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Exercise and Sports Studies B.S.

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Exercise and Sports Studies, B.S.

Overview

Overview

The exercise and sports studies (ESS) program leads to a bachelor’s of science (B.S.) degree of 122-124 credits, and is designed to provide undergraduate students with the knowledge and conceptual tools to understand the various dimensions of the health professions, fitness industry and/or competitive athletics. Students are provided with a major foundation of 18 credits of content-specific coursework and are given the option to select from one of three areas of specialization. An ESS minor also exists to complement other academic areas of study.

The Exercise Studies Track (Track #1):

Provides students with a focus on the exercise and sports sciences and prepares students for careers in the fitness industry, strength and conditioning, and personal training. This track is designed to prepare students for credentialing examinations through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

The Sports Studies Track (Track #2):

Focuses on the social, psychological, business, and management aspects of the sports and fitness industries. The emphasis within this concentration is to prepare students for careers in sports and fitness management, athletic administration, and coaching.

The Health Professions Track (Track #3):

Designed for students pursuing an advanced degree in physical therapy. Students interested in physical therapy matriculate into the sequential-degree program (B.S. in exercise and sports studies + doctor of physical therapy [D.P.T.] program). Entering freshmen matriculate into and complete a B.S. in ESS under the administration of the exercise and sports studies department. Students choosing the health professions track intimately study the basic sciences (chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology) in addition to the exercise sciences in preparation for the D.P.T. graduate program. The track is also designed to prepare students for credentialing examinations through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

The ESS course of study is intimately related to the strong group of health-related programs currently offered at D’Youville College at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as physical therapy and dietetics In addition, the undergraduate ESS major can be combined with elements of the undergraduate business management program for students interested in pursuing sports and fitness management. As such, this path of study is consistent with the educational mission and capabilities of the ESS program and provides students a new and attractive pathway for undergraduate studies in an area related to exercise and sport studies.

Courses

Course Requirements

Exercise and Sports Studies
Degree: B.S.

Core Course Requirements for the Major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 111

Introduction to Literature: Acad Writing

This course is an introduction to literature and the fundamentals of academic writing. Students learn the skills essential to college success:critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, scholarly discussion and collaboration, effective oral presentation, composition of writing for both readers and listeners.

Prequisites: None

3
ENG 112

Liberal Arts Seminar: Research Writing

This course teaches academic research skills and writing based on a liberal arts topic. Topics vary by instructor.

Prequisites: None

3
SOC 101

Principles of Sociology

This course examines interactions among individuals and groups within institutions. Attention is paid to the role of the state and the super-state in perpetuating social stratification in both North America and globally,and how unequal power relations organize society and shape identities. The ways in which individuals negotiate their lives in different social and economic contexts are also considered. Fundamental sociological concepts are investigated, such as culture,socialization, stratification,social structure,social institutions,and social interactions.

Prequisites: None

3
PSY 101

General Psychology

This course is an overall survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Topics include biology of behavior,sensation and perception consciousness, learning and memory,intelligence,motivation and emotion, stress and personality.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI/RS 201

One Elective from PHI 201 or RS 201

Choose one elective from PHI 201 or RS 201
3
HUM

Five Humanities Electives

Choose five humanities electives.
15
HIS

One History Elective

Choose one history elective
3
PSC/ECO

One Elective from PSC 201, ECO 201 or ECO 202

Choose one elective from PSC 201, ECO 201 or ECO 202
3
MAT

One Elective from MAT 122 or MAT 125

Mathematics Core Course (Track #3: MAT 122 or MAT 125)
3
CSC

One Elective from CSC 110, CSC 151 or CSC 161

Choose one elective from CSC 110CSC 151 or CSC 161
3
BIO 107

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a study of the structural and functional relationships of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prequisites: CPC-022, 1 semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L and BIO-107R

3
BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

This course accompanies BIO 107. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prequisites: BIO-107

