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.
Exercise Science-Degree Requirements
|73-74 Semester Hours plus 2 Activities Minimum|
|BIOL 211||General Biology I||EXSC 306||Kinesiology|
|BIOL 212||General Biology II||EXSC 312||Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
|BUAD 321||Business Statistics or||EXSC 401||Sport Nutrition|
|PSYC 222 Statistics & Data Analysis||EXSC 506||Practicum in Sports Science|
|CHEM 301||General Chemistry I||EXSC 511||Exercise Testing and Prescription|
|CHEM 302||General Chemistry II||EXSC 512||Exercise Science Seminar|
|COMP 360||Microcomputer Applications||HPED 213||Personal Wellness in Modern Society|
|EXSC 202||Principles of Injuries and Rehabilitation||MATH 220||College Algebra|
|EXSC 215||Foundations of Fitness Leadership||SMGT 311||Sport and Exercise Psychology or|
|EXSC 303||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||EXSC 310 Health Psychology|
|EXSC 305||Exercise Physiology||Any 2 HPED activity classes|
|Areas of Concentration|
|In addition to the above-listed required courses for all majors, each student majoring in Exercise Schience will compolete one of the following concentrations:|
|Fitness and Leadership Concentration (12 SH) from:|
|BUAD 201||Principles in Business||SMGT 212||History of Sport and Physical Activity|
|COMM 301||Public Speaking||SMGT 307||Sports Facilities Management|
|Sports Medicine Concentration (11 SH) from:|
|MATH 235||College Trigonometry||PHYS 302||General Physics II|
|PHYS 301||General Physics I|
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
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic Medicine
- Science Education
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
Exercise Science (EXSC)
The science of health and human performance
The mission of the exercise science major is to provide a scientific foundation of structure and function of the human body at rest and during physical activity. The purpose of the major is to prepare students for careers in fitness and health promotion and/or graduate work in a related area.
The Fitness Leadership concentration is designed for students who are seeking careers in health-fitness professions upon graduation. Students take additional classes in sport management and business.
The Sports Medicine concentration is a pre-professional program. It is designed for students wishing to pursue graduate and professional study in exercise science, nutrition or an allied health professions. Students take additional math and science courses to meet graduate program requirements.