Exercise Science Courses
Principles of Movement
Exploration of human movement science from a perspective of how the body functions as a total integrated unit, incorporating 3-movement systems (neural, muscular-skeletal, and fascial). Reduction of the risk of injury and performance improvement for subjects of all ages. Topics will include;functional movement assesment, functional movement anatomy, integrated, multi-planar, structural and proprioceptive balance training, injury reduction and improving performance. (Formerly PFS125). 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): BIO103. Fall Only.
Group Exercise Program Survey
Exploration of alternative exercise-fitness methodologies that include, but are not limited to; fitness yoga, Bosu training, body bar training, and other trends that arise in the fitness industry. (Formerly PFS150) 1 Credit ( .50 Lecture - 1.50 Lab)
Specialist Resistance Training
Focus on resistance training systems, basic principles of training, training adaptations, exercise technique and the benefits of resistance training. (Formerly PFS170) 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): BIO103.
Group Fitness Leader Training
Preparation of fitness specialists as instructors in a variety of group exercise formats, including low impact aerobics, step aerobics, muscle conditioning, stretching, and plyometrics. Applied skills include the use of equipment relevant to instruction in group exercise classes. Topics include designing routines that incorporate music selection, warm up/cool down, exercise patterns, linking, cueing, intensity changes, modifications, and safety considerations. (Formerly PFS175) 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab)
Fitness & Wellness: Behavior Self-Management
Overview on how individual lives can be enhanced by a fitness and wellness lifestyle. Topics include exercise, nutrition, weight management, stress, cardiovascular health, cancer, substance-use and abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and life expectancy based on lifestyle choices. (Formerly PFS210) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BIO103. Fall Only.
Introduction to Chiropractic Exercise Rehabilitation
Chiropractic philosophies and practices involving the role of exercise intervention in modern chiropractic treatment. (Formerly PFS212) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): EXS125 and EXS214 and EXS225 or PFS125 and PFS214 and PFS225.
Fitness Testing and Interpretation
Exploration of essential exercise testing protocols for health and fitness assessments. Topics include testing the five core aspects of health and fitness; body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility. Skills and techniques used for various testing protocols popular in the exercise industry will be applied. Interpreting assessment results to develop an exercise prescription plan in included. (Formerly PFS214) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 and EXS210 or BIO103 and PFS210. Corequisite(s): EXS217. Spring Only.
Analysis of the body's energy systems and practical application of that knowledge will be applied and implemented through a progressive program of cardiovascular exercise. Instructional focus is on ATP/CP, Glycolytic and Oxidative energy systems. Advanced assessments of VO2max and Resting Metabolic Rate through expired air/CO2 protocols. Assessment values are applied in a program of cardiovascular exercise, assisting with goal setting, workout intensity, workload determinations and training volume. Understanding of training modes, equipment selection, program demonstration and modification (Formerly PFS217) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 and EXS125 and EXS170 and EXS210 or BIO103 and PFS125 and PFS170 and PFS210. Corequisite(s): EXS214. Spring Only.
Organization and Leadership of Fitness Programs
General principles of developing and implementing an exercise prescription plan. The essential components of a systematic, individualized exercise prescription include the appropriate modes of intensity, duration, frequency, progression and safety. (Formerly PFS220) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): EXS214 and EXS217 and EXS225 or PFS214 and PFS217 and PFS225. Fall Only.
Fundamentals of Human Performance
Focus on exercise physiology, the examination of the cardiovascular system, muscular skeletal system and metabolic system response and adaptation to exercise will be examined. (Formerly PFS225) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): EXS214 and EXS217.
Introduction to Personal Training
Preparation of Exercise Science graduates entering the personal training profession. Topics include basic exercise science, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, program design, special populations, and safety/legal issues. Course work enables XS students to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer exam. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): EXS220 and EXS225 or PFS220 and PFS225. Spring Only.
Fitness Management Theory & Application
Preparation for management roles in commercial, clinical, corporate, and community settings of the fitness industry will be explored. Conventional business management principles and operational guidelines are applied directly to health and fitness. Industry data and trends are adressed. Emphasis on "front of the house" management topics; management theory, marketing and sales, member/employee management, program development, profit centers, and organizational development. "Back of the house" managment topics include, health and safety, facility management, legal and insurance considerations, financial processes, and payroll. (Formerly PFS232) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): EXS220. Fall Only.
Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
Study of basic exercise science principles while working with an at-risk population for lifestyle diseases. Emphasis will be on exercise prescriptions regarding hypokinetic disease categories; type II diabetes, stress, osteoporosis, and cancer. Applied skills include record keeping, health history intake, medical referral, fitness assessments, and exercise prescription modification. Compliance with the legal statues of the fitness field will be addressed. (Formerly PFS234) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): EXS214 and EXS217 or PFS214 and PFS217. Spring Only.
Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Movement & Exercise
Study of the skeletal and muscular systems as they apply to exercise. Emphasis is on origin, insertion, action, and appropriate exercises for all superficial muscles. Appropriate client stretching technique applications are included. (Formerly PFS235) 2 Credits (1.50 Lecture - 1.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 and EXS125 and EXS225 or BIO103 and PFS125 and PFS225.
Professional fieldwork experience in a health/fitness center environment. A minimum of 215 hours of actual hands-on participation in the industry will be required for course completion; 10 hours of in class sessions. Fieldwork must occur in the last semester and/or with department approval once appropriate coursework has been completed. (Previously PFS250) 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): EXS214 and EXS217 and EXS220 and EXS225 or PFS214 and PFS217 and PFS220 and PFS225. Corequisite(s): EXS226. Spring Only.