Exercise Science

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College of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Human Performance

Koehler Fieldhouse

570-422-3302......www.esu.edu/exsc

What is Exercise Science?

Exercise Science is the study of muscular activity and adaptations of the human body to this activity. Several sub-disciplines are involved in Exercise Science including Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics and Sports Nutrition. In the Department of Exercise Science, undergraduate students experience these sub-disciplines within the excellent facilities at East Stroudsburg University.

About the Program

East Stroudsburg University has a distinguished history in Exercise Science. The Department of Exercise Science offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and has received endorsement by both the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

The mission of the Department of Exercise Science is to provide students a vehicle within an intellectual environment that fosters their knowledge in the areas of Exercise Science. Through the Exercise Science curriculum, laboratory experiences, applied research, internships, and student-faculty interactions, Exercise Science graduates will have developed knowledge and skills essential for entry-level exercise science professionals or a continuation to a graduate level education.

About the Department of Exercise Science

The Department of Exercise Science offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology or Sport and Exercise Conditioning. The Exercise Physiology concentration prepares students for more advanced studies in Exercise Science. The concentration in Sport and Exercise Conditioning prepares students for work in the health and fitness professions.

Graduate programs are also offered with the Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology and the Master of Science in Exercise Science.

The degree programs in Exercise Science promote a multidisciplinary approach to the study of exercise science and prepare the student for careers in health and fitness-related fields in both public and private industries.

Most of our faculty hold doctoral degrees (Ph.D.) and specialize in Sport and Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Clinical Exercise Physiology, and/or Kinesiology. They all undertake research in their respective areas of expertise and all work closely with the students.

Many of our Exercise Science graduates pursue master's degrees in Exercise Science or Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Other graduates have even pursued and completed doctoral programs at other institutions to pursue a teaching career at a university.

Are you interested in...

  • The science behind sport and exercise performance
  • Providing health care through exercise
  • Pre-health care professional preparation - PT, PA, OT
  • Working in the health and fitness industry
  • Research in sport and health

Choose Exercise Science at ESU

  • CAAHEP nationally accredited program
  • Small class sizes
  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • 20+ classes with laboratory hands-on experience
  • Practical internships
  • Opportunity to obtain three professional certifications

Is exercise science a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Health Fitness Specialist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Pre-PT, Pre-OT, Pre-PA, Pre-M.S.
  • Personal trainer

Career Settings

  • Corporate health and fitness centers
  • Hospital or community wellness
  • (or health and fitness) centers
  • Commercial health and fitness centers
  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation clinics
  • Physician or chiropractic fitness centers
  • Nursing homes, senior citizen centers
  • Teaching in high schools, colleges and universities
  • Research laboratories

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Program Objectives

  1. To provide students with a vehicle within an intellectual environment that fosters their knowledge in the areas of Exercise Science.
  2. To ensure that Exercise Science graduates will have developed knowledge and skills essential for entry-level exercise science professionals or a continuation to graduate level education.
  3. To prepare undergraduate Exercise Science students for advanced professional certifications/licenses from professional organizations like the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

In the Bachelor of Science Exercise Science program, the student covers all aspects of Exercise Science taught through classroom and laboratory experiences.

Students who enter the Exercise Science major begin their studies by taking the Exercise Science core classes.

As juniors and seniors, Exercise Science students choose a set of corequisite courses to focus their studies in one of two concentrations:

  • Exercise Physiology– This concentration prepares the student for more advanced studies in Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Exercise Conditioning– This concentration prepares the student for work in the health and fitness professions.

Opportunities to gain experience in a work environment exist through internships offered as part of the major in Exercise Science. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in campus organizations emphasizing practical experience.

Certification opportunities are also available from nationally recognized organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

National Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) certifies that the Exercise Science Program at ESU meets all of the educational requirements set forth for accreditation.

The American College of Sports Medicine endorses the Exercise Professional program at ESU as matching the goals of the Health/Fitness Instructor level of certification.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association recognizes the Exercise Science program at ESU as matching the needs for professionals interested in Strength and Conditioning.

