Exercise Science Major (BS)

Major Requirements:

Fifty-four-sixty (54-60) semester hours. Required courses:

  • KN158
  • KN159
  • KN250
  • KN251
  • KN256
  • KN350
  • KN367
  • KN364
  • KN404
  • KN452
  • KN397
  • BY150 (or equivalent)
  • BS200
  • BS310
  • One (1) competency area completion.

Select a minimum of one (1) competency area from the following:

  • Group Fitness:
    • KN281
    • KN361
    • KN405
  • Strength and Conditioning:
    • KN257
    • KN280
    • KN405 

Upon completion of the program students will:

  1. Understand the basic concepts associated with the field of exercise science.
  2. Demonstrate the ability of plan and execute basic physical fitness programming for various populations.
  3. Exhibit competency in the skills and knowledge required for an entry level position in the exercise science field.

Outcome assessment for the Exercise Science: Feedback from course surveys, exit interviews, alumni surveys, and rate of employment in the field for recent graduates

Courses

  • KN158 Health Education—First Aid (3)

    Introduction to theory and methods of first aid including CPR and other emergency techniques and procedures. The American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Responding to Emergencies courses are both offered. Athletic training majors should choose the Emergency Medical Response section of the course

  • KN159 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)

    Philosophy, history, and theories of physical education and exercise; professional preparation for the areas of teaching (K-12), exercise, sport management, and health. Additional fees for conference attendance.

  • KN250 Physiology of Exercise (4)

    Study of the physiological responses to exercise and sport. Emphasis on energy expenditure, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory systems and their adaptation to training. Lab required. Offered fall semester for Athletic Training majors and spring semester for Exercise Science majors. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160

  • KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance (3)

    An introduction to the basic principles of nutrition with an emphasis on the role that nutrition plays in the physiological response to exercise in sport. This includes the composition of pre, during and post physical activity meals, the role that nutrients play in performance, disordered eating, and food as an ergogenic aid. Prerequisites: None

  • KN256 Anatomical Kinesiology/Biomechanical Kinesiology (4)

    Study of skeletal, joint, and muscular systems in the human body; analysis of muscular-skeletal movement applied to exercise, sports, and dance skills. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160.

  • KN404 Conditioning I (2) KN

    This is an activity course is designed for the student to work on their own personal conditioning. It involves intensive workouts during the eight weeks. Athletes in season will still need to participate at their top level. Those that are injured should NOT take the class until the injury is healed. 

  • KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics/Physical Education (3)

    Organized principles involved in theories of conditioning, prevention of injuries and procedures for handling emergency situations. Includes basic taping, injury recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: KN200 or equivalent for Athletic Training majors, BY 150 or equivalent for non-AT majors. Additional fees may be required.

  • KN367 Administration and Psychosocial Aspects for the Allied Health Care Professionals

    Administrative theory and philosophy, budgeting and business procedures,facility planning/logistics, risk management, inventory management, other aspects related to administration of an allied health care facility. This course will also look at ethics, diversity and cultural competence related to health care as well as the psychosocial aspects related to rehabilitation of injury. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN350.

  • KN364 Motor Learning and Motor Development (3)

    Designed to provide prospective physical educators, exercise science majors with the knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, and motor learning needed to be successful in their professions. Emphasis is placed on the stages of development from birth through early adulthood. Emphasis is also placed on the theories of motor learning and how they relate to skill acquisition and refinement. We will also discuss motor learning as it pertains to recovery from sports injuries. Offered spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: KN256.

  • KN452 Physical Activities for Special Populations (3)

    Games, rhythmic activities, developmental movement, perceptual motor activities for children with handicapped conditions; focus on theory and practice of mainstreaming. Offered spring semester even years only. Prerequisite: KN159 or permission of instructor.

  • KN397 Internship (Variable)

    Prerequisites for Exercise Science: KN158, KN159, KN 250, KN295 Junior or senior status. Prerequisites for Sport Management: BS201, BS202, KN158, KN159. Junior or senior status.

  • BY150 Human Biology (4) NL

    Systems approach to study of basic human anatomy and physiology designed for non-biology majors. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Not applicable toward the major. Not applicable toward the minor for students having successfully completed BY221 or BY372. Offered every fall and odd-numbered springs.

  • BS200 Fundamentals of Organizations for the Non-Major (3) SS1

    An overview course which introduces the student to the functions of management, marketing, accounting, finance, and economics. Business principles, concepts, theories, and terms, together with ethics and values, are examined both academically and experientially. As an introductory overview of the academic areas covered by the required core courses in business and business related majors, this course cannot be used as a business elective in a business major or minor.

  • BS310 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3) SS1

    Deals with the successful start-up, operation, and growth of a small business with emphasis on entrepreneurship, the business environment, financial controls and planning, and administrative control. Prerequisites: BS200, BS201 or permission of the instructor.

  • KN281 Aerobic Fitness/Activity (1) KN

  • KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (2)

    This course has both lecture and activity component and is structured to give the students the programming experience with a variety of populations. Prerequisite: KN 250. 

  • KN361 Group Exercise Leadership (2)

    A leadership course for students interested in teaching group exercise classes in a fitness setting. Course includes instruction on choosing exercise modalities, cueing, transitions, and music selection and tempo. Preparation for certification is included. Prerequisite: KN281. Offered spring semester. 

  • KN257 Therapeutic Exercise (2)

    This course is designed to educate students in the role that therapeutic exercise plays in the successful return of athletes to sports. Offered fall semester for Exercise Science majors and spring semester for Athletic Training majors. Prerequisite: KN350

  • KN280 Weight Training/Activity (1) KN

    Offered spring semester.