Exercise Science (EXS)

EXS 1000 — Introduction to Exercise Science
4 Credit hours  

Introduces the student to the field of personal training including the work environment and the professional qualities necessary to be successful in the field. The course will discuss applied physiology in regards to the role of a trainer. The proper use of equipment, proper exercise technique and client safety during an exercise program will be discussed and practiced in the lab setting. Other topics include: bioenergentics, biomechanics and adaptations to resistance training, aerobic training and anaerobic training. "C" grade policy applies. Lab will be held off campus at a training facility.
Corequisites: BIO 1110, BHS 1320, EXS-1000L.

EXS 1010 — Exercise Assessment and Prescription
4 Credit hours  

Discusses the assessment process and first meeting with a client including goal setting, risk analysis, health appraisal, assessment selection and interpretation of results. Students will also research special populations such as pregnancy, metabolic disturbances, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, orthopedic abnormalities and spinal cord injuries. In the lab setting, students will practice various assessment techniques and be introduced to several case studies in which they will run risk assessments and create exercise prescriptions based on individual needs. "C" grade policy applies. Lab will be held off campus at a training facility.
Prerequisites: EXS 1000, BIO 1110, BHS 1320
Corequisites: EXS-1010L, BIO 1120.

EXS 1020 — Program Design
3 Credit hours  

Focuses on techniques of program design for resistance training, anaerobic training and aerobic training. The students will be required to create a year-long periodized training program demonstrating the ability to calculate and progress exercise loads, intensity, frequency and duration for resistance training for a specific team. In the lab setting, students will be required to train in various settings such as large groups, youth training sessions, aerobic training, team training and multiple clients with multiple needs. "C" grade policy applies. Lab will be held off campus at a training facility.
Prerequisites: EXS 1000, EXS 1010, BIO 1110, BIO 1120, BHS 1320
Corequisites: EXS-1020L, EXS 1030, EXS 1040.

EXS 1030 — Athletic Facility Management
2 Credit hours  

Discusses the basics of management with special focus on the management of a fitness facility. Facility planning and design are covered as well as the liability for both the facility and the trainer in a fitness environment. Course also includes process for obtaining and managing the personal informaiton of a client or potential client with regards to privacy considerations. Students will be required to participate in multiple off campus facility visits as part of the class requirements. "C" grade policy applies.
Corequisites: EXS 1020, EXS 1040.

EXS 1040 — Exercise Clinical I
2 Credit hours  

Provides hands-on experience in area fitness facilities with a focus on individual training programs and the application of competencies completed in previous courses. All sites must be pre-approved by instructor. Students will be required to log experiences and complete a reflective essay in addition to multiple site coordinator evaluations, instructor on-site visit and exit interview with instructor. Clinical preparation interview may be required. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EXS 1000, EXS 1010, BHS 1320
Corequisites: EXS 1020, EXS 1030.

EXS 2000 — Kinesiology for Exercise Science
4 Credit hours  

Combines anatomy and basic biomechanical concepts to assess dynamic movements such as lifting, walking, running, jumping, throwing and kicking. Students will learn how to apply the muscle control formula to identify ways in which muscles contract during human movement. Utilization of the movement analysis imaging program, Dartfish, will be implemented in the laboratory setting. An understanding of structural anatomy and hands on identification will be assessed. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EXS 1000, EXS 1010, EXS 1020, BIO 1110, BIO 1120
Corequisites: EXS-2000L, EXS 2015, EXS 2020.

EXS 2015 — Sport Nutrition
3 Credit hours  

Builds upon knowledge of basic nutritional information previously acquired in prerequisite courses to make sound nutritional judgements within the health and wellness field. Students discuss macronutrients as bioenergetic fuel substrates and their effects on exercise performance. Students will critique current research findings, compare weight loss methods, analyze food labels and correlate research findings to practical sport application. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EXS 1000, EXS 1010, DTN 1000
Corequisites: EXS 2000, EXS 2020.

EXS 2020 — Basics of Athletic Training
3 Credit hours  

Discusses the basic principles of prevention, recognition and care of athletic injuries. Explains how to assess risk of injury, basic evaluation of injury and first aid care of the injured athlete. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EXS 1000, EXS 1010, BIO 1110, BIO 1120
Corequisites: EXS 2000, EXS-2010, EXS-2020L.

EXS 2030 — Strength and Conditioning
4 Credit hours  

Focuses on training methods for sports, positions and specific athletes. Various training methods such as plyometric training, speed, agility, speed endurance, aerobic endurance and resistance training will be taught and practiced. Specialized equipment such as the Noramco, Vertamax, Laser timing and movement analysis software (Dartfish) will be utilized in the lab setting for both training and assessment. Other topics such as sport psychology, performance enhancing substances and proper nutritional factors for athletes will be discussed. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1110, BIO 1120, EXS 1000, EXS 1010, EXS 1030, EXS 1040, EXS-2010 or EXS 2015, EXS 2000, EXS 2020
Corequisites: EXS-2030L, EXS 2045, EXS 2050.

EXS 2045 —
3 Credit hours  

Stresses applying knowledge and principles learned in the classroom at various fitness training venues and with area and campus sports teams and programs. Students will utilize learned competencies from previous courses in these settings. Students must be able to utilize a hands-on approach with a multi-diverse population, centered around the same purpose and goal of applying a sound, precise exercise enhancement prescription towards the success of performance enhancement. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EXS 2000, EXS-2010, EXS 2020
Corequisites: EXS 2030, EXS 2050.

EXS 2050 — Exercise Science Capstone
2 Credit hours  

Allows students to demonstrate their proficiency by integrating technical knowledge with core skills and abilities. A study of realistic fitness and conditioning scenarios, problems or situations with emphasis on analyzing and evaluating these problems to formulate acceptable programs or solutions for training. This course requires critical thinking and ability to utilize knowledge from past courses in an applied environment. This course will include hands-on scenarios and use of several case studies as well as practice exams that will prepare the student for the CPT exam. The course will include an e-portfolio assignment and an exit evaluation of critical thinking and writing. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EXS 2000, EXS-2010, EXS 2020
Corequisites: EXS 2030, EXS-2040.