Internships

Exercise Science students undertake an internship during their time at East Stroudsburg University. Students may choose from more than 80 approved internship sites that provide exceptional opportunities for the student to apply their knowledge in a professional setting.

The internships also provide an opportunity for Exercise Science students to experience the careers that are available to them when they graduate.

The undergraduate internship experience allows the student to apply the skills and knowledge accrued during their formal Exercise Science education in an environment that requires the sustained use of professional practices.

Typical internship sites chosen by Exercise Science undergraduates include:

  • Velocity Sports Performance
  • Pocono Medical Center
  • Elevations Fitness Club
  • St. Luke's Health Center
  • Pocono Wellness

Facilities

The Department of Exercise Science at ESU supports excellent physiology and biomechanics laboratories where exercise testing and evaluation take place. Undergraduate and graduate students experience these laboratories and also have the opportunity to work in the new, state-of-the-art University Recreation Center.

Most of the academic work and laboratory experiences at ESU are taught in the Human Performance and Biomechanics Laboratories.

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science - Concentration: Exercise Physiology

  • Program Features:

    60 Semester Hours

    Career Opportunities:

    Upon successful completion, this concentration affords the student the opportunity to pursue a variety of other educational and employment opportunities within and even outside of the traditional Exercise Science curriculum.

    This concentration serves as a springboard for more advanced studies in Exercise Science, Clinical Exercise Physiology or a host of Exercise therapy-related schools such as Physical Therapy.

    Therefore, the Exercise Physiology concentration serves as a preparatory degree for further graduate study by providing the opportunity to complete many of the prerequisites for graduate study.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      EXSC 100: Introduction to Exercise Science

      3

      EXSC 120: Physical Conditioning

      1

      BIOL 111 GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

      4

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      14

      Spring

      EXSC 202: Kinesiology - Applied Anatomy

      3

      BIOL 112 GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

      4

      CPSC 100 GE: Personal Computers

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      EXSC 122: Strength Training

      1

      EXSC 203: Kinesiology – Mechanical Analysis

      3

      EXSC 310: Exercise Physiology I

      3

      CHEM 111 GE: Chemical Basis of Matter

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      EXSC 311: Exercise Physiology II

      3

      EXSC 322: Strength and Conditioning Theory

      3

      ATEP 230: Prevention and Management of Sport and Fitness Injuries

      3

      MATH 110 GE: General Statistics

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      EXSC 121: Aerobic Fitness Activities

      1

      EXSC 330: Health-Related Fitness Assessment and Exercise Programming

      3

      EXSC 451: Aerobic Fitness Workshop

      2

      EXSC 453: Reducing Coronary Heart Disease Workshop

      2

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      14

      Spring

      EXSC 447: Sport Nutrition

      3

      EXSC 441: Environmental Exercise Physiology

      3

      EXSC 452: Exercise and Weight Control Workshop

      2

      EXSC 454: Anaerobic Training Workshop

      2

      Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Senior Year

      Fall

      EXSC 402: Psychology of Sport and Exercise

      3

      EXSC 431: Analysis of Performance Skills

      3

      EXSC 461: Experimental Exercise Physiology

      3

      Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      EXSC 410: Organization and Administration of Exercise and Wellness Programs

      3

      EXSC 445: Seminar in Adult Fitness Programs

      3

      EXSC 455: Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop

      1

      EXSC 462: Seminar in Exercise Physiology

      3

      EXSC 485/486 Research Project or Internship

      3

      Subtotal

      14

      Total Credits

      120

      For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3302 or visit www.esu.edu/exsc

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science - Concentration: Sport and Exercise Conditioning

  • Program Features:

    54 semester hours

    Career Opportunities:

    Upon successful completion, this concentration affords the student the opportunity to gain employment in the broad health and fitness field among the commercial or public sectors. Employment may take place in a commercial health and fitness facility, a non-profit facility (i.e., YMCA), or in a hospital-based program and/or facility.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      EXSC 100: Introduction to Exercise Science

