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Exercise and Sport Science

Courses

  • EXS 0010

    Concepts of Physical Fitness

    1cr
    This is a 7-week lecture/laboratory experience that presents basic knowledge and methods relevant to maintaining and developing good health, fitness, and overall wellness.

  • EXS 1010

    Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science

    3cr
    This course examines the history, philosophy, principles, and development of exercise and sport programs.
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 1051

    Theory and Practice of Individual Sports I

    1cr
    Through lectures, demonstrations, and game play, the student will learn the basic rules, tactics, and teaching strategies of badminton and golf. This course does not meet the general education requirements for Exercise and Sport Science.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010
    Spring

  • EXS 1052

    Theory and Practice of Individual Sports II

    1cr
    Through lectures, demonstrations, and game play, the student will learn the basic rules, tactics, and teaching strategies of track and field and tennis. This course does not meet the general education requirements for Exercise and Sport Science.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010
    Spring

  • EXS 1061

    Theory and Practice of Team Sports I

    1cr
    Through lectures, demonstrations, and game play, the student will learn the basic rules, tactics, and teaching strategies of softball and basketball. This course will not meet the general education requirements for Exercise and Sport Science.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010
    Fall

  • EXS 1062

    Theory and Practice of Team Sports II

    1cr
    Through lectures, demonstrations, and game play, the student will learn the basic rules, tactics, and teaching strategies of volleyball and soccer. This course will not meet the general education requirements for exercise and sport science.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010
    Fall

  • EXS 1080

    Introduction to Health and Wellness Education

    3cr
    This course will introduce students to health topics pertaining to the development of their physical, psychological, and social well-being. Students will learn about the major theories in health education and gain experience teaching health topics.
    Fall

  • EXS 2010

    Swimming for Majors (WSI)

    2cr
    A two-track course designed to teach students the techniques of the six basic swimming strokes, elementary rescue skills, self-rescue methods, and springboard diving competence and to gain WSI certification. The course will follow the American Red Cross progressions for certification of swim instructors through a mix of classroom sessions and water work, emphasizing teaching skills and practical teaching experience.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 2110

    First Aid and Safety

    1cr
    This class uses the curriculum designed by the American Red Cross. At the completion of this course students are certified in Community First Aid and Safety and in the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 2150

    Nutrition Education

    2cr
    Basic nutrition will be discussed with emphasis on foods, diets, facts, quackery, and consumer education.
    Spring

  • EXS 2180

    Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

    3cr
    A course designed for students with an emphasis in physical education (K-12 licensure), sport, and fitness instruction. It provides an overview of the major injuries and athletically related health conditions.
    Prerequisites: EXS 1010 and BIO 1040 or BIO 2010
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 2270

    Consumer Health Issues

    2cr
    Evaluation of health misinformation and quackery pertaining to health-related products and services. Examination of major health care issues from a consumer point of view, enabling the students to make intelligent decisions about how to obtain and use health-related products, services, and information.
    Spring

  • EXS 2450

    Physical Education and Health Methods

    2cr
    This course consists of class activites, readings, and lectures designed to provide elementary teachers with the knowledge of how to incorporate movement in their classrooms. Students will examine their own health and identify reliable online resources for providing health education in the K-6 setting.
    Course fulfills the requirements for EXS 0010 Concepts of Physical Fitness (1 cr.) and one Lifetime/Fitness activity (1 cr.).
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 2500

    Comprehensive School Health Programming

    2cr
    This course is designed to teach students how to plan for and evaluate all the components of an effective school health program.
    Spring

  • EXS 2620

    Specially Designed Physical Education

    3cr
    A study of special populations and their exercise and sport needs. Emphasis will be placed on in-depth knowledge of specific disabilities, with modifications necessary to enable the pursuit of a healthy and productive lifestyle.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 2700

    Elementary Physical Education: Principles of Movement

    4cr
    An analysis of exercise, sport, and motor programs for young children. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to teach skills, concepts, and movement principles at an age-appropriate level.
    Prerequisites: EXS 1010 and sophomore standing.
    Fall

  • EXS 2750

    Theory and Practice of Rhythm, Dance, and Gymnastics

    4cr
    The study and practice of rhythm, dance, and gymnastics techniques with an emphasis on teaching, skill analysis, and progressions.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 2810

    Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Education

    2cr
    This course provides an overview of substance use and abuse among adolescents. The course will focus on understanding how to teach this topic as part of a comprehensive school health education curriculum.
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 2900

