A perfect blend of the biology of exercise and health, the clinical exercise science option is for students looking to pursue careers in areas such as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation or diagnostic testing. This major also prepares you well for graduate programs such as physical therapy or occupational therapy.
Put Your Degree to Work
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Physical therapist||$79,860 per year||36% (73,500 more jobs)|
|Occupational therapist||$75,400 per year||29% (32,800 more jobs)|
|Physician assistant||$90,930 per year||38% (33,300 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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Exercise Science Major: Clinical Exercise Science Option
The Clinical Exercise Science option is for students intending to pursue a career in the clinical aspects of exercise science: cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, or other related field.
Total: 54-58 semester hours
Core Courses I
Introduction to Exercise Science
Introduction to the field of exercise science, including elements from the basic and clinical sciences and other allied health professions that integrate with exercise science.
Responding to Emergencies
Includes CPR and first aid care. American Red Cross certification for first aid and CPR can be earned.
A comprehensive course in the structure of the human body organized by systems. Laboratory work includes identification of fundamental anatomical structures on models and cadavers. Prerequisites: HSC 211 or 12 credit hours completed with one course in BIO or CHM or PHY.
A comprehensive course that studies the function of the organ systems of the human body. Laboratory work in fundamental physiological principles is included. Pre/Co-Requisite: HSC 214.
Biomechanics and Kinesiology
The study of functional aspects of human movement, including basic biomechanics and structural kinesiology. Prerequisites: HSC 214, HSC 215.
Physiology of Sport and Exercise
Lectures on basic principles of physiology of exercise. The basics of exercise, performance conditioning, and the human organism response to these conditions. Prerequisites: HSC 211; or HSC 214, 215.
Core Courses II
Select one of the following options:
Health-related Components of Fitness
Theory and practice related to exercise testing and administration for the health-related components of fitness. Practical experience in fitness evaluation, exercise technique and program design. Prerequisites: HSC 214, 215.
Emphasis is placed on the recognition and interpretation of normal and abnormal resting and exercise ECG's. Includes lab experience in resting and exercise ECG monitoring. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in HSC 214, 215; a signed Exercise Science Major: Clinical Exercise Science Option or a signed Health Fitness in Preventive and Rehabilitative Major.
Study of body’s physiological responses to disease states. Emphasis is placed on the interactions among body systems and deviations from homeostasis. Prerequisite: HSC 211 or HSC 215 or BIO 392.
Health Risk Identification and Management
Examine cardiovascular and chronic disease risk factors and management of those risk factors with emphasis on current clinical guidelines and lifestyle interventions (e.g., physical activity/exercise). Prerequisites: 56 credit hours completed or graduate standing.
Stress Test Administration
Course in theory and methods of administering exercise stress tests using different modes of exercise and consideration of different populations. Includes classroom and practical experience. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in HSC 220 or 420, 308, 310; a signed Exercise Science Major: Clinical Exercise Science Option or a signed Health Fitness in Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs Major; or Exercise Science Graduate Status.
Stress Testing Interpretation
Course in analysis of information gained from exercise testing, studying deviations from normal, and applications of exercise test information in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation programs. Prerequisites: HSC 550 with a grade of C or higher.
An examination of classifications, mechanisms of action, indications and names of medications used in treatment of cardiovascular diseases and associated disorders (pulmonary and metabolic diseases). Prerequisites: Admission to the Exercise Science Major: Clinical Exercise Science option or graduate standing.
Exercise Science Clinical Internship
Application of knowledge and skills in an approved, supervised clinical exercise program internship; minimum of 480 hours required. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: Undergraduate students must have completed all courses in the Exercise Science Major: Clinical Option. Graduate students must have completed HSC 310, 411, 547, 550, 551, 553 with grades of C or higher.
Capstone Exit Exam and/or Survey
This requirement would involve, depending on the student's option, completing an internship, taking a capstone course, analyzing and interpreting data, and/or completing an exit survey.
Select from the following:
Basic principles of normal mammalian cardiovascular physiology. Prerequisites: BIO 392 or graduate standing.
Principles of normal nutrition as related to the health of all age groups. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences)
A self-study module course for learning anatomical directions, planes, comprehensive clinical vocabulary, words made from word parts, and imaging terms used in health care. Recommended: Successful completion of at least two semesters of coursework at the college level.
Exercise Conditioning for Health Fitness Professionals
Students will learn to assess and perform various exercises utilized in personal training and strength and conditioning, and achieve a standard of fitness competence themselves. Prerequisites: HSC 214, 215.
Health Implications of Obesity
Obesity will be studied with special emphasis on prevalence and etiology. Modes of prevention and treatment including diet and exercise will also be discussed. Prerequisites: 56 hours completed or graduate standing.
Workshop in Principles of Cardiovascular Health and Disease
Concentrated study of the physiological aspects of the cardiovascular system and its adaptation to stress.
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Children
Course reviews the major cardiovascular disease risk factors of children. This service learning course requires 45 hours of screening and education of children. Prerequisite: HSC 220.