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Exercise Science

EXSCI 135 Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Exercise Science and Sport (.5)

Historical, scientific, psychological and sociological studies related to Exercise Science. Basic development of various philosophies related to ethics and moral values in Exercise Science and sport will be discussed.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Harmer

EXSCI 221 Epidemiology (.5)

The study of the causes and distribution of disease and injury. It focuses empirically on the identification and control of threats to health and well-being. The class covers historical cases, epidemiological techniques, and current applications.

  • Offering: Spring, even years
  • Instructor: Harmer

EXSCI 241 Methods of Teaching Activities and Sports (.5)

The study of effective teaching and coaching in physical education and sports with an emphasis on analysis of teaching; methodology; maximizing the learning environment; classroom management; and lesson, unit and program planning and implementation. Not open to freshmen.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Kenitzer

EXSCI 248 Exercise Science for Special Populations (.5)

The analysis of functional and organic abnormalities, assessment methodology and federal regulations that apply to the exceptional individual and the role of physical activity.

  • Offering: Falls, even years
  • Instructor: Kenitzer

EXSCI 251 Sport Leadership and Management (.5)

The class explores the nature of administration and management in fitness, sport, allied health and physical education settings at school and community level. Leadership styles, public relations skills, organizational and administrative skills along with topics of conflict resolution, legal aspects of negligence and liability, fiscal management/budgeting practices, and risk management are developed.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Kenitzer

EXSCI 330 The Science of Nutrition (1)

This course will provide students with the necessary scientific principles that dictate current nutritional guidelines. The following topics will be discussed: Classification of nutrients, metabolism and energy balance, dietary supplements, diet planning, the role of nutrition in health. Students will analyze their own eating habits and design diet programs with the use of comprehensive nutrition software. Closed to freshmen.

Prerequisite: One chemistry or biology class

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Stavrianeas

EXSCI 340 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (1)

Introduction to the field of sports medicine and concepts of athletic training as related to sports trauma. This course will present the following: prevention, psychological factors, recognition procedures, predisposition, initial and progressive management, and principles of rehabilitation pertaining to specific injuries. The course includes laboratory for skill acquisition of adhesive tape application, emergency management procedures, and injury evaluation procedures.

Prerequisite: BIOL 246

  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Hong

EXSCI 347 Biomechanics (1)

The analysis of structural principles and mechanical application pertaining to human movement. Course will discuss concepts of human movement with investigation of biomechanics and structural kinesiology. Efficiency of movement, neuromuscular integration, proprioception, mechanical concepts related to muscular function, and analysis of human motion/motor skills will be extensive. Laboratory.

Prerequisite: BIOL 246

  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Abendroth-Smith

EXSCI 356 (W) Research Design in Exercise Science (1)

Introduction to concepts and principles for conducting research and for evaluating the research literature in Exercise Science. Topics include the nature and purpose of research, the research process and the types of research used in Exercise Science. The relationship between design and statistical analyses will also be discussed.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: EXSCI 135

  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Staff

EXSCI 357 Motor Learning and Control(.5)

Study of the neural, physical and behavioral aspects of human movement, and the processes involved in acquiring and refining motor skills. The class will examine research that explains why certain behaviors manifest themselves, and provides the basis for assessing performance and designing optimal practice, rehabilitation and training experiences. Not open to freshmen.

  • Offering: Fall, Even years
  • Instructor: Abendroth-Smith

EXSCI 360 Physiology of Exercise (1)

This class examines the physiological systems of the human body as they are affected by different mode, intensity, and duration of exercise. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between the skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and digestive systems. The required laboratory will focus on measuring and analyzing various anthropometric, physiological and metabolic functions and performance parameters, using the data to predict and describe work capacity and training protocols.

Prerequisite: BIOL 260

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Lockard, Stavrianeas

EXSCI 394 Junior Internship (.5)

Refer to the internships section for an explanation of internship requirements.

Prerequisite: Closed to seniors

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Harmer

EXSCI 440 Neuroscience in Human Movement (.5)

This course explores the intrarelationship of structure and function of the human nervous system. It provides detailed anatomical and physiological characteristics of the nervous system before discussing the effects of training and injury of neural pathways and motor patterns. The effects of therapeutic modalities and drugs, and their mechanism of action, will also be presented from a clinical perspective.

Prerequisite: BIOL 246 and BIOL 260

  • Offering: Fall, odd years
  • Instructor: Staff

EXSCI 445 Advanced Injury Management (.5)

Advanced topics in injury recognition and management based upon stress-strain of tissue, structural-functional aspects, and pathomechanics. The phases of healing and rehabilitation are investigated and appropriate protocols of management and reconditioning are integrated during each phase. Includes concepts of pain, pharmacology, therapeutic principles, physical modalities, advanced skill acquisition in evaluation and reconditioning, and anatomical dissection.

Prerequisite: EXSCI 340

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Hong

EXSCI 496 Senior Seminar in Exercise Science (.5)

A seminar course and capstone experience required of all Exercise Science majors. Students may meet this requirement by completing one of the following three options: a) an original research study, b) a literature review, or c) an internship with an associated service project. Topics are selected in consultation with Exercise Science faculty. Regardless of the option chosen, students must present their work orally in an open meeting format and provide a final paper detailing the work to the department.

Prerequisite: EXSCI 356

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff