Course Descriptions

EXSC 101: Fitness and Wellness
3 Semester Credit Hours

Through self-testing laboratories each student develops an individualized fitness and wellness profile. From this profile each student then designs and implements an individualized fitness and wellness program. Throughout, emphasis is placed on understanding the basic principles and concepts underlying physical fitness, health and exercise. Required of all students. (Transfer credit: determined by Registrar). Offered every semester.

EXSC 103: Introduction to Physical Education and Health
1 Semester Credit Hour

An introduction to various concepts thought to be influential in giving direction to programs of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.  Offered every Spring.

EXSC 217: Facilitating Behavior Change
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is designed as an introductory exploration of psychological theories and their application to health behaviors and to their adaptation in facilitating individual health behavior change including physical activity, exercise, nutrition, stress management and other lifestyle behaviors.  Offered during the Fall of odd-numbered years.

EXSC 301, 302: Exercise Practicum
1 Semester Credit Hour

Practical experience in teaching kinesiology and health promotion activities. Class time will be arranged.  EXSC 301 is offered every Fall and EXSC 302 is offered every Spring.

EXSC 305: Philosophy of Sports and Exercise
3 Semester Credit Hours 

A philosophical  analysis of sports and exercise.  Offered during the Spring of even numbered years.  

EXSC 306: Biomechanics of Exercise and Sports
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Basic principles of  physics applied to body movement. Emphasis is placed on the mechanical analysis of exercise and sports skills. Offered during the Spring of odd-numbered years.

EXSC 309: Physical Activity for Special Populations
3 Semester Credit Hours

The primary objective of this course is to examine how physical activity may affect the prevention and treatment of specific chronic disease. The focus will be on reviewing what health professionals have learned about these processes including the epidemiology, physiology, etiology, and treatment.  Offered during Spring of odd-numbered years.

EXSC 323: Exercise Physiology I
3 Semester Credit Hours 

The study of how the body, from a functional standpoint, responds adjusts and adapts to exercise. More specifically, it is the study of the basic physiologic principles and concepts that relate to the muscular system, nervous system, bioenergetics, and the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. This course also involves the study of how performance can be affected physiologically by various factors, e.g., nutrition, environment, age and gender. Prerequisite: BIO 223.  Offered every Fall.

EXSC 360: Exercise Assessment and Prescription
3 Semester Credit Hours

Along with an analysis of statistical techniques, this course familiarizes students with the hands-on training and theoretical background needed to competently assess health-related components of fitness (cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility, body composition) in an apparently healthy adult population. The content of this course is focused toward the knowledge and skills required for taking the ACSM Health Fitness Specialist and ACSM Personal Trainer certification exams.  Offered during the Spring of odd-numbered years.

EXSC 370: Nutrition for Health and Human Performance
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of basic nutrition principles to help promote and maintain health throughout the life cycle.  It provides information to assist students in developing healthy lifestyle choices.  A discussion of nutritional modifications, which may be required for persons with special circumstances, is included.  Offered every Fall.

EXSC 403: Wellness Practicum
2 Semester Credit Hours 

Students will learn the theoretical aspects of the components of fitness and, from a practical standpoint, will assess overall fitness levels, design fitness programs, and implement and monitor these programs. Students will assist in EXSC 101. Majors only. Prerequisite: EXSC 360. Offered each semester.

EXSC 404: Advanced Exercise Physiology
4 Semester Credit Hours

An advanced study of the human anatomical systems and their physiological function with special emphasis on the muscular, nervous, skeletal, circulatory, and respiratory systems and the acute and chronic adaptations which result from exercise. Other topics also include the physiological effects of physical activity on children, adolescents, older adult women, and health-related conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Prerequisites: BIO 223 and EXSC 323.  Offered during the Spring of even-numbered years.

EXSC 410: Ethics in Sport and Exercise
3 Semester Credit Hours

An inquiry into ethics and morality as they relate to sport and exercise. Ethical and logical reasoning is emphasized through discussion and debate of such concepts as competition, violence, interpersonal power, substance use and sportsmanship. Consideration is also given to professional ethics for the person who is considering this field as a career specialization. (Non-majors require consent of instructor).  Offered every Spring.

