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
KNES 265FUNDAMENTALS IN HEALTH AND PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT3
KNES 297FOUNDATIONS OF EXERCISE SCIENCE3
KNES 313PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE3
KNES 361EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY3
or KNES 355 PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT
KNES 364CLINICAL EXERCISE ASSESSMENT AND PRESCRIPTION3
KNES 367QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS3
KNES 469ADVANCED WRITING FOR RESEARCH IN EXERCISE SCIENCE3
Select one of the following courses:3
BIOMECHANICS
CONCEPTS OF MOTOR LEARNING
FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY FOR EXERCISE SCIENCE
Electives
15 units of coursework (cannot be a course counted elsewhere in the curriculum):15
FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY FOR EXERCISE SCIENCE
RESISTANCE TRAINING: TECHNIQUES AND PRINCIPLES
BIOMECHANICS
CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES
SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS OF STRENGTH TRAINING AND CONDITIONING
SCIENCE OF SPORT SUCCESS: CONTRIBUTIONS OF GENETICS AND PRACTICE
TESTS AND ASSESSMENTS FOR FITNESS AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
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
FIELD EXPERIENCE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE 1
PRACTICAL AND INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS IN EXERCISE LEADERSHIP
INDEPENDENT STUDY 1
INTERNSHIP IN EXERCISE SCIENCE 1
EXERCISE PRESCRIPTIONS AND PROGRAMMING FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING: PROGRAM DESIGN
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
BIOL 191
191L
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LAB]
4
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

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
PSYC 1013HLTH 1013
ENGL 102 (Core 2)3TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core3MATH 115 (core 3)3
Core3KNES 2973
Select one of the following4Core3
 
 
 16 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 222
222L
4
KNES 361 or 3553KNES 2653
KNES 3673Core3
Core3Select on of the following:3
Core3
 
 
 16 13
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
KNES 3133KNES 3643
EXSC Elective3EXSC Elective3
EXSC Elective3EXSC Elective 3
PHYS 202 or 2115EXSC Elective3
 Elective3
 14 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Elective3KNES 469 (Core 9)3
Elective3Elective 3
Elective3Elective3
Elective 3Elective3
Select one of the following: 4Elective 3
 
 
 16 15
Total Units 120
  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.