Course Descriptions

Required Courses

EX 100 Introduction to Health and Fitness (3 CR)
Aspects of a healthy lifestyle including physical activity, nutrition and public health are examined in addition to strategies to promote wellness. Prerequisites: None

The Following Courses are Restricted to EX Majors:

EX 230 Research and Evaluation for Health Professionals (3 CR)
An introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant to exercise science. Topics will include: conducting literature searches, scientific writing style, proper citation, study design, levels of measurement, parametric and non parametric biostatistics, qualitative data analysis, and ethical considerations in exercise science research. Prerequisites: EX 100

EX 250 Exercise Physiology, with Lab (4 CR)
Presents a workable knowledge of the body’s response to physical activity. Exercise metabolism, cardiopulmonary function, adaptations to training and environmental factors are addressed as well as exercise training guidelines. Assessment, clinical skills, aerobic testing, strength and power testing, and flexibility testing are among lab activities.  Prerequisites: BI 207/209, EX 230 as co-requisite

EX 260 Kinesiology, with Lab (4 CR)
Investigates basic mechanical and kinesiological principles and their functions, interrelationships, and involvement with the mechanics of human motion.  Prerequisites: BI 206/208, college-level Physics, EX 230 as co-requisite

EX 270 Neural Control of Human Movement (3 CR)
This course reviews the neural structure and function of human movement. Anatomical, developmental, and physiological foundations are covered during the first part of the course. Progressive concepts and theories of neuoroplasticity, motor control, motor learning, and motor skills are presented as they relate to daily activities and sport. The course completes with an introduction to pathological movement conditions and therapeutic strategy.   Prerequisites: BI 206/208, EX 230

EX 290 Behavioral Aspects of Exercise (3 CR)
This course will examine psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence physical activity, exercise, and rehabilitation, as well as individual, interpersonal, community, environmental, and policy approaches to promoting physical activity. Prerequisites: BI 206/208, EX 230

EX 362 Exercise Testing and Prescription, with Lab (4 CR)
This lab course explores various methods to evaluate musculoskeletal strength/endurance, cardiopulmonary endurance, flexibility and body composition with emphasis on assessment, screening, developing a test battery, and the creation of individualized exercise programs for healthy populations. The lab component is designed to refine students’ clinical skills and provide an opportunity to use advanced techniques in exercise testing.  Prerequisite: EX 250

EX 363 Developing Strength and Conditioning Programs, with Lab (4 CR)
Reviews the scientific basis and practical concerns related to the development of safe, effective strength, and conditioning programs. Emphasis is on both proper exercise technique/instruction and the creation of programs utilizing numerous systems and modalities. Prerequisites: EX 250,  EX 260

EX 366 Clinical Rotation (2 CR)
Off campus clinical rotation surveys the scope of practice that characterizes Exercise Science. Specifically students visit cardiopulmonary rehab centers, corporate fitness centers, strength and conditioning facilities, and health and wellness programs for special populations including children and geriatric patient/clients. Prerequisite: EX 250

Elective Courses 

EX 253 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (3 CR)
A systematic study of the disease process and disorders commonly seen in an exercise setting. Emphasis is on the effect of disease symptoms, management, and pharmacological agents on physical activity.  Prerequisites: BI 207/209, EX 230

EX 255 Nutritional Aspects of Human Health and Performance (3 CR)
This course provides an examination of the six classes of nutrients with strong emphasis on chronic disease prevention and improving athletic performance. Issues concerning dietary supplements, functional foods, and the ethics of food choices are also explored.  Prerequisites: BI 207/209, EX 230

EX 299 Special Topics in Exercise Science (1-3 CR)
In-depth exploration of a specific, applied exercise science topic. Course can be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

EX 320 Pediatric Exercise Science (3 CR)
This course provides practical exercise science experience in a field setting serving pediatric populations under direct supervision. The impact of puberty, resistance and aerobic training are examined in the growing child. The course includes a service-learning component in addition to a weekly seminar. Prerequisites: EX 250

EX 358 Exercise and Aging (3 CR)
Examines the theory and practice of selecting age appropriate fitness promoting activities. The course also reviews the effects that growth and maturation have on physical performances. Prerequisites: EX 250 and EX 260

EX 361 Function Gait Analysis (3 CR)
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive investigation of normal and pathological human locomotion patterns from a biomechanical perspective. Upon completion of this course the student will be proficient in (1) practical gait analysis techniques, (2) analysis of gait patterns, (3) etiology of pathological gait, and (4) the efficacy of certain surgical, orthopedic or foot wear treatments. Prerequisites: EX 260

EX 365 Clinical Exercise Science (3 CR)
This course explores diagnostic testing, exercise prescription, and lifestyle modification. Primary and secondary prevention and treatment of heart, lung, immune and metabolic diseases are also addressed.  Prerequisites: EX 250

EX 367 Internship (1-3 CR)
Internships in Exercise Science provide the student with a hands-on learning experience in either a clinical exercise science or performance related setting. Internships are available to students in the last two semesters of their undergraduate study and students are required to work 15-20 hours/week under the guidance of an exercise professional. Prerequisites: EX 250, EX 260

EX 390 Planning and Evaluation for Wellness (3 CR)
Skills and competencies required for promoting active living and healthy eating in communities will be examined. Specifically, students will examine health promotion program planning, program evaluation, cultural competency, health advocacy, and health communication. Successful active living and healthy eating programs will be drawn upon as examples.

EX 398 Independent Research in Exercise Science (3 CR)
This experience is designed for an advanced upper-level student to perform independent research in an area of Exercise Science while working with a faculty mentor. Students develop a testable research question, employ sound research methodology, collect observations and disseminate their work in both written and oral forums.