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Course Descriptions

For your convenience, below are the course descriptions for the required classes for the exercise science major. For more information please visit the academic catalog.

Complete each of the following:
BIO 111 Principles of Biology - Molecules to Cells

Life at the cellular level. Biological molecules, major cell structures and their functions, bacteria and viruses and their role in human health issues, disease, genetics and reproduction. Laboratory investigations provide hands-on experience in basic cell biology.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Natural World requirement.

BIO 406 Biostatistics

An introduction to the use of statistics for decision making in the biological sciences. Application of basic methods of descriptive and inferential statistics, formulation and testing of hypotheses, and experimental design are explored. Statistics software is used.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Mathematics Proficiency and Senior Experience requirements.
Prerequisites: MTH 109 or equivalent, 12 semester hours
of biology or other science, and junior standing.

CEM 111 Introduction to Chemical Principles

A study of major themes in chemistry including atomic structure, chemical compounds, stoichiometry, acids and bases, gas laws, equilibrium and chemical reactions. Students investigate the major themes of chemistry as they relate to culture and society.

This course is a single semester survey of chemistry and is designed for students who seek experience in the chemical sciences. In addition to the more traditional inorganic approach (compounds without carbon), we will also be addressing general themes and concepts in organic and biochemistry. This course will be a mixture of lecture and in-class problem solving.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Natural World requirement.
Corequisite: CEM 113

CEM 113 Introduction to Chemical Principles Laboratory

This is the companion laboratory course to Introduction to Chemical Principles and reinforces concepts studied in lecture. Basic laboratory skills are developed with analysis and interpretation of laboratory experiments emphasized through writing.

Fall Semester.
1 semester hour.
Corequisite: CEM 111

HWL 250 Nutrition

Identification, function and food sources of required nutrients. Mechanisms through which nutrients meet biological needs of humans. Applications of principles of normal nutrition to special issues (e.g., physical performance, obesity, pathology).

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.

HWL 252 Substance Use and Abuse

Physiological and pharmacological study of chemical substance effects on the human body, with emphasis on the common lifestyle drugs such as alcohol, nicotine, tranquilizers, and those used to enhance physical performance.

Fall Semester and Intensive Learning Term.
3 semester hours.

HWL 260 Human Anatomy

Major systems of the body and their functions. Course work involves the use of charts, models and slides, but no dissection.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: SCI 102, BIO 105 or BIO 111

HWL 353 Stress Management

Stress, sources of stress, the manner in which various psychological systems are involved and affected by stress, diseases that are associated with stress, and a variety of intervention strategies. Includes preventative health behaviors and behavior modification.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.

IDS 390 Cooperative Education

An optional academic experience integrating classroom theory with practical work experience. Participating students are employed off-campus with businesses/organizations related to their career choice, or in an on-campus experience while completing their undergraduate course work. Students must register and pay for internship credits in the same semester as they are working. Credits cannot be deferred to a later semester.

Fall and Spring Semesters, Intensive Learning Term and Summer.
1–15 semester hours.
Prerequisites: completed 30 semester hours with a 2.25 or higher
cumulative GPA.
Students must arrange this experience with the
appropriate department chairperson before registering for this course.
A Cooperative Education Work Experience Application must be
completed prior to beginning work.

PE 106 Principles and Foundations of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

An overview of historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological foundations of physical education and health. Topics include health and fitness promotion, lifestyle assessments, cardiovascular risk factors, lifestyle choices and professional competencies. Emphasis is placed on physical fitness and wellness, behavior and relationships, prevention and treatment of diseases/accidents/suicide, environmental issues, and health and legal aspects of physical education and health.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.

PE 112 Professional Rescuer

Professional Rescuer meets the requirements for American Red Cross certification for individuals who have the job-related duty to respond in an emergency. The course will include instruction in Emergency Response, CPR for the professional rescuer, Automated External Defibrillator essentials, oxygen administration, and preventing disease transmission.

Intensive Learning Term.
3 semester hours.

PE 217 Theory of Teaching Physical Fitness

The benefits of the components of physical fitness (cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition and flexibility), instructional techniques necessary to develop the individual components of physical fitness.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours

PE 280 Social Psychology in Sport

This course is intended to develop student understanding of social psychology in sport as well as advance student’s knowledge of theory and practice in the psychological preparation of performance. It will provide an overview of the major social factors and theories affecting those participating in sport and exercise with particular attention given to coach-athlete relationships, team cohesion, group dynamics and motivational climate.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in IDS 112

PE 301 Sports Psychology

Fundamental concepts of coaching and underlying psychological factors of performance in competition. Topics include assessment, preseason, mid-season, and post-season evaluation, audience effects and aggression and violence in sports.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.

PE 307 Principles and Techniques of Conditioning

Conditioning techniques and the application of those principles. Includes the training to perform physical fitness testing, interpretation of test results, and writing exercise prescriptions for clients who wish to improve cardiovascular conditioning and/or strength conditioning.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: PE 217.

PE 320 Motor Learning

Psychological and neurological mechanisms involved in the acquisition of motor skills. Emphasis on designing classes and practices which optimize the acquisition of motor skills.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor permission.

PE 401 Kinesiology

Applied anatomy and physics examining the specific functions of the musculoskeletal system and the physical laws which govern human motion.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Senior Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: C or higher in HWL 260 or C or higher in BIO 211
and 212, junior standing or instructor permission.

PE 404 Practicum in Physical Education and Athletics

Designed to allow the physical education major or minor to attain practical experience (hands-on) in teaching, coaching, and leadership skills prior to student teaching.

Fall and Spring Semesters or Intensive Learning Term.
1-2 semester hours.
Satisfies Senior Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: junior standing.

PE 405 Exercise Physiology

In-depth examination of the physiological systems of the body, and their responses and adaptations to specific stresses placed on them during exercise.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Senior Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: PE 217, junior standing or instructor permission.

PE 420 Biomechanics

Mechanical laws as they relate to the human body in motion, and the study of techniques as they relate to internal and external forces acting on the body during performance.

As announced.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: PE 401.

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