      3

      EXSC 120: Physical Conditioning I

      1

      BIOL 111 GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology

      4

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      14

      Spring

      EXSC 202: Kinesiology - Applied Anatomy

      3

      BIOL 112 GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

      4

      CPSC 100 GE: Personal Computers

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      EXSC 122: Strength Training

      1

      EXSC 203: Kinesiology - Mechanical Analysis

      3

      EXSC 310: Exercise Physiology I

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      EXSC 311: Exercise Physiology II

      3

      EXSC 322: Strength/Conditioning Theory

      3

      ATEP 230:Prevention and Management of Sport and Fitness Injuries

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      EXSC 121: Aerobic Fitness Activities

      1

      EXSC 330: Health-Related Fitness Assessment and Exercise Programming

      1

      EXSC 342: Power Training for Sport Performance

      3

      EXSC 451: Aerobic Fitness Workshop

      2

      EXSC 453: CHD Workshop

      2

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      EXSC 230: Personal Training Workshop

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      EXSC 447: Sport Nutrition

      3

      EXSC 452: Exercise and Weight Control Workshop

      2

      EXSC 454: Anaerobic Training Workshop

      2

      Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Senior Year

      Fall

      EXSC 402: Psychology of Sports and Exercise

      3

      EXSC 431: Analysis of Performance Skills

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      EXSC 410: Organization and Administration of Exercise and Wellness Programs

      3

      EXSC 445: Seminar in Adult Fitness

      3

      EXSC 455: Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop

      1

      EXSC 456: CSCS Workshop

      1

      EXSC 486: Internship

      3

      Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      12

      Total Credits

      120

      For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3302 or visit www.esu.edu/exsc

Human Performance Laboratory

  • Students experience physiological equipment for testing athletes and patients alike within the Human Performance Laboratory. It is well equipped with treadmills, cycle ergometers, blood and gas analyzers, body composition instruments, electrocardiographs, spirometers, pulse oximeters and stress test systems.

Biomechanics Laboratory

  • Students experience equipment relating to the mechanics of human movement within the Biomechanics Laboratory. This laboratory contains infrared timing devices, video cameras, force-platforms, two- and three-dimensional motion analysis systems, and electromyography systems.

    Research

    Student-led research is very important to the Department of Exercise Science at ESU. Both undergraduate and graduate students are supported by the faculty in their endeavors to produce research theses and dissertations. Many of these research projects are presented at regional and national meetings, as well as published in peer-reviewed journals.

    Information about many of the undergraduate dissertations and master's theses that have been produced by Exercise Science students is available online at www.esu.edu/exsc. A list of published research and professional presentations involving members of the Exercise Science faculty follows the dissertation and theses information.

    Student Organizations

    The Exercise Science Club was established for undergraduate Exercise Science majors. The purpose of the club is to expand the student's knowledge of current exercise-related topics, to enhance the awareness of future career options, and to collaborate as a group participating in activities to develop personal and social leadership skills.

    The club meets every two weeks. At the meetings, upcoming events are discussed such as conferences and campus activities. Certifications relative to Exercise Science that are being offered at ESU are also discussed and members are notified of any job offerings either on campus or close by that would allow them to gain experience in the field.

    Each year the Exercise Science Club will:

    • Participate in the 5k holiday run hosted by Phi Epsilon Kappa
    • Participate and raise money for the March of Dimes
    • Help with Fitness Assessment Day at the ESU Recreation Center
    • Have representatives from different companies come in to discuss their careers individually
    • Attend the Exercise Science Career Fair on campus
    • Plan events as a club (canoeing, skiing, snow tubing, hiking, etc.)
    • Attend the MARC-ACSM conference
    • Host CPR certification (if required)
    • Participate in the certifications for group fitness or personal training offered at the ESU Recreation Center through accredited associations.

