Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science

The exercise science major prepares you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become an effective professional. Course topics range from human anatomy and physiology to sports nutrition, providing you with a broad base of knowledge applicable to many different careers. You will develop strong creative thinking and problem solving skills. Concentrations in Coaching, Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning and Pre-Allied Health are available. By completing the coaching concentration you will earn coaching certification through the American Sport Education Program (ASEP).


Career Opportunities Include

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Athletic training
  • Sports nutrition
  • Massage therapy
  • Personal training
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Coaching
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Recreation administration

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Exercise Science Major Courses

Human Anatomy & Physiology w/Lab | BIO 20343 & BIO 20342
Studies function and anatomy of each system of the human body, including immunology. Two 2-hour labs per week that verify and supplement lecture material.

History & Principles of Health, Physical Education & Recreation | PED 11133
Studies the history, philosophy and principles of health, physical education and recreation based on resource materials, professional literature and current research.

Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries | PED 20533
Introduces the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Learn to evaluate injuries common to sports, as well as preventative taping and wrapping of different anatomical joints.

Psychology and Sociology of Sports | PED 30233
Examines component in professional preparation for careers in physical education, recreation and related areas. Examines centrality of sports in modern society. Topics include psychological effects of sports, roles of youth sports, team cohesion and psychology of injury rehabilitation.

Sports Nutrition | PED 30303
Course is designed to teach students the roles of the three energy yielding nutrients as they contribute to physical conditioning. Topics include the effect of eating habits on the energy necessary to maintain body functions at rest and during a variety of physical activities and will include lab experiences.

Advanced Athletic Training | PED 30333
Detailed study of athletic injuries including physiology of injuries, theories of rehabilitation and the use of various modalities in treating athletes. Includes discussion of current issues in sports.

First Aid Instructor Training | PED 30732
Emphasizes practical applications for all age ranges in resuscitation and emergency treatment of strokes, heart attacks, burns, cuts, abrasions and broken bones. Detailed application of an AED is also emphasized. Red Cross certification in First Aid and Adult, Child, Infant CPR and AED is awarded upon completion. Students are certified as Red Cross instructors in these areas.

Kinesiology | PED 32533
Study of the science of human motion and movement of the body and its parts. Emphasis on factors affecting the use of implements, such as force, friction, elasticity, projection and angles, to analyze and improve performance.

Adaptive Physcal Education | PED 33532
Study of physical education adapted to those whose physical inadequacy or functional defect can be improved through physical activity. Develop and understand physical education program for gifted, retarded, handicapped and disadvantaged students.

Human Anatomy of Exercise Science & Lab | PED 35500 & PED 35502
Complete study of human anatomy in preparation for an allied health/exercise science/teaching profession. Covers eleven systems of the human body with an emphasis on skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Explores how the human body works during exercise and recovery. Lab experiences used to study the anatomy of the human body.  Designed to increase understanding of locations of structures and their functions during exercise and recovery.

Theory of Administration in Health, Physical Education & Recreation | PED 41733
Course includes study of administrative philosophies and processes including administrative behavior, leadership and organizational procedures. Includes theory and practice involving tests and measurements in physical education and sport as well as program evaluation procedures. Off campus work is required.

Exercise Physiology | PED 34533
Studies the physical responses of the human body to the stress induced by physical activity. Prepares students interested in the physical training of both athletic and nonathletic population groups.

Co-Ed Weight Training | PAC 10131
Examines principles and techniques of strength training and their application during active participation in weightlifting. Assists students with devising a personal weight training program consistent with health related fitness principles developed to meet their personal goals.

Lifetime Fitness | PAC 11131
Participate in a great varity of health-related aerobic activities designed to help student develop a health related fitness program. Activities include walking, stair stepping, jogging, aerobic dance, aerobic game play and rope jumping. Studies current health and fitness concepts and basic nutrition concepts.

Nontraditional Team Sports I | PAC 11231
Introduces activities of a nontraditional nature. Games, such as ultimate Frisbee, earthball,flickerball and Olympic team handball are used for the purpose of examining values and beliefs related to moral and ethical behavior and responsible group membership. Because physical fitness is a secondary goal, all activities included require students to be active throughout play.

Health/Fitness Practicum | PED 34640
Observe and work under guidance in facility supervision, fitness testing, programming, care and maintenance of equipment, etc.

Internship: Exercise Science | PED 41043
Student experiences the field of exercise science in a program, management, and leadership role beyond the formal course of study.

Comprehensive: Physical Education | PED 49033
Identifies and discusses various professional certifications, career opportunities, and graduate schools options. Provides experience in fitness testing and programming. Includes research and preparation for senior comprehensives.

Senior Seminar | PED 46000
Various professional certifications, career opportunities and graduate school options covered. Current issues in health, physical education and recreation are researched.


Required Supporting Courses



For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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