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.A.)

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 Courses

    EXSC 110 Introduction to Exercise Science (3)
    EXSC 213 Medical Terminology (3)
    EXSC 261X Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology (3)
    EXSC 310X Exercise Physiology (4)
    EXSC 410 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations (4) 
    EXSC 430 Therapeutic Interventions (3)
    EXSC 440 Research in Exercise Science (3)

    Total 23

  • Exercise Science-Clinical Health Professions (B.S.)

    EXERCISE SCIENCE CORE (24)

    Additional Requirements

    GNST 205 Introduction To Healthcare Professions (1)
    BIOL 117 General Biology (4)
    BIOL 120 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
    BIOL 121 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
    PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science (3)
    STAT 161 or 162 or 163 Introduction to Statistics (4)

    One from the following:

    MATH 121 College Algebra (3)
    MATH 123 Precalculus (3)
    MATH 151 Calculus I (4)

    Contextual and Support (12 credits)*

    BIOL 201 Organismal Biology (4)
    CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4)
    EXSC 285 Research Experience (1-4)
    EXSC 330 Program Design (3)
    EXSC 336 Advanced Strength & Conditioning (3)
    EXSC 370 Nutrition (3)
    EXSC 470 Internship I (2-6)
    EXSC 471 Internship II (2-6)
    HHP 223 Safety Education, Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
    HHP 360 Social & Psychological Dimensions of Sport (3)
    PSYC 321 Abnormal Psychology (3)
    PSYC 231 Lifespan Development (3)

    Total 55-56
    *Chosen in consultation with advisor.

  • Exercise Science-Fitness & Wellness (B.A.)

    EXERCISE SCIENCE CORE (24)

    Additional Requirements

    BIOL 117 General Biology (4)
    BIOL 120 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
    BIOL 121 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
    PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science (3)
    STAT 161 or 162 or 163 Introduction to Statistics (4)

    One from the following:

    MATH 121 College Algebra (3)
    MATH 123 Precalculus (3)
    MATH 151 Calculus I (4)

    Contextual and Support (12 credits)*

    BIOL 201 Organismal Biology (4)
    CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4)
    EXSC 285 Research Experience (1-4)
    EXSC 330 Program Design (3)
    EXSC 336 Advanced Strength & Conditioning (3)
    EXSC 370 Nutrition (3) 
    EXSC 470 Internship I (2-6)
    EXSC 471 Internship II (2-6)
    HHP 223 Safety, Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
    HHP 334 Evaluation in Physical Education (3)
    HHP 360 Social &Psychological Dimensions of Sport (3)
    PSYC 220 Child Development (3)
    PSYC 231 Lifespan Development (3)

    Total 55-56
    *Chosen in consultation with advisor.

     

 

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

  • EXSC 261X- Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology

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

    Three semester 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 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 430- Therapeutic Interventions

    This course will explore the application of electrical, mechanical, and infrared modalities used to assist the body’s natural healing process. The healing process and theories of pain control will be discussed in-depth. This course will also explore the concepts of therapeutic exercise as it relates to the athletic training profession. Three lectures hours.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.