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Exercise Science

Undergradute

Upon completion of the B.S. in Exercise Science, graduates will be able to do the following:

Goal I: Demonstrate an understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics of the human body.

To accomplish this goal, students will be able to:

  • Explain knowledge of the structure of the human body and locate anatomic landmarks.
  • Describe movements for major joints of the body and analyze the movement patterns and muscles involved in performing various activities.
  • Discuss various locomotors and sport-related activities with regard to the biomechanical principles that explain the kinematics and kinetics of motion.

Goal II: Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological basis for exercise and physical activity in direct application to physical fitness and athletic conditioning.

To accomplish this goal, students will be able to:

  • Explain the metabolic processes responsible for generation of ATP and the relationship among the anaerobic and aerobic systems.
  • Articulate the metabolic and cardiorespiratory responses and adaptations to training.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess metabolic and cardiorespiratory function and to interpret the results.
  • Describe their understanding of the neuromuscular responses and adaptations to training, and describe the impact of the neuromuscular system on human performance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess neuromuscular function, and to interpret the results.

Goal III:Demonstrate the ability to assess health status, conduct fitness testing, and prescribe and administer exercise programs.

To accomplish this goal, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the different methods for assessing health status of clients and evaluate the results for exercise assessment and programming.
  • Apply the guidelines for stress test administration and the principles of fitness assessment, through their ability to conduct exercise testing.
  • Interpret information from fitness assessment and evaluate the results to develop an appropriate exercise recommendation.

Goal IV: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of nutrition and the role of diet and exercise on body composition and weight control.

To accomplish this goal, students will be able to:

  • Explain the effects of body composition on health and athletic performance.
  • Discuss the role of diet and exercise in determining body composition.
  • Perform nutritional assessment via analysis of dietary intake, basal metabolic rate, energy expenditure, and body composition; interpret the results with specific attention to weight control and nutritional health.
  • Interpret appropriate nutritional guidelines related to physical activity and alterations in body composition, and apply the principles to various groups within the population.

Goal V: The student will demonstrate an understanding of health and wellness programming based upon the ability to assess need, and to design, implement, and evaluate a program.

To accomplish this goal, students will be able to:

  • Conduct a needs assessment and identify a health problem in the related target population based on the results.
  • Apply behavior change theories related to health promotion interventions.
  • Follow the major criteria and guidelines for developing a health promotion program and related interventions.