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. Provide a firm foundation of knowledge within the exercise science field that will enable students to apply the scientific method of inquiry.
  2. Develop students' abilities to communicate effectively through discussion, written work, and oral presentation;
  3. Develop students' abilities to assess, analyze, and evaluate from observation and sound data collection;
  4. Expose students to ethical standards and differing values related to their future professional lives;
  5. Provide the opportunity for students to develop independence and leadership in the field of exercise science;
  6. Prepare students for further 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 Neuroscience in Exercise. In the fourth year students will complete two units from four advanced course options: Advanced Biomechanics, Advanced Exercise Physiology, Advanced Nutrition or Advanced Neuroscience in Exercise with each of the advanced classes requiring a thesis activity. Additionally, students will choose two Exercise Science electives from 300-400 level course offerings.