Program Goals

The mission of the Exercise Science Department is to foster professional preparation of students by incorporating theory, applied experiences, and research-based opportunities for scientific inquiry. As such, our overall department goals are for students to:

  1. Experience scientific data acquisition and analysis through laboratory and/or research-based experiences.
  2. Participate in professional growth and community support through conference attendance and/or volunteer activities.
  3. Develop lifelong behaviors that exemplify personal and social responsibility for their own health and wellbeing by offering courses in Lifestyle Management and Stress Management.

Exercise Science Major

The primary goal of the Exercise Science Major is to prepare students to become a competent worker in fitness environments that service public and private fitness centers, corporate health and wellness facilities, recreation centers, and/or clinical rehabilitation centers. We also prepare our students for internship experiences that provide opportunities to apply knowledge learned in the classroom and engage with professionals in students’ desired field of work.

Upon successful completion of the Exercise Science Major, students will be able to:

  • Pre-screen, stratify, and assess selected populations for activity and/or exercise readiness.
  • Provide activity and/or exercise programming based on the pre-screening and fitness testing outcomes.
  • Apply cognitive information in a variety of laboratory experiences.
  • Participate in applied capstone internship experiences.
  • Review and critically evaluate current research topics and trends in exercise science.
  • Conduct, interpret, and summarize scientific data related to exercise science.
  • Participate in professional growth and community support through conference attendance and volunteer activities.

Exercise Science Minor

The primary goal of the Exercise Science Minor is to prepare students with the basic knowledge and skills of exercise science. This preparation should be particularly useful for individuals seeking advanced education in an allied health profession.

Upon successful completion of the Exercise Science Minor, students will be able to:

  • Provide activity and/or exercise programming based on the pre-screening and fitness testing outcomes.
  • Apply cognitive information in a variety of laboratory experiences.
  • Review and critically evaluate current research topics and trends in exercise science.

Coaching Minor

The primary goal of the Coaching Minor is to develop students into competent coaches at any level of competition, including youth, interscholastic, and intercollegiate levels. We also prepare our students for field experiences that provide opportunities to apply knowledge learned in the classroom and engage with athletes, coaches, and teams.

Upon successful completion of the Coaching Minor, students will be able to:

  • Acquire professional knowledge through a sport-based curriculum that focuses on kinesiology, physiology, psychology, and coaching methodology.
  • Develop, articulate, and apply a coaching philosophy, management approach, and leadership style as a practicum experience in a chosen sport.
  • Review and critically evaluate current research topics and trends in sport and coaching.

Power, Agility, & Group Exercise (PAGE) Certificate

The primary goal of the PAGE Certificate is to provide students the opportunity to learn applied skills that will prepare them to instruct in the areas of group exercise, and power and agility training.

Upon successful completion of the PAGE Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Design short-term and long-term training programs based on current scientific guidelines.
  • Demonstrate competence in and correct errors in power training and agility training techniques.
  • Understand the principles of group exercise instruction to provide safe and effective group exercise leadership.
  • Program group exercise activities for cardiorespiratory, muscular, and flexibility training.