EXSC 430: Internship
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Opportunities are available but not required.  Offered each semester.  Consent of Program Director is required.

EXSC 440: Physical Activity Programming
3 Semester Credit Hours

Application of fitness assessments and the subsequent development, organization, and implementation of exercise programs for healthy individuals and individuals with controlled diseases. The practical assessment experience provides application of exercise principles. Prerequisites: BIO 223, EXSC 323,  and EXSC 360.  Offered during the Spring of even-numbed years.

PE 109: Activity Course
1 Semester Credit Hour

This course is an activity for non-majors (the general student body) and will satisfy the General Education requirement.  The course topic will vary (Cardio-Kickboxing, Water Aerobics, Circuit Training, Zumba, etc.). Offered on an irregular basis.

Unless otherwise stated the following courses are offered at a beginner’s level covering basic skills, tactics and rules:

PE 121 – Tennis
PE 122 – Golf
PE 123 – Soccer
PE 124 – Softball
PE 127 – Volleyball
PE 131 – Basketball
PE 137 – Weight Training

PE 200: Contemporary Health Topics
3 Semester Credit Hours 

A comprehensive study of relevant health issues with consideration given to their physical, emotional, social and intellectual dimensions. Topics to be studied include emotional health, stress management, physical, fitness, sexuality, nutrition, weight management, cardiovascular disease, cancer and infectious diseases. Offered each semester.

PE 202: Care of Athletic Injuries
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Theory and Practice of the prevention and care of athletic injuries. American Red Cross certification can be obtained.  Offered every Spring.

PE 206: Human Sexuality Education
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course introduces the student to the sociological, physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality.  Applications include sexuality education in school settings, community settings, healthcare settings, and home life applications.  Subcomponents include life issues, courtship, marriage, reproduction, and aging. Offered during the Spring of even-numbered years.

PE 211: Motor Development
1 Semester Credit Hour 

Each student will study and analyze motor development theories as they apply to human performance  from birth to old age. The application of this knowledge to the field of Kinesiology and Health Promotion also will be emphasized.  Offered every Spring.

PE 231: Activity for Majors I
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course will prepare Kinesiology and Health Promotion majors seeking certification to teach a variety of individual and dual activities, (e.g., tennis, golf, dance, racquetball, conditioning, etc.).  This course will focus on teaching majors to “teach” the activities; centering on teaching methods, sequences and progressions, while also teaching the skills, fundamentals, rules and terminology.  Prerequisites: EXSC 103 and PE 211.  Offered during the Fall of even-numbered years.

PE 232: Activity for Majors II
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course will prepare Kinesiology and Health Promotion majors seeking certification to teach a variety of team activities, (e.g. soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball).  This course will focus on teaching majors to “teach” the activities; centering on teaching methods, sequences and progressions, while also teaching the skills, fundamentals, rules and terminology. Prerequisites: EXSC 103 and PE 211.  Offered during the Fall of odd-numbered years.

PE 304: Methods and Materials for Teaching Secondary Physical Education
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Through classroom and practicum-site work, students will enhance their abilities in planning, implementing and evaluating physical education programs in secondary schools. A primary focus will be to improve knowledge and managerial and personal skills so students will be successful teachers at the secondary level.  Prerequisites: ED 100, ED 200, and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Offered during the Spring of even-numbered years.

PE 307: Methods and Materials, Teaching Physical Education K-8
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Planning, implementing and evaluating physical education programs for children K-8 will be emphasized. Students will learn how to build a curriculum, use materials and teach children all aspects of elementary and middle school physical education. Prerequisites: ED 100, ED 200, and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Offered every Fall.

PE 308: Sports and Fitness Management
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Analysis of administrative and organizational procedures related to current trends in fitness/wellness, sports and athletic management.  Offered every Spring.

