Applied Exercise Science Minor

A minor in applied exercise science may be completed by Division of Nutritional Sciences undergraduates majoring in NS-CHE, NS-CALS, HBHS, GPHS-CHE or GPHS-CALS. The minor is completed through Ithaca College’s Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. This program is helpful to students seeking positions in nutrition and physical fitness or pursuing careers in sports medicine and related fields. Students can choose to complete all the requirements for the minor or take some courses as long as they have met the course prerequisites.

Students who complete all specified courses receive a letter from Ithaca College (IC) certifying they have completed the official program requirements. The letter is a useful credential for job and school applications. Program completion is good preparation for the examination for Fitness Instructor Certification by the American College of Sports Medicine. Candidates for fitness instructor certification must have American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification or the equivalent. Most candidates will benefit from having a course in physical fitness programming. 


The applied exercise science minor requires 11 credit hours of specified course work beyond the requirements for the other majors. Exercise science students are required to take both the NS 3410, Human Anatomy and Physiology lecture (4 cr., Spring) and the NS 3420 Human Anatomy and Physiology laboratory (2 cr., Spring) before they may enroll in the courses at Ithaca College. The 2 credits for NS 3420 may be used towards the upper level nutrition course requirement (NS major) or biology electives (HBHS majors). After completing the pre-requisite courses at Cornell, the following courses are then taken at Ithaca College (IC):

  • Kinesiology (4 cr., Fall/Spring)
  • Exercise Physiology (4 cr., Fall/Spring)
  • Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement (3 cr., Fall/Spring - Prereq: Kinesiology)

Completing a physics sequence is required for advanced study in most related areas. Descriptions and required sequences for these courses are discussed below. The minor in applied exercise science is possible through a long-standing exchange agreement between IC and Cornell through which students may take up to 12 credits at IC (and/or vice versa) without additional cost during the school year. IC courses count toward elective credits. Students pay for the additional credits not covered by this agreement, and may not take a course at IC under the exchange program if that course is offered at Cornell. Transfer students should note that courses completed at IC may be counted toward the 60 Cornell credits required for a Cornell degree. For Cornell to be able to accept transfer credits from Ithaca College, it is required that a minimum grade of "C" is achieved in each course. To view the Ithaca College course catalog, please visit:


Careful planning of course schedules is required to complete the applied exercise science minor in addition to the nutrition major. The calendars of the two colleges do not always coincide. Students are responsible for arranging their schedules, vacations, and transportation to complete the requirements of the Ithaca College courses. Travel between the campuses is possible by the city bus or by car pooling with other students.

Important Course Sequences


  • Biology (Cornell)


  • NS 3410 Human Anat. & Physiology, lecture (Cornell, 4 cr., Spring)
  • NS 3420 Human Anat. & Physiology, laboratory (Cornell, 2 cr., Spring)

Junior/Senior: IC Courses

  • Kinesiology (Ithaca College, 4 cr., Fall/Spring)
  • Exercise Physiology (Ithaca College, 4 cr., Fall/Spring)
  • Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement (Ithaca College, 3 cr., Fall/Spring)

NOTE: Please plan to take the IC courses as early as possible once you complete the pre-requisites. There may be a schedule conflict between your major required courses and IC courses, so check for conflicts in advance and schedule them accordingly.


Students interested in participating in this program must first indicate their intent to participate by signing up with Terry Mingle in the DNS Academic Affairs Office, B21 Savage Hall. Then each semester during pre-registration, students request from Mrs. Mingle the course(s) they wish to take at IC so that the Division can negotiate the desired number of spaces. Spaces will be assigned based on availability/program seniority.

Ithaca College is very strict about prerequisites. You must have the required prerequisites to register for a course. You need to indicate how you have met those prerequisites on the form you file at pre-registration.

During the pre-registration period students may request placement into the program by following the procedures listed below:

  • Pick up the Exercise Science Minor Placement Request Form (available outside B21 Savage during pre-registration periods), and complete/return it to B21 Savage by the due date.

  • You will receive notification by email (after pre-enrollment ends) of your placement status.

  • Please note that spaces are limited; Not all students will be placed into the courses requested.

Once your placement request form is approved, you would register for the course by following the following procedures:

At Cornell (after being approved by Nutritional Sciences to enroll): Pick up an IC-CU Exchange petition from the CU School of Continuing Education Office in B-20 Day Hall. Complete the petition and secure all required signatures for approval. NS-CALS majors then get their college registrar's signature and then return the completed form to the Extramural Studies Office. Human Ecology students pick up the signed forms from Mrs. Mingle and return the signed form to the Extramural Studies Office. Check the following web site for more information: Click here for more information.

At Ithaca College (in the beginning of the semester): Present the approved petition to the continuing education office at Ithaca College (G72 Peggy Ryan Williams Center) during the first week of classes, before attending the first class. Note: Registration takes place during the first week of classes at Ithaca College in the continuing education office. ALSO, pick up registration/add-drop forms and take the registration form to the first class.

Grades and Transcripts

The academic credits earned at IC count toward the Cornell degree only if a grade of C has been achieved. Grades in IC courses do not appear on the Cornell transcript and are not included in the Cornell GPA. Students must obtain separate transcripts from IC to reflect courses completed at this college.

Because of high demand for places in the IC courses for this minor, the Division will NOT request a place in additional courses for any student who has earned a grade of less than C in one of the IC courses for this minor.

IC Course Descriptions (view IC admissions website)

EXSS 22000 - Kinesiology

Examines the anatomical structures and mechanical aspects of human movement. Emphasis is placed on the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal and articular systems. Pathologies of upper and lower extremities and trunk are examined for contributions to abnormal patterns of posture, movement, and locomotion. Basic neuromuscular biomechanical principles are introduced. Laboratory exercises concentrate on the role of muscle and joint action during basic movements and the adaptations that can result from pathologic conditions. The focus is on individual joint function and the integrated function of several joints during complex activities such as normal human locomotion. (4 credits, Fall/Spring.)

EXSS 32100 - Exercise Physiology

Examines physiological changes during exercise, and during a training period. Also considers efficiency, needs, and limitations of body systems, and their interrelationships. Lecture, demonstration, and laboratory. (4 credits, Fall/Spring)

EXSS 30600 Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement

Introduces principles of biomechanics of human movement and provides an in-depth exploration of the biomechanics of human motion focusing on the concepts and skills needed to perform and interpret biomechanical analyses of a variety of human movements. Topics will include anthropometry, kinematics, kinetics, and mechanical work, energy, and power. Select human movement skills from sport, clinical, and occupation settings will be examined in lecture. Prerequisite: EXSS 22000 - Kinesiology. (3 credits, Fall/Spring)


Students: It is your responsibility to find out when classes start at IC -- usually it is before Cornell classes begin. You must accommodate your schedule to fit with IC and Cornell fall/spring breaks -- you are required to be there during these times unless you personally make other arrangements with the IC course instructors.