1
BIO 108

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This continuation of BIO 107 emphasizes the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prequisites: CPC-022, Prior completion of BIO-107/L, BIO-108L

3
BIO 108L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

This course accompanies BIO 108. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prequisites: BIO-108

1
Electives Three Electives 9

Subtotal: 59

In other academic areas required for the major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ESS 101

Introduction to Exercise and SportsStudies

This course introduces students to the many sub-disciplines of exercise and sports science. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to explore the various biological and psychosocial dimensions of physical activity, sport and health. Students will study a range of topics including links between physical activity and disease risk, aswell as the influence of exercise and conditioning on athletic performance, disease prevention, and physical fitness.

Prequisites: None

3
ESS 201

Prin of First Aid in Athletic Injuries

This course is designed to familiarize students with the basic knowledge regarding the immediate and temporary care of athletic- and sports-related injury and illness. Safety concerns regarding exercise facilities and equipment, risk management and development of an emergency action plan will also be emphasized, as well as, recognition and care for both major and minor injuries and illnesses. The present course will also stress issues pertaining to professional certification,medical liability and other legal issues regarding the health, fitness and competitive sports industries.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 270

Exercise and Sports Studies Practicum

This course gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the health and fitness industry and to explore the career options available in the field of exercise and sports studies. Students will research the various career pathways open in the exercise and sports field through both secondary sources and documented first-hand observation within various educational settings, community-based athletic programs, fitness centers, sports medicine clinics, athletic teams or corporate settings.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 410

Strength & Conditioning Seminar

This course will address current and emerging topics within the Exercise & Sports Studies academic discipline.Course content will evolve with the ever-changing dimensions of physical activity, health and athletics. Topics included in this course will change in order to best address current and pertinent issues in ESS

Prequisites: None

3
ESS 470

Exercise and Sports Studies: Internship

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within an exercise and sports studies facility. By agreement of the instructor, student and community internship site supervisor, the student will volunteer for a total of 200 hours at a designated internship site.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 490

Exercise and Sports Studies Seminar

This course provides the student with extensive faculty and peer guidance and feedback throughout a research or community-based internship experience.

Prequisites: ESS-101

0
SOC 312

Sociology of Sports and Phys Activity

This course explores the social and cultural aspects of sport and physical activity. Students will study a range of topics including drug use in sport,equality of opportunity for women and people of color,social patterns and cultural perceptions of sports injury,exercise and preventive health,homophobia,gender and racial discrimination in sport,educational impacts of athletic participation and adolescent health,and violence in sport.Sociological,anthropological and historical perspectives will be used in this course.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3

Subtotal: 18


Additional course requirements for Track 1 - Exercise Studies:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 111

Chemistry for Health Sciences

This is a survey of general and organic chemistry that emphasizes fundamental principles and the properties and characteristics of important groups of chemicals. This course consists of three lectures per week.

Prequisites: None

3
CHE 112

Chemistry for Health Sciences II

This survey of metabolism in the cell includes the instruction of compounds and other components involved in metabolism and regulation of metabolism. The course consists of two lectures per week

Prequisites: CHE-111

2
CHE 113L

Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lab

The laboratory exercises illustrate principles, techniques and practices of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. The lab consists of three hours of laboratory a week

Prequisites: CHE-111, CHE-112

1
BIO 339

Human Gross Anatomy

This is a lecture and laboratory course in human gross anatomy, which uses cadaver dissection and other materials illustrative of human anatomy. Emphasis will be placed upon the anatomy of skeletal muscles, including their bony attachments, nerve and blood supply and their functions in movements. Additional dissections will involve a survey of abdominal and thoracic organs, anatomy of the head and contents of the cranial cavity. The course consists of two lecture hours and eight lab hours a week.

Prequisites: BIO-339L. Physician Assistant students will takeBIO-639L., (BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or BIO-317.

