Exercise Science (B.S.)
Our exercise science program educates students to enhance the quality of life, health and well-being of individuals in society throughout the lifespan. The program focuses on promoting healthier physical, mental, emotional and social lifestyles.
Successful completion of the program equips students with the tools to enter the fitness industry (via our health fitness concentration) or to pursue physical therapy graduate education (via our pre-physical therapy concentration).
Featured CoursesEXSC 301 Strength Training and ConditioningCurrent concepts of strength training and conditioning as they relate to improved athletic performance are discussed and practiced. Students engage in various physical conditioning activities. They evaluate and adapt strength training and conditioning techniques to individuals of differing ages.
Prerequisites: EXSC 200 EXSC 310 KinesiologyThis course addresses the fundamentals of human movement as they relate to physical activities and skill performance. Students will study the relationship of anatomical, physiological, and mechanical principles to the muscular movement of the human form.
Prerequisites: BIOL 121 and BIOL 122 EXSC 315 Exercise PhysiologyThe course emphasizes the human body's acute and chronic adaptations to exercise with particular focus on changes occurring in the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems.
Prerequisites: BIOL 121 and BIOL 122 EXSC 320 Motor LearningIn this course, students examine information processing as needed for motor control. The course addresses factors that facilitate and inhibit learning, acquisition, and refinement of motor skills.
Prerequisites: None EXSC 350 Exercise Prescription and Testing for Special PopulationsThis course will address exercise prescription and testing for special populations, particularly related to cardiac conditioning. Cour se content will focus on people with physical disabilities, diabetes, sensory impairment, and infectious disease, mental impairment, and pregnancy throughout the lifespan. Special considerations will focus on children and the elderly. The course content is based upon guidelines published by the American College of Sports Medicine. Formerly EXSC 350 - Exercise Prescription and Testing for Special Populations II.
Prerequisites: EXSC 340 EXSC 430 Research and Evidence-Based PracticeThis course focuses on relevant components of scientific research needed by health care professionals. Students will be introduced to theoretical approaches and research methodologies used in health care and will develop skills necessary to critically appraise and utilize research for evidence-based practice.
Prerequisites: MATH 110
- Personal Trainer
- Health and Wellness Instructor
- Strength Coach
- Physical Therapist (after completion of a physical therapy program)
Our students engage in experiential learning through various fieldwork experiences in settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, fitness facilities, and strength and conditioning programs.