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EXS105 Foundations of Exercise Science (3)
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 (3)
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 (3)
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.

EXS250 Kinesiology (3)
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.

EXS320 Biomechanical Analysis (3)
This course builds on the knowledge obtained in EXS250 and allows the student to analyze human movement to reduce injuries and increase performance. Students will learn how to utilize functional movement screening, ergonomics, and digitizing software such as Dartfish to analyze sport specific movements.

EXS350 Advanced Techniques in Strength and Conditioning (3)
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 Exercise in Special Populations (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines for exercise prescription in special populations. Topics will include exercise prescription for cardiac patients, pulmonary patients, children, elderly, and pregnany women. The influence of medications and medical conditions such as obesity and diabetes will alse be addressed.

EXS460 Exercise Prescription (3)
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 (3)
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 (3)
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 (3)
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 College. Students are required to complete 30 hours per week, 400 hours for the semester.