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EXS 0010

Concepts of Physical Fitness

1cr
This is a seven-week lecture/laboratory experience that presents basic knowledge and methods relevant to maintaining and developing good health, fitness, and overall wellness.
Prerequisite: None
Fall/J-Term/Spring

EXS 1010

Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science

2cr
This course examines the history, philosophy, principles, and development of exercise and sport programs. Students are encouraged to register for EXS 1010 and EXS 1020 together.
Fall/J-Term/Spring

EXS 1072

Water Safety Instruction (WSI)

1cr
The Water Safety Instruction course trains instructor candidates to teach the fundamental Learn-to-Swim courses, including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim Levels 1-3, 4-6, and Adult Swim. This certification is the gold standard and provides the most comprehensive training for swim instructors.
Prerequisite: EXS 1010
Fall/Spring

EXS 1080

Introduction to Health and Wellness Education

3cr
This course will introduce students to health topics pertaining to the development of their physical, psychological, and social well-being. Students will learn about the major theories in health education and gain experience teaching health topics.
Fall

EXS 2020

Psychology of Health and Performance

4cr
This course provides an exploration of the Health Behavior Theories and practices necessary to guide clients toward improved health related outcomes. Theories practices of Sport Psychology and team dynamics will also be covered.
Prerequisite: EXS 1010

EXS 2200

Nutrition for Health and Performance

3cr
This course will provide students with the knowledge of how to improve their own nutrition and provide reliable, accurate guidance to others. Significant time will be spent exploring nutrition guidelines for athletic performance.
Prerequisite: EXS 1010 or ATH 1020
Fall/Spring

EXS 2270

Consumer Health Issues

2cr
Evaluation of health misinformation and quackery pertaining to health-related products and services. Examination of major health care issues from a consumer point of view, enabling the students to make intelligent decisions about how to obtain and use health-related products, services, and information.
Spring

EXS 2300

Applied Principles of Strength Training

3cr
An introductory study in strength training. Emphasis will be placed on basic muscle anatomy, program design, and safe exercise technique.
Prerequisite: EXS 1010
Fall/Spring

EXS 2330

Applied Statistics for Health and Human Services (MTH)

4cr
This course presents a practical approach to utilizing statistics in situations encountered in the Health and Human Services professions. Fundamental statistical theories and concepts are presented to help students understand the rationale and purpose of using statistical computations. Basic parametric statistical analyses, as well as the mathematical logic behind these calculations, will be presented. Students will learn how to perform hypothesis testing with normal distributions and also learn to interpret and critically evaluate research outcomes. This knowledge will allow students to be evidence-based practitioners and critical consumers of peer-reviewed research.
Prerequisite: Junior standing and accepted Nursing majors or declared Exercise and Sport Science or Allied Health majors.

EXS 2450

Physical Education and Health Methods

2cr
This course consists of class activities, readings, and lectures designed to provide elementary teachers with the knowledge of how to incorporate movement in their classrooms. Students will examine their own health and identify reliable online resources for providing health education in the K-6 setting. Course fulfills the requirements for EXS 0010 Concepts of Physical Fitness (1 cr.) and one Lifetime/Fitness activity (1 cr.).
Fall/Spring

EXS 2500

Comprehensive School Health Programming

2cr
This course is designed to teach students how to plan for and evaluate all the components of an effective school health program.
Spring

EXS 2620

Adapted Physical Education and Sport

3cr
A study of special populations and their exercise and sport needs. Emphasis will be placed on in-depth knowledge of specific disabilities, with modifications necessary to enable the pursuit of a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Prerequisite: EXS 1010
Fall/Spring

EXS 2700

Elementary Physical Education: Principles of Movement

4cr
An analysis of exercise, sport, and motor programs for young children. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to teach skills, concepts, and movement principles at an age-appropriate level.
Prerequisite: EXS 1010
Fall/Spring

EXS 2810

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Education

2cr
This course provides an overview of substance use and abuse among adolescents. The course will focus on understanding how to teach this topic as part of a comprehensive school health education curriculum.
Fall/Spring

EXS 3010

Tests and Measurement in Exercise and Sport Science

4cr
A practical approach to measurement and evaluation of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains as they apply to the field of health, fitness, and performance. The students will be introduced to basic statistical principles and practice conducting and writing a simple research study.
Prerequisites: EXS 1010 and sophomore standing
Fall/Spring

EXS 3030

Sport and Recreation Management

4cr
Principles of efficient management and leadership concepts as applicable to the sport and recreation industry. Focuses on principles and techniques of management relating to programs, facilities, special events, and personnel. Includes key personnel issues in sport management situations; ethics, law, and governance in sports administration; and the role of the marketing process in sport administration and budgeting.
Prerequisite: EXS 1010
Fall/Spring

