(Effective Fall 2018)

This program provides an excellent combination of hands-on learning in a wide variety of exercise science principles coupled with assigned client experience and fieldwork in a fitness facility. Students learn theory and gain practical skills to better serve clients and support current practices in the industry. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Exercise Science is for majors who express interest in continuing their education for a bachelor's degree while completing their exercise science coursework. This bachelor's degree prepares future exercise science practitioners to function in a dynamic health care environment and to build on in current practical knowledge and skills for personal and professional growth.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, wellness centers, fitness centers, health care agencies, physical therapy technicians, rehabilitation centers and agencies, personal fitness trainers, health/fitness instructors, fitness facility owners/business managers.

Graduates of the Bachelor's Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Exercise Science can offer opportunities within disciplines and/or health care systems to expand clinical roles and/or seek positions in management, administration, or education. Students may also complete this degree in order to apply for master's level degrees in fields such as, but not limited to, health care administration, education, business, or premedical studies degrees in fields such as (but not limited to) Health Care Administration, Education, Business, or Pre-Medical Studies.

Recommended High School Subjects

College preparatory course work is recommended, but not required. An academic program including two years of science with lab (with one of the sciences being Biology), Algebra I or Applied Math II, four years of English, three units of Social Studies and one unit of Oral Communications is recommended.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate personal accountability for ethical and cultural concerns within the realm of healthcare practice.
  • apply effective managerial and leadership skills to solve problems in the healthcare setting.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of educational plans in a given allied health care setting.
  • compare health care spending, supply, utilization, prices, and health outcomes between the U.S. healthcare system and systems in other industrialized nations.
  • critique public and private funding of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • evaluate a given quality assurance program for effectiveness based upon established health care expected outcomes.
  • design a systematic investigative process to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the significance of a project, methods employed, and results.

Performance Standards

Students enrolled in the exercise science major must earn a minimum final grade of "C" in each of their exercise science courses. Failure to do so will result in the inability to matriculate in the program. Students enrolled in this major must also earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in all of their Applied Health Studies (HTH coded) courses. Grading scale is A, B, C, F.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
BIO103 Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey 4  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
EXS170 Specialist Resistance Training 2  
EXS210 Fitness & Wellness: Behavior Self-Management 3  
EXS125 Principles of Movement 3  
EXS175 Group Fitness Leader Training 2  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second Semester Credits
MTH Mathematics Elective 3  
EXS225 Fundamentals of Human Performance 3  
SPN180 Fitness Nutrition 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
EXS214 Fitness Testing and Interpretation 3  
EXS217 Cardiovascular Programming 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third Semester Credits
EXS220 Organization and Leadership of Fitness Programs 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 2  
PSY111 General Psychology 3  
EXS150 Group Exercise Program Survey 1  
EXS232 Fitness Management Theory & Application 3  
EXS235 Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Movement & Exercise 2  
SPC102 Fundamentals of Small Group Communication 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits
EXS226 Introduction to Personal Training 3  
EXS250 Professional Fieldwork 3  
SPN228 Nutrition for the Athlete and Bodybuilder 3  
EXS234 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations 3  
EXS212 Introduction to Chiropractic Exercise Rehabilitation 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fifth Semester Credits
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Sixth Semester Credits
HTH310 Health Issues and Transitions 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
HTH325 Health Care Delivery Systems 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Seventh Semester Credits
HTH332 Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers 3  
HTH321 Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions 3  
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 6  
TOTAL CREDITS 12
Eighth Semester Credits
HTH497 Senior Capstone 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
HTH311 Medical Practice Administration 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 12