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Degree Requirements

B.S. in Exercise Science

The mission of the Texas Wesleyan University Exercise Science degree program is to develop quality exercise science professionals who are capable of providing the highest standard of service to the general population. Our goal is to produce graduates who are knowledgeable as exercise specialists and wellness educators.

The Exercise Science Program provides curriculum content that integrates theory, research and clinical practice to prepare students to function professionally as exercise specialists in health/fitness clubs, corporate health promotion programs and clinical rehabilitation settings.

This program is also designed to provide prerequisite knowledge for continued education in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Medicine.

General Education Curriculum: 45-46

MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 is acceptable for the GEC math requirement.

Required Related Courses: 4-12

Biology 0-8 (May be counted toward GEC requirements)

BIO 2301 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory - 1 hour

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or credit in BIO 1340
The course will consist of laboratory observations, data collection and analysis about human cell structure and function body, the structure of bone and the organization of the skeleton, the skin, muscles of the upper and the lower body, the spinal cord and nerves and the brain and cranial nerves, as well as the digestive system. Students will keep records of observations in a laboratory notebook.

BIO 2101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 hours

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or credit in BIO 1140
This course will be dedicated to “constructing the human organism” beginning with the basic building block of the body, the cell. Subsequently, other systems vital to the construction process will be examined including, but not limited to, the skeletal, muscular, nervous, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems.

BIO 2302 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory - 1 hour

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or credit in BIO 1341
This course will cover scientific method and measurement and involve laboratory observation and data collection about respiratory volumes and capacities, structure of the heart, the cardiac cycle, pulse rate and blood pressure, the functional anatomy of the lymphatic system, humoral factors governing homeostasis, the structure and function of the kidney and male and female reproductive biology. Students will keep records of observations in a laboratory notebook.

BIO 2102 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 hours

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or credit in BIO 1141
The course is dedicated to the “integrative systems” of the human body that facilitate nutrient delivery, waste removal, and the proliferation of life. Topics that will be examined include, but are not limited to, the respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, renal, and reproductive system.

Physics 0-4
(May be counted toward GEC requirements)

PHY 1401 University Physics I - 4 hours

Prerequisite: MAT 1324 (may be taken concurrently), MAT 1302 for EXS majors, or consent of instructor
Mechanics of solids, liquids, gases, and the phenomena of heat. Three lecture hours per week and one 3- hour laboratory per week.

Major Requirements: 52

Athletic Training 3

ATR 2307 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (KIN 3307) - 3 hours

Basic theory and practice in the prevention and care of athletic injuries. Course includes basic principals of injury management, fitting of protective equipment, and application of simple protective taping techniques.

Exercise Science. 49

EXS 1300 Foundations of Exercise Science - 3 hours

An introduction to the profession of sport and exercise sciences. An examination of career possibilities; a thorough historical background; and a look at the physiological, psychological, and sociological foundations of the field.

EXS 2203 First Aid - 2 hours

A study of the theory and practice of basic first aid, culminating in Red Cross certification in three areas: Community CPR, Adult CPR, and responding to emergencies. American Heart Association certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer is an additional certification that is mandatory for Athletic Training.

EXS 2301 Anatomical Basis for Physical Activity - 3 hours

Prerequisite: BIO 1340, BIO 1140, BIO 1341, BIO 1141
A study of the gross structure of the human body with emphasis on the relationship of skeletal, muscular, and neurological anatomy and function as it relates to sport performance and injury evaluation.

EXS 2304 Data Collection in Exercise Science - 3 hours

The study of the evaluation process in exercise science including data collection, analysis of common fitness tests, and application of norms and criteria.

EXS 3100 Biomechanics Laboratory - 3 hours

Prerequisite: BIO 1340, BIO 1140, BIO 1341, BIO 1141, EXS 2301, and EXS 3300 or concurrent enrollment
This laboratory course is designed to be an addition to the Biomechanics lecture course by providing the student with hands-on learning relating to the laws of physics relevant to human movement and the skills used in teaching and analysis of general and sport specific movement patterns. For maximum benefit, this course must be taken concurrently with the lecture (EXS 3300). Students who have previously completed the lecture with a grade of “C” or better may take this laboratory independently.

