Major in Exercise Science

The major in Exercise Science is intended to examine the relationship between exercise and human performance and the role of physical activity in the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Exercise science consists of several overlapping disciplines, including biomechanics, exercise physiology and biochemistry, growth and development, exercise nutrition, measurement and evaluation, and exercise psychology. The program of study is designed to provide an effective blend of classroom instruction and practical experience. The program is intended to prepare qualified individuals for careers in clinical, corporate, commercial, and/or community exercise/wellness settings as well as to prepare students for graduate study in related fields.

Program Requirements

The requirements for the major in Exercise Science include a minimum of 39 units of KNES courses and 26-27 units of courses outside of KNES. The specific requirements for the major in Exercise Science are as follows:

Required Exercise Science Courses (24 Units)
KNES 265FUNDAMENTALS IN HEALTH AND PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT3
KNES 297FOUNDATIONS OF EXERCISE SCIENCE3
KNES 309TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS 13
KNES 313PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE3
KNES 361EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY3
or KNES 355 PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT
KNES 365EXERCISE TESTING AND PRESCRIPTION3
KNES 469RESEARCH METHODS IN EXERCISE SCIENCE3
Select one of the following courses:3
BIOMECHANICS
CONCEPTS OF MOTOR LEARNING
FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY FOR EXERCISE SCIENCE
Electives (15 Units)
Select five of the following (cannot be a course counted elsewhere in the curriculum):15
FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY FOR EXERCISE SCIENCE
BIOMECHANICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY
INDEPENDENT STUDY
CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES
SCIENCE OF SPORT SUCCESS: CONTRIBUTIONS OF GENETICS AND PRACTICE
CONCEPTS OF MOTOR LEARNING
PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT
PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT INJURY
EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
NUTRITION FOR EXERCISE AND SPORT
CLINICAL COMPETENCIES AND FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
PRACTICAL AND INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS IN EXERCISE LEADERSHIP
INTERNSHIP IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
EXERCISE PRESCRIPTIONS AND PROGRAMMING FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
STRESS MANAGEMENT, TENSION CONTROL AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE
ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
MOTOR DEVELOPMENT: INFANTS TO ADULTS
APPLIED SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMMING FOR THE OLDER ADULT
PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING
Additional Required Courses (26-27 Units)
BIOL 190INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS4
BIOL 221
221L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
4
BIOL 222
222L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
4
Select one of the following:4
ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
HLTH 101WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
PHYS 202GENERAL PHYSICS FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES4-5
or PHYS 211 GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
Total Units65-66
1

Student may satisfy this requirement with MATH 231 Basic Statistics or MATH 233 Honors Basic Statistics or MATH 237 Elementary Biostatistics or MATH 330 Introduction to Statistical Methods.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 1904HLTH 1013
ENGL 102 (Core 2)3KNES 2973
PSYC 1013MATH 1153
Core3TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core3Core3
 16 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 222
222L
4
KNES 3093KNES 2173
KNES 3153KNES 3613
Core3Core3
 13 13
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
KNES 3133KNES 3653
KNES 3633KNES 3694
PHYS 202 or 2115KNES 3723
Core3Core3
Core3Elective3
 17 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
EXSC Elective3KNES 3983-6
KNES 3113KNES 469 (Core 9)3
Select one of the following: Elective3
Elective3
 
Elective3 
Elective3 
 12 12-15
Total Units 114-117

1. Demonstrate extensive content knowledge from across the discipline of Exercise Science, including exercise psychology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology (Information Literacy Competency).
2. Demonstrate skill in using technology necessary for conducting fitness assessments, interpreting fitness data, and developing appropriate exercise prescriptions (Technological Competency).
3. Demonstrate skill in leading individual and group exercise programs.
4. Demonstrate skill in educating and/ or counseling patients/clients regarding physical activity and lifestyle changes.
5. Demonstrate discipline-specific competencies in critical thinking/ problem solving