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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Academic Year 2017-2018

If your questions are not answered below, please contact any faculty adviser in the Loree Gymnasium, 70 Lipman Drive, Cook/Douglass Campus.  Drop-in advising hours are posted here.

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What degree will I earn through this major?

All majors earn a B.S. Degree (as opposed to a B.A.).  The name of the major listed on your diploma is "Exercise Science and Sport Studies" regardless of which option is chosen.

If I major in Exercise Science and Sport Studies, must I also have a minor in a different subject area?

No, we are what is described as a "credit intensive major" and are exempt from the school requirements for a minor to complement a major.  While many students select a minor, it is discretionary.

Is there a minor in Exercise Science and Sport Studies?


How do I declare the major of Exercise Science and Sport Studies?

To declare, you must register for one of several 2 hour major declaration orientations held every October (prior to the November pre-registration period) and February (prior to the April pre-registration period).  The schedule for these orientations is posted on the departmental website in mid-September and then again in late January.  Registration for the orientations takes place in person in the Exercise Science Office in the Loree Gymnasium on the Cook/Douglass Campus (70 Lipman Drive).

What are the requirements for declaring the major?

Students who wish to declare a major in Exercise Science and Sport Studies must:

1.  Have completed a minimum of 1 semester at Rutgers University with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0
     Have transferred in to Rutgers University with a minimum of 15 credits

2.  Attend a departmental declaration meeting

If I intend to declare but am still a non-major, can I register for majors-only classes?

Yes, but only if you have all prerequisites and there is still room in the class after the pre-registration period has been completed.  You can obtain a special permission number by contacting the instructor who will place you on a waiting list and, after the pre-registration period has closed and your prerequisites have been confirmed, will inform the Exercise Science Office and authorize the staff to provide you with such a number.         

Since requirements for the major sometimes change, which requirements must I follow?

Students follow the requirements in effect during the semester in which they first declared the major.  You may choose to convert to any new rules but then you must follow all the new requirements (i.e., you cannot choose some of the old rules and some of the new rules; your choice is "all or none").  Degree Navigator can be used to determine if switching versions is of benefit to you.  The Fall 2013 version of the major requirements, with Biology 115-117, is the latest version for the Applied Kinesiology option.  Fall 2011 is the latest version of the requirements for the Sport Management option.

Course Specific

Does Biology 101-102 from Newark or Camden meet the requirements for Biology 101-102 or 115-116 here in New Brunswick?

Yes for Camden, but no for Newark.  Newark made substantial changes in their biology core as of the summer of 2011 and their curriculum requires a different sequence and more courses than Biology 101-102 or 115-116.  Check with the Biological Sciences Department here at Rutgers New Brunswick to make certain courses taken at Newark meet the equivalency to ensure you will be eligible for Systems Physiology and its lab (146:356-357), two courses which require Biology 101-102 or 115-116 here at New Brunswick as a prerequisite.  The equivalency to Biology 101-102 or 115-116 is also a requirement for Functional Human Anatomy (377:213) taught in the Kinesiology and Health Department.

Can a course in a specific topic such as statistics be substituted for the specific requirement in Exercise Science and Sport Studies?

In some cases, the answer is "Yes." As an example, for Basic Statistics for Exercise Science (377:275), we routinely accept the following Rutgers courses:  960:211-212 or 830:200 or 960:401 or 960:484 IF A GRADE OF "C" OR BETTER HAS BEEN EARNED.  These course substitutes are listed in Degree Navigator under each option.

Are Winter and Summer courses at Rutgers accepted for the major and do those grades count toward my GPA?

Yes, they are accepted and those grades, as well as grades earned at Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden, are included in your GPA.  Courses taken at Newark and Camden invariably have different numbers making it difficult for the registrar's computer to recognize it as a prerequisite or a completed requirement.  check in the Kinesiology and health Office to gain access to courses which you have the prerequisites for but with the wrong course number.

Can I register for two different mini-courses (1.5 credits each) in the same time slot - one scheduled for the first seven weeks of the semester and the other scheduled for the second seven weeks?

Yes, but because the registrar's computer does not permit you to register for two different courses in the same time slot in the same semester, you must go directly to any of the Dean's advising offices or the Registrar's Office to register in person.  You cannot do so online.

If I complete Exercise Science related courses at a community college, will those credits transfer to Rutgers and can they be used to fulfill the requirements for the major?

Most of your basic 100 and 200 level courses will transfer.  The web page specifies which courses from any of the 19 community colleges are equivalent to specific courses at any of the four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey, including Rutgers.  To be eligible, you must earn a minimum grade of C.  Grades of C- or lower do not transfer.  You must seek prior written approval from your school (SAS or SEBS) for all transfer courses.)

Does Exercise Science and Sport Studies accept on-line courses?

Yes, we accept on-line and hybrid courses offered at Rutgers.  If is advised, however, to seek advisor approval prior to registration for any on-line course that does not have the exact course number of the in-person course.

If I enroll in a Study Abroad Program, will I be able to take courses abroad that count toward my major?

Yes, the Department offers faculty led study abroad courses which count as upper level electives.  For study abroad outside the major, advisor approval is required.

If I have a substantial number of tranfer credits, are there any restrictions on how many can be used toward the major?

Yes, you must take a minimum of seven courses specifically designated as Exercise Science (i.e., 377) in order to be awarded the B.S. degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers.

Which specific courses are included in the calculation of my major GPA?

The specific courses used to determine your major GPA are listed on the Option Check List for both of the options available within the major (Applied Kinesiology and Sport Management).  Some of these courses are taught within other departments such as biology, chemistry and physics in the Applied Kinesiology option, and within communications, psychology and economics in the Sport Management option.  See a faculty advisor for copies of the option check list.  Degree Navigator calculates the major GPA automatically for you but will not include any credits completed within the major that go above and beyond the requirements on the Option Check Lists even though such courses may be of interest to graduate schools and employers.

Does a required course still count toward the major should I get a grade of D in it?

Yes, as long as you have an overall GPA of 2.0 and a major GPA of 2.0.  There are two exceptions:  Courses which are non-377 courses yet are approved as electives for the major or as a substitute for a required course must be C or better.

If I get a D or an F in a course and re-take it, does the new grade replace the old grade or are the grades averaged?

For major GPA, only the highest grade for the course is included in the calculation.  For overall GPA, refer to your school's academic policy (SAS or SEBS) for repeating courses.

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Am I required to take an internship?

Yes, but you are not eligible to do so until you are a senior with a minimum of 90 credits overall, 20 credits in the major, a minimum GPA of 2.0 both overall and in the major, and have formally applied for approval from the undergraduate program director.

Can I receive credit toward the required internship or for field experience for volunteer hours or work-related hours that I have performed that are directly related to Exercise Science?

No.  All applied, practical experiences must be completed as part of our formal course offerings in internships and field work which must be approved prior to completing such applied work.  Retroactive approval for applied experiences is never given within Kinesiology and Health.  Approval for all internships comes from the undergraduate program director and requires senior status and completion of a minimum of 20 credits in the major.

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