Requirements and Curriculum

Promotion to Professional Sequence

Our bachelor’s program consists of a two-year prerequisite phase followed by a two-year professional training sequence.

You will submit a Promotion to Professional Sequence application in January of the spring semester you plan to have all prerequisite coursework completed to continue in one of the following tracks or programs:

Promotion to professional sequence is competitive and is limited to the top 120 students based on performance in the prerequisite courses.

Once accepted, you will enter the professional training sequence the summer before your junior year with a course in gross human anatomy.

Core Curriculum

Our prerequisite courses cover nutrition, psychology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, anatomy and human physiology.

Our professional sequence coursework includes gross human anatomy; athletic injury; exercise assessment, prescription and programming; neuroscience; exercise physiology; exercise nutrition; lifespan physiology, biomechanics and applications in exercise science.


You can personalize your curriculum with nine credit hours of elective courses. These options include pharmacology; cell biology; biochemistry; organic chemistry; biomechanics of musculoskeletal injury; health promotion, prevention and wellness; microbiology; nutrition and health; nutrition through the life cycle; applied physiology; human physiology; biopsychology; health psychology; and sport and exercise psychology.

Clinical Experiences

A fundamental part of your education is your participation in clinical experiences. Clinicals include any field experience—practicum, internship or volunteer hours—in on- or off-campus learning environments that provide you with real-world, hands-on clinical practice. Learning to synthesize theory into practicality will help you transition from student to professional.

General Education Requirements

In addition to the prerequisite courses, you’ll complete UB’s general education requirements in preparation for the professional sequence of the program. Requirements include courses in each of the following categories:

  • Writing Skills
  • Library Skills
  • Mathematical Skills
  • World Civilizations
  • Natural Sciences
  • American Pluralism
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Language Requirement
  • Humanities
  • Arts
  • Depth Requirement