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Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in exercise science

Special requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all HPEX courses and electives. Students cannot use more than one HPEX course (3 credits) from the health science core as an elective. All students must attempt a department-approved national certification examination prior to graduation.

The exercise science concentration prepares students to serve as leaders of fitness, health and conditioning programs in corporate, commercial, university and clinical settings that provide exercise programming for apparently healthy individuals and those with chronic disease. Career paths include exercise physiologist, corporate fitness director, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning specialist and wellness director. Additionally, the exercise science concentration prepares students for graduate study in exercise science or athletic training and offers an excellent option for those students who want to obtain the pre-requisites for post-graduate study in physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine.

Degree requirements for Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in exercise science

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will be prepared to serve as leaders of fitness, health and conditioning programs in all sectors.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of core content as evidenced on a basic exercise science competencies checklist.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply rehabilitative principles and skills in exercise preparation.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of health related behaviors in the treatment of hypokinetic diseases.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to administer wellness programs, assess and prescribe appropriate exercise regimes, and recommend healthful dietary strategies.
General Education requirements (32-46 credits) Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)  
HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities 3
Approved H&S general education electives 6-8
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)  
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)  
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)  
Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts) 1-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement) 0-8
   
Collateral requirements (23 credits)  
BIOL 101 and BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts and Laboratory (fulfills approved science and technology and University Core natural/physical sciences)  
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
CHEM 101 and CHEZ 101 General Chemistry and General Chemistry Laboratory 4
MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry (fulfills University Core quantitative literacy)  
PHIS 206 and PHIZ 206 Human Physiology and Laboratory 4
PHYS 201 General Physics 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (fulfills approved human, social and political behavior)  
PSYC 304 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
STAT 210 Basic Principles of Statistics 3
   
HPEX core (21 credits)  
HPEX 300 Health Care Delivery in the U.S. 3
HPEX 310 Fitness and Health 3
HPEX 357 Personal Health and Behavior Change 3
HPEX 395 Clinical Experience I 3
HPEX 445 Principles of Health Care Management 3
HPEX 495 Clinical Experiences III (fulfills senior capstone) 6
   
Exercise science core (30 credits)  
HPEX 350 Nutrition 3
HPEX 371 Psychology of Physical Activity 3
HPEX 374 Musculoskeletal Structure and Movement 4
HPEX 375 and HPEZ 375 Physiology of Exercise and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 4
HPEX 380 Resistance Training for Health and Performance 3
HPEX 440 Chronic Disease and Exercise Management 3
HPEX 441 Assessment and Exercise Intervention in Health and Disease 4
HPEX 470 Exercise Programming and Leadership 3
HPEX 475 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
HPEX 480 Professional Certification Seminar 1
   
Adviser-approved selectives (10-23 credits)  
Choose from course list below 0-12
   
Total minimum requirement 120

Electives

ANTH 301 Human Evolution
BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Science and Laboratory I
BIOL 152 and BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Science and Laboratory II
BIOL 201 Human Biology
BIOL 209 Medical Microbiology
BIOL 217 Principles of Nutrition
BIOL 218 Cell Biology
BIOL 308 Vertebrate Histology
CHEM 102 and CHEZ 102 General Chemistry and Laboratory II
CHEM 301 and CHEZ 301 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I
CHEM 302 and CHEZ 302 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory II
CHEM 403 Biochemistry I
HPEX 271 Safety, First Aid and CPR
HPEX 332 Motor Learning and Performance
HPEX 334 and HPEZ 334 Measurement and Analysis in Teaching and Exercise Science and Laboratory
HPEX 353 Disease Trends, Prevention and Control
HPEX 354 Coping and Adaptation
HPEX 373 and HPEZ 373 Structural Kinesiology and Laboratory
HPEX 431 Adapted Physical Activity
HPEX 496 Clinical Experience IV
HUMS 391 Special Topics in Humanities and Sciences (health careers mentoring)
PHIL 201 Critical Thinking About Moral Problems
PHIL 213 Ethics in Health Care
PHYS 202 General Physics
PHYS 208 University Physics II
PSYC 308 Stress and its Management
PSYC 309 Personality
PSYC 401 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 407 Psychology of the Abnormal
PSYC 412 Health Psychology
SOCY 445 Medical Sociology
UNIV 101 Introduction to the University
Other adviser-approved courses

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