2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Exercise Science | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Exercise Science



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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

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Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757642


Exercise Scientists are trained to utilise exercise as a preventative intervention and maintenance tool to improve health and achieve positive measurable health outcomes, using both aerobic and strength/conditioning forms of exercise.

The Bachelor of Exercise Science provides a general introduction to the area of exercise science through the study of anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, exercise prescription and biomechanics. Students will gain a basic understanding of the anatomical and physiological basis of human motion and the effects exercise and training have on disease and injury prevention, human performance in sport, industry and activities of daily living.

Upon successful completion of the degree, students may apply for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. The Bachelor of Exercise Science can also be used for entry into other allied health postgraduate degrees. (i,e physiotherapy).

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Illustrate a comprehensive and coherent knowledge in the principles and concepts associated with exercise science.
2 Critically review, analyse and synthesise information.
3 Indicate how exercise science knowledge and skills can be applied in professional practice and scholarship.
4 Demonstrate evidence of outcomes related to Discipline Threshold Learning Outcomes and Professional Accreditation Requirements including:
a. Exercise assessment, prescription and delivery
b. Analysis and modification of movement
c. Understanding foundational principles of physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, neurophysiology, psychology
d. Statistics and research methodology.
5 Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving.
6 Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas to others.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Exercise Science, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Students intending to apply for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology should seek academic advice regarding subject selection. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 6 Autumn
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
MEDI160 Scientific Literacy 6 Autumn
Select one of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101. All other students must select CHEM104.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MEDI151 Healthy Ageing 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
Select one of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM105.
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Year 2
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
MEDI222 Foundations of Biomechanics 6 Autumn
PSYC216 Psychology of Physical Activity and Health 6 Autumn
Plus 6 credit points of elective subjects from the General Elective Schedule, Science Schedule or other subjects that have been approved by the Subject Coordinator
MEDI220 Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy 6 Spring
MEDI221 Exercise Physiology 6 Spring
MEDI258 Human Neuromechanics 6 Spring
MEDI304 Research Methods and Analysis 6 Spring
Year 3
MEDI322 Advanced Exercise Physiology and Metabolism 6 Autumn
EXSC330 Exercise Prescription 18 Autumn
MEDI330 Sensorimotor Control of Movement 6 Spring
Plus, 18 credit points of subjects from the following list:
MEDI314 Regional Anatomy 6 Spring
MEDI323 Cardiorespiratory Studies 6 Spring
EXSC370 Clinical Biomechanics in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation 6 Spring
PSYC368 Applied Psychology (Exercise Psychology) 6 Not available in 2020
MEDI350 Research Projects 12 Autumn, Spring
HAS 235 Productivity & Design of Work 6 Spring
Students to complete 3 x 6 credit points of Elective subjects from the above list (or other subjects approved by the Academic Program Director).
Students applying for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology must take EXSC370, MEDI323, HAS 235.



Please click the subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject at different locations. For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 140 hours of compulsory work-based placements, which must be completed over the three years of the course. In order to attend the practicum experience, students must meet NSW Health Department requirements in regard to Criminal Record Checks. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be able to attend the practicum experience,  and therefore will not be able to continue in this degree. For further information on Criminal Record Checks please see visit Student Clearances for Clinical Placements - NSW Department of Health.

This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.


Successful completion of the Bachelor of Exercise Science with a credit grade average enables students to apply for entry to the BSc (Honours). Prospective applicants should consult the School Honours Coordinator to register their interest and become involved in the supervisor and topic selection process.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

The Bachelor of Exercise Science has been accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Upon graduation, students are eligible for membership as an Exercise Scientist.

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 15 June, 2021