academics

Exercise Science

Assistant Professors: S. Barkley (chair)
Instructors: A. Buckley, B. Chambers, T. Hellman, G. Melsted, J. VanDam

The Exercise Science major is designed to give students a scientific understanding of exercise and its effects on the body. Coursework and hands-on opportunities ensure that students are well-prepared for careers as exercise professionals in corporate, clinical, commercial and community settings. Students may also choose this major as a pre-professional program or as preparation for graduate study. The curriculum has been endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Exercise Science majors who intend to pursue graduate studies are encouraged to take additional courses in the sciences, Business Administration, Gerontology, and Psychology. It is possible to earn a second major or minor in supportive or related areas such as Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Fitness Management, Gerontology, Psychology, or Sociology.

Exercise Science Major:

43 credit hours
Required HPER Courses: 23 credit hours
EXSC 277 — Motor Development (2 cr)
EXSC 320 — Physiology of Exercise (3 cr)
EXSC 325 — Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3 cr)
EXSC 360 — Fitness Measurement and Exercise Prescription (3 cr)
EXSC 361 — Fitness Prescription and Programs Administration (2 cr)
EXSC 490 — Fitness Seminar (1 cr)
HLTH 216 — Stress Management (2 cr)
HLTH 222 — Nutrition and Exercise (2 cr)
PE 214 — History and Principles of PE/Fitness (2 cr)
PE 230 — First Aid and CPR (1 cr)
PE 395 — Fitness Internship (2-4 cr)

Required Supportive Courses: 20 credit hours
A grade of C- or higher is required for each of these required supportive courses.
BIOL 120 — Biological Principles I (4 cr)
BIOL 150 — Human Anatomy (4 cr)
BIOL 225 — Human Physiology (4 cr)
CHEM 120 — Introduction to Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 145 — Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (4 cr)
–or– CHEM 201 — Organic Chemistry I

Exercise Science Courses:

EXSC 277 — Motor Development (2 credits)
Major concepts and principles fundamental to development of motor behavior will be explored. Factors such as aging, maturation, socialization, and growth will be examined in the context of their contribution to motor skill development. Offered Every Fall Semester.

EXSC 320 — Physiology of Exercise: Lecture and Lab (3 credits)
This course will examine the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and training. Prerequisite: BIOL 150; Offered Every Spring Semester.

EXSC 325 — Kinesiology/Biomechanics: Lecture and Lab (3 credits)
This course will focus on the anatomical basis of human motion along with the external forces that create and sustain such movement. Skeletal, neural, and muscular systems will be reviewed and systematic approaches to analyzing motor skill activities and exercise programs will be examined. Offered Every Fall Semester.

EXSC 360 — Fitness Measurement and Exercise Prescription: Lecture and Lab (3 credits)
This course provides techniques, procedures, and practical laboratory experience in aerobic, strength, flexibility, blood pressure and related measurements. The module development and presentation practice in this course serve as a synthesis of the prerequisite content courses. Prerequisites: HLTH 216 and 222, EXSC 320 and 325; Offered Every Fall Semester.

EXSC 361 — Fitness Prescription and Programs Administration (2 credits)
This course will address concerns in developing resistance training programs and issues in prescribing exercise for special groups. An introduction to various administrative aspects of fitness programming including program planning, marketing, personnel management, development of policies and procedures, and facility planning will be examined. Prerequisite: EXSC 360; Offered Every Spring Semester.

EXSC 490 — Fitness Seminar (1 credit)
Senior Fitness Management and Exercise Science majors will look at current issues and opportunities in the field of fitness and wellness. Classroom learning is supplemented with hands-on experiences. Prerequisite: EXSC 360; Offered Every Fall Semester.