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Degrees and Requirements

Exercise and Sports Science

Purpose:

A major in Exercise and Sports Science will provide students an interdisciplinary approach and comprehensive knowledge to the scientific basis of human movement, physical activity, exercise and sport performance.

Exercise scientists and exercise physiologists are professionals who specialize in assessing, evaluating, and prescribing exercise programs for health-related fitness outcomes of individuals in private, health, and corporate settings.  Other options include the growing field of clinical exercise physiology where the Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) assess, evaluates and prescribes individual exercise programs for chronic disease populations in various medical settings.  Sport scientists are professionals who assess, evaluate and prescribe exercise and training protocols for the purpose of enhancing the sport performance potential of individuals.  Sport scientists work with individual athletes, coaches and teams in all amateur and professional sports. They also provide recommendations to promote recovery after training and offer motivational support.

Requirements:

To successfully complete the Exercise and Sports Science major, the following coursework is required:

  • 69 credits as listed under Major Component
    • 32 credits in Science and Math
    • 28 credits in Exercise Science and Sports Performance Requirements
    • 9 credits of Exercise Science and Sports Performance Electives
  • 37 Core Credits
  • 14 General Elective Credits
  • A minimum of 120 credits are required for degree, the last 30 of which, and 50% of the major must be earned at La Roche University (developmental course work does not count toward the minimum number of required courses for graduation)

Summary of Requirements

Exercise Science and Sports Peformance Component: 28 credits

  • EXSP3005
    MOTOR LEARNING, CONTROL AND DEVELOPMENT (HSCU3005)

    EXSP3005
    MOTOR LEARNING, CONTROL AND DEVELOPMENT (HSCU3005)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical differences and application in motor skill development across the life span. Topics will include motor learning, motor control and motor development experienced during growth and development and used in physical activity, exercise, and sport performance. (HSCU3005)

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1024 & BIOL1024L & HSCU3014 & PSYC1021

  • EXSP3007
    BIOMECHANICS (HSCU3007)

    EXSP3007
    BIOMECHANICS (HSCU3007)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is a study of the science of human movement and will provide students the understanding and analysis of structure and mechanical functioning of human movement and motor skills used for physical activity, exercise, and sports performance. Cross-listed with HSCU3007

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1024 & BIOL1024L & HSCU3014 & MATH1010

  • EXSP3025L
    EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY - LABORATORY

    EXSP3025L
    EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY - LABORATORY

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    A series of laboratory applications related to the content of HSCU3015 Exercise Physiology and Sport Nutrition will emphasize the assessment and testing of various types of exercise and energy metabolism during physical activity, exercise, and sports performance. Students will learn to assess and evaluate body typing and body composition. Prereqs: BIOL1024 & BIOL1024L & HSCU3014

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1024 & BIOL1024L & HSCU3014

  • EXSP3030
    FITNESS TESTING AND EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION (HSCU3030)

    EXSP3030
    FITNESS TESTING AND EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION (HSCU3030)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This class will provide students an opportunity to learn in both lecture and hands-on approaches about a variety of common fitness tests related to cardiovascular and muscular fitness and flexibility. Students will also learn the principles of exercise prescription for healthy adults, and modifications for apparently healthy children and older adults. Cross-listed with HSCU3030

    PREREQUISITES:

    HSCU/EXSP3025

  • EXSP4005
    CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (HSCU4005)

    EXSP4005
    CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (HSCU4005)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will provide students the knowledge base to understand the impact and limitations of chronic disease and special populations on activities of daily living (ADL), physical activity, and exercise. Students will be able to assess, evaluate, and prescribe individual exercise protocols to individuals diagnosed with conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, respiratory disorders, asthma, arthritis, and cancer. Cross-listed with HSCU4005

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1024 & BIOL1024L & EXSP3007 & HSCU3035

  • EXSP4051

    EXSP4051

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • HSCU2014
    KINESIOLOGY (EXSP2014)

    HSCU2014
    KINESIOLOGY (EXSP2014)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Kinesiology is an introductory course for students pursuing a clinical or non-clinical health sciences major. The course also introduces students to the four subdisciplines of Kinesiology comprising 1. Physiology, 2. Psychology, 3. Motor learning, and 4. Biomechanics. The course is intended for students with career interests in human movement as it relates to motor performance, activities of daily living, physical fitness and sports related activities.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1024 & BIOL1024L

  • HSCU3025
    EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND SPORTS NUTRITION (EXSP3025)

    HSCU3025
    EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND SPORTS NUTRITION (EXSP3025)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles Sports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with an emphasis on wellness promotion throughout life.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1024 & BIOL1024L

  • HSCU3050
    HEALTH ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH SCIENCES

    HSCU3050
    HEALTH ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH SCIENCES

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course focuses on health assessment, health promotion, and disease prevention for major health concerns of individuals throughout the life span. Emphasis will be on developing the student's ability to create an in-depth health history and health risk profile, and to perform physical assessment of clients of varying ages. Evidence-based screening tests for early detection of disease, immunizations and prophylaxis to prevent disease and counseling to modify risk factors that lead to disease will be explored.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1024

Exericse and Sport Science Electives: Choose 9 credits

  • CMET2012
    COMMUNICATION, SPORTS AND CULTURE

    CMET2012
    COMMUNICATION, SPORTS AND CULTURE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Sports is a global, highly influential industry that ranges from sporting goods to professional and amateur sports organizations and effects populations across national boundaries and cultures. This class focuses on the ways that sport is a communication phenomena which influences how we see and interact within our own cultures and other cultures. In using communication theories, the class will focus on how people enact, produce, consume and organize sport as a primarily communicative activity. This will mean focusing on the ways the mass media discusses and influences the importance of sports within cultures; the ways various myths, metaphors, and narratives influence participants, fans, and media views on the role of sport; the ways small group and organizational communication theories can highlight and analyze relational issues in sport; and how our own language choices influence and reinforce the interaction between sport and culture.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EXSP3XXX

