Exercise and Sports Science Program

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biodexExercise and Sports Science (ExSS) is a degree option within the Athletic Training department. The degree program in Exercise and Sports Science includes the same basic science foundation as Athletic Training and is designed to allow the student the flexibility to target a specific area of practice. The ExSS program prepares students for both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification exams.

Students may also take the Teacher Certification emphasis in preparation for K-12 Physical Education teaching. Graduates of this program receive a degree with a dual major; Exercise and Sports Science and Education.

Program Objectives

  1. Students who complete the undergraduate program in Exercise and Sports Science will demonstrate an understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics of the human body.
  2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the physiological basis for exercise and physical activity in direct application to physical fitness and athletic conditioning.
  3. The student will demonstrate the ability to assess health status, conduct fitness testing, and prescribe and administer exercise programs.
  4. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of nutrition and the role of diet and exercise on body composition and weight control.
  5. 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.