PE 310: Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Sports
3 Semester Credit Hours 

The first half of the semester is devoted to understanding basic sociological concepts and examining social issues in sport (e.g., aggression and violence, racism, sexism, sport and education). The second half of the semester focuses on the concepts and applications of sport psychology. (Non-majors require consent of instructor).  Offered every Fall.

PE 401: Seminar
3 Semester Credit Hours 

A capstone course designed to explore the current issues, problems and opportunities in kinesiology and health promotion. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Offered every Spring.

PE 406: Adapted Physical Education
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course takes a developmental approach to providing physical education to persons with disabilities. Through classroom learning and practical experience students will learn to plan effective physical education programs for persons with disabilities.  Offered during the Spring of odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: PE 304, PE 307, and admission to the Teacher Education Program.

PEH 102: Fitness and Wellness II
1 Semester Credit Hour

A follow-up course to EXSC 101. An opportunity for the student to apply, maintain, adapt and extend the knowledge and information acquired in EXSC 101. (Pass/Fail)  Offered on an irregular basis.

PEH 215: First Aid and Safety
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the concepts of safety and emergency care. Emphasis is placed on being a citizen responder, and a first responder in employment settings such as schools, industrial settings, athletic settings, and remote locations such as backcountry wilderness settings.  It is designed to be an intermediate/advanced level first aid course.  Upon successful completion of the course, students qualify to receive certification cards in first aid, CPR and blood-borne pathogens. Offered during the Spring of odd-numbered years.

PEH 234: Medical Terminology
2 Semester Credit Hours

This course introduces students to commonly used medical terms, prefixes, suffixes and root words.  Terms related to the diagnosis, pathology and treatment of the major body systems are identified, defined and spelled.  This class is learning, pronouncing, spelling, defining and applying numerous medical terms.  Offered on an irregular basis.

PEH 235: Foundations of Health Education
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course introduces the student to the fundamental issues involved in health education and health promotion activities.  Students will explore issues surrounding health topics, theories and models of health education.  Cognitive and affective learning methods will be addressed.  Additionally, students will learn the various databases, web sites, and public health information documents currently available to health educators, as well as the various inventories used to collect health data.  Offered during the Fall of odd-numbered years.

PEH 320: Drug Use and Abuse
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course will survey the pharmacological, behavioral and psychological effects of some of the most commonly used legal and illegal drugs in modern society.  Societal, clinical, and health effects of drug use and abuse will also be addressed.  Offered during the Fall of even-numbered years.

PEH 405: Consumer Health
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course introduces students to issues surrounding consumerism, i.e. being an educated and aware consumer.  Topics consist of a variety of issues, including the history of quackery in health products and services, advertising ploys, current trends in health consumerism, internet purchasing, herbal and over-the-counter health products, and related issues.  There are no prerequisites for this course per se, however it is recommended that students have upper division standing and have completed most of the Kinesiology and Health Promotion or health content courses. Offered during the Spring of odd-numbered years.

PEH 408: Comprehensive School Health Programs
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course introduces the student to the issues involved in planning, implementing and evaluating health education programs, with the emphasis on school settings.  Topics include needs assessment, health promotion and safety issues, life skills subjects, motivational factors, health/life skills portfolios, and teaching methods.  Students will be taught how to develop a school health program, and to effectively utilize the community resources available to them.  They will be taught how to assess the effectiveness of programs through the collection of data.  Teaching demonstrations in class and in the school setting will be used as part of the assessment process.  Offered during the Fall of even-numbered years.

PEH 410, 420, 430: Independent Study
1-3 Semester Credit Hours

Individual study of an approved topic in kinesiology and health Promotion under the supervision of a member of the academic program.

PEH 435: Health Ethics & Society
3 Semester Credit Hours

An inquiry into ethics and morality as these apply to contemporary issues in health and medicine.  Ethical and logical reasoning is emphasized through study of relevant literature, perspective-taking, and discussion and debate.  Euthanasia, organ transplantation, genetic engineering, family violence, birth technologies, and rising health care costs are some of the issues examined.  Offered during the Fall.