Exercise Physiology

BUILD A HEALTHIER SOCIETY

By enrolling in Exercise Physiology at AMU, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the evaluation, interpretation and prescription process to address both individual and population health. You’ll transform classroom concepts into service projects for the benefit of the community making this major an ideal stepping-stone for medical careers or graduate studies.

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BUILD A HEALTHIER SOCIETY

By enrolling in Exercise Physiology at AMU, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the evaluation, interpretation and prescription process to address both individual and population health. You’ll transform classroom concepts into service projects for the benefit of the community making this major an ideal stepping-stone for medical careers or graduate studies.

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Skills You will Gain

1. Knowledge of Health and Wellness Protocols. As you move through the Exercise Physiology program, you will gain a keen understanding of the principles, theories and content of exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior and nutrition.

2. Application of Scientific Research. By the time you graduate, you will be able to demonstrate basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods and sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting in the exercise sciences.

3. Create Physical Exercise Programs. With a solid grasp of the importance of physical activity and exercise on maintaining/improving health and quality of life, you will learn to plan, implement, evaluate and revise such interventions in clinical, health-related and training environments.

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Instructor of Biology

Email:

jacob.blanchard@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7130

Office:

Henkels 3052

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Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Adjunct Instructor of Exercise Physiology

Email:

jamon.copeland@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-7943

Office:

Thomas Student Union 2031

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Dr. Paula Ines Castagnet Chair of Biological Sciences; Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

nicholas.curtis@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7132

Office:

Henkels 2053

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Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology

Email:

alexander.heatherly@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7983

Office:

Canizaro Library 314

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Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

ladislav.sallai@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-2418

Office:

Henkels 3028

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Professor of Exercise Physiology

Email:

stephen.wirick@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7966

Office:

Canizaro Library 313

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FAST FACTS

  • AMU is home to a Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society chapter, which exceptional Biology majors students have the opportunity to join.
  • Ave Maria has a large athletic department, which provides opportunities for students to interact with a variety of sports trainers and specialists.
  • Ave Maria University Department of Biology faculty teach all lab sections, allowing students more personal attention and expert guidance. Most labs are smaller than 24 students.
  • The Department of Biology also offers degrees in Biology (B.S. or B.A.), Environmental Science (B.A.), Health Science (B.A.), and Health Science Administration (B.A.), and minors in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Health Science, and Exercise Physiology (B.S. or B.A.).

INTERNSHIPS & CAREERS

The Exercise Physiology degree prepares students for post-baccalaureate study in areas of physical and occupational therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning as well as concurrent preparation for careers in the fitness and wellness industry. Our students enjoy numerous internship opportunities on campus, within the town Ave Maria, as well as the surrounding communities of Naples, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers. All exercise physiology students are required to complete an internship course as part of their academic program.

REQUIRED COURSES

Required Courses for the B.A. in Exercise Physiology

BIOL 100 Medical Terminology

BIOL 200 Nutrition

BIOL 250 Health and Wellness

BIOL 304 Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 309 Anatomy and Physiology II

EXER 220 Data Analysis

EXER 250 Strength and Conditioning I

EXER 251 Strength and Conditioning II

EXER 270 Kinesiology and Biomechanics

EXER 300 Exercise Physiology

EXER 350 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

EXER 380 Advanced Sports Nutrition

EXER 430 Cardiometabolic Disease Prevention

EXER 460 Exercise for Special Populations

EXER 432 Principles of Fitness Management

EXER 490 Exercise Assessment

EXER 491 Exercise Prescription

EXER 499 Clinical Experience

PSYC 370 Sport Psychology

Required Courses for the B.S. in Exercise Physiology

BIOL 100 Medical Terminology

BIOL 200 Nutrition

BIOL 211 Biology I

BIOL 250 Health and Wellness

BIOL 304 Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 309 Anatomy and Physiology II

CHEM 125 General Chemistry I

EXER 220 Data Analysis

EXER 250 Strength and Conditioning I

EXER 270 Kinesiology and Biomechanics

EXER 300 Exercise Physiology

EXER 350 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

EXER 490 Exercise Assessment

EXER 491 Exercise Prescription

EXER 499 Clinical Experience

MATH 150 Functions

PHYS 211 College Physics I

PSYC 201 Principles and Methods of Psychology

PSYC 230* Applied Statistics for Psychology

STAT 230* Applied Statistics

*Students must take either PSYC 230 or STAT 230

Minor in Exercise Physiology

BIOL 304 Anatomy and Physiology I

EXER 250 Strength and Conditioning I

EXER 270 Kinesiology and Biomechanics

EXER 300 Exercise Physiology

EXER 490 Exercise Assessment

EXER 491 Exercise Prescription

DEPARTMENTAL MESSAGE

The study of science is born from the conviction of the fundamental intelligibility of the world. Science at Ave Maria University testifies to the Catholic Church’s confidence in human reason’s ability to know the truth about God’s creation even apart from the illuminating power of grace. The natural sciences are not simply technological disciplines, but are truly liberal arts education in which we seek to know truth for its own sake. By enabling us to enter the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of physical reality, science instills within the students a deep sense of wonder at the natural universe.

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