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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior

Qualified incoming freshmen have the opportunity to be admitted directly into the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. Majors include: early childhood education, elementary education, exercise science, public health, nutrition, psychology, special education, and speech-language pathology and audiology. Teacher licensure is available in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education and special education. In addition, incoming freshmen students with a 1200 SAT ERW+M only (ACT ≥25) and a minimum 3.25 high school grade point average (on a 4-point scale) will be eligible for direct admission to exercise science, public health, nutrition, and speech-language pathology and audiology. For direct entry consideration, interested students should select one of these areas as their intended major on their application for admission.

Benefits: Selected students receive advisement through the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, have earlier opportunities to participate in academic clubs and honor societies, and meet and interact with other students and faculty in their major.


Exercise Science options

Direct Admission for High School Students

High school students with a strong academic record may apply for direct admission into the exercise science major. Students must have earned at least a 25 composite ACT score (1150 SAT) and at least a 3.25 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for direct admission to the program. 

This admission is contingent upon the student meeting state- and program-specific retention requirements while a student at SIUE. These requirements include: 

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Earn a grade of B or better in KIN 275.
  • Earn a grade of C or better in Biology 140 or Biology 150 or its equivalent.
  • Earn a grade of C or better in Chemistry 120a and 124a, or Chemistry 121a and 125a, or the equivalents.


Accelerated Program Options

3 year Undergraduate Degree

The 3 year undergraduate program allows you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in three years through the Accelerated Exercise Science Program. Students will take a variety of interesting courses such as exercise physiology, human physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, etc within the framework of a strong liberal arts curriculum.


3 + 1.5  Undergraduate and Graduate Degree

The 3 +1 Program allows you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in three years through the Accelerated Exercise Science Program and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a Specialization in Exercise Physiology or Exercise and Sport Psychology.   Students with a high school GPA 3.25, 25 ACT, 1150 SAT are welcome to apply for this program in their senior year of high school. Students accepted into this program will be guaranteed admittance into both the exercise science undergraduate degree, and the Master of Science in Kinesiology graduate program (as long as they maintain a 2.75 GPA during their 3 year undergraduate degree). During the first three years of the undergraduate degree, students will take a variety of interesting courses such as exercise physiology, human physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, etc within the framework of a strong liberal arts curriculum.  In their graduate year, students will complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Kinesiology with a Specialization in either Exercise Physiology or Exercise and Sport Psychology. Students are able to choose which specialization in the final year of their undergraduate degree. Students in this program will be required to complete an admissions application for graduate school in their final year of their undergraduate, however their admissions fee will be waived and their acceptance guaranteed as long as they maintain a 2.75 GPA and uphold the standards of the University.

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