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Exercise and Sports Studies

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Exercise and Sport Studies Minor (17 Credit Hours)

The exercise and sports studies minor is designed to assist students in developing necessary knowledge, skills and abilities in the ever-growing field of health and fitness, as well as the burgeoning field of sport and competitive athletics. For students hoping to extend a career in the allied health professions to sports and athletics, this program provides the fundamental dynamics of how sport impacts individuals and society, through both a biomedical approach and a critical examination of the psychological and sociological dimensions of sport and physical activity.

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ESS 101

Introduction to Exercise and Sports Studies

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.

Prerequisites: None

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.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

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.

Prerequisites: ESS-201

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.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

DTC 328

Nutrition for Fitness & Athletic Performance

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
Prerequisites: (DTC-306) or (NTR-325)


One Elective from SOC 312 or ESS 410

Choose one elective from SOC 312 or ESS 410
Total 17