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B.A. in Exercise Science: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 Total Credits Required

To receive a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, St. Paul, all undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements. The online bachelor’s degree in exercise science also requires 49 credit hours of coursework covering research methods, nutrition, anatomy, sport business, health psychology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and more.  The degree program culminates with an internship experience.

The program core can be completed in six semesters, although your transfer credits and general education coursework will vary the time it takes you to finish.

Required Courses

This course is designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basic elements of research in kinesiology and allied health. Students will learn about the research process, types of measurement and research, and proper writing style. Emphasis will also be placed on locating and evaluating credible evidence from various sources. Concepts from this course will assist students in applying research methods to topics within their own fields of interest.

The study of the interaction of humans with food. Nutritional concepts, current consumer issues in nutrition, nutritional needs through the life cycle, and international nutritional concerns and issues are studied.

This course employs a regional approach to human anatomy and emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in producing movement. Elements of the nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems are also considered. Kinematic features of common athletic movements are explored.

This course will include a comprehensive analysis of issues related to sports business. Topics will include finance, accounting, and budgeting as it relates to the world of sports business.

Health Psychology is designed to help students learn those skills necessary in forging a bridge between the client-learner’s thoughts, feelings and actions by integrating thought and behavior into one synergistic approach to the delivery of health education that can accommodate the whole person. Cognitive techniques, such as lecture discussion, readings, presentations, collection of data, and specific planning combined with the behavioral components of emotion and action will help in bringing about this synergistic process.

This course examines the growth and development patterns of the child from infant, adolescence, adulthood, and through late adulthood. The purpose of the course is to enhance student insight into the fundamental role that the motor system plays in the human condition. There are four broad topic areas: 1) nature and mechanisms of the expression and control of motor behavior; 2) concepts, principles and measurement of motor learning; 3) factors that influence skill and proficiency in motor performance; and 4) practical approaches to studying and learning motor skills. Content will follow motor control through motor development across the life span with special emphasis on early childhood development and late adulthood.

This course will focus on exercise testing and prescription with regard to stress testing and fitness evaluations. Indications and applications for clinical exercise testing and contraindications to exercise testing will be addressed, as well as special populations.

This course examines the physics of human movement. Content areas include the structural mechanics of bone construction, muscle contraction, ligament, and tendon plasticity and elasticity. Sport implement mechanics and the mechanics of environmental conditions (e.g. friction, air, and water resistance) are also explored. Sport performance issues will also be analyzed for mechanical efficiency.

The physiological basis for human performance and the effects of physical activity on the body’s functions are examined in theory and application. Representative experiences include lecture, discussion, group exercises, class teaching, and written projects.

This course integrates important principles and theories in exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, psychology, and measurement, and then applies them to physical fitness testing and individualized exercise program design for team and individual athletes. Students will learn how to select physical fitness tests, conduct physiological assessments, and design individualized exercise programs and prescriptions. (Prerequisite: KHS 474 Exercise Physiology)

This seminar course serves as the senior outcomes exam for all KHS majors. The course emphasizes professionalism, teamwork, and leadership, as it provides final preparation for student transition to job or graduate school. (Prerequisite: senior status)

This internship places students directly in a setting where students learn to apply entry-level competencies. The student and advisor collaborate with the on-site supervisor in selecting an appropriate internship site that meets the need of the student, the needs of the internship site and the program needs.

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