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. The program strives to academically prepare students to support the human services industry. As such, our department goals are for students to:

  1. Develop a cognitive foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities through the exploration of exercise science theories, models, topics, and trends via a breadth of learning experiences.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the exercise science literature to investigate relevant questions and ideas through research and scientific inquiry.
  3. Build on students’ cognitive foundation through engagement in applied learning and laboratory application of exercise science principles.
  4. Contribute to the growth of the community, discipline, and themselves through service-learning activities, conference participation, and student club activities.
  5. Create lifelong behaviors that exemplify personal and social responsibility for the health and wellness of themselves and others.

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:

  1. Acquire discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities about current theories and topics.
  2. Pre-screen, stratify, and assess selected populations for activity and/or exercise readiness in order to provide individualized programming.
  3. Be prepared to review and critically evaluate current research topics and trends in exercise science.
  4. Conduct a scientific inquiry, which may include collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.
  5. Apply knowledge, skills, and abilities in a variety of laboratory experiences.
  6. Actively engage in an applied internship experience.
  7. Demonstrate professional growth and community service.

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:

  1. Acquire discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities about current theories and topics.
  2. Be prepared to review and critically evaluate current research topics and trends in exercise science.
  3. Apply knowledge, skills, and abilities in a variety of laboratory experiences.

Coaching Minor

The primary goal of the Coaching Minor is to develop students into competent coaches at any level of competition, including at the 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:

  1. Acquire discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities about current theories and topics through a sport-based curriculum.
  2. Apply their knowledge in various coaching scenarios
  3. Apply knowledge, skills, and abilities in a variety of laboratory and/or practical experiences.
  4. Be prepared to 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:

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