Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (B.E.S.S.) Major in Exercise and Sports Science (Teacher Certification in Physical Education, Early Childhood through Grade 12)

Minimum required: 125 semester hours

General Requirements

  1. Students must apply and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in Block coursework and Student Teaching in the Junior and Senior year.  Refer to the requirements for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program through the Office of Educator Preparation.
  2. A Minor or Second Teaching Field is required and must not be a Minor in Exercise and Sports Science or a Minor in Coaching Athletics. Courses toward a Second Teaching Field are recommended to improve job opportunities. The degree plan below is based on an 18-hour Minor or Second Teaching Field. Certain Minors and Second Teaching Fields may increase the total number of credit hours required for degree completion. Consult an academic advisor for a list of available Second Teaching Fields and recommended Minors.
  3. A 2.5 Major GPA and an Overall GPA of 2.75 is required to graduate. If declared, a 2.5 GPA is required within the Second Teaching Field and a 2.0 is required within the Minor to graduate.
  4. All Major as well as Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  5. Students entering Texas State with fewer than 16 hours completed after high school graduation will be required to take US 1100. All others will be exempt from taking this course, but will be required to earn an additional free elective, if needed, to reach the 120 minimum total hour requirement for the awarding of a degree.
  6. To complete the predetermined sequence of courses in 4 years, students will most likely need to attend summer sessions.

Course Requirements 

COMM 13103
ENG 13103
ENG 13203
ESS 11001
ESS 13103
MATH 131513
Life and Physical Sciences3
Life and Physical Sciences3
PHIL 1305 or 13203
POSI 23103
POSI 23203
US 11001
AT 23563
BIO 243014
Select one of the following:3
ESS 11791
ESS 23203
ESS/PFW Major Activity Team Sports21
ESS/PFW Major Activity Individual Sports21
ESS/PFW Major Activity Conditioning21
HIST 13103
HIST 13203
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Select one of the following:3
ESS 33203
ESS 33253
ESS 33173
ESS 31171
ESS 33293
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Education Core:6
H.S. Field-Based Block:9
ESS 43233
ESS 46246
ESS Advanced Elective33
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
EDST 43803
EDST 43813
Total Hours: 125

While not recommended, previously completed courses in some areas can be substituted for the following degree requirements:


 ESS/PFW Activity. Students are required to take three ESS/PFW Major Activity courses in the following specific areas: Team Sports, Individual Sports, and Conditioning.


 ESS Advanced Elective course must be chosen from:  ESS 3321, ESS 3323, ESS 3340, and ESS 4337.