Exercise Science Concentration

Exercise Science

The exercise science concentration of study introduces students to concepts of exercise, fitness, health, nutrition, physical activity, and exercise related injuries.  This is an excellent concentration of study for those students interested in applying to a graduate program in Athletic Training (AT),Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (DPT), and other fields associated with Sports Medicine/Exercise Science that require a foundational understanding in health, fitness, exercise, nutrition, and movement. 

Note: Students must earn the grade of C or higher in HAN 311: Kinesiology (4 credits) to be eligible to register for the Exercise Science concentration of study.


HAN 457: First Aid and Injury Care, 3 credits (2 lecture, 1 lab)

This course instructs the student in the recognition and management of medical emergencies with emphasis placed on those conditions which most commonly occur during exercise. Successful completion of the course leads to Professional level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automatic external defibrillator (AED) and First Aid certification by the National Safety Council.

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in HAN 311: Kinesiology

HAN 458: Strength and Conditioning, 3 credits (2 credits lecture, 1 credit lab)

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of strength and conditioning for the future or practicing healthcare practitioner. Emphasis is placed on the exercise sciences (including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics), nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization, administration, testing, and evaluation. Additionally, this course is designed to help students prepare for the nationally- accredited Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam.

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in HAN 311

HAN 459: Intro to Sports Medicine, 3 credits

This course will explore the history and development of the sports medicine team and will explore the role of various health professionals that comprise the team. Additionally, the course includes content on anatomy, common injuries and rehabilitation practices.

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in HAN 311: Kinesiology

HAN 460: Exercise Physiology, 4 credits (3 credits lecture, 1 credit lab)

The objective of the course is to assist the student in gaining an understanding and appreciation of the metabolic and physiological adaptations of exercise.

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in HAN 311

HAN 461: Introduction to Nutrition, 3 credits

This course is designed to provide an understanding of basic nutrition science to students with a limited scientific background. Students will become familiar with the principles of diet planning, food labeling, biological functions and food sources of each nutrient, energy balance, weight management and physical activity; the role of nutrition in chronic disease development; nutrition throughout the life cycle and current nutrition-based controversies. Both the competitive athletes’ and everyday needs and concerns will be addressed. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to evaluate and make recommendations about diet plans and a healthy lifestyle.  

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in HAN 311. Note: cannot be taken for additional credits if the student has completed HAL 376 with the letter grade of C or better.