grade of a C- in BIOL 330. 

Updated Requirements

  1. Completion of at least 32 credits. 
  2. A minimum cummulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. A minimum grade of a C- in BIOL 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 Track: HP 265].



  • You must be enrolled in HP 496 while you are completing your internship or observation hours. 
  • You need to apply for permission to register for HP 496. Complete this application and submit it to your advisor. 
  • At the end of each semester, regardless of how many hours you have completed, you will submit your hours tracking sheet and reflection to your advisor. 
  • HP 496 Internship/Observation Hours Log 
  • 1 credit = 50 hours, You can register for 1, 2, or 3 credits in different semesters. 
  • If you are applying to PT/OT/AT schools, you can use observation hours toward your internship hours but you cannot bring in past observation hours.  

  [PDF] General Track HP 496 Internship Application (80 KiB)

[PDF] Pre PT Track HP 496 Internship/Observation Application (99 KiB)


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

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.

B.S. Exercise Science Program Requirement (Both Tracks) [PDF] (123 KiB)

MavPlans for Exericse Science and both General and PrePT Tracks

[PDF]  Blank MavPlan (247 KiB)

Got a question???




Course Permissions- Who to Ask?!?!?

If you cannot register for a course, look at the error you receive. 

Upper Level Permission - Your advisor

Pre-Requsite Permission - The instructor listed for the course

Early registration code - The department where you qualify for early registration (athletics, VA, etc.)

If you have less than 31 credits, you will need to atend a College Group Advising session to receive your registration code. 

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. 

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 official 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. 

Starting Fall 2019 - HP 403w will only be offered in the Spring and HP 392 will only be offerend in the Fall.  




Exercise Science Faculty (2018-2019)

Jessica Albers, PhD
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator
Office: HCN 173; Phone: (507) 389-6715

Corey Selland, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: HCN 173; Phone: (507) 389-6715

Jeremy Frost, PhD
Assistant Professor, Lab Coordinator
Office HC 1300A; Phone (507)389- 2679

Amy Brugge, EdD, LAT, CHDA
Assistant Professor
Office HN 180; Phone (507)389-1917

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


Graduate Assistants and Research Assistants (2018-2019)

Lindsey Lentz – Graduate Assistant at United Hospital

Austin Witt – Graduate Assistant at South Central College

Max Rasmussen – Lab Teaching Assistant

Jake Kostuck – Lab Teaching Assistant

Kelsey Carpenter – Graduate Student Internship Coordinator

Zach Erickson – Graduate Student Program Advisor

Sabrina Gonzalez – Graduate Assistant MSU Volleyball

Christian Goetz – Graduate Assistant MSU Athletic Training

Hunter Eisenhower – Graduate Assistant MSU Strength and Conditioning

Cassandra Adamson – Graduate Assistant MSU Athletic Training

Bretta Gonzales – Graduate Assistant MSU Campus Recreation

Emily Moore – Graduate Assistant MSU Swimming and Diving

Updated Sept 2018