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Health and Exercise Science (EXSC)

health and excersice sciThe Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science is designed to provide basic theory and application in the rapidly growing field of exercise science, fitness leadership, and exercise physiology. Students will receive a scientific foundation in the structure and function of the human body at rest and during activity, emphasizing the changes that occur with physical activity and nutritional variations. In addition, students will learn different methods of measurement and evaluation in the components of fitness in order to assess fitness status, evaluate progress, and design appropriate programs for improving fitness levels. A particular emphasis is placed on the health-related aspects of fitness.

Students additionally receive instruction in aspects of business, computing, and statistics that will enhance their career opportunities. Within this field of study, students may choose to pursue careers in such areas as fitness leadership, exercise physiology, or rehabilitation technology.

Health & Exercise Science - Recent Graduates

What Graduates are Doing

Recent graduates are currently working or doing graduate study in the following areas:

  • Exercise Science
  • Health Promotion
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Science Education

Recent Graduates

Brittany Dickens (2010) Doctor of Physical Therapy program, East Carolina University

Ryan Brown (2009) Clinical Exercise Physiology program, UNC-Charlotte

Matt Tyndall (2010) Certified Personal Trainer, Charlotte NC

Nicole Cummings (2008) Doctor of Physical Therapy program, East Carolina University

Andrea Beaver (2008) Doctor of Chiropractic program, Logan College of Chiropractic

David Harris (2007) PGA Golf Professional, Baden, NC

Carolyn Mueller (2005) Manager, Fitness Services, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Health & Exercise Science-Degree Requirements

Exercise Science
73-74 Semester Hours plus 2 Activities Minimum
Core Requirements:
BIOL 211 General Biology I EXSC 306 Kinesiology
BIOL 212 General Biology II EXSC 312 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
EXSC 202

Principles of Injuries and Rehabilitation EXSC 401

Sports Nutrition

EXSC 215 Foundations of Fitness Leadership EXSC 506 Practicum in Sports Science
EXSC 303 Human Anatomy and Physiology I EXSC 511 Exercise Testing and Prescription
EXSC 305

Exercise Physiology

EXSC 512

Exercise Science Seminar

    HPED 213 Personal Wellness in Modern Society
    EXSC 220 College Algebra
Areas of Concentration
In addition to the above-listed required courses for all majors, each student majoring in Exercise Science will complete one of the following concentrations:  
Health Promotion Concentration (12 SH) from:
BMAL 201 Principles in Business EXSC 515 Internship in Health Promotion
CHEM 210 General, Organic and Biochemistry HPED 403 Health Promotion
COMM 200 Public Speaking SMGT 307 Sports Facilities Management
    SMGT 212 History of Sport and Physical Activity
Sports Medicine Concentration (11 SH) from:
CHEM 301 General Chemistry I MATH 235 College Trigonometry
CHEM 302 General Chemistry II PHYS 301 General Physics I
    PHYS 302 General Physics II

Health & Exercise Science- Courses Offered

Note: All Exercise Science majors are REQUIRED to be currently certified in CPR/First Aid in order to receive final grades in all EXSC courses numbered 300 and higher. Failure to show proof of certification prior to the conclusion of a 300 level course will result in a grade of "Incomplete". American Red Cross Certification is preferred.

EXSC 202 Principles of Athletic Injuries and Rehabilitation F 3 SH

An introductory course to the field of athletic training. Emphasis is placed on elements of recognition/care and prevention of common athletic illnesses and injuries. The roles of the NATA/BOC certified athletic trainer and other community-based emergency care providers are also discussed.

EXSC 202 L Principles of Athletic Injuries and Rehabilitation Laboratory F 1 SH

A laboratory course covering the selection, fabrication, and application of preventive taping, wraps, pads, splints, braces, and other specific protective devices. Universal precautions in wound management are discussed and demonstrated as is the fitting of protective athletic equipment and crutches.

EXSC 215 Foundations of Fitness Leadership F 3 SH

This course is a lecture/lab style course in which students will learn the principles of safe and effective activity leadership, skills for designing and implementing various types of activity/ training programs for a variety of populations, and demonstrate understanding of basic training principles. Application of activity principles from previous and current personal participation.

EXSC 300 Nutrition S 3 SH

An introductory class with focus on the principles of nutrition as they apply throughout the life cycle. The emphasis of the course is on nutrients and their relationship to optimal health and selected disease states.

EXSC 303 Human Anatomy and Physiology I F 4 SH

The first of an introductory level, two-semester sequence with emphasis on the structure and function of the human body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous/special senses, circulatory, and respiratory. Consists of three (3) contact hours of lecture and a one hour lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 211 and permission of the instructor or BIOL 324 Microbiology and permission of the instructor or two classes in the sciences and sophomore standing.

EXSC 305 (WI) Exercise Physiology F 4 SH

Human physiological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: EXSC 303.

EXSC 306 Kinesiology S 3 SH

Application of anatomical and mechanical principles to human motion. Prerequisite: EXSC 303.

EXSC 310 Health Psychology S odd 3 SH

A course that provides an overview of the rapidly expanding field of health psychology, a relatively recent subdiscipline of Psychology. It is drawn from a variety of areas within the field: personality, social, developmental, clinical. Focus is on the contributions for the discipline of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, and the identification of etiologic and diagnostic correlates of health, illness, and related dysfunction. Prerequisite: PSYC 221.

EXSC 312 Human Anatomy and Physiology II S 4 SH

The second of an introductory two-semester sequence on the structure and function of the human body. Consists of three (3) contact hours of lecture and one and one-half hours of lab. Topics covered in EXSC 312 include the following body systems: endocrine, digestive, urinary, lymphatic, and reproductive. Prerequisites: A grade of C- or better in EXSC 303.

EXSC 401 Sports Nutrition F 3 SH

This course provides knowledge of the functions of food and its relationship with health and human performance. Some of the topics that are included are: essential dietary nutrients; carbohydrates, fats, and proteins; vitamins and minerals; energy sources at rest and during exercise; diet, weight control, body composition, and exercise; vegetarianism; and foods for special purposes.

EXSC 500 Advanced Concepts in Athletic Injuries and Rehabilitation S 3 SH

A course covering accepted techniques and procedures in the clinical evaluation of common athletic injuries/illnesses. Includes history taking, visual inspection, manual palpation and specific and functional testing. Recognition of typical clinical presentations of athletic injuries/illnesses is also covered. Prerequisite: EXSC 202, 202L, 303, 312.

EXSC 506 Practicum in Sports Science F;S 3 SH

Working in a health-oriented fitness program either on or off-campus for a minimum of 90 contact hours. It is expected that this practical experience will provide exposure to healthrelated fitness assessment and exercise prescription techniques. A weekly seminar with a faculty member will provide guidance and evaluation of the practicum experience. Prerequisites: EXSC 305 and EXSC 306.

EXSC 511 Exercise Testing and Prescription S 3 SH

This course centers on the development of skills and knowledge related to exercise testing, prescription, measurement, and evaluation. Topics include: medical/health screening, exercise test administration and development, metabolic calculations, exercise program development, and electrocardiography. Prerequisites: EXSC 305 and EXSC 306

EXSC 512 (WI) Exercise Science Seminar S even 2 SH

This course is a current literature and field research review. Focus will be recent research in exercise science with required journal readings, discussion, and commentary. Students will be asked to critically analyze experimental research and review literature in their field. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: EXSC 305 and BUAD 321 or PSYC 222.

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