6
DTC 306

Principle of Nutrition

The course will introduce the student to nutrition science and public health issues related to nutrition. The fundamentals of carbohydrates, protein, lipids, vitamins, minerals and metabolism will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on diet planning and analysis, energy balance and the role of diet and physical activity in a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Highlights of current topics in nutrition, such as eating disorders, vegetarian lifestyles, and fad diets will also be addressed. Open to all students

Prequisites: BIO-108 CHE-102

3
DTC 328

Nutrition for Fitness & Athletic Perform

This two-credit course will introduce the student to the integrated science of nutrition and exercise physiology. The course will explore macro- and micronutrient needs as related to energy demands, cellular function, and growth, maintenance, and repair. Students will explore how optimal nutrition is essential for optimal performance. The course will focus on scientifically sound, evidence-based practice and examine sources of unsound sport nutrition recommendations. Assignments will allow students to gain a greater understanding of the energy requirements of exercise as well as the barriers to increased physical activity. This course consists of two lecture hours.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: (DTC-306) or (NTR-325)

2
ESS 220

Human Biomechanics

This course is designed to apply principles of human anatomy that will develop into an understanding of human movement as it corresponds to athletic performance and injury prevention. Forces that act on various joints at rest and during physical activity will be discussed, with principles underlying human movement,muscle physiology and muscular contraction being emphasized.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 301

Fitness Eval & Exercise Prescription

This course is designed to familiarize students with the theoretical background and practical applications needed to competently assess levels of physical fitness,and develop exercise programs. Course content is highly focused toward the knowledge and skills required for ACSM Health Fitness Instructor (HFI)and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exams.

Prequisites: ESS-201

3
ESS 306

Exercise Physiology

This course serves to develop in students an intimate understanding of systemic and metabolic physiology within the physically active individual. Students will gain a thorough understanding of various body systems and the acute responses and chronic adaptations that occur as a result of exercise stress. Overall, students will develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the functional limitations of the human organism during exercise as it relates to the many sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, including respiratory physiology, skeletal muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, neuromuscular physiology and exercise endocrinology.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
Electives Seven Electives 21

Subtotal: 47

Core requirements: 59
In other academic areas required for the major: 18
In the specific area of concentration: 47
Total: 124


Additional course requirements for Track 2 - Sport Studies:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ESS 206

Coaching Theory & Methodology

This course is designed to analyze the fundamental theories and practices of coaching sports and/or athletics, and to familiarize students with the inherent differences of coaching theory at various levels of competitive and recreational athletics. It includes a study of the psychological and sociological aspects of coaching, the use and implementation of coaching strategies, the organization of practices and games, communication with athletes, fans, schools,parents and the media, as well as the ethics of coaching.

Prequisites: None

3
ESS 232

Sport & Exercise Psychology

This course is designed to explore the relationship between sport, fitness, and various inherent behaviors unique to the sport and fitness industries. The application of psychological theory, research, and practice to sport and fitness settings can contribute immensely to an individual's athletic performance and level of participation. This course seeks to provide a solid scientific foundation to further study the practice of sport and exercise psychology. Furthermore, possessing an understanding of the psychological/mental factors that affect athletic performance in sport,physical activity and exercise is an important skill to possess for the individual practitioners in the exercise and sports studies field.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 307

Sports & Fitness Management

Sports and fitness management serves as an examination of the principles, topics and theory pertaining to the administration and management of sports and fitness organizations. This will include, but not be limited to, the objectives, structures, philosophy, history and legal aspects of sports and fitness organizations. Current issues and trends pertaining to management of sports organizations and/or fitness facilities are analyzed.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
PSY 203

Developmental Psychology

This course explores milestones of physical,cognitive and psychosocial development from conception through old age. Emphasis is placed on global principles that guide human growth and change across the lifespan. The course meets the core requirement in psychology.

Prequisites: None

3
SOC 322

Health Illness & Society

This is a critical survey and analysis of theory and research on health institutions in modern society as well as social etiology of disease,sociological components in treatment,hospital organization and medical practice and sociology of medical education.

Prequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

3
SOC 400

Social Epidemiology

This course focuses on social epidemiology,the factors determining the occurrence and distribution of disease,health defects,disability and death among groups. The interdisciplinary nature of epidemiological theory,statistical measures commonly used,and an analysis of the distribution of health care in the United States are studied.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
Electives Nine Electives 27

Subtotal: 45

Core requirements: 59
In other academic areas required for the major: 18
In the specific area of concentration: 45
Total: 122


Additional course requirements for Track 3 - Health Professions:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 111

Chemistry for Health Sciences

This is a survey of general and organic chemistry that emphasizes fundamental principles and the properties and characteristics of important groups of chemicals. This course consists of three lectures per week.

Prequisites: None

3
CHE 112

Chemistry for Health Sciences II

This survey of metabolism in the cell includes the instruction of compounds and other components involved in metabolism and regulation of metabolism. The course consists of two lectures per week

Prequisites: CHE-111

2
CHE 113L

Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lab

The laboratory exercises illustrate principles, techniques and practices of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. The lab consists of three hours of laboratory a week

Prequisites: CHE-111, CHE-112

1
DTC 306

Principle of Nutrition

The course will introduce the student to nutrition science and public health issues related to nutrition. The fundamentals of carbohydrates, protein, lipids, vitamins, minerals and metabolism will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on diet planning and analysis, energy balance and the role of diet and physical activity in a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Highlights of current topics in nutrition, such as eating disorders, vegetarian lifestyles, and fad diets will also be addressed. Open to all students

Prequisites: BIO-108 CHE-102

3
DTC 328

Nutrition for Fitness & Athletic Perform

This two-credit course will introduce the student to the integrated science of nutrition and exercise physiology. The course will explore macro- and micronutrient needs as related to energy demands, cellular function, and growth, maintenance, and repair. Students will explore how optimal nutrition is essential for optimal performance. The course will focus on scientifically sound, evidence-based practice and examine sources of unsound sport nutrition recommendations. Assignments will allow students to gain a greater understanding of the energy requirements of exercise as well as the barriers to increased physical activity. This course consists of two lecture hours.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: (DTC-306) or (NTR-325)

2
ESS 220

Human Biomechanics

This course is designed to apply principles of human anatomy that will develop into an understanding of human movement as it corresponds to athletic performance and injury prevention. Forces that act on various joints at rest and during physical activity will be discussed, with principles underlying human movement,muscle physiology and muscular contraction being emphasized.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 301

Fitness Eval & Exercise Prescription

This course is designed to familiarize students with the theoretical background and practical applications needed to competently assess levels of physical fitness,and develop exercise programs. Course content is highly focused toward the knowledge and skills required for ACSM Health Fitness Instructor (HFI)and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exams.

Prequisites: ESS-201

3
ESS 306

Exercise Physiology

This course serves to develop in students an intimate understanding of systemic and metabolic physiology within the physically active individual. Students will gain a thorough understanding of various body systems and the acute responses and chronic adaptations that occur as a result of exercise stress. Overall, students will develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the functional limitations of the human organism during exercise as it relates to the many sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, including respiratory physiology, skeletal muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, neuromuscular physiology and exercise endocrinology.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
HSM 203

Medical Terminology

This course applies medical terminology including word components (root word, prefix and suffix), medical abbreviations, pathologies and diagnostic tests. Students also learn how to conduct a chart review, interpret admission notes, surgical reports, discharge summaries, and understand the components of a SOAP note.

Prequisites: None

1
MAT 123

Introduction to Applied Statistics

This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression,confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results. Not open to those who have taken MAT 120

Prequisites: one computer science course or take 1 course fromPHY-101L PHY-103L or PHY-111L

4
PHY 111

Introduction to Physics

This course is designed for health services/PT majors and for other students who wish to use it to fulfill the core requirement in science. The course lecture must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, the corresponding lab. PHY 111 covers kinematics, dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum, and rotational motion. PHY 112 covers statics, fluids, oscillations, sound and waves, temperature and heat, electricity and magnetism, and ray optics.

