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B.S. Degree in Exercise Science {20-21}

B.S. Degree in Exercise Science

Description
The Exercise Science major prepares students for careers in fitness, exercise science, sport performance, wellness and allied health. Students can continue their education by pursuing graduate studies in exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation and rehabilitative science. Students learn to administer health appraisals and fitness assessments; understand exercise techniques; and design exercise programs for healthy adults, athletes and special populations. The exercise science program provides students with the educational experience to develop aerobic, anaerobic and resistance training programs to enhance cardio respiratory endurance, body composition, strength, power, balance, speed, agility and flexibility. One of the goals of the Exercise Science program is to prepare students for certification exams by nationally recognized health, fitness, sports performance and sports medicine organizations such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine and American Council on Exercise. To receive the B.S. Degree in Exercise Science, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will apply knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, risk factors, health appraisal, fitness assessments, orthopaedic exercise, nutrition, weight management, test administration, exercise programming, and metabolic calculations to personal fitness and sports performance training.
  • Students will implement the optimum performance training model to design exercise programs that are safe, effective, maximize performance and optimize health.
  • Students will apply basic competencies required of a fitness professional in a sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, fitness center or sports training facility.

Core Requirements ( 42 credits )

Students must earn at least two credits in PE 469 Internship.

AT 220 Care and Prevention of Injuries & Illnesses (3)
HLTH 110 Personal Health and Wellness (3)
HLTH 125 First Aid and CPR (2) OR
AT 225 Athletic Training Emergency/Immediate Care (3)
HLTH 305 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
HLTH 330 Disease Prevention (2)
PE 202 Strength and Conditioning Exercise Techniques (1)
PE 302 Strength and Conditioning Program Design (2)
PE 310 Sport and Play in the United States (3)
PE 311 Motor Learning (2)
PE 320 Anatomical Kinesiology (3)
PE 321 Human Physiology (3)* 
PE 365 Exercise Program Design (3)
PE 402 Strength and Conditioning Practicum (1)
PE 420 Biomechanics (3)
PE 421 Physiology of Exercise (3)
PE 469 Internship (2-12)
PE 473 Exercise Testing and Interpretation (3)

*Biol 349 is a prerequisite for Pre-Professional Programs

Emphasis in Health and Fitness

Program Requirements ( 9 credits )

PE 364 Group Exercise Leadership (3)
AT 321 Orthopaedic Clinical Assessment (3)
AT 324 Therapeutic Exercise (3)

Restricted Electives ( 9 credits )

Elective course selections should be made in close consultation with students advisor, depending upon the career goals of the student. 

ENTR 230 Entrepreneurial Finance (3)
ENTR 231 Entrepreneurial Leadership & Organization (3)
ENTR 232 Entrepreneurial Marketing (3)

PE 102 Weight Training I (1)
PE 137 Yoga (1)
PE 190 Topics (1)
PE 193 Elementary School Activities (1)
PE 452 Adaptive Physical Education (3)
PE 460 Principles of Coaching (3)
PE 474 Tests and Measurements in PE (3)

HLTH 190 Topics
HLTH 327 Safety Education and Consumer Protection (3)
HLTH 412 Education for Sexuality and HIV/AIDS (3)

CSIS 103 Computer Concepts and Applications (3)
ENGL 286 Writing for the Workplace (3)
ENGL 387 Technical Report Writing (3)
COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)


Emphasis in Rehabilitative Science

Program Requirements ( 6 credits )

AT 321 Orthopaedic Clinical Assessment (3)
AT 324 Therapeutic Exercise (3)

Restricted Electives ( 12 credits )

Elective course selections should be made in close consultation with students advisor, depending upon the career goals of the student. 

AT 210 Medical Terminology (1)
BIOL 111/BIOL 111L Cell Biology and lab (4)
BIOL 115/BIOL 115L Organismal Biology and lab (4)
BIOL 323/BIOL 323L Human Anatomy and lab (4)
BIOL 349/BIOL 349L Human Physiology and lab (4)
CHEM 150/CHEM 150L General Chemistry I and lab (4)
CHEM 210/CHEM 210L General Chemistry II and lab (4)
MATH 234 Intro to Probability and Statistics (3)
PHYS 160 College Physics I and lab (4)
PHYS 161 College Physics II and lab (4)
PSY 202 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 463 Abnormal Psychology (3)

HLTH 190 Topics
HLTH 327 Safety Education and Consumer Protection (3)
HLTH 412 Education for Sexuality and HIV/AIDS (3)

CSIS 103 Computer Concepts and Applications (3)
ENGL 286 Writing for the Workplace (3)
ENGL 387 Technical Report Writing (3)
COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)