Exercise Science

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science (B.A.) degree offers a solid foundation in factual and conceptual study of human movement. The program provides students with sound academic preparation in the science of human movement through physics and biological courses. Students acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the theoretical and practical components of exercise science theory and practice. The curriculum is designed to promote critical thinking skills, effective writing, clear articulation and presentation, and analytical skills through the subject matter. Students learn to appreciate the application of scientific research to real world problems and/or service for the benefit of the community, with consideration of the moral and ethical issues involved.

Exercise Science provides opportunities for students interested in exercise, training, physical therapy, and related fields.  Exercise science includes kinesiology and physiology. Kinesiology studies human movement through the application of the latest evidenced-based research to improve bodily function, exercise, health, and wellness.  Exercise physiology is a sub-discipline of kinesiology that addresses 1) the short-term biological responses to the stress of physical activity and 2) how the body adapts to repeated bouts of physical activity over time.  Exercise physiology and kinesiology are multifaceted fields that study movement and physical activity and how the person responds to stress.  Knowledge is gained through scholarly study and research of physical activity.

This program guides students toward possible positions in settings such as fitness/wellness centers, personal training, coaching, rehabilitation sciences, health, and wellness education. The degree also serves as preparation for post-baccalaureate study in areas such as human growth, aging, athletic training, biomechanics, chiropractic, exercise physiology, sports management, and sports psychology.

Required Courses:

(All courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.)

BIOL 100 Medical Terminology (1 credit)

MATH 150 Function

BIOL 201 Concepts of Biology I or BIOL 211 Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIOL 200 Nutrition (3 credits)

BIOL 250 Health and Wellness

BIOL 270 Kinesiology and Biomechanics

BIOL 304 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 309 Anatomy & Physiology II

EXER 250 Strength and Conditioning (2 credits)

EXER 300 Exercise Physiology

EXER 350 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (2 credits)

EXER 490 Exercise Testing Clinical I (2 credits)

EXER 491 Exercise Testing Clinical II (2 credits)

CHEM 211 General Chemistry I

PHYS 211 College Physics I

PSYC 370 Sports Psychology


Student Learning Outcomes for the Exercise Science Major

Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate a sound foundational knowledge and understanding of the principles, theories, and content from the exercise science domains: exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and nutrition.

Outcome 2: Graduates will demonstrate basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, and sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting in the exercise sciences.

Outcome 3: Graduates will plan, implement, evaluate, report and revise physical activity and/or exercise interventions in clinical, health-related, and training environments.

Outcome 4: Graduates will understand the importance and influence of physical activity and exercise on health and advocate for physically active lifestyles as a means by improving quality of life and reducing the risk and prevalence of lifestyle related diseases.