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Bachelor of ArtsExercise Science

Majoring in Exercise Science involves the study of human movement and how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition. You’ll learn kinesiology concepts in human movement, exercise and management. How can athletes avoid injury? What role does strength conditioning play? How can diet affect the body? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any career in fitness or wellness as you take 50 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Exercise Science Curriculum Overview

The Exercise Science major focuses on kinesiology concepts in human movement, exercise and management. The program prepares students for positions in settings such as fitness/wellness centers, personal training, coaching, rehabilitation sciences, health and wellness education. Students are prepared for post-baccalaureate study in areas such as human growth, aging, athletic training, biomechanics, chiropractic, exercise physiology, sports management, sport psychology and more.

Required: 50 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
KHS - 125 Introduction to Kinesiology 1
KHS - 220 Research Methods 4
KHS - 300 Applied Nutrition 4
KHS - 311 Functional Anatomy 4
KHS - 394 Sports Business 4
KHS - 400 Health Psychology 4
KHS - 436 Motor Dev,Contrl & Motor Learn 4
KHS - 473 Biomechanics 4
KHS - 475 Applied Exercise Prescription 4
KHS - 490 Senior Professional Seminar 1
KHS - 498 Kinesiology Internship 12

This course provides an introduction to the sub-disciplines of the field of Kinesiology. At the conclusion of the course, students will have an understanding of the various sub-disciplines of Kinesiology and the current issues present in these sub-disciplines, and be award of available employment and graduate school opportunities.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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KHS400 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.

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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.

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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. (Suggested prerequisite: KHS474)

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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)

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This capstone course prepares students to chart different paths following graduation with a degree in Kinesiology or physical education: (a) entering the work force in the field of Kinesiology at a bachelor's degree level, (b) enter the work force in the field of teacher education at a bachelor's degree level, or (c) enter a graduate school. In this course student will develop a resume, request letters of recommendation, complete a professional portfolio, and identify job-searching strategies. (Prerequisite: senior status)

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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. (Prerequisites: senior status and advisor approval)

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Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Katie Fischer Instructor of Kinesiology

Within her courses, Fischer works with students to analyze the determinants of health and disease, and to evaluate the importance of research within the health field.

Dr. Lana Huberty Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Huberty’s expertise in health and wellness include 25 years of group and individualized fitness training for which she holds numerous professional certifications.

Dr. Eric LaMott Provost and Chief Operating Officer, Professor of Kinesiology

Career Potential

You'll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom via Concordia Health Alliance for Majors in Physical Education & Kinesiology (CHAMP) Club activities; participation in conferences, workshops, seminars, and clinics locally and nationally; and internship opportunities with a variety of organizations and sports teams. Because we design our exercise science program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering graduate study in areas such as exercise physiology or a career as a personal trainer, sports coach, chiropractor, community wellness director, occupational therapist, athletic trainer or physical therapist.

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • College Coach
  • Community Wellness Director
  • High School Coach
  • Middle School Coach
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician's Assistant
Student Success Stories Kayla Conway ’12 - Exercise Science

"My internship solidified for me that I was on the right track and that working as a physical therapist truly would be a good fit for my future."

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