Skip to Content

Clinical Exercise Science

For 2017 and prior Catalog Years, this Concentration was referred to as Health and Wellness Promotion for Clinical Populations.
Those students should meet with an Advisor to determine whether to update their catalog designation to 2018 and/or how to navigate any differences in curriculum.

New students interested in this degree program should select a major in "Exercise and Sports Science" on their ApplyTexas application.
The Clinical Exercise Science concentration will later be declared with an academic advisor during New Student Orientation.

Click here to learn more about the role of a Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares students for graduate studies in Exercise Physiology or Biomechanics and leads to careers in cardiopulmonary, clinical exercise, and diagnostic testing and programming for cardiac rehabilitation and other special populations.

Considering Graduate School?
The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology offers a specialized advanced degree in School Psychology, which prepares graduates with or without teaching experience for licensure to provide direct support and interventions to K-12 students in collaboration with teachers, families, administrators, and fellow mental health professionals.

While our office assists students seeking undergraduate degrees, we've created a guide that might be helpful for those planning to apply to graduate programs in the future:

Visit this site to learn more about professional certification through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Declaring This Major

Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.

To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated.  In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.

Statements of Understanding

Students wanting to declare into this degree program will be required to review and sign the Statement of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.

Sequencing and Degree Plan Checksheets

NOTE:  Information included on checksheets is subject to change. 
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit.  Additionally we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.

2021 Catalog

NOTE: subject to change and pending final approval until publication in May 2021

2020 Catalog

2019 and Prior Catalogs

Transfer Planning

NOTE:  These resources are intended to help you PLAN AHEAD, so be sure to check these before taking transfer coursework whenever possible.

Students planning to earn college credit at another institution for eventual transfer to Texas State should refer to the Transfer Planning Guide for confirmation of which lower-level transfer coursework may be applied toward degree requirements in this specific program.

Additionally, the Transfer Equivalency Guide can be used to determine how any transfer course will be evaluated, regardless of specific degree program.


The ESS 4661: Internship in Clinical Exercise Science course is a degree requirement and consists of 400 hours working with a health organization or agency to complete a semester-long project applying health education and exercise sports science concepts to a community health setting.  Opportunities exist in cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, public/community health, employee wellness, and community wellness.

The course is writing intensive and can be completed in a fall, spring, or summer semester only after
1) completion of all other degree required coursework;
2) grades of 'C' or better earned in ESS 4319 and ESS 4321;
3) with a minimum 2.50 Overall GPA.

Students needing more information can contact Dr. McDonald at

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

All Texas State students must meet the University's minimum Grade-Point Requirements for graduation [Texas State GPA of 2.00, GPA of 2.25 in the major(s), GPA of 2.00 in the minor(s)].


  1. A 2.5 Overall GPA is a required prerequisite for continued degree progress.
  2. Grades of 'C' or higher in the following courses are required prerequisites for degree progress:
  • MATH 1315
  • BIO 2430
  • ESS 1101, 3317/3117, 3319, 4319, and 4321
  • H ED 1320, H ED 2340

Additional Opportunities

To explore student organizations specifically related to exercise science, health promotion, and recreation visit the Department of Health and Human Performance website.

You can also view a more comprehensive list of all the student organizations available across the University through the Student Organizations Council website.

Course Substitution Requests

You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.

If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center in order for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.

The instructions below are specific to the ESS - Clinical Exercise Science Concentration degree plan.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.

Expand or Collapse all.