Prequisites: None

3
PHY 111L

Introduction to Physics Lab

This course is an introductory astronomy course for students from all majors. Students are introduced to the basics of the telescope, light, the seasons and the tides, the moon, the sun, the solar system, stars, galaxies and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Experience involving field use of telescopes and other observational tools is incorporated into the course. Astronomy will satisfy the non-lab core science elective or can also be used as a free elective. If taken in conjunction with the optional PHY 142L, it will also fulfill the core science requirement for a laboratory-based science course.

Prequisites: None

1
PHY 112

Introduction to Physics

This course is designed for health services/PT majors and for other students who wish to use it to fulfill the core requirement in science. The course lecture must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, the corresponding lab. PHY 111 covers kinematics, dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum, and rotational motion. PHY 112 covers statics, fluids, oscillations, sound and waves, temperature and heat, electricity and magnetism, and ray optics.

Prequisites: None

3
PHY 112L

Introduction to Physics Lab

This laboratory accompanies the introductory astronomy course. The laboratory work supplements the lectures in PHY 142, focusing on the underlying physics of light, optics, wave motion and planetary motion.

Prequisites: None

1
Electives Four Electives 12

Subtotal: 45

Core requirements: 59
In other academic areas required for the major: 18
In the specific area of concentration: 45
Total: 122

Requirements

Program Contents and Requirements

The B.S. in exercise and sports studies (ESS) requires 122 to 124 credits, depending on the area of specialization (track) chosen. The program offers three tracks, each of which includes 17 courses that meet the D’Youville College core requirements along with five ESS foundation courses. Each track also includes additional coursework from a variety of disciplines that round out a students’ educational experience.

Regulations

Good Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing for exercise studies (track #1) and sports studies (track #2), students must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00, and
  2. Earn minimum grades of C in all courses required for students major.*

To be in good academic standing for health professions (track #3), students must refer to the section on physical therapy admissions requirements.

Academic Probation

Students who are not in good academic standing will be placed on academic probation. Student on academic probation will be limited to 13 credit hours during the semester they are on academic probation.

Dismissal

Students will be dismissed from the ESS program** if they:

  1. Fail to remain in good academic standing while on academic probation or after having been on academic probation during a previous (non-summer) semester, or
  2. Fail to earn a minimum grade of C in a repeated course.

** Students dismissed from track #3 (ESDPT program) may be permitted to continue in either track #1 or #2 if they otherwise meet all academic requirements of those tracks.

Appeals

To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, you must follow the appeal procedures which are available at www.dyc.edu/appeals.

Admissions

Admissions Requirements

Applicant will meet these criteria for entrance into ESS program (TRACK #1 AND TRACK #2):

  1. Combined SAT score of 900 (or ACT of 19)
  2. High school average of at least 80 percent
  3. High school rank in the upper one half of the class
  4. Transfers: must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA

Applicants for entrance into the ESS D.P.T. program (TRACK #3):
(Refer to physical therapy section of the catalog for admission requirements.)

Students who do not meet admission requirements for track #3 may be given the option of being accepted into either track #1 or track #2 dependent upon past academic performance. After two semesters in good academic standing that includes successful completion of two semesters of science required for the major, students can apply for a change of major into the seven-year ESS + D.P.T. program.

Department

Exercise & Sports Studies Department 

The exercise and sports studies (ESS) program leads to a bachelor’s of science (B.S.) degree designed to provide undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in a variety of careers within the health professions, fitness industry and/or competitive athletics. The ESS faculty and staff are committed to offering a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in ESS or graduate degree programs. Students are provided with a major foundation of ESS-specific courses in traditional, online, and hybrid formats. ESS students must choose one of three areas of specialization that prepare students for credentialing examinations offered through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.

The ESS department is intimately related to the strong group of health professions programs currently offered at D’Youville College at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as physical therapy and dietetics. An ESS minor also exists to complement other academic areas of study.