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B.S. Exercise Sciences

“Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders in the Health Sciences-Today”

Application Deadline Extended: June 30, 2018

Background:  Virtually every organism is dependent on movement in one form or another. With respect to humans, physical activity imposes unique stresses on a broad spectrum of cell types, tissues, and organ systems. In so doing, physical activity plays a key role in shaping fundamental biological processes necessary for maintaining health and preventing disease.

The goal of this unique program is to develop a small, highly talented pool of students who will become the future leaders that better explore

the connection between physical activity and organismal health, in both human and nonhuman species. Based on their participation in this major,  students will be well positioned to continue their postgraduate education in human or veterinary medicine, nursing, physical therapy, science education, biomedical engineering, and the biological sciences.

Distinctive features of the Major:  This is a highly integrative program that will provide students with the opportunity to work with physiologists, biologists, physicians, and engineers interested in better understanding the role of physical activity in shaping human health.

Sample Program for the Exercise Science Major

Aims and Objectives of the Major: Using the first two years of the biological science major as a foundation for this new proposed program, students will be admitted to the Exercise Sciences major at the start of their Junior year and enroll in a set of courses that will blend principles of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, and engineering into an educational program whereby students are introduced to the impact that physical activity/inactivity on human and nonhuman biology and under conditions of health and disease. Click on the Sample Program image to view the courses taken the years three and four.


University Requirements: SeGeneral Catalogue 

School Requirements: Biological Sciences 2A, 194S; Biological Sciences Core 93, 94, 97, 98, 99, 100; Chemistry1A-B-C, 1LC-LD or H2A-B-C, H2LA-LB-LC; Chemistry 51A-B-C, 51LB-LC or H52A-B- C, H52LA-LB; Mathematics 2A-B and either Statistics 7 or 8; Physics 3A-B-C, 3LB-LC or 7C-D-E, 7LC-LD.


A.   Required Major Courses: D103, E109, E117A-C, E136, E155, E170, E183, N110,

B.   Upper-Division Laboratories: E112L, M116L, and either N113L or M114L

Change of Major Requirements:
Students must complete: Biological Sciences 93, 94, 97, 98 and 99, Chemistry 1A,1B,1C, 1LC, 1LD, Chemistry 51A, 51B, 51LB, 51C, 51LC by the end of the second year at UCI. Minimum GPA: 3.0 in prerequisite science courses and cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Application Process to Declare the Major: 

Current Sophomores who meet the change of major requirements can apply to the Exercise Sciences major (deadline 7/30/2015). Interested Transfer Students should contact Jenna Bague-Sampson (see below) in the Biological Sciences Student Affairs Office to determine their eligibility.

To Apply:  Submit a Change of Major application via the Registrar’s StudentAccess portal. After your application is received, you will receive a supplemental application material from the Biological Sciences Student Affairs Office.

Review of applications and selection to the major by the Exercise Science Faculty Board will be completed in July.”

Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted. Transfer students interested in this major should consult with the Biological Sciences Student Affairs Office.

Application Deadline Extended: June 30, 2018

Questions regarding the BS in Exercise Sciences can be directed to either;

Dr. Nancy Aguilar-Roca
Program Director-Exercise Sciences major
email: Dr. Nancy Aguilar-Roca


Jenna Bague-Sampson
Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences Student Affairs
University of California, Irvine
1011 Biological Sciences III
Irvine, CA 92697-1460

Front: 949-824-5318  |  Direct: 949-824-0326  | E: jbague@uci.edu
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