Exercise Science (EXS)

College of Health Sciences

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EXS 570. Concepts of Exercise and Sport Science. 3 Credits.

This course will provide an overview of exercise science from the standpoint of its applied science underpinnings. The biomechanics component of this course will survey orthopedic anatomy with special attention to joint-specific alignment and function. Governing principles of biomechanics applied to lever systems, fluid mechanics, neuromuscular characteristics, and biomaterials will be introduced and performance measurement techniques will be illustrated in kinetic, kinematic and electromyographic terms. The advanced motor learning component is designed for further understanding of motor learning theories, principles, and practice. Behavioral, physiological, and psychological principles underlying the discipline will be covered. Specific topics include classifications and measurement of motor performance, sensory processing, perception, memory, and attention. The exercise physiology component will reinforce neuromuscular function and integrate cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine system function into sport performance and training. Topics will include bioenergetics, anaerobic and aerobic mechanisms influencing physical conditioning, specificity, energy expenditure, fatigue and performance. Current best practices in performance and body composition enhancement via ergogenic aids, nutrition and supplementation will be introduced. Students will engage in readings and activities aimed at enhancing their ability to both understand and apply concepts to professional practice.
Typically offered in Fall.

EXS 572. Advanced Motor Learning. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the theories, research, and practical applications of the processes and conditions involved in the teaching and learning of physical skills.
Typically offered in Fall.

EXS 585. Biomechanics. 3 Credits.

A review of, or introduction to, the basic principles of biomechanics and the application of those principles to research and teaching.
Typically offered in Fall.

EXS 587. Environmental Physiology. 3 Credits.

A survey course investigating the multidisciplinary nature of environmental physiology. It will explore the impact of different environments on the physiology of humans while at work and play. This course will examine the thermal environments (hot, cold, humidity), baraphysiology (altitude and depth), microgravity and space, air pollution, and chronobiological rhythms. Laboratory experiences, both computer simulation and "hands-on", will be included in the course. EXS 681 recommended.
Pre / Co requisites: EXS 587 requires prerequisite EXS 380 or BIO 468 or BIO 469. EXS 681 is recommended.

EXS 600. Rsrch Methods In Hlth, Phys Ed, Recreat. 3 Credits.

Techniques of research applied to the field of health, physical education, and recreation.
Typically offered in Fall.

EXS 640. Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology. 3 Credits.

A graduate course aimed at covering psychological influences on sport performance and exercise behaviors in a diverse population. Additionally, it will cover how sport and exercise performance and behaviors impact psychological processes. Students will use existing theory in developing best practices for working directly with the population.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

EXS 641. Group Dynamics in Sport and Exercise. 3 Credits.

A graduate course designed to acquaint students with theory, research and practical issues associated with group dynamics and team cohesion. The course will address leadership, group/team processes, and team building. Students will learn about the impact of roles, communication, accountability and diversity on team function and dysfunction.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

EXS 645. Sport & Exercise Psychology Practicum. 3 Credits.

A graduate course designed to acquaint students with the application of theory to practice within sport and exercise psychology settings. Students will critically examine the theoretical foundation of applied sport psychology and explore the nature of sport and exercise psychology practice. Students will also be introduced to ethics of consultancy and practical issues associated with delivering sport and exercise psychology services within diverse settings.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

EXS 646. Neuroscience Perspectives in Sport & Exercise. 3 Credits.

The purpose of the course is to study specific aspects of the field of neurosciences that relates to the intricate relationship between brain/mind and body function in sport, physical activity and overall. Theoretical reviews of applied and clinical research, meta-analysis and case analysis will widen the depth and scope of student effectiveness in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

EXS 680. Scientific Principles Of Coaching. 3 Credits.

Recent trends in theories and techniques of teaching sports. Mechanical principles of efficient movement. Research related to competitive performance. Specialists serve as guest panelists.

EXS 681. Advanced Exercise Physiology. 3 Credits.

Clinical and laboratory use of exercise in evaluating, maintaining, and modifying human physiological processes: growth development, metabolism, and weight control; cardiovascular and respiratory functions in health and disease; and neuromuscular integration and performance. Stress physiology, and training and conditioning.
Typically offered in Spring.

EXS 687. Applied Muscular Physiology. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of skeletal muscle and its responses and adaptations to exercise.
Typically offered in Spring.

EXS 688. Applied Cardiovascular Physiology. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular function and the effects of acute and chronic exercise on these mechanisms.
Typically offered in Spring.

EXS 690. Exercise and Older Adults. 3 Credits.

A course designed to prepare professionals to assess fitness levels of persons over the age of 50 and scientifically design exercise and fitness programs to meet the specific needs of the older participant.
Distance education offering may be available.

EXS 691. Adv Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescrip. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of how exercise is used in clinical settings for diagnostic, rehabilitative, and preventive purposes. ACSM guidelines will be emphasized. Designed to prepare the student for the ACSM certification exam (exercise specialist).

EXS 692. Clinical Practicum in Exercise Science. 3 Credits.

The course provides experience in a clinical setting under the supervision of qualified medical staff. Experience will include exercise prescription and supervision of exercise of patients in settings such as hospitals and outpatient clinics.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.

EXS 698. Research I. 3 Credits.

This course along with the subsequent EXS 699, is the culminating experience in the program curriculum. It includes development of hypothesis and methods under the direction of a faculty advisor. If taken to theses, this course should culminate in the acceptance of the thesis proposal by an appropriate committee of faculty. If taken as either a report or theses, the course results in the writing of the first three chapters (Introduction, Review of Literature and Methods) and IRB approval.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

EXS 699. Research II. 3 Credits.

This course includes data collection, statistical analysis, and the writing of the last three chapters of the report/thesis. Reports are submitted to the faculty research advisor for grade. Thesis must be defended and approved by the committee. After approval by the examining committee, thesis must be typed in accordance with specifications contained in the "Guide to the Preparation of the Master's Thesis", a copy of which may be obtained from departmental offices or online. After the Dean of Graduate Studies and extended education has approved the thesis, the student is responsible for transmitting all required copies to the library for binding.
Pre / Co requisites: EXS 699 requires a prerequisite of EXS 698.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.