EXS 3300 Biomechanics - 3 hours

Prerequisite: BIO 1340, BIO 1140, BIO 1341, BIO 1141 and EXS 2301
Analysis of internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects of these forces. Special emphasis is placed on teaching motor skills in a physical education and athletic setting.

EXS 3310 Fundamentals of Motor Development - 3 hours

Fundamental principles of motor development and the integration of movement activities. The study of the principles of motor development from pre-natal stages through the aging population. Aspects of each stage of growth and development and associated motor patterns are presented and discussed. Also included in course topics is a detailed analysis of changes that occur to one’s anatomy and functioning physiology across one’s lifetime.

EXS 3316 Nutrition for Sports and Exercise Performance - 3 hours

The study of the basic human nutritional needs with a special emphasis on the needs of athletes during high-energy output periods. Introduction of methods for integrating nutritional information into coaching and teaching.

EXS 3322 Fitness Assessment and Prescription - 3 hours

Prerequisite: EXS 2304 or concurrent enrollment
The study of the practical applications of exercise assessment and exercise prescription including screening for exercise, health appraisal, assessment, and exercise programming for healthy individuals.

EXS 3326 Health Considerations for Special Populations - 3 hours

Prerequisite: EXS 3322 or concurrent enrollment
A theory-based exercise science course designed for the kinesiology student who is interested in working with special needs populations (i.e., older adults, children, diabetics, adapted) as it relates to strength and conditioning protocols as well as different methodologies utilized for the improvement of the body.

EXS 3336 Sport Facilities Management and Design - 3 hours

A study of principles, procedures, guidelines, construction, use, and maintenance of outdoor and indoor sport, fitness, and recreational facilities. Mandatory field trips are required.

EXS 4111 Exercise Physiology Laboratory - 1 hour

Prerequisite: EXS 4311 or concurrent enrollment
The application of physiological basis of exercise and activity with special attention to energy demands and the general effects of exercise on human organ systems.

EXS 4122 Strength and Conditioning Laboratory - 1 hour

Prerequisite: EXS 4322 or concurrent enrollment
This course serves as the laboratory component for EXS 4322. The laboratory class will provide students with hands-on training procedures and protocols as discussed in the lecture course. Also included with the laboratory course will be proper utilization and standards for exercise prescription, equipment demonstrations, and other criteria needed for personal training.

EXS 4301 Issues in Sport Seminar - 3 hours

Prerequisite: Senior standing
This course involves in-depth discussions of important issues in the sport and exercise science. The issues range in scope from youth sports to the professional programs, and involve school physical education concerns as well as the implications of the wellness movement for all ages. A major senior presentation is required for course completion.

EXS 4310 Adapted Physical Education - 3 hours

Principles and materials of a physical education program designed for those students requiring remedial and/or limited activities.

EXS 4311 Physiology of Exercise - 3 hours

Prerequisite: BIO 1340, BIO 1140, BIO 1341, BIO 1141, EXS 2301
Analysis of physiological basis of exercise and activity with special attention to energy demands and the general effects of exercise on human organ systems.

EXS 4322 Strength and Conditioning - 3 hours

Prerequisite: EXS 2301, EXS 3300, and EXS 4311
Course is designed to provide the exercise science student with an understanding of the concepts for developing strength and conditioning programs. Topics include base fitness tests and measurements, strength and endurance protocols, and the basis for the design of exercise prescriptions for diverse clientele. The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) learning objectives and skill proficiencies are covered to provide the student with the knowledge base for successful completion of the NCSF Personal Trainer certification examination.

EXS 4325 Sports Psychology - 3 hours

A study of basic psychological principles applied to teaching and coaching individual and team sports. Basic techniques using motivation, behavior modification, visualization, relaxation training, and concentration will be discussed.

And any two activity courses

Electives: 18-27

Total Hours:124

Graduation and Progress requirements

The Exercise Science student must maintain a minimum of a 2.50 GPA within their Exercise Science (EXS) specific coursework and complete each course with no less than a “C” to continue to progress through the program and be granted a degree.