Download the Applied Exercise Science Minor Intent Form

The minor in Applied Exercise Science may be completed by any DNS undergraduate. 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 certification letter from Ithaca College (IC), which 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 (a certification that also requires American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification or the equivalent). Most candidates will benefit from also having a course in physical fitness programming.

The Continuing Education website provides more information for those interested.

Requirements for the Applied Exercise Science minor:

The applied exercise science minor requires 11 credit hours of specified course work at Ithaca College and 6 prerequisite credit hours of course work at Cornell. Exercise science students are required to take both prerequisites (NS 3410 - Human Anatomy and Physiology AND NS 3420 - Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory) before enrolling in the three required Ithaca College courses:

  1. Kinesiology: Examines the anatomical structures and mechanical aspects of human movement. Emphasis is placed on the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal and articular systems. (Fall and Spring, 4 cr.)
  2. Exercise Physiology: Examines physiological changes during exercise, after exercise, and during a training period. Also considers efficiency, needs, and limitations of body systems and their interrelationships. (Fall and Spring, 4 cr.)
  3. Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement: The study of biological and mechanical factors that affect humans as they move in exercise and sport. Kinematic and kinetic descriptions of selected motor skills receive careful consideration. Note: prerequisite is Kinesiology (Fall and Spring, 3 cr.)

Further information about the program and courses may be found at the following links: Program Description/Courses and the Ithaca College Course Catalog (search for Exercise and Sport Sciences). In addition, a physics sequence is required for advanced study in most related areas.

Students should take the IC courses as early as possible once pre-requisites are completed (see sequence below). There may be a schedule conflict between your major required courses and Ithaca College courses, so check for conflicts in advance and plan accordingly. Careful planning of course schedules is required to complete both the minor and major, and students are responsible for ALL logistical arrangements. Travel between campuses is possible by the city bus or by carpooling with other students.

FRESHMAN Introductory biology courses (Cornell)

NS 3410 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (Spring, 4 cr.) (Cornell)

NS 3420 - Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (Spring, 2 cr.) (Cornell)


Kinesiology (Fall or Spring, 4 cr.) (Ithaca College)

Exercise Physiology (Fall or Spring, 4 cr.) (Ithaca College)

Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement (Fall or Spring, 3 cr. - prerequisite: Kinesiology) (Ithaca College)


Application, pre-registration, and Registration



Indicate the intent to participate by submitting an Applied Exercise Science Minor Intent form to Terry Mingle (, B36A Kinzelberg Hall). After this form is submitted, Terry keeps track of the student’s progress and will inform both Ithaca College and the student’s Cornell College Registrar upon completion. Ithaca College will then send a paper letter to the student’s home address listed in the system confirming the completion of the minor, and the student’s Cornell College Registrar will add the minor to their transcript.


  1. Each semester during pre-registration, request from Terry Mingle ( the course(s) you wish to take at Ithaca College the following semester. This is so that DNS can negotiate the desired number of spaces, which will be assigned based on availability/program seniority
  2. Have the required prerequisites to register for a course. Ithaca College is very strict about prerequisites, and you must indicated how you have met prerequisites on the form you file at pre-registration.

Please note that spaces are limited; not all requests can be met. Because of high demand for places in the Ithaca College 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 an Applied Exercise Science minor course.


  1. After being approved by Nutritional Sciences to enroll, pick up an IC-CU Exchange petition from the CU School of Continuing Education Office (B20 Day Hall). Complete the petition, secure all required for approval signatures (faculty advisor and CALS or CHE Registrar, as appropriate), and return the signed form to the CU School of Continuing Education Office.
  2. Present the approved petition to the continuing education office at Ithaca College during the first week of classes, before attending the first class (G72 Peggy Ryan Williams Center).
  3. Pick up registration/add-drop forms and take the registration form to the first class meeting.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to find out when classes start at Ithaca College—sometimes before Cornell classes begin—and to accommodate their schedule to fit with Ithaca College and Cornell fall/spring breaks. You are required to be there during these times, unless you personally make other arrangements with the Ithaca College course instructors.

Grades, Transcripts, and Transfer Credits

The minor in applied exercise science is possible through a long-standing exchange agreement between Ithaca College and Cornell through which students may take up to 12 credits at Ithaca College (and vice versa) without additional cost during the school year. Within this agreement, Ithaca College courses:

  1. …count toward 120 Cornell graduation credits as elective credits, but only if a grade of “C” or above has been achieved. However, CALS students who start but do not finish the minor must petition to count the credits.
  2. …count toward the 12 needed in a semester for full-time status and good academic standing.
  3. …do not appear on the Cornell transcript and are not included in the Cornell GPA. Students must obtain separate transcripts from Ithaca College to reflect courses completed at this college.
  4. …are only free to Cornell students up to 12 credits. Students must pay for any credits taken at Ithaca College beyond 12, and may not take a course at Ithaca College under the exchange program if that course is offered at Cornell.
  5. …count toward the 60 credits that external transfer students need to take at Cornell to earn a Cornell degree.