Health and Human Performance (HHP)



Program Overview

The Exercise Science program is a laboratory-based science major that provides students with a strong foundational background in human anatomy, biomechanics, exercise, physiology, kinesiology, and nutrition and health promotion as they apply to exercise and human movement. The curriculum is designed to expose students to the breadth and depth of exercise science and fitness. Students in this program leave Cleveland State University with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop personalized fitness programs and to assess the fitness of clients who either want to begin a fitness program or evaluate the benefits of their current program.  The Exercise Science program provides both a curriculum and laboratory/field experiences that allow students to gain competencies in each of the six standards established by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). These standards identify both the knowledge base and skill competencies that Exercise Science students need to be successful in an entry level position in their chosen profession.


Cleveland State University graduates with an Exercise Science major have been very successful in securing employment. Our graduates have excellent reputations and have secured positions in community and corporate health/fitness centers, YMCAs, and hospital cardiac rehabilitation units throughout the region and the state. Coaching is also another possible career choice. Additionally, Exercise Science students may choose to further their education by seeking acceptance into graduate programs. 


Beyond general education requirements, Exercise Science students complete 65-72 semester hours of professional and major field course work, which includes an eight or 12 semester hour internship in the field. Students must maintain a 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA) to be admitted to the College of Education and Human Services and to take any of the College’s courses at or above the 300-level. Full acceptance to the program also requires completion of 30 semester hours of course work with demonstrated proficiency in English and mathematics as evidenced by an earned grade of C or better in ENG 101 and a college-level mathematics course. Internship eligibility requires a 2.75 GPA in professional core courses and a 2.5 GPA in specialty/major field course work.