FAQs for BS in Exercise Science Program

  • Kennesaw State University allocates course space to students according to a first-come, first-served basis, and students with seniority receive earlier registration times to facilitate the acquisition of classes needed for graduation.  Course sizes are set according to instructional size optima and physical space constraints.  Overriding the set size of classes is undesirable because it creates physical crowding, hampers attention to individual students, and diverts faculty resources from other important required work obligations. Closed course overrides are rarely granted and almost always limited to graduating seniors.

    Examples of Insufficient Grounds for Override Requests

    • Failing to register at the appointed registration time.
    • Work Schedule/Childcare/Travel Arrangements: The Department serves too many students to accommodate requests for more convenient schedules.
    • Schedule Difficulty: Overrides are not to be used to distribute difficulty burdens across semesters.
    • Instructor Consent: Instructors cannot approve individual students for overrides into their classes.  In order to preserve fairness in access during the registration process, all overrides must go through the standard override process.
    • Instructor Preference:  Students will not be overridden into one section of the class because they prefer one instructor over another.
    • Insurance/HOPE: Students will not be overridden into classes so that they can receive full-time status to receive insurance coverage or to impact HOPE eligibility.

    Be aware that students are constantly adding and dropping courses; therefore, it is likely that you will be able to enroll in a class through the drop/add process. If you feel you meet the criteria for an override, please Dr. Tiffany Esmat, Assistant Department Chair (470-578-2652 or tesmat@kennesaw.edu).

  • If you are denied registration to an open class that you believe you should be allowed to take, contact the Advising Center at WellStaradvising@kennesaw.edu. In an e-mail report the registration error you received and explain why you think you should be able to enroll in the class (for example, you have taken an equivalent of the required prerequisite course that the system does not seem to recognize). "I think I can handle the class" is not an acceptable explanation if you do not meet the course prerequisites. When in doubt, contact the Advising Center.

  • Course substitutions are handled through the Advising Center. For substitutions that involve courses from other institutions, use the Registrar's Transfer Articulation System to see if a course you have taken has been substituted at Kennesaw State before. Submit substitution requests as soon as possible (please, do not wait until just before graduation before submitting substitution requests), and never assume that a course will substitute for a Kennesaw State course. 

  • Contact the appropriate Department office for the specific course you are trying to add.

  • You can change your major via Owl Express. Majors can only be changed by you. Advisors are not able to do this.

  • Minors can be declared via the department where the minor is housed. You can either check the website of the department or visit the department office.

  • Unfortunately due to the volume of students we serve, we are unable to meet with those who have not yet been admitted to KSU. You can visit our website (wellstarcollege.kennesaw.edu/essm/), contact the WellStar College Advising Center (WellStaradvising@kennesaw.edu or 470-578-3211), or e-mail the Program Coordinator (tesmat@kennesaw.edu) to find answers to your questions.

  • "Below is the basic sequence for progressing through the Exercise Science major. You will need to work other coursework into this sequence as you meet appropriate prerequisites.

    1. General Education Lab Science - (choose 1 lab science sequence)

    • CHEM 1211/L and CHEM 1212/L,
    • CHEM 1151/L and CHEM 1152/L,
    • BIOL 1107/L and BIOL 1108/L, or
    • PHYS 1111/L and PHYS 1112/L

    2. ES 2100 Physical Activity in Health & Disease
    3. BIOL 2221 Anatomy & Physiology I
    4. BIOL 2222 Anatomy & Physiology II
    5. ES 3900 Physiology of Exercise I
    6. ES 4500 and 4550 Physiology of Exercise II and Exercise Science Laboratory Techniques
    7. ES 4600 Exercise Prescription, ES 4650 Exercise Testing, ES 4700 Clinical Exercise Physiology, and ES 4900 Senior Seminar

  • You will petition to graduate in the semester prior to your anticipated graduation date. Specific dates can be found on the academic calendar. You will complete your petition through your personal Owl Express account, and your petition is good for one year.