Minor in Exercise Science

Minor in Exercise ScienceThe College of Education and Human Development offers an 18-credit minor in Exercise Science designed for non-Kinesiology and Physical Education students who wish to broaden their knowledge in their own fields of study. The program has close ties to other areas, including but not limited to food science and human nutrition, biochemistry, animal and veterinary science, and biochemistry. Before declaring an Exercise Science minor, student must complete BIO 100: Basic Biology; BIO 208: Anatomy and Physiology; and FSN 101: Introduction to Food and Nutrition. Students should also check with an advisor in their college, as a change of program/plan form may be required to officially declare a minor.

The University of Maine’s School of Kinesiology, Physical Education and Athletic Training offers students a combination of classroom and hands-on learning experiences. Faculty are known for their expertise in lifetime fitness, athletic performance, exercise physiology and comparative physiology. Students work within the community of the College of Education and Human Development, which boasts small class sizes and close faculty interaction. At the same time, they are able to take advantage of the vast resources available at Maine’s largest and most comprehensive university. Previous students in Exercise Science have gone on to graduate programs in allied health.

Program design


  • BIO 100: Basic Biology
  • BIO 208: Anatomy and Physiology
  • FSN: Introduction to Food and Nutrition

Required courses:

  • KPE 270 – Motor Development and Learning (3 credits)
  • KPE 376 – Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • KPE 378 – Physiology of Exercise (3 credits)
  • KPE 425 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits)
  • KPE 426 – Exercise Prescription and Leadership (3 credits)
  • KPE 490 – Nutrition for Sports and Exercise (3 credits)

To declare

For questions about the undergraduate minor in Exercise Science, please contact the College of Education and Human Development Advising Center, 100 Shibles Hall, 207.581.2412 or advisingcenter@maine.edu.