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • EXSC 100 Introduction to Exercise Science (3)

    • This coarse will cover the history and development of the field of Exercise Science. Professional opportunities and the role of credentialing will be presented. Appropriate literature will be introduced. Pre-requisite(s): None

  • EXSC 120 Physical Conditioning (1)

    • This course provides for development of programs of exercise and activity and individual assessment of status, needs, and goals and is designed to enable each individual to determine realistic goals for his/her development and the use of activity throughout his/her life.

  • EXSC 121 Aerobic Fitness Activities (1)

    • This course is designed to introduce the student to the various aerobic fitness activities for adult populations. Techniques of fitness assessment, aerobic dance, jogging and aquacizing activities will be emphasized.

  • EXSC 122 Strength Training (1)

    • This course is designed to give the student a broad background in the area of strength training. 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. Recommended prerequisite: EXSC 120.

  • EXSC 202 Kinesiology - Applied Anatomy (3)

    • Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to identify the structural characteristics, movements, and muscles acting as the major joints of the body. The student will be able to select movements or exercises which utilize specific muscle groups and analyze the joint actions, muscle actions, and mechanical principles which apply to the performance of a specific movement.

  • EXSC 203 Kinesiology - Mechanical Analysis (3)

    • This course is designed to enhance the student's understanding of the fundamental laws of physics as they apply to human motion. Emphasis is placed on sport skill analysis. The student is prepared to identify the various phases of motion and explain the mechanical significance of each in producing the desired outcome.

  • EXSC 230 Personal Training Workshop (1)

    • This workshop will provide structured experiences through instruction in the specific theoretical and practical concepts of personal training as they relate to competencies established by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. The workshop is designed to assist the student in preparation for either the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer exam or the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer exam. Prerequisite: EXSC 202 or 203.

  • EXSC 286 Early Internship (1-3)

    • This experience enables a student to explore the role of a professional in a sport fitness or rehabilitation setting under the close supervision of a work-site supervisor. Prerequisites: 30 semester hours; 2.0 QPA; department approval.

  • EXSC 302 Psychosocial Aspects of Activity (3)

    • This course analyzes movement activities as psychosocial phenomena, including consideration of the symbolic and cultural nature of movement forms within a framework of human personality, motivation, and social values and organization. Prerequisite: EXSC 100.

  • EXSC 310 Exercise Physiology I (3)

    • This course studies human responses and adaptations to exercise of varying levels of stress and intensity. Concepts relating to neuromuscular, metabolic, circulatory, and respiratory physiology are treated in both lecture and laboratory experiences which include both theoretical and practical applications to exercise and training principles. Developmental considerations will be addressed as well as health-related physical fitness. Prerequisite: EXSC 100.

  • EXSC 311 Exercise Physiology II (3)

    • This course provides advanced applied biological treatment of adaptations necessary to sustain and/or develop exercise tolerance. Included in this course are principles and findings related to energy metabolism. Laboratory experiences illustrate theoretical material. This course is required for all Exercise Science majors. Prerequisites: EXSC 100, 310; Recommended: BIOL 111, 112.

  • EXSC 322 Strength and Conditioning Theory (3)

    • This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of basic conditioning principles and how to apply them to various groups or individuals. Prerequisites: EXSC 100, 310, and advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • EXSC 327 Stress Management in Exercise and Sport (2)

    • This course concerns the occurrence of stress in relation to exercise and sport settings, the potential for movement forms to serve as stress reducers, and other factors involved in stress and stress management. In laboratory experiences attention will be given to learning relaxation skills and leading others in relaxation and other stress reduction activities. Prerequisites: EXSC 302 or advanced standing with permission of instructor.

  • EXSC 330 Health-Related Fitness Assessment and Exercise Programming (3)

    • This course provides experience in health-related physical fitness assessment and exercise programming for varied populations. The students will complete health-related physical fitness assessments and exercise programming under the direct supervision of the Exercise Science faculty. All students are required to have or obtain CPR certification and Professional Liability Insurance. Prerequisites: EXSC 310 and 311.

