Exercise Science Track

The exercise science emphasis provides students with a theoretical understanding of the anatomical, neuromuscular, physiological, and psychological responses and adaptations to exercise.

Through concentration-specific courses, electives, and internship, a health sciences (exercise science) degree provides students with the knowledge and skills to assess physical function and prescribe exercise for healthy individuals and special populations.

This emphasis in health sciences enables graduates to gain employment in a variety of settings as exercise specialists for youth, adult, geriatric, and special populations, including those with medically controlled diseases. Graduates also work as business owners and communication specialists and successfully enter graduate and professional schools.

This emphasis prepares students to sit for certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), including those for personal trainers and exercise physiologists.

Students taking this emphasis are strongly encouraged to consider the accelerated B.S. to M.S. program in health education and promotion and should consult an advisor for more information. See B.S. to M.S. program.

Internship Prerequisites: A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better; a grade of C- or better in HPR 202HPR 301, and HPR 410; and a minimum of 12 credits earned at Marymount are needed to register for the internship.

Internship Requirements: When other requirements are completed and minimum grade requirements are met, the student completes a 120-hour, three-credit internship.

Minimum Grade Requirement: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade of C- in BIO 151BIO 151LBIO 161BIO 161LBIO 162BIO 162LMA 132PSY 110HPR 202HPR 260HPR 300HPR 302HPR 304HPR 307HPR 410, and HPR 415.

Degree Requirements — Health Sciences (Exercise Science Emphasis)

This degree requires a total of 120 credits.

Liberal Arts Core and University Requirements

See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core for details. Health sciences (exercise science) majors will satisfy the three-course university Writing-Intensive (WI) requirement in the following way: All majors must take HPR 301 Health/Fitness Program Management and HPR 415 Exercise Guidelines for Special Populations. Majors must take an additional WI course from the Liberal Arts Core or as a university elective.

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Some courses also satisfy Liberal Arts Core and/or University Requirements (*).

BIO 151 General Biology I *

3

BIO 151L General Biology I Lab *

1

BIO 161 Anatomy and Physiology I *

3

BIO 161L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

BIO 162 Anatomy and Physiology II *

3

BIO 162L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

HIM 115 Medical Terminology

3

One (1) health and human performance activity elective

HPR 201 Introduction to Health and Exercise Science

3

HPR 202 Exercise Physiology

3

HPR 210 First Aid and Safety

1

HPR 225 Health Psychology *

3

HPR 260 Introduction to Sports Medicine

3

HPR 300 Essentials of Personal Training

3

HPR 301 Health/Fitness Program Management *

3

HPR 302 Fitness and Health Assessment *

3

HPR 304 Developing Physical Training Programs

3

HPR 307 Strength and Conditioning of Athletes

3

HPR 340 Nutrition for Optimal Health

3

HPR 400 Senior Internship *

3

HPR 406 Stress Management *

3

HPR 410 Anatomical Kinesiology

3

HPR 415 Exercise Guidelines for Special Populations *

3

HPR 430 Public Health Capstone *

3

MA 132 Statistical Analysis *

3

PSY 110 Human Growth and Development *

3

Sample Degree Plan — Health Sciences (Exercise Science Emphasis)

Please note that this is a sample plan; all students must consult with an advisor in making course selections.

Year One — Fall

BIO 151 General Biology I *

3

BIO 151L General Biology I Lab *

1

EN 101 Composition I *

3

HPR 201 Introduction to Health and Exercise Science

3

DSC 201 New Student Seminar *

1

One (1) elective

3

BIO 151: NS core course

BIO 151L: DSINQ course and NS lab core course

EN 101: WR core course

Year One — Spring

EN 102 Composition II *

3

TRS 100 Theological Inquiry *

3

HPR 202 Exercise Physiology

3

HIM 115 Medical Terminology

3

One (1) health and human performance activity elective

HI Introductory History (HI-1) core course *

3

EN 102: WR core course

TRS 100: TRS-1 core course

Year Two — Fall

BIO 161 Anatomy and Physiology I *

3

BIO 161L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

HPR 225 Health Psychology *

3

HPR 260 Introduction to Sports Medicine

3

EN Introductory Literature (LT-1) core course *

3

One (1) elective

3

BIO 161: NS core course

HPR 225: DSINQ course

Year Two — Spring

BIO 162 Anatomy and Physiology II *

3

BIO 162L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

MA 132 Statistical Analysis *

3

PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy *

3

Introductory Social Science (SS-1) core course (economics, politics, or sociology) *

3

One (1) elective

3

BIO 162: NS core course

Year Three — Fall

HPR 301 Health/Fitness Program Management *

3

HPR 302 Fitness and Health Assessment *

3

HPR 210 First Aid and Safety

1

PSY 110 Human Growth and Development *

3

PH Advanced Philosophy (PH-2) or Philosophical Ethics (PH-E) core course *

3

One (1) elective

3

HPR 301: WI course

HPR 302: DSINQ course

PSY 110: SS-1 core course

Year Three — Spring

HPR 304 Developing Physical Training Programs

3

HPR 406 Stress Management *

3

One (1) writing intensive (WI) course *

3

Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

One (1) global perspective (GP) course – HPR 308 recommended *

HPR 406: SS-2 core course

Year Four — Fall

HPR 300 Essentials of Personal Training

3

HPR 307 Strength and Conditioning of Athletes

3

HPR 340 Nutrition for Optimal Health

3

HPR 410 Anatomical Kinesiology

3

Advanced Theology/Religious Studies (TRS-2) or Theological Ethics (TRS-E) core course *

3

Year Four — Spring

HPR 400 Senior Internship *

3

HPR 415 Exercise Guidelines for Special Populations *

3

Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

One (1) elective

3

HPR 400: EXP course

HPR 415: DSINQ and WI course