Degree Requirements

IMPORTANT! The requirements below are effective as of Fall 2016. If you are a student admitted to the EHS program prior to Fall 2016 you may have a different set of degree requirements. Please consult your Degree Audit in WISER or meet with your assigned academic advisor for your specific list of requirements and further information (click here if you need assistance accessing WISER). 

Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Sciences

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Sciences (EHS) must complete a minimum of 120 credits and maintain cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Required courses include EHS major, general education, and general elective courses.

EHS Major Courses

In order to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Sciences, all EHS students are required to complete a comprehensive list of courses from the academic disciplines of exercise science and health sciences. Also referred to as the EHS Core, these courses provide the theoretical and experiential background necessary for careers and advanced study in a student’s chosen field.  All of the following courses are worth three credits except where specified:

Please note the following:

  • All of the courses listed above must be passed with a grade of C or higher, and may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  • As listed above, students must complete three EHS electives as part of the requirements for the major.  Students may choose any 3-credit courses offered by the EHS Department not already required for the major. Two of the three EHS electives may be at any level, while the third must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  • Many EHS courses have pre-requisites which are listed in WISER and the Undergraduate Course Catalog. Pre-requisites are not waived for EHS courses under any circumstances. BIOL-111 General Biology I (4-credits) is a pre-requisite for BIOL-207 (Anatomy & Physiology I) and BIOL-208 (Anatomy & Physiology II). Also, BIOL-111 can be waived via Advancement Placement (AP) or CLEP credit. 
  • EHS-490 is a 400-hour, 12-credit internship which provides a comprehensive, experiential learning opportunity as a capstone to the Exercise and Health Sciences Program. EHS-490 is offered in the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer. Students must complete all other degree requirements before starting the internship. EHS-490 may be taken with a maximum of one course in the fall or spring semesters only. Students taking EHS-490 during the summer cannot take any other courses simultaneously.

General Education Requirements

All University of Massachusetts Boston students are required to complete courses in various academic disciplines to satisfy general education requirements. The general education curriculum at UMass Boston provides multiple opportunities to build and improve upon students’ academic foundation. General education courses expose students to the fundamental ideas and intellectual activities that students and faculty across campus and around the world – in the arts, the humanities, business, and the social and natural sciences – utilize in scholarship. The UMass Boston general education program introduces students to subject matter and skills from across the university, and does so in ways that provide students with a strong foundation for success in future courses and in their career.

Students in the EHS program must complete the following general education requirements. Several courses from the EHS major can also satisfy general education requirements as noted below:

General electives

In addition to EHS major and general education requirements, EHS students must complete a number of general elective courses which can be chosen from any academic discipline at UMass Boston. The number of general elective credits varies by student but is generally between 21 and 36 credits, depending on course selection, prerequisites, and/or possible transfer credit. To determine your number of required general elective credits, add the number of EHS major credits and general education credits required of you and then subtract that total from the 120 credits required for graduation.