Degree Requirements

EHS Undergraduate Program Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Health Sciences must complete a minimum of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Required courses include General Education, EHS Core, EHS Concentration and Elective courses.

General Education Requirements

All University of Massachusetts Boston students are required to meet General Education Requirements, which is the development of a broad base of knowledge and skills.  For EHS students, these include:

  • Verbal Reasoning and Expression
    • One year of Freshman Composition (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, or equivalent)
  • Critical Analysis Requirement
    • First Year Seminar (NRSNG 107G is suggested; waived for transfer students with more than 30 credits)
    • Intermediate Seminar (NRSNG 212 is suggested)
  • Writing Proficiency Requirement (must be completed prior to accumulating 75 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (EHS 280 satisfies this requirement)
  • Diversity Requirement (EHS 260 and EHS 320 satisfy this requirement)
  • Distribution Requirement
    • Natural Sciences (BIOL 207 and BIOL 208 satisfy this requirement)
    • Arts, Humanities (take 2 courses designated AR or HU)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (take 1 course designated SB)
    • World Languages, World Cultures (take 2 courses designated WL or WC)

EHS Core Courses

In order to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Health Sciences, all EHS students are required to complete a comprehensive list of courses from the exercise science and health science disciplines. Also referred to as the EHS Core, these courses provide the theoretical and experiential background necessary for careers and/or advanced study in a student’s chosen field. 
The EHS Core courses are listed below. Please note that several courses – BIOL 207, BIOL 208, EHS 320, EHS 260, EHS 340, and EHS 280 – also satisfy specific General Education Requirements for EHS students.  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 beginning the internship.

EHS Core Courses:

  • BIOL 207 Anatomy & Physiology I   
  • BIOL 208 Anatomy & Physiology II  
  • EHS 120 Careers in Exercise & Health
  • EHS 150 Introduction to Nutrition
  • EHS 160 Fitness & Wellness  
  • EHS 240 Prevention & Care of Sports Injuries
  • EHS 260 Physical Activity & Health
  • EHS 280 Statistics for Health Professionals
  • EHS 300 Health Fitness Assessment 
  • EHS 310 Applied Kinesiology
  • EHS 320 Adapted Physical Activity  
  • EHS 340 Health Behavior Change  
  • EHS 360 Wellness Coaching Techniques 
  • EHS 490 Internship   

EHS Concentrations

In addition to the EHS Core Curriculum, EHS students are required to declare one of three concentrations Health Sciences, Fitness Instruction and Management, Exercise Science  by the time he or she reaches 45 credits. A concentration must be completed in order to graduate.  Each concentration consists of required EHS Core courses plus EHS electives, which are EHS courses not already required by the Core or selected concentration. 

Other Requirements

  • EHS students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all EHS courses and BIOL 207 and BIOL 208. A grade of “C-“or below in these courses is considered failing and would necessitate repeating the course. Additionally, these courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  • EHS Students may take General Education courses and free electives on a pass/fail basis, once per semester up to a maximum of eight times during their UMass Boston career.
  • EHS 490 may be taken with a maximum of 1 course in the fall or spring semesters only. Students taking EHS 490 during the summer are not allowed to take any other courses simultaneously.
  • A student may repeat a course once regardless of the grade.  Both course grades will appear on the student’s transcript, but only the second grade will be used to compute grade point average.
  • Many EHS courses have pre-requisites which are listed in WISER and the Undergraduate Course List.  Pre-requisites are not waived under any circumstances.