EXS 3070

Applied Exercise Anatomy and Biomechanics

4cr
A review of musculoskeletal anatomy and an in-depth study of biomechanics and its application to sport.
Prerequisite: BIO 1040 or BIO 2010
Fall/Spring

EXS 3080

Physiology of Exercise

4cr
This course is designed to provide the students with an introduction to the discipline of exercise and sport physiology, which is concerned with the study of how the body adapts physiologically to the acute stress of exercise, or physical activity, and the chronic stress of physical training. Emphasis will be placed on neuromuscular adaptation to strength training and cardiorespiratory adaptations to endurance training. This course will also address the importance of exercise in delaying or preventing metabolic syndrome.
Prerequisite: BIO 1040 or BIO 2010

EXS 3090

Sexuality Education

2cr
This course will emphasize diversity in sexual feeling, behavior, cultural traditions, and moral beliefs related to sex, with an emphasis on the physiology of sex and helping students become comfortable in discussing and teaching sexuality to adolescents.
Fall

EXS 3110

Personal and Community Health

3cr
An introduction to the field of community health with an exploration of the interplay between individual health-promoting behaviors and the greater impact of the physical, social, and political environment.
Spring

EXS 3120

Issues in Emotional and Mental Health

2cr
Development of insights into emotional wellness and understanding the body, mind, and spirit connection. Students will be expected to develop strategies to effectively teach the principles and skills learned in this class.
Fall/Spring

EXS 3210

Advanced Techniques in Training and Conditioning

4cr
An in-depth study of the principles, concepts, and guidelines of strength training, conditioning, and personal fitness. Special emphasis will be placed on designing strength and conditioning programs and preparing students for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) exams.
Prerequisite: EXS 3070
J-Term

EXS 3520

Field Placement in Specially Designed Physical Education

4cr
An off-campus practical experience for students to work with special populations in a physical education setting. (Pass/Fail)
Prerequisites: EXS 2620, EDU 1010, 2010, 2050, and 3520, EXS 4200, and PYC 2850

EXS 3530

Strength and Conditioning Practicum

2cr
The goal of the course is to allow the student to apply the principles and concepts learned in Advanced Techniques in Training and Conditioning by designing and implementing strength, conditioning, and fitness programs to various populations.
Prerequisite: EXS 3210

EXS 3720

General Medical Conditions for the Athletic Trainer

3cr
This course is designed to introduce the athletic training student to general medical conditions they may be exposed to when working with physically active individuals. It is imperative that the entry-level athletic trainer recognize and manage these conditions for the successful treatment of those under their care. These conditions range from recognizing simple infections to systemic disorders.
Prerequisites: AHS 1020 and AHS 2080
Spring

EXS 4020

Theory and Practice of Coaching

4cr
This course is designed to broaden students’ perspective in the areas of teaching, coaching, and structuring athletic teams. Emphasis will be placed on coaching theory and development of coaching philosophy.
Prerequisites: EXS 1010 and junior standing
J-Term

EXS 4040

Exercise Prescription

4cr
A practical approach to prescribing appropriate exercise modalities to multiple populations including athletic, healthy, and special populations. Students will build on concepts learned to core courses and review current literature in order to create training programs that meet client goals. Through a variety of case studies, students will develop training programs/treatments that will help individuals maximize performance and prevent/reduce disease. Students will create programs for increasing muscular strength as well as increasing cardiovascular endurance.
Prerequisites: EXS 3080

EXS 4060

Fitness Education

4cr
Fitness education is an integral part of the total physical education program, focusing on helping students acquire the knowledge and habits that contribute to health and wellness (SHAPE America). Students will explore each of the components of the Fitness Education Framework from SHAPE America: technique, knowledge, physical activity, health-related fitness, responsible personal and social behaviors, values and advocates, nutrition, and consumerism.
Prerequisite: EXS 1010

EXS 4080

Assessment for Physical Education

4cr
This course will prepare students with the skills needed to design and administer assessments in each of the leanring domains. Students will learn how to perform data analysis to inform instructional decisions in physical education.
Prerequisite: EXS 1010

EXS 4200

Methods and Materials of Teaching Physical Education

4cr
A course required of students pursuing the emphasis in physical education K-12 licensure. Emphasizes teaching methods and instructional materials in physical education.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing
Spring

EXS 4210

Methods and Materials of Teaching Health Education

4cr
Students will learn strategies and techniques for teaching health at an age-appropriate level.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the department chair
Fall

EXS 4900

Field Placement in Exercise and Sport Science

4cr
An off-campus practical experience for Exercise and Sport Science majors who are not seeking physical education licensure. The student will complete a 100-hour internship in a recreation, sport, clinical, or fitness environment to observe, teach, and manage under a qualified professional in the field. The student will also complete a 30-page Senior Thesis research project.
Prerequisite: EXS 3010
Fall/Spring