Interdisciplinary Studies - Exercise Science Bachelor of Science degree
Department of Biology
Office: 131 Dods Hall
Todd Backes, Coordinator
The Interdisciplinary Studies - Exercise Science major, which concentrates on Human Performance, offers a curriculum for students pursuing careers in profit and nonprofit fitness and health promotion industries, Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistant, and Athletic Training programs. This major follows the protocols established by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) (Exercise Science Track). The Sport and Exercise Psychology Track follows the protocols established by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).
This Interdisciplinary Studies major is housed within the Department of Sport Management & Exercise Science.
Exercise Science Track (57 credit hours)
The Applied Exercise Council of (NASPE) established the following national program guidelines for an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. Foundation Science Core: anatomy, physiology, prevention and care of injuries, biomechanics, first aid, CPR and emergency procedures for exercise settings. Exercise Prescription for Normal and Special Populations: exercise testing, exercise class leadership, and exercise and aging. Specific knowledge relating to physiological testing and program leadership. Exercise prescription: interpreting exercise testing results, safety issues; individualized fitness prescriptions and re-evaluation of fitness programs; understanding precautions and modifications of exercise programs such as altitude, temperatures, environmental pollution, type; intensity, frequency, progression of an exercise program, and fitness for special populations. Exercise and Aging: knowledge of aging process. Health Promotion: competency in nutrition, weight control, stress management, goal setting, substance abuse. Administrative Tasks: knowledge of the organization and management of a fitness program such as facility scheduling, management, equipment purchasing, marketing and legal liability. Human Relations: written communications skills including writing business letters, reports and business proposals, speaking, motivating, program adherence and retention. Professional Development: knowledge of organizations, publications, programs, professionals and career planning.
Practical Experience: practical experience includes observation and an internship.
Exercise Science Track
Recommended as free electives beyond the major requirements.
As electives, students also have the choice to take PHED 390
(Special Topics in Exercise Science) or PHED 401
(Senior Seminar in Exercise Science); and PHIL 211
(Philosophy of Sport) if offered.
Choose Capstone courses from the following
Students must also take EXSC 410
(4 credit hours) and EXSC 420
(4 credit hours).