EXS105 Foundations of Exercise Science
This course introduces the students to various workplace settings as well as the various certification and licenses available in the health and fitness industry. In addition, this course will provide an introduction to exercise program design through review of general principles for designing exercise programs.
EXS150 Principles of Health and Wellness
This course is designed to assist students when making intelligent decisions throughout life in order to achieve an optimal level of wellness. Emphasis will be placed on the wellness concept and its relationship to fitness, nutrition, self-esteem, and stress management.
EXS224 Sports Nutrition
This course covers the main aspects of nutrition as related to exercise and physical performance. These include the energy systems in exercise, nutritional aspects of substrate utilization (digestion, absorption, metabolism, etc.), assessment of nutritional needs and diet modification. Dietary development for weight loss, body composition changes and performance will be covered from a nutritional view.
This course provides the student with an understanding of the human musculoskeletal system's anatomy and kinetic function. Laws of mechanics are discussed as well as the application of physics to the movement of the human body.
Pre-requisites: PHY 121/121L. Students in this course will use qualitative and quantitative anaylsis to understand the biomechanics of human movement. This course will focus on biomechanics in sports and how biomechanical evaluation can improve performance and prevent injuries. Through the use of videos, laboratory equipment, and personal observations, students will learn to apply mathematical equations to various sports skills to develop an understanding of how the laws of physics affect performance. Linear and angular kinematics and kinetics will be applied to sport skills.
EXS330 Sports Pharmacology
Pre-requisites: CHE 103, 104; BIO 211, 212. This course is designed to educate the allied health and exercise professional on the effects of prescription, non-prescription, performance-enhancing, and street drugs on the performance of physically active persons. In addition, banned drug lists from various sports national governing bodies will be discussed.
EXS350 Advanced Techniques in Strength and Conditioning
Pre-requisite: EXS 250. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design strength training and conditioning programs for individuals of all ages and health status. Proper exercise techniques and safety will be discussed for stretching, warm-up, resistance training, plyometrics, speed, agility, and endurance programs. The course will also address facility design, scheduling, policies and procedures, maintenance, and risk management concerns.
EXS400 Special Topics in Exercise Science
Pre-requisite: EXS 350. Current topics in sport performance, sports medicine, and fitness will be discussed through the lens of peer-reviewed literature.
EXS430 Exercise Physiology
Pre-requisites: BIO 212, EXS 350. An in-depth survey of the neuromuscular, metabolic cardiorespiratory and hormonal responses to acute exercise and the physiological adaptations to chronic exercise. This course builds upon the foundational sciences of chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and physics. Topics will include oxygen delivery and utilization, energy systems, and training adaptations in different environments. We will also focus on how the metabolic, meuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems respond to the demands of exercise and how routine exercise (i.e. exercise training) modifies these systems, and the significance of these effects for health and performance. The lab portion of this class will focus on the standard measurements in exercise physiology.
EXS460 Exercise Prescription
Pre-requisite: EXS 430. This course allows students to apply physiological concepts of exercise and develop various programs that will enhance metabolic, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary systems throughout the lifespan. Topics will incluse health screenings, exercise risk assessment, methods of exercise testing, ergometer spirometer energy expenditure, and body composition.
EXS480 Research Methods
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of research in the field of exercise science. Students should be able to apply these concepts to develop high quality healthcare research studies and to evaluate research conducted by others. The course will provide the skills necessary to develop their research project requirement in EXS491.
EXS490 Practicum I
Co-requisite: EXS480. This course provides the student with an initial clinical experience in the exercise science field. Students will be placed with a clinical preceptor (i.e. personal trainer, exercise physiologist, etc.). The clinical experience can take place in a variety of settings including but not limited to off-campus health clubs or fitness centers, on-campus locations, community programs and outpatient physical therapy clinics. Students are required to complete 10 hours per week, 150 hours for the semester.
EXS491 Practicum II
Prerequiste: Senior status. This course provides the student with an immersed clinical experience in the exercise science field. Students will be placed with a clinical preceptor (i.e. personal trainer, exercise physiologist, etc.). The clinical experience can take place in a variety of settings including but not limited to off-campus health clubs or fitness centers, on-campus locations, community programs and outpatient physical therapy clinics. Students are also required to complete a research poster presentation that will be presented at the Student Research Forum on the campus of Thomas More University. Students are required to complete 30 hours per week, 400 hours for the semester.