Exercise Science

About the Department

The mission of the Exercise Science Department is to provide a scientific background which promotes critical thinking as it relates to health, wellness and the attainment of human potential. The scientific process and clear articulation of ideas are introduced through a curriculum that investigates the impact of physical activity on the quantity and quality of life.

Departmental Goals

The primary goals of the Exercise Science Department are to:

  1. Apply the scientific method of inquiry to issues and questions in the exercise science field;
  2. Communicate effectively through discussion, written work, and oral presentation;
  3. Demonstrate ability to assess, analyze, and evaluate from observation and sound data collection;
  4. Articulate a personal standard of ethics and key values for work in the profession of exercise science;
  5. Demonstrate ability to work independently and to assume a leadership role in the field of exercise science;
  6. Complete a successful transition to advanced study within and outside the field of exercise science.

The sequencing of courses within the department is a well thought out progression of both knowledge and skills. First year students often fulfill Chemistry 110/120 or 115/230, Math 160, and Biology 111. These courses provide a foundation of quantitative and scientific background necessary for upper division courses within the Exercise Science major. Second year courses include Introductory Research Methods (EXSC 200), and the year-long Human Anatomy and Human Physiology sequence (EXSC 221/222). Usually, Physics 111 is fulfilled in the second year also. In the third year, students choose three units from four options: Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, or Neuromuscular Adaptation. In the fourth year, students will complete two units from four advanced course options: Advanced Biomechanics, Advanced Exercise Physiology, Advanced Nutrition or Advanced Neuromuscular Adaptation with each of the advanced classes requiring a thesis activity. Additionally, students will choose two Exercise Science electives from 300-400 level course offerings.