EXSC 101: Introduction to Exercise Science (3)

This course introduces students to the exercise science discipline. Students will examine concepts including professionalism, ethics, certification and licensure, employment opportunities and scientific foundations of the various sub-disciplines. Basic foundations of exercise science will be emphasized.

EXSC 150: Prevention, Treatment, and Emergency Care of Injuries (3)

This course will introduce students to emergency and immediate care of injuries. The course will also provide an introduction to the mechanisms of injury, signs and symptoms, and management procedures for common sport/activity-related injuries. Medical emergencies, physical trauma, various disease pathologies, bleeding, respiratory and cardiac emergencies, and transportation of the injured will be explored. The student will also learn emergency bandaging for open wounds, splinting for fractures and sprains, crutch fitting, and the use of a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer in a practical setting. Upon completion of the course, students will be certified in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers.

EXSC 245:  Principles of Health (3)
The student will be introduced to techniques and principles to improve an individual's mental and physical health. Human sexuality and personal relations will be explored. The effects of legal and illegal drugs on the body will be examined. Systemic and acquired diseases and their effects on the human body will be investigated. The final areas of emphasis for this course will be to study the effects of aging, dying, and the various types of medical services available to the consumer.
Cross listed as AT 245

EXSC 280:  Kinesiology (3)

The student will primarily be exposed to functional human anatomy focusing on skeletal muscle origin, insertion, action, and nerve supply. In addition, the student will develop an understanding and appreciation of fundamental principles that relate to human movement and, in particular, an understanding of those principles that apply to efficient, skilled, and safe movement. The student will develop the ability to functionally and mechanically analyze typical and irregular or potentially harmful movements in terms of principles derived primarily from anatomy, physiology and biomechanical physics.
Cross listed as AT 280

EXSC 290:  Exercise Physiology (3)

Presents the student with a comprehensive study of the human body's responses to exercise. Topics include respiratory response to exercise, principles of training and conditioning and the resulting adaptations of the human body, cardiovascular training principles, energy production, metabolism, body composition, and muscular adaptations to exercise. The student will have the opportunity to apply these principles in a practical setting through laboratory activities.
Cross listed as AT 290

EXSC 300/300L: Science of Strength & Conditioning/Lab (3)/(1)

Students will learn to develop programs of exercise and activity and techniques for individual assessment of client status, needs, and goals. Students will learn to design programs that enable clients to determine realistic goals for development and the use of activity throughout life. Students will be introduced to the various aerobic fitness activities for adult populations. Techniques of fitness assessment, aerobic dance, jogging, and aquatics activities will be emphasized. Various strength training programs techniques and trends will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to set up and become involved in various strength training methods.

EXSC 309: Electrocardiology (3)

This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge of the structure and function of the heart and circulatory system. Students will understand the electrical and mechanical events of the cardiac cycle, as well as develop an understanding heart and circulatory diseases and conditions. Additionally, students will set-up, electrocardiograph (ECG) monitoring systems and record and interpret ECG data through administration of 3- and 12-lead ECGs both during rest and exercise. Finally, students will interpret normal and abnormal heart rhythms and artifacts during rest and exercise.

EXSC 310/310L: Assessment & Measurements in Exercise/Lab(3)/(1)

This course presents practical and theoretical knowledge about the various modes and protocols used in graded exercise testing, basic electrocardiography and exercise prescription based on testing results. Laboratory sessions provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience in performing various physiological testing procedures as well as various methods of fitness testing. The course focuses on developing expertise in preparation of clients for fitness testing, utilization of various modes of exercise testing and test interpretation.
Pre-requisite - EXSC 150 and EXSC 309.

EXSC 320: Exercise and Special Populations (3)

This course provides an in-depth study of changes that occur due to acute exercise, chronic exercise, and aging. Students will examine the physiologic differences among individuals with various medical conditions.  Behavioral modification and counseling skills for various populations are also developed.

EXSC 325:  Nutrition and the Athlete (3)

The student will understand the relationship between physical fitness, physical performance, injury prevention, and nutritional intake. The student will develop an understanding of how to improve physical performance through proper utilization of food, how to identify improper eating habits, the effects of food supplements, techniques and effectiveness of carbohydrate loading, and the construction of a pre-event meal.
Cross listed as AT 325

EXSC 430: Program Development & Prescription in Exercise and Fitness (3)

This course examines strength training techniques and program design. Emphasis is placed on proper form and utilization of various workout designs to complement larger training goals. Students will gain experience in the theoretical and practical aspects of designing individual workout sessions, periodization and programming to enhance progression.
Pre-requisite - EXSC 310/310L.

EXSC 440: Administration & Organization for Exercise Facilities (3)

The student will gain an understanding of policies and procedures in the operation of an exercise/testing facility. Students will study position statements that describe various aspects of industry standards, appropriate staff to client ratios, budgeting, management strategies of staff and organizational requirements of operating various exercise/fitness facilities. Students will learn appropriate evaluation and care of equipment for exercise and testing and appropriate record keeping and budgeting for facilities. Students will study legal considerations of all aspects of exercise and fitness facilities.

EXSC 480: Research & Design I (2)

This course is designed to help students understand, evaluate and conduct exercise science research. Students will examine the basic concepts and procedures for conducting research, acquire skills necessary for interpreting research, and develop an understanding of how to apply research findings.

EXSC 481: Research & Design II (2)

Students will develop and carry-out an original research project on a topic related to exercise science. This process will involve a formal proposal and defense presentation in addition to collection and interpretation of their data.
Pre-requisite - EXSC 480.

EXSC 499: Field Experience/Internship (3)

Internship experience designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain real-world experience inexercise science settings while completing all of the assignments found in the Exercise Science Program internship handbook.
Pre-requisite - Successful completion of all 300-level exercise science courses.