Welcome to Exercise Science!
The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Exercise Science majors engage in the study of all aspects of human movement including motor skill development and acquisition, biomechanics, movement efficiency, physiological responses and adaptations of organ systems, anatomical development, and psycho-sociological influences. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Exercise Sciences has foundations in mammalian biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and mathematics. After two years of science and liberal education,degree candidates engage in the advanced study in their selected concentration area, focusing on professional and graduate studies, or applications of exercise science either health care professions or human performance professions. Depending on the concentration selected, either an internship or research project is the capstone requirement.
The Exercise Science curriculum uses laboratory experiences for active learning. Most upper level ESAT courses have a graded laboratory component. Students work under supervision in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, the Biomechanics Laboratory, The Motor Learning and Vision Laboratory. Students additionally combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience in electrocardiography, exercise testing, exercise supervision, applied nutrition, and strength & conditioning procedures in a managed learning environment. They monitor and mentor students involved in exercise programs. Our labs and other physical facilities allow learning via student research and activity. Substantial opportunities exist for interested students to conduct independent research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Such projects have potential to be presented at the local, state, and national professional meetings. This provides students with unparalleled opportunity for professional development and personal growth.
The primary objective of the Exercise Science Program is to assist students in preparing themselves for success in graduate and profession studies or to be competent practitioners in professions centering on human movement in health-related or sports activities. Graduates of the Exercise Science program should:
1. Develop, assimilate, synthesize, and apply multiple sources of information that relate to the responses and adaptations resulting from physical activity, exercise, and training;
De facto program evaluation comes as students sit for the certification exams such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and tests such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and as they successfully compete for entry into graduate and professional programs nationwide.