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

Special requirements

A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for transfer into the concentration and for entry into practicum and clinical experiences. A minimum grade of C is required in all HPEX and HEMS courses. All students must attempt a department-approved national certification examination prior to graduation.

The Department of Health and Human Performance offers programs that prepare students to pursue careers in athletic training/sports medicine, community health and/or careers that employ exercise interventions for both healthy and diseased populations. The department offers one undergraduate degree program: Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. There are two concentrations within the program: exercise science and general health and physical education.

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 (22-23 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 or CHEM 110 Chemistry and Society 3-4
MATH 131 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or MATH 141 Algebra with Applications or 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 101 and PHYZ 101 Foundations of Physics and Foundations of Physics Laboratory or PHYS 107 Wonders of Technology or 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
   
Exercise science core (43 credits)  
HEMS 540 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
HPEX 200 Strength, Endurance and Flexibility Training 3
HPEX 300 Health Care Delivery in the U.S. 3
HPEX 350 Nutrition 3
HPEX 357 Personal Health and Behavior Change 3
HPEX 374 Biomechanics 3
HPEX 375 and HPEZ 375 Physiology of Exercise and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 4
HPEX 395 Clinical Experience I 3
HPEX 440 Chronic Disease and Exercise Management 3
HPEX 441 Assessment and Exercise Intervention in Health and Disease 3
HPEX 445 Principles of Health Care Management 3
HPEX 470 Exercise Programming and Leadership 3
HPEX 495 Clinical Experience III (fulfills senior capstone) 6
   
Adviser-approved selectives (10-23 credits)  
Choose courses from list below 10-23
   
Total minimum requirement 120

Selectives

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 218 Cell Biology
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 250 Medical Terminology
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 371 Psychology of Physical Activity
HPEX 373 and HPEZ 373 Structural Kinesiology and Laboratory
HPEX 431 Adapted Physical Activity
HPEX 496 Clinical Experience IV
PHIL 213 Ethics in Health Care
PHYS 202 General Physics
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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