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

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.

Aims and Objectives of the Major: Using the first two years of the biological science major as a foundation, 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.

Our students are passionate about sharing their experiences with everyone and the created the Exercise Sciences and Physiology student club!

To apply

Submit a Change of Major application via the Registrar’s StudentAccess portal by June 24, 2019.

Once your eligibility is confirmed you will receive a supplemental application. The supplemental will be due July 1, 2019. Decisions will be made by July 12.


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. Minimum GPA: 3.0 in prerequisite science courses.

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.

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

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


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

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