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Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science, BS

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Exercise Science is the study of human movement as related to exercise and physical activity from an applied, primarily life science perspective. It is dedicated to promoting and integrating scientific research and education on the effects and benefits of exercise, and to the delivery of physical-activity programs that prevent disease, facilitate rehabilitation, promote health, and enhance human performance. Exercise Science is part of the field of Sports Medicine, which also includes clinical areas of study. The scientific aspects of Sports Medicine include exercise physiology, nutrition and biochemistry of exercise, and biomechanics. Testing of lactic acid metabolism, analysis of muscle fatigue, research on muscle hypertrophy and bone density, measurement of body composition, and benefits of exercise in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and weight control are a few of the many contributions made by exercise scientists to Sports Medicine.

Few academic program majors offer such diverse opportunities after graduation as Exercise Science. The academically rigorous curriculum prepares graduates with knowledge and experience for employment opportunities in a variety of settings. In the applied health area, careers in corporate and community/ hospital-based wellness programs, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and research centers investigating the benefits of exercise in chronic disease states are possibilities. Strength and conditioning specialists for sports teams are also career options.

Exercise Science is an excellent option for students interested in applying to graduate health-profession programs such as osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, and clinical exercise physiology. Additional required course work to meet entry requirements can be chosen as electives. In this regard, students should make their career intentions known early in their program of study. Opportunities for graduate study are available in academic units of medicine, biology, physiology, and exercise science. Although not required, completion of the program provides students with the ability to take different certification exams offered by several professional organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Graduating Exercise Science majors must possess a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75.

Prior to taking any EXSC course numbered above EXSC 229 , students must have completed all major and cognate courses with a minimum grade of “C.” Students must also possess a minimum grade point average of 2.50 within the major. Subsequently, in order to progress in EXSC courses, (1.) a minimum grade of “C” must be earned in each major and cognate course and (2.) a minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required within the major.

For more information about the Exercise Science and Sport department, visit its website.


Exercise Science Curriculum

  Department and Number - Descriptive Title of Course Fall Cr. Spr. Cr.

First Year

MAJOR EXSC 210 - Sport and Exercise Physiology 1   3
COGNATE BIOL 110-111 - (E) Structure and Function of the Human Body  4 4
GE NSCI CHEM 112-113 - (E) General and Analytical Chemistry  4.5 4.5
GE WRTG–SPCH WRTG 107 - Composition COMM 100 - Public Speaking  3 3
GE C/IL C/IL 102 - Computing and Information Literacy C/IL 102L - Computing and Information Literacy/Lab    3
GE QUAN MATH 103 - (Q) Pre-Calculus Mathematics  or MATH 114 - (Q) Calculus I  4  
GE FSEM INTD 100 - Freshman Seminar 1 1  
    16.5 17.5

Second Year

MAJOR EXSC 212 - Nutrition in Exercise and Sport 1 3  
MAJOR EXSC 229 - Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology  3  
MAJOR EXSC 230 - (D,S) Health Promotion/Disease Prevention and Health Disparities    3
MAJOR EXSC 313 - Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise    3
MAJOR PHED 112 - First Aid/CPR/AED  1  
MAJOR PHED ELECT - Physical Education 1  
COGNATE BIOL 245 - (W: lab only) General Physiology (O)    4.5
COGNATE PHYS 120 - (E) General Physics PHYS 121 - (E) General Physics  4 4
GE PHIL PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy  3  
GE S/BH PSYC 110 - (S) Fundamentals of Psychology    3
    15 17.5

Third Year

MAJOR EXSC 240 - Prevention and Care of Sports Injuries 1   3
MAJOR EXSC 375 - Exercise Testing/Programming for Health and Performance  3  
MAJOR EXSC 442 - Clinical Exercise Physiology    3
MAJOR PHED ELECT - Physical Education 1  
COGNATE EDUC 120 - (Q,W) Applied Statistics  or PSYC 210 - (Q) Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences  or MATH 204 - (Q) Special Topics of Statistics  3  
COGNATE BIOL 250 - Microbiology (C,O,M)  or BIOL 348 - Functional Neuroanatomy (C,O)  or BIOL 446 - Cardiovascular Physiology (O)  or CHEM 232 - (E) Organic Chemistry    3
GE PHIL PHIL 210 - Ethics    3
GE T/RS T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology  3 3
GE HUMN HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective 3  
GE HUMN HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective (Cultural Diversity)   3
GE ELECT FREE ELECT - Free Elective 3  
    16 18

Fourth Year

MAJOR EXSC 350 - Nutrition through the Life Cycle , EXSC 360 - Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning , EXSC 412 - (W) Current Topics in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine  or EXSC 413 - (W) Worksite Health Promotion    3
MAJOR EXSC 435 - (D) Exercise, Nutrition and Women’s Health 1 3  
MAJOR EXSC 440 - Advanced Physiology of Sport and Exercise  3  
MAJOR EXSC 448 - Research Methods in Exercise Science    3
MAJOR PSYC 238 - Exercise and Sport Psychology  3  
GE S/BH S/BH ELECT - Social/Behavioral Elective   3
GE PHIL or T/RS PHIL- Philosophy–T/RS - T/RS Elective   3
GE HUMN HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective 3 3
GE ELECT FREE ELECT - Free Elective 3  
    15 15

Total: 130.5 Credits

1 Includes service-learning component

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