  • EXSC 342 Power Training for Sport Performance (1)

    • This course is designed to meet specific competencies needed for students interested in pursuing certification as a strength and conditioning specialist. This course will provide the student with the abilities to employ effective power training methods for optimal sport-specific athletic performance. Training methods that develop speed and power will be emphasized, such as plyometrics, medicine ball training and Olympic Weightlifting. Prerequisites: EXSC 122, 202, or 203 or permission of the instructor.

  • EXSC 402 Psychology of Sport and Exercise (3)

    • This course provides a broad overview for understanding the behavior of individuals in sport and exercise and focuses specific attention on the major sport and exercise concerns related to a psychological perspective. Content areas include personality and motivation factors, performance in groups, enhancing sport performance, and the psychological effects of participation in sport and exercise. Prerequisites: SMGT 201, 302, or two psychology courses; for EXSC students advanced standing of 75 credits.

  • EXSC 410 Organization and Administration of Exercise and Wellness Programs (3)

    • This course presents an overview of organizational and administrative issues relative to the planning, design, and management of health and wellness programs. Opportunities will be provided to observe and evaluate current wellness programs and facilities. Prerequisites: EXSC 310 and 311.

  • EXSC 431 Analysis of Performance Skills (3)

    • Upon completion of this course the student will be able to quantify and analyze human motions utilizing modern techniques of analysis including cinematography, still or sequence photography, video analysis, electrocardiography, and other selected laboratory and field techniques. Prerequisites: EXSC 100, 202, and 203.

  • EXSC 441 Environmental Exercise Physiology (3)

    • This course includes the study of the physiological responses of the human body to maximal and submaximal exercise in various environmental conditions including heat, cold, varying humidity, air pollution, altitude (hypobaria), and hyperbaria. Focus will be on the general and specific mechanisms of adjustment of circulation, respiration, fluid regulation, and metabolism. Both theoretical and laboratory experiences will be provided. Prerequisites: EXSC 310 and 311.

  • EXSC 445 Seminar in Adult Fitness Programs (3)

    • This course is designed to provide a cohesive overview of the entire field of adult fitness. The scientific basis of physiological changes in the adult population with their implications in recommending exercise and associated behavior modification are emphasized. Development, organization, and administration of adult fitness programs in varying environments are explored along with possible on-site visits. Prerequisites: EXSC 310 and 311.

  • EXSC 447 Sport Nutrition (3)

    • This course is designed for students in exercise science or other students with an interest in the role of nutrition in supplying energy for various forms of physical activity. Topics include: physiological role of macronutrients in aerobic and anaerobic energy supply, micronutrients, fluid intake, commercial supplements, body composition, and disordered eating problems of athletes. Prerequisites: EXSC 100 and 310.

  • EXSC 451 Aerobic Fitness Workshop (2)

    • This workshop provides a theoretical and practical framework for measurement and evaluation of aerobic fitness across the lifespan. Field tests that can be administered by exercise professionals are practiced, analyzed, discussed, and validated by laboratory demonstration and participation. Concepts and application of aerobic fitness principles are viewed in light of present day and future needs. Prerequisites: EXSC 100, 310, and/or advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • EXSC 452 Exercises and Weight Control Workshop (2)

    • This workshop will focus on the role of exercise in regard to its positive influences on weight control. The hazards and implications of being overweight will be studied. Techniques for evaluating energy balance and planning for weight loss programs are discussed in light of established scientific principles and procedures. Exercise along with its dietary counterpart are analyzed to determine their relative importance in the weight loss regime. Facts and fallacies are discussed, and opportunities for self-evaluation of leanness and fitness provide practical as well as theoretical experience. Prerequisites: EXSC 100, 310, and/or advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • EXSC 453 Reducing Coronary Heart Disease Workshop (2)

