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.
The primary goals of the Exercise Science Department are to:
- Apply the scientific method of inquiry to issues and questions in the exercise science field;
- Communicate effectively through discussion, written work, and oral presentation;
- Demonstrate ability to assess, analyze, and evaluate from observation and sound data collection;
- Articulate a personal standard of ethics and key values for work in the profession of exercise science;
- Demonstrate ability to work independently and to assume a leadership role in the field of exercise science;
- 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 or 115, 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 complete Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Neuromuscular Adaptation. In the fourth year, students will complete a Senior Capstone requiring a thesis activity. Additionally, students will choose two Exercise Science electives from 300-400 level course offerings.