Degrees & Requirements

Exercise Science LabThe Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree at Emory & Henry offers two initial track options, both of which will include classroom, laboratory, and clinical internship experiences.

Clinical Health Professions Track (B.S.) 

The coursework in this track option will provide students with a strong scientific foundation related to the physiological benefits of exercise and the deleterious effects of physical inactivity.

This degree option includes the common prerequisite courses necessary for admission to most graduate programs in the health professions (i.e. athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies) or other health-related fields (public health, nutrition/dietetics, clinical exercise physiology, kinesiology.)

Fitness and Wellness Track (B.S.)

Graduates from this track option will be eligible to pursue certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Students will be prepared for careers in the fields of commercial fitness, corporate & community wellness, strength & conditioning, or graduate study in a variety of health and wellness fields  (public health, nutrition/dietetics, clinical exercise physiology, kinesiology.)


Exercise Science- Core & Support Courses

  • BIOL 117- General Biology

    Origin and evolution of life, basic life chemistry, the cell, energy, basic genetics, and ecology. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours.

    Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 120- Integrated Anatomy & Physiology 1

    This is the first part of a two-part Anatomy & Physiology Course sequence.  In this section, the anatomy and physiology of integumentary, muscular, skeletal, nervous and endocrine systems will be covered, as well as the basic chemistry, molecular and cellular biology necessary to understand the structure and function of the human body.  Many key concepts will be carried over into BIOL 121 (A&P 2). For those in health fields, this information will serve as the foundation for most of your courses.Prerequisite: “C” grade or higher in BIOL 117 General Biology.

    4 semester hours

    *BIOL 311-Human Anatomy & 425- General Physiology can be substituted for this sequence

  • BIOL 121- Integrated Anatomy & Physiology 2

    This is the second part of a two-part Anatomy & Physiology Course sequence.  In this section, the anatomy and physiology of Lymphatic and Immune, Circulatory, Respiratory, Excretory (Urinary), Digestive, and Reproductive systems necessary to understand the structure and function of the human body will be covered. Many key concepts will be carried over from BIOL 120 (A&P 1) focusing on the integration of all systems.   For those in health fields, this information will serve as the foundation for most of your courses. Prerequisite: “C” grade or higher in BIOL 120.

    Four Semester hours

    *BIOL 311-Human Anatomy & 425- General Physiology can be substituted for this sequence

  • CHEM 111- General Chemistry I

    Concepts and theories of atomic structure, chemical bonding, gases, liquids, and solids. Qualitative and quantitative descriptions of chemical reactions. Solution chemistry. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Natural World. Prerequisite: Exceed the math placement cut-off score as established by the Department of Mathematics in order to take any 100-level mathematics course or C- or better in Math 099. Corequisite: 111L. Three lecture hours.

    Four semester hours.

  • EXSC 236X- Advanced Strength & Conditioning

    Principles of designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for various populations.  

    Prerequisite: 261 and departmental permission. Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOL 310 

    Two Semester hours

  • EXSC 261X- Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology

    Structural anatomy and its application to performance. Exploration of biomechanical concepts of human movement. 

    Three semester hours

  • EXSC 270- Motor Learning

    Theories and principles associated with the acquisition of motor skills ranging from activities of daily living to the performance of elite athletes.  The cognitive and motor processes that influence motor skill acquisition and the quality of movement will also be discussed. 

    Three lecture hours

  • EXSC 285-288 Research Experience in Exercise Science

    Hands-on research experience through assistance in faculty research projects. Prerequisites: permission of the faculty member directing the project.

    One semester hour per semester, for a maximum of four semesters.

  • EXSC 310X- Exercise Physiology

    Organ level approach to structure and function of human systems; laboratory emphasis on the physiology of exercise. Recommended for Health and Human Performance majors. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Written Communication in the disciplines. Prerequisite: 105 or 117. Three lecture hours; laboratory hours by announcement.

    Four semester hours.

  • EXSC 320- Fitness Assessment and Programming

    Principles and techniques for assessing cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Interpretation of fitness assessment results will be applied to the design of individual and group exercise program. Prerequisite: EXSC 310X.

    Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours.

    Four semester hours.

  • EXSC 370X- Nutrition for Health and Performance

    Proper nutrition as it relates to preventing illness and recovering from injury in both the athletic and the non-athletic population. The effect that nutrition has on athletic performance. Nutrition-related disorders.

    Two semester hours.

  • EXSC 410- Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations

    Exercise testing and prescription for patients/clients with specific diseases or conditions. The associated pathophysiology, risk factors, exercise responses, and issues of concern will be discussed as they relate to children, pregnancy, older adults and those with disease(s) involving the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and immunologic systems.

    Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours.

    Four semester hours.

  • EXSC 420- Exercise and Preventive Medicine

    The role of exercise in maintaining health and well-being and preventing disease. Strategies for promoting regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle will be discussed.

    Three semester hours.

  • EXSC 430- Health Law and Ethics

    Introduction to the legal aspects, code of ethics and policy issues relevant to health care. Legislative and regulatory processes, legal terminology, confidentiality, privacy and security policies, release of information policies and procedures, and professional-related ethical issues will also be discussed.

    One semester hour.

  • EXSC 440- Research in Exercise Science

    Introduction to experimental research. Areas of investigation will include research design, methodology, data collection, statistical analysis, scientific writing, and presentation styles.

    Three semester hours.

  • EXSC 470 and 471- Internship I and Internship II

    Work experience related to the student’s major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Weekly departmental conferences with faculty supervisor. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site. Prerequisites: 2.0 GPA overall and in exercise science; departmental approval; senior major.

    Two to six semester hours.

    Pass-Fail only.

  • GNST 205 Introduction to Healthcare Professions

    An overview of the healthcare professions including a description of the responsibilities associated with each profession, appropriate undergraduate preparation, and steps in the application process. Students will develop personal educational plans to pursue entrance into their desired healthcare field.

    One semester hour.

  • MATH 121- College Algebra

    Introduction to factoring and polynomial equations; working with equations and functions of the following types: linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic; functions and their inverses; properties of radicals and logarithms, and inequalities. Prerequisite for students as indicated by an algorithm based on SAT (or equivalent ACT) math scores and high school GPA, C- or better in Mathematics 099, or results of a placement exam.

    Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 102- Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science

    Complex processes of human behavior. Child and adult development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, and issues of gender, sexuality, and culture. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Individual and Society. 101 is not a prerequisite to 102.

    Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 321- Abnormal Psychology

    Description and classification of patterns of deviant behavior, identification of their determinants, survey of procedures for modifying disorders. Prerequisite: 102.

    Three semester hours.

  • STAT 161- Introduction to Statistics

    Descriptive and inferential statistics, probability, and research design with a broad range of applications to various disciplines; statistical software.

    Four semester hours.

Additional Requirements for Clinical Health Professions Track

  • CHEM 112- General Chemistry II

    Fundamental laws of kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, chemical equilibrium, acid base theory, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, and nuclear chemistry. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Critical Thinking in the disciplines. Prerequisite: C- or better in 111 and 111L. Corequisite: 112L.

    Three lecture hours.

    Four semester hours.

  • PHYS 110 and 111- College Physics I & II

    An introductory two-semester sequence to the fields of mechanics, thermal physics, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics.  This sequence is not suitable for the physics major or minor, nor the chemistry or biology majors. Pre-requisite: MATH 121 or higher. PHYS 110 is a prerequisite for PHYS 111.

    Six laboratory/discussion hours.

    Four semester hours each.

     

    *PHYS 201 & 202 (General Physics I&II may be substituted if the student has taken Calculus I.