    • This workshop examines exercise as a means of evaluation, prescription, and diagnosis of the major threat to health in the United States today — heart disease. Recent studies with their findings and implications will be viewed. The scientific basis for recommended exercise and associated behavior will provide information with regard to children and adults of both sexes on reducing heart disease risk. Rehabilitative exercise programs for heart victims will focus on accepted training principles and the necessity for changing life styles. Prevention rather than treatment for heart disease will be stressed. Prerequisites: EXSC 100, 310, and advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • EXSC 454 Anaerobic Training Workshop (2)

    • This workshop provides a theoretical and practical framework for measurement and evaluation of anaerobic conditioning, flexibility, strength training, and plyometrics. Field and laboratory tests that can be administered by athletic coaches, teachers, and fitness professionals are practiced, analyzed, and discussed. Prerequisites: EXSC 310, 322 and/or advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • EXSC 455 Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop (1)

    • The Health/Fitness Workshop will provide structured experiences in the classroom, laboratory and exercise arenas to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities in health-related physical fitness assessment and exercise programming. This course will supplement existing coursework by correcting any deficiencies in learning competencies towards being a successful exercise professional. A review of certification materials is also an important component of the course. Prerequisites: EXSC 100, 310, and/or advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • EXSC 456 Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Workshop (1)

    • This workshop will provide structured experiences through instruction in the specific theoretical and practical concepts of strength and conditioning as they relate to the National Strength and Conditioning Association certification requirements. Upon completion of the workshop the student will be eligible to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam offered through the NSCA. Prerequisites: EXSC 310 and 322.

  • EXSC 461 Experimental Exercise Physiology (3)

    • This course will address various physiological conditions which impact physical performances. Experimental design and data collection techniques commonly used in Exercise Science literature will be addressed. Mini-experiments (sleep deprivation, carbohydrate ingestion, oxygen supplementation, caffeine ingestions, etc.) will be utilized to demonstrate various physiological responses in the exercise arena. Prerequisites: EXSC 310 and 311.

  • EXSC 462 Seminar in Exercise Physiology (3)

    • This seminar is designed to focus on the study and discussion of recent experimental and descriptive work in exercise science. Emphasis is placed on student's oral presentations with class interactions. Critical thinking and evaluation of research literature is included. Concepts and issues raised by students are reviewed and further discussed with leadership of the instructor. Integration of previous exercise science course material as well as recent issues are the objectives of this course. Prerequisites: EXSC 310 and 311.

  • EXSC 463 Neuromuscular Adaptations to Exercise (4)

    • This course is designed to study skeletal muscle physiology as it relates to exercise, and the physiological adaptations that occur following alterations in mechanical loading. Concepts relating to skeletal muscle adaptation during exercise training and inactivity are treated in both lecture and laboratory experiences. Prerequisites: EXSC 202, 310, and 311.

  • EXSC 485 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • This course deals with independent research and study under the direction of a faculty member and is designed to deepen the student's interest in a particular area of an academic field. The directing faculty member will be available exclusively to the student for a minimum of five hours per credit. Approval for enrollment must be obtained from the faculty member and from the Department chair. Approval and granting of credit must be in accordance with procedures and standards established by departmental faculty. The student must present a study prospectus prior to approval. Prerequisites: EXSC 100, 15 credits in EXSC.

  • EXSC 486 Field Experiences and Internships (Semester hours arranged)

    • Requirements for Approval:

      All internship sites must be approved by the department faculty. Each application for an internship must be approved by the faculty member in charge of the experience, the director/supervisor of the site where the internship will be done, and the department chair. Before application is made, students must meet the following requirements:

      1. Have faculty recommendation based on qualities essential for success in the assigned environment.
      2. Have successfully completed at least 96 semester hours of credit
      3. Have no incomplete grades in required courses.
      4. Have a minimum average of 2.0 GPA overall and in the major.
      5. Application deadlines are:
        1. November 1 for spring semester internships;
        2. April 1 for fall and summer internships