Exercise and Sport Science
(EXSS) Course Descriptions
122 Lifetime Exercise Science and Physical Activity. (3) Basic concepts, components, and skills of lifetime personal fitness and physical activity. Emphasis placed on behavior change through participation in all physical fitness components, utilization of fitness tools/technology, and the application of essential concepts. Provides the knowledge and skills to plan, evaluate, and achieve and adhere to a personalized program of fitness. Course includes topics of nutrition, weight and stress management, and disease prevention related to lifetime fitness and health.
205 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science. (3) Course provides an introduction and overview of the multidisciplinary field of exercise and sport science. The importance of specialized areas of study such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise/sport psychology, motor behavior, fitness management, and nutrition for optimal health and physical performance will be highlighted. Course also provides an overview of the exercise and sport science program as well as career perspectives within the field.
222 Functional Kinesiology and Sport Conditioning. (3) An introduction to the study of the anatomical basis of human movement, with emphasis on bone, muscle, their growth and development, joint structure and movement, and major physiological principles. In addition, the application of those scientific underpinnings to sport conditioning will be covered. F, S, Su
310 Exercise and Sport Nutrition. (3) (Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 205)Investigates the basic, scientific, and applied concepts of nutrition and substrate utilization as they apply to energy production for exercise, body composition, weight control and thermoregulation. Emphasis given to analyzing nutritional behaviors for enhanced exercise and sport performance.
330 Injury Management. (3) (Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 222) Modern fundamental principles and practices in the prevention, treatment, and care of fitness and sport-related injuries. Administrative and legal issues related to injury management also covered. Course also provides emergency first aid and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification.
340 Sport and Exercise Behavior. (3) (Prereq: Sophmore Standing) An overview of basic concepts and principles essential to understanding the psychological and behavioral aspects of sport and exercise. Emphasis is given to the conceptual frameworks and the applied aspects of sport performance enhancement and mental skills, exercise behavior and motivation, sociological factors, and health and well-being. Applications are made to future practitioners of coaching, teaching, sports medicine, counseling, sport management, and fitness instruction.
350 Exercise Physiology. (3) (Prereq: BIOL 232/232L and BIOL 242/242L) (Coreq: EXSS 350L) This course provides an overview of exercise physiology theory and principles and an examination of the physiological responses to both acute and chronic physical activity. The impact of environment, supplements, detraining and overtraining on physiological responses to exercise will also be highlighted. Finally, various techniques utilized to assess physiological responses to exercise will also be discussed.
350L Laboratory in Exercise Physiology. (1) (Prereq: BIOL 232/232L and BIOL 242/242L) (Coreq: EXSS 350) An applied course that reinforces the basic principles and skills learned in exercise physiology lecture (Physical Education 350). Emphasis placed on the collection of real data and the generation of scientific lab reports.
360 Motor Behavior. (3) (Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 205 or EDPE 290) (Coreq: EXSS 360L) A study of the development (maturation and growth), acquisition, retention, and transfer of motor skills and behavior throughout the lifespan. Emphasis given to the underlying processes in the control, learning, and performance of motor skills. As a foundation course for motor skill practitioners working with a variety of ages and populations, the content blends principles of motor learning/control, motor development, and sport psychology. F, S, Su.
360L Laboratory in Motor Behavior. (1) (Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 205 or EDPE 290) (Coreq: EXSS 360L) An applied course that reinforces the basic concepts, principles, and research learned in motor behavior lecture (EXSS 360). The course includes participation in laboratory and field-based experiments, collection and analysis of data, the generation of scientific lab reports, and applications to real-world instructional settings. F, S, Su.
385 Exercise Testing and Prescription. (3) (Prereq: EXSS 350) An overview of methods utilized to assess health-related components of physical fitness and develop basic exercise prescriptions. This course will cover aspects such as obtaining health histories and informed consent, selecting and conducting proper fitness assessments, and utilizing results to develop appropriate exercise prescriptions.
385L Laboratory in Exercise Testing and Prescription. (1) (Prereq: ''C or better in BIOL 232/232L, BIOL 242/242L, and EXSS 350/350L) (Coreq: EXSS 385) An applied course that reinforces the basic principles and skills learned in Exercise Testing and Prescription (EXSS 385). Emphasis placed on the proper techniques associated with assessing health-related components of physical fitness for the development of appropriate exercise prescriptions for individuals/clients. Course may be taken two times for academic credit. F, S, Su.
