The exercise science major works within the philosophical framework of an exercise and sport sciences model and focuses on the study of human movement as it relates to enhanced motor performance and improved health and fitness. This course of study integrates classroom, laboratory, internship and research experiences that provide students with the necessary disciplinary knowledge and practical skills to develop programs that enhance healthy lifestyles and improved motor performance.
Exercise Science students will:
- Identify the anatomical structures and describe the physiological functions of the human body as well as assess the responses of the body to exercise, training and performance (American College of Sports Medicine ACSM guidelines 2020).
- Explain the psychological factors related to exercise behavior and apply these principles in the design of programs.
- Describe hypokinetic/chronic diseases and the role that physical activity plays in altering risks and symptoms.
- Utilize various assessments for health/fitness evaluations.
- Design exercise and performance programs for healthy populations.
- Explain nutritional principles and body composition as it relates to health and physical activity.
- Explain and apply the mechanical principles related to human movement.
- Instruct individuals on proper exercise techniques.
- Have foundational science knowledge and skills relevant to an understanding of the responses of the body to physical activity.
- Describe principles and concepts of business, management, administration and legal issues as they relate to the field of exercise science