    Advanced Strength Training

    3cr
    This course is designed to teach students strength training concepts and proper teaching progressions that will prepare them to be certified strength and conditioning specialists.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010 or permission of the instructor

  • EXS 3010

    Tests and Measurement in Exercise and Sport Science

    4cr
    A practical approach to measurement and evaluation of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains as they apply to the field of health, fitness, and performance. The students will be introduced to basic statistical principles and practice conducting and writing a simple research study.
    Prerequisites: EXS 1010 and sophomore standing
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 3030

    Sport and Recreation Management

    4cr
    Principles of efficient management and leadership concepts as applicable to the sport and recreation industry. Focuses on principles and techniques of management relating to programs, facilities, special events, and personnel. Includes key personnel issues in sport management situations; ethics, law, and governance in sports administration; and the role of the marketing process in sport administration and budgeting.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1010

  • EXS 3070

    Kinesiology

    4cr
    An analysis of human movement with an emphasis on the skeletal system and mechanical principles.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1040 or BIO 2010
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 3090

    Sexuality Education

    2cr
    This course will emphasize diversity in sexual feeling, behavior, cultural traditions, and moral beliefs related to sex, with an emphasis on the physiology of sex and helping students become comfortable in discussing and teaching sexuality to adolescents.
    Prerequisite: EXS 1080
    Fall

  • EXS 3110

    Personal and Community Health

    3cr
    An introduction to the field of community health with an exploration of the interplay between individual health-promoting behaviors and the greater impact of the physical, social, and political environment.
    Spring

  • EXS 3120

    Issues in Emotional and Mental Health

    2cr
    Development of insights into emotional wellness and understanding the body, mind, and spirit connection. Students will be expected to develop strategies to effectively teach the principles and skills learned in this class.
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 3210

    Advanced Techniques in Training and Conditioning

    4cr
    An in-depth study of the principles, concepts, and guidelines of strength training, conditioning, and personal fitness. Special emphasis will be placed on designing strength and conditioning programs and preparing students for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) exams.
    Prerequisite: EXS 3070
    J-Term

  • EXS 3500

    Field Placement in Recreation, Sport, and Fitness Instruction

    4cr
    An off-campus practical experience for Physical Education, Sport, and Fitness Instruction majors who are not seeking licensure. The student will be placed in a recreation, sport, or fitness environment to observe, teach, and manage under a qualified professional in the field. The student will also complete a 30-page Senior Thesis research project. (Pass/Fail)
    Prerequisite: EXS 3010
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 3520

    Field Placement in Specially Designed Physical Education

    4cr
    An off-campus practical experience for students to work with special populations in a physical education setting. (Pass/Fail)
    Prerequisites: EXS 2620, EDU 1010, 1050, 2010, 2220, 3510, 3520, EXS 4200, and PYC 2850

  • EXS 3530

    Strength and Conditioning Practicum

    2cr
    The goal of the course is to allow the student to apply the principles and concepts learned in Advanced Techniques in Training and Conditioning by designing and implementing strength, conditioning, and fitness programs to various populations.
    Prerequisite: EXS 3210

  • EXS 3720

    General Medical Conditions for the Athletic Trainer

    3cr
    This course is designed to introduce the athletic training student to general medical conditions they may be exposed to when working with physically active individuals. It is imperative that the entry-level athletic trainer recognize and manage these conditions for the successful treatment of those under their care. These conditions range from recognizing simple infections to systemic disorders.
    Prerequisites: ATH 1020 and ATH 2080
    Spring

  • EXS 4020

    Theory and Practice of Coaching

    4cr
    This course is designed to broaden students' perspective in the areas of teaching, coaching, and structuring athletic teams. Emphasis will be placed on coaching theory and development of coaching philosophy.
    Prerequisites: EXS 1010 and junior standing
    J-term

  • EXS 4050

    Physiology of Exercise

    4cr
    An analysis of the effects of exercise on the human body, with an emphasis placed on scientific research and the implications for exercise/sport prescription and programming.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1040 or BIO 2010
    Fall/Spring

  • EXS 4200

    Methods and Materials of Teaching Physical Education

    4cr
    A course required of students pursuing the emphasis in physical education K-12 licensure. Emphasizes teaching methods and instructional materials in physical education.
    Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing
    Spring

  • EXS 4210

    Methods and Materials of Teaching Health Education

    3cr
    Students will learn strategies and techniques for teaching health at an age-appropriate level.
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the Department Chair
    Fall

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