390 Strength and Conditioning. (3) (Prereq: : A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 350/EXSS 350L)Course provides an overview of concepts and techniques utilized to enhance muscle strength and endurance. Basic muscle function and anatomy is reviewed, as well as how muscle responds to training, detraining, and overtraining. Emphasis placed on the enhancement of sport performance and the bridging of theory to practice. Course also covers the risks associated with various forms of resistance training as well as how to reduce these risks. Certification opportunities provided.
399 Independent Study in Exercise and Sport Science. (1-3) (Prereq: EXSS 205 and approved written contract between student, instructor, and Department Chair) A faculty-supervised learning experience within the Smith Exercise Science Laboratory. Students will apply foundational knowledge and develop skills and abilities through individualized coursework. Examples of activities include assisting faculty members with on-going research projects or completing in-depth study of exercise science-related special topics.
400 Biomechanics. (3) (Prereq: BIOL 232/232L and MATH 131 or above, all with a grade of ‘C’ or better)) Examines the anatomical and mechanical bases for human movement as they relate to exercise, physical activity, and sport.
401 Psychology of Sport-Related Injury. (3) (Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 340) This course explores the influences of psychological factors on the risk of sports injury. Additionally, adverse behavioral and emotional responses of injured athletes are identified and analyzed. Integrating the knowledge of psychological interventions to the rehabilitation setting are explored. Finally, relevant research associated with the topic of psychology of sports injury are synthesized and discussed.
405 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Diverse Populations. (3) (Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 350/EXSS 350L) Course covers exercise testing procedures and exercise prescription for a diverse range of populations including children, adolescents, older individuals, and individuals with chronic conditions such as cancer, human immunodeficiency virus, and osteoarthritis. An emphasis is placed on screening individuals for abnormal responses and contraindications to exercise as well as methods for modifying exercise prescriptions based on individual needs.
410 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. (3) (Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 350/EXSS 350L) Course covers the underlying mechanisms of prevalent cardiopulmonary diseases such as coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, asthma, and emphysema, as well as the impact conditions such as these have on overall functional capacity. The importance of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of these conditions is highlighted. Current medical and surgical techniques utilized to treat cardiopulmonary diseases are also discussed.
415 Personal Fitness Leadership. (3) (Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 350/EXSS 350L and EXSS 385/EXSS 385L) Course builds on foundational content to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities related to prescribing exercise and demonstrating proper utilization of exercise equipment and techniques for enhancement of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness. The course provides a focus on leadership and communication principles and administrative issues related to personal training and group fitness leadership.
450 Laboratory Skills in Exercise Science. (3) (Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in EXSS 350/EXSS 350L) Designed for students with at least one course in exercise physiology. Students become proficient in the use of the laboratory equipment currently available in the field and in the Exercise Science Laboratory. Students gain experience with data collection in a wide variety of pilot research experiments.
490 Seminar in Exercise and Sport Science. (1) (Prereq: EXSS Major and Senior Standing) Course prepares the EXSS major for internship in exercise and sport science. Students analyze career placement opportunities; seek and communicate with potential internship sites, explore the internship process, and complete associated program and professional development requirements. F, S.
495 Internship in Exercise and Sport Science. (9-12) (Prereq: Admission to Internship: A grade of ‘C’ or better in all Exercise and Sport Science major requirements, completion of all required Exercise and Sport Science coursework and Adviser/Program Approval) Students gain opportunities to apply and further develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities through full-time, supervised experiences (350-450 hours). Students will perform full-time internships in approved exercise or sport science-related facilities such as hospitals, fitness centers, or physical therapy/rehabilitation clinics.
499 Directed Undergraduate Research in Exercise and Sport Science. (1-6) (Prereq: EXSS 205 and approved written contract between student, instructor, and department chair) A faculty-supervised research project within exercise and sport science. Students develop skills and abilities of research through the completion of an approved project. Projects are developed with a faculty member and approved with a written contract and specific requirements.