Sep 19, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Exercise Science

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Exercise Science


The mission of the Exercise Science program is to contribute to the generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge related to human movement in multiple contexts. Students and faculty are actively engaged in each area. While a health-science context is emphasized, the curriculum enables students to understand movement by integrating multiple scientific perspectives so as to be successful in a variety of arenas (e.g., employment in the fitness/exercise field, graduate study in professional or academic disciplines).

Program Learning Outcomes

A student completing a major in Exercise Science shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand and apply fundamental principles from the various sub-disciplines in Exercise Science to a variety of contexts (e.g., health, fitness, rehabilitation, education);
  • Use qualitative and quantitative reasoning and evidence, synthesizing information from a variety of origins to methodically and systematically solve problems and develop interventions in the human movement domain;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, in accordance with disciplinary standards; and
  • Design, conduct, interpret, and evaluate human movement science research

All students will complete one of two emphasis areas, both of which require 62 credit hours. The Integrative Physiology path incorporates additional coursework from the parent disciplines in the natural / physical sciences whereas the Motor Behavior track accentuates behavioral and applied considerations related to a variety of aspects of movement. Courses with the EXIP prefix satisfy natural science core requirements. Both routes, in combination with strategic selection of elective / core courses that satisfy prerequisites for specific graduate programs, can serve students with aspirations of pursuing graduate studies in health professions (PT, OT, PA, DC, MD, OD), education (MAT) or academics (MS, PhD). The common and distinctive coursework requirements for each emphasis are listed below. There is not necessarily a specified order for the courses. Only courses marked with asterisks may be repeated for credit, and then only with a change of topic and only in consultation with the advisor.

Outdoor Leadership

Philip Friesen, Samuel Morrison  

Program Learning Outcomes

A student completing a minor in Outdoor Leadership will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assess and manage risks involved in leading others in wilderness setting
  • Apply experiential education theory toward the development of participants’ skills in a variety of outdoor adventure activities.
  • Design and implement an expedition plan for an outdoor adventure to allow others to experience a sense of discovery.
  • Explain the interconnection between outdoor education, sustainability and our daily lives.
  • Provide pertinent feedback to others and develop self-awareness of one’s own abilities and limits in this field.
  • Value diversity through intense and sustained adventures that encourage people to understand different perspectives, beliefs and backgrounds.


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