    EXSP3XXX

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EXSP4052
    INTERNSHIP II - EXERCISE AND SPORTS SCIENCE

    EXSP4052
    INTERNSHIP II - EXERCISE AND SPORTS SCIENCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/6

    PREREQUISITES:

  • MRKT3031
    SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING

    MRKT3031
    SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Sports and Entertainment Marketing may be thought of as the specific application of marketing principles and processes to sports and entertainment. This course examines the complex and diverse nature of sports and entertainment marketing. A framework will be presented to help explain and organize the strategic sports and entertainment marketing process as well as the current structure of the sports and entertainment industry.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ADMG2021 or MRKT2021

  • MRKT4019
    SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT (ADMG4019)

    MRKT4019
    SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT (ADMG4019)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will provide a comprehensive, current and concise introduction to sports & entertainment management principles and practices. Functional overviews of industry skills are presented and exposure to organizational practices, law and governance, facilities and venues, marketing, ethical applications, broadcasting, sales, event management, agency, advertising, sponsorship, international entertainment will be addressed. Cross-listed with ADMG4019

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PSYC2015
    HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC2015
    HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course explores psychological contributions to physical health and illness enhancement of physical health and the understanding and control of psychological processes that undermine health are addressed from theoretical and applied perspectives. Topics include the psychology of stress, pain, illness and treatment, and addictive lifestyle behaviors such as drinking and smoking.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • SOCL2022
    SPORTS AND GLOBALIZATION

    SOCL2022
    SPORTS AND GLOBALIZATION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Using sociological theories and concepts, this course analyzes how society defines and organizes sports. This course also looks at how sports as a (local and globalized) social activity influences important aspects of our lives such as family, education, politics, the economy, media, and religion. It also examines how sports participation affects our ideas about, among other things, gender, class, ethnicity, conformity, and violence.

    PREREQUISITES:

Science and Math Component: 32 Credits

  • BIOL1020
    MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

    BIOL1020
    MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will introduce the language of medicine through the analysis of medical terminology structure and the understanding of the definition, spelling and pronunciation of medical terms.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL1023
    HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

    BIOL1023
    HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A basic course concerned with the structural and physiological processes of the human body. Interdependence of structure and function is stressed to promote better understanding of the entire body environment.

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: BIOL1023L

  • BIOL1023L
    HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I - LAB

    BIOL1023L
    HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for BIOL1023: Anatomy & Physiology I

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL1024
    HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

    BIOL1024
    HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The second of two basic courses concerned with the structural and physiological processes of the human body. Interdependence of structure and function is stressed to promote better understanding of the entire body environment. Lecture and laboratory courses.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1023 & Concurrent: BIOL1024L

  • BIOL1024L
    HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II - LAB

    BIOL1024L
    HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for BIOL1024: Anatomy and Physiology II.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM1007
    PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I (SLSC)

    CHEM1007
    PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I (SLSC)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introduction to the basic principles of general, organic and biochemistry. The principles are related to living systems including the properties and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Lecture and laboratory course. (SLSC)

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: CHEM1008

  • CHEM1008
    PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I - LAB

    CHEM1008
    PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM1007 Principles of Chemistry I

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM1017
    PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II

    CHEM1017
    PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides an introductory survey of biochemistry, along with biomedical applications. Important biomolecules such as hemoglobin will be discussed, with an emphasis on correlating structure with function. A discussion of intermediary metabolism follows, including an introduction to inborn errors of metabolism. The course concludes with a discussion of molecular including potential biomedical application.

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM1007 or SLSO1008 & Concurrent: CHEM1018

  • CHEM1018
    PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II - LAB

    CHEM1018
    PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM1017 Principles of Chemistry II

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM1008

  • MATH1040
    PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

    MATH1040
    PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The study of the fundamentals of probability theory with applications to natural and social sciences as well as to mathematics. Discrete and continuous distributions, sampling theory, linear correlation, regression, statistical inference, estimation and analysis of variance are included.

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • NSCI1025
    NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION

    NSCI1025
    NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course covers the fundamental principles of nutrition and their relationship to health. The role of diet in the prevention and treatment of representative pathophysiological conditions will be examined. This course is designed for students majoring in Nursing or interested in careers in the Health Sciences.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PHYS1010
    PHYSICS FOR HEALTH SCIENCE

    PHYS1010
    PHYSICS FOR HEALTH SCIENCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide a broad background in physics for those who will enter the allied health professions. Applications will be made to the biological and physiological sciences, as well as to the various types of equipment. Lecture and laboratory course.

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010 Coreq: PHYS1010L

  • PHYS1010L
    PHYSICS FOR HEALTH SCIENCE - LAB

    PHYS1010L
    PHYSICS FOR HEALTH SCIENCE - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for PHYS1010 Physics for Health Science

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This survey course introduces students to several critical areas of psychology. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on the scientific method, its application to psychology, and the insights gained from scientific research. The interactions among biological processes, cognitive and emotional responses, sociocultural forces, and behavior are examined. Included are such diverse topics as: health, stress, and coping; consciousness, sleep and dreams; effects of psychoactive drugs on behavior and health; psychological disorders; social psychology; types of learning and behavior management, information processing approaches including memory, encoding and retrieval; and the relationship of the nervous system to thought, feelings, and behaviors.

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