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Exercise Science

Concentration in Fitness and Wellness

Exercise Science is the systematic study of the mechanisms underlying human movement exercise, and physical activity. This encompasses aspects from the disciplines of human anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, psychology, motor control and biomechanics. An individual studying exercise science should have a strong interest in applying scientific principles to a variety of human movement, exercise and physical activity settings. The concentration in Fitness and Wellness provides students with the knowledge and skills to enter into the Health and Wellness industry. Specifically, it prepares students for employment in corporate fitness centers, health clubs, sports medicine clinics, cardiac rehabilitation programs, sports training facilities or other programs that require exercise testing and prescription. It also provides students with the necessary knowledge and background to properly manage this type of facility. In addition, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA throughout their program of study to remain within and graduate with a degree in Exercise Science.


Major Requirements for Fitness and Wellness

  • HPE Physical education Courses (2)
  • HPE 214 Beginning Swimming (1)
  • HPE 216 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Professions (2)
  • HPE 221 Introduction to Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Allied Health Professions (3)
  • HPE 274 First Aid and Safety (2)
  • HPE 321 Motor Learning (3)
  • HPE 373 Physiology of Exercise (3)
  • HPE 374 Kinesiology and Analysis of Human Movement (3)
  • HPE 376 Therapeutic Exercise (3)
  • HPE 377 Advanced Personal Trainer Certification (3)
  • HPE 423 Adapted Physical Education, Therapeutic Recreation and Kinesiology (3)
  • HPE 432 Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Kinesiotherapy (3)
  • HPE 472 Tests and Measurements in Adapted Physical Education, Recreation, and Kinesiotherapy (3)
  • HPE 490 Methods of Teaching Allied Health Sciences (3)
  • HPE 491 Clinical Internship in Exercise Science (3)
  • HPE 492 Research and Seminar in Allied Health and Kinesiotherapy (3)
  • BIO 373 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture (3)
  • BIO 374 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
  • BIO 383 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture (3)
  • BIO 384 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
  • CHE 112 Principles of Chemistry (3)
  • CHE 122 Principles of Chemistry Lab (1)
  • PSY 210 Human Development (3)
  • PSY 304 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • ATH 378 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
  • ATH 380 Pharmacology (3)
  • ATH 386 Nutrition for Sports and Performance (3)
  • REC 450 Legal Aspects of Recreation Administration (3) or Business Elective (3)

Four Year Course Distribution Plan Required Curriculum Exercise Science Fitness and Wellness

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior

First Semester

  • CIS 101 Concepts of the Computer (3)
  • ENG 111 College English and Composition II (3)
  • HIS 115 Intro to World Civilization (3) or other History Elective
  • HPE 101 Foundations of Health (3)
  • MAT 111 General Mathematics I (3)
  • or OAS 100 College Success (1)
  • or OAS 101 Transfer Student Success (1)
  • or OAS 102 Adult Education Success (1)

First Semester

  • BIO 373 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture (3)
  • BIO 374 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Laboratory (1)
  • ENG 113 College Composition and Research (3)
  • HPE 214 Beginning Swimming (1)
  • HUM 201 Introduction to AfricanAmerican
  • Humanities (3) or other Humanities/Fine Arts elective
  • REL 225 Introduction to Religion (3) or other Religion Elective
  • HPE 216 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Professions (2)

First Semester

  • PSY 210 Human Development (3)
  • HPE 274 First Aid and Safety (2)
  • CHE 212 General Chemistry I (3)
  • CHE 222 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • HPE 321 Motor Learning (3)
  • HPE Physical Education Course (1)
  • HPE 221 Introduction to Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Allied Health Professions (3)

First Semester

  • ATH 386 Nutrition for Sports and Performance (3)
  • HPE 377 Advanced Personal Trainer Certification (3)
  • HPE 490 Methods of Teaching Allied Health Sciences (3)
  • REC 450 Legal Aspects of Recreation Administration (3) or Business Course
Semester Hours 16 Semester Hours 16 Semester Hours 16 Semester Hours 12

Second Semester

  • BIO 112 Introductory Biology (3)
  • BIO 113 Introductory Biology Laboratory (1)
  • ENG 112 College Composition an Argument (3)
  • COM 205 Fundamentals of Human Speech (3)
  • or COM 210 Public Speaking (3)
  • MAT 113 Intermediate Algebra (3)
  • POL 150 Introduction to Political Science (3) or other Civics elective

Second Semester

  • BIO 383 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture (3)
  • BIO 384 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory (1)
  • ETH 215 CrossCultural
  • Ethics of Responsibility (3)
  • HPE 373 Physiology of Exercise (3)
  • HPE 374 Kinesiology and Analysis of Human Movement (3)
  • PSY 150 General Psychology (3)
  • HPE Physical Education Course (1)

Second Semester

  • ATH 378 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
  • HPE 376 Therapeutic Exercise (3)
  • HPE 423 Adapted Physical Education, Therapeutic Recreation and Kinesiology (3)
  • HPE 432 Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Kinesiotherapy (3)
  • HPE 472 Tests and Measurements in Adapted Physical Education, Recreation, and Kinesiotherapy (3)

Second Semester

  • ATH 380 Pharmacology (3)
  • PSY 304 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • HPE 491 Clinical Internship in Exercise Science (3)
  • HPE 492 Research and Seminar in Allied Health and Kinesiotherapy (3) or other Civics Elective
Semester Hours 16 Semester Hours 17 Semester Hours 15 Semester Hours 12
Total Credit Hours: 120