Department of Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Applied Physiology Concentration

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Why Choose the Biological Sciences, Applied Physiology Program?

Applied Physiology consists of three major areas of study: exercise physiology, animal physiology, and human biomechanics. This option integrates classroom and practical applications of applied physiology to prepare students in the latest American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) objectives for comprehensive knowledge of physical performance, fitness, health/wellness, and research. The curriculum meets all prerequisites for post-graduate study of physical therapy. Outcomes of study include the opportunity to take the ACSM and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification exams.

Academics and Curriculum

View Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Applied Physiology program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the University Catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Applied Physiology Concentration Checklist and Advising Plan (PDF)


Students must apply for admission to Wright State University.

Entrance Requirements

For admission into the Department of Biological Sciences, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • completion of at least 15 semester hours with a minimum GPA of 2.25 overall
  • completion of at least one semester course in general biology (BIO 1120 or BIO 1150) with a grade of "C" or higher

After review by a departmental advisor, students will be notified via email of their acceptance. Once accepted, students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor who will help develop a program of study.

Declaring your Major

To apply for admission in the College of Science and Mathematics, students must fill out a “Change of Major” form and declare their area of emphasis (this can be done online through WINGS Express). Often students who have declared “biology” as their area of interest on their Wright State admissions applications will be automatically sent to the College of Science and Mathematics from University College when entrance requirements are met. If this is not the case, students must fill out a change of major form and declare one of the following areas:

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences
  • B.A. in Biological Sciences
  • B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • B.S. in Public Health
  • B.A. in Public Health

Articulation (Transfer) Agreements

Wright State has articulation agreements with a number of institutions. Articulation agreements will assure you a seamless transfer from one institution to another. To view current articulation agreements and determine which courses will transfer, visit the Articulation Agreements page or


The Applied Physiology track is appropriate for students who desire a strong preparation in human biology and preparation for a career in a variety of heath fields. Students who graduated from the B.S. program entered professional schools in physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic school, physician assistant, medical school, dental school, nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, audiology, and various programs in hospitals. In addition, students are well prepared to enter graduate school to continue their education.

Our students have entered graduate programs and/or employment in the fields listed below.

  • Physical Therapy (DPT)*
  • Medical School and Residencies (MD,DO, DC)*
  • Physician Assistant (MPA)*
  • Public Health (MPH)*
  • Nursing: Beacon Program (WSU)*
  • Health/Wellness Hospital Programs*
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)*
  • Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology/Speech, Language, Hearing Science  (DA, Ph.D.)
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Dentistry (DDS)
  • Dietetics and Nutrition (RD, MS, Ph.D.)
  • Exercise Physiology (MS, Ph.D.)
  • Nuclear Medicine (The Ohio State University)
  • Pharmaceutical Development and Sales
  • Research (Ph.D.)
  • University Professor (Ph.D.)

*Most popular careers.