Honors in Exercise Science

Honors in Exercise Science

The Exercise Science Program in the Department of Health and Exercise Science offers an honors program to facilitate academic challenges and growth opportunities for exceptionally motivated undergraduate students. The honors program is intended for students with distinguished academic records and a strong desire to conduct research in the area of exercise science.

Students must complete 9 hours of honors credit consisting of 3 hours of senior honors thesis (ES 4510) under the guidance of their thesis supervisor. The remaining 6 hours of credit can be attained by negotiating an honors contract in exercise science courses at the 3000 level and above. Students wishing to take a course under a contract should contact the Exercise Science Honors Program Director in consultation with the class instructor to request the contract and arrange the course requirements. Credit earned in courses taken for honors credit can be applied towards the undergraduate degree in Exercise Science.


For admission into the honors program, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.45 in all coursework. Enrollment, generally through invitation, requires an application, with a final acceptance decision made by the Exercise Science Honors Program Director. To graduate with Honors in Exercise Science, a student must complete the above honors sequence with a minimum grade of B in courses taken for honors credit and a cumulative GPA of 3.45 in all coursework at the time of graduation. This includes the completion and defense of a departmental honors thesis.  


Students who are interested in pursuing departmental honors in exercise science should contact the Exercise Science Honors Program Director, Dr. Herman van Werkhoven, at vanwerkhovenh@appstate.edu.