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Exercise and Sport Science Course Descriptions

EXSS 1000-1021: ACTIVITY CLASS SERIES (1 credit)

The health and fitness liberal arts core requirement may be satisfied by completing two different activity classes. You may choose from course offerings in Aerobics, Badminton, Jazz and Social Dance, Fencing, First Aid and CPR, Fitness for Living, Golf, Ice Skating, Lifeguard Training, Racquetball, Relaxation, Self-Defense, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon Training, Volleyball, Walk-Jog-Run, Water Fitness, Water Safety Instructor, Weight Training and Tai Chi. Classes are offered in the day program, Weekend College and in the summer.

EXSS 1030: HEALTH, FITNESS AND LIFESTYLE ISSUES (2 credits)

Content focuses on factual information regarding health promotion, disease prevention, nutrition, exercise and fitness patterns. Experiential learning includes fitness assessment and programming in exercise, nutrition, self-responsibility and stress management. Lab instruction includes a variety of lifetime sport and fitness activities. The course is designed to help you accept responsibility for your own health, fitness and wellness. This course satisfies the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered each semester, in Weekend College and summer sessions.

EXSS 2750: INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE (2 credits)

Course work includes exposure to the various disciplines and career opportunities in the field of physical education and exercise science, study of the principles and components of physical fitness, and the application of exercise science principles in fitness programming and education. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered fall semester every year.

EXSS 2800: MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION IN EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE (4 credits)

Methods and principles of testing and measurement in physical education and exercise science. Includes basic statistical methods, test construction, evaluation and measurement of anthropometrics, fitness, motor performance, skill levels and related functions. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered fall semester every year.

EXSS 2992 or 2994: TOPICS (2 or 4 credits)

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses.

EXSS 3050: TEACHING ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION (4 credits)

Instructional approaches to teaching basic movement skills. Activities include lead-up games, games of low organization, dance, locomotor and non-locomotor movements in a variety of sports and activities. Activities include basketball, bowling, floor hockey, softball, soccer and volleyball. Designed for both elementary education and physical education majors. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered fall semester every other year.

EXSS 3060: INDIVIDUAL SPORTS TECHNIQUES (4 credits)

Techniques of teaching skills for the following sports: aquatics, badminton, fencing, golf, racquetball, tennis, track and field. Includes progressions, skill analysis, game strategy, rules and evaluation at the secondary level. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered winter semester every other year.

EXSS 3080: TEAM SPORTS TECHNIQUES (4 credits)

Techniques of teaching sport skills for the following sports: soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball. Includes teaching methods, class organization, unit and lesson plans, progressions, skill analysis, game strategy, rules and evaluation at the secondary level. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered fall semester every other year.

EXSS 3250: SPORTS NUTRITION (2 credits)

This course involves the study of the effects of nutrient intake on human energy and athletic performance; current use of ergogenics and dietary supplements; review of current literature, teaching resources and consumer publications; and nutritional recommendations for athletes throughout the life cycle. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Also offered as FSNU 3250. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: Recommended: FSNU 2200 or 3000.

EXSS 3350: KINESIOLOGY AND BIOMECHANICS (4 credits)

This is a lecture/laboratory course on the study of human motion including anatomical foundations of the skeletal and muscle systems and the application of mechanical principles to the analysis of human motion in physical education, fitness activities, sport and activities of daily life. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered winter semester every year. Prerequisites: BIOL 2510.

EXSS 3450: EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (4 credits)

This is a lecture/laboratory course covering the theory and analysis of physiological responses and adaptations to exercise for fitness and human performance. Course topics include energy systems, exercise metabolism, circulatory and respiratory adaptations, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, acid-base balance, temperature regulation, body composition and nutrition, ergogenic aids, exercise and special populations. Offered fall semester every year. Prerequisites: BIOL 2510, 2520.

EXSS 3510: DEVELOPMENTAL ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION (2 credits)

Physical education for the exceptional student with reference to the analysis of functional and organic challenges. Includes fieldwork in schools and programming ideas for the developmentally adapted physical education class. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered fall semester in odd years.

EXSS 3550: EXERCISE TESTING AND PRESCRIPTION (4 credits)

This course gives you experience with the equipment and procedures used for assessment, design and implementation of fitness programs. Procedures include: physical work capacity (V02/stress test), EKG, blood pressure, body composition (skin fold calipers, bioelectrical impedance and underwater weighing), muscular strength and muscular endurance. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered winter semester every year. Prerequisites: EXSS 3350, 3450.

EXSS 3600: PHYSICAL EDUCATION ORGANIZATION, ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAMMING (2 credits)

This course involves the study of physical education curricula in the school setting, corporate health promotion, and programming in the community environment. Planning and administering physical education programs, intramurals and extramurals in regard to students’ needs. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered winter semester every other year.

EXSS 3610: MOTOR LEARNING (2 credits)

This course involves the study of human motor skill acquisition. Theories and applications related to skill acquisition, motor learning and control are examined with reference to the learner, the learning environment and individual differences. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered winter semester every year.

EXSS 3650: METHODS FOR FITNESS PROFESSIONALS (4 credits)

This course offers an overview of the principles of aerobic conditioning, strength and flexibility conditioning, group exercise instructor techniques, and strength and flexibility personal training techniques. In addition, fitness training activities and techniques for special populations including children, women, and older adults will be studied. Special exercise programming for those with health concerns such as diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease, and/or obesity will also be studied. General fitness facility management leadership issues will be addressed including, but not limited to, staffing, program development, facility management, and liability issues. Offered fall semester every year. Prerequisites: BIOL 2510, 2520. Prerequisites with concurrency: EXSS 3350, 3450.

EXSS 3700: THEORY, TECHNIQUES AND PSYCHOLOGY OF COACHING WOMEN’S SPORTS (2 credits)

A study of the principles and procedures involved in the organization, management and implementation of women’s sports programs. Special consideration will be given to psychological aspects of motivation and ethics, including the interpersonal relationships involved with coaching. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered fall semester every other year.

EXSS 3720: THE COACHING PRACTICUM (2 credits)

The coaching practicum provides you with the opportunity to work in an observation participation setting under a qualified coach. The purpose is to provide supervision from a qualified coach in a particular area of interest. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: EXSS 3700, instructor permission.

EXSS 3750: CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES (2 credits)

An overview of problems (recognition, principles and responsibilities) related to athletic injuries to both upper and lower body. Emphasis on prevention, immediate care and rehabilitation. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered fall semester every year. Prerequisites: BIOL 2510.

EXSS 4300: ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS (2 credits)

This course is designed to give you experience in the equipment and methodologies used in the field of biomechanics and kinesiology. Topic areas include the use of video data collection and reduction methods, force platform, electromyography, gait studies, anthropometric studies and other research in the field. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered winter semester every year. Prerequisites: EXSS 3350.

EXSS 4602 or 4604: INTERNSHIP (2 or 4 credits)

Structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on or off campus and includes a substantial work component. An internship involves you in a particular profession in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience, you must meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office. Prerequisites: Faculty sponsorship and approval by department chair.

EXSS 4752 or 4754: PRACTICUM (2 or 4 credits)

A practicum is a brief period of work during which you practice a profession in a training status. Often required for licensing or entry into a profession. Prerequisites: Instructor and department chair approval.

EXSS 4952 or 4954: INDEPENDENT STUDY (2 or 4 credits)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair.

EXSS 4992 or 4994: TOPICS (2 or 4 credits)

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses.