Program Objectives and/or Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Exercise Science Curriculum, the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between proper nutrition, physical activity, prevention of common diseases, and overall wellness. • Identify vital components of the bones and muscles involved in human movement. • Describe and apply physiological and anatomical principles to exercise and sport. • Demonstrate the ability to assess a patient/client fitness level using the widely accepted five components of health related fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, and body composition). • Apply critical thinking and use evidence-based decision making in developing an exercise program for athletes, healthy adults and diseased populations as outlined by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. • Discuss, understand and present evidence based information on current exercise physiology principles as they relate to athletes, the general population, and disease. • Describe a variety of factors (i.e. social, economic, and psychological factors) that effect overall health. • Demonstrate and apply common strength and conditioning exercises to all populations.
ALLIED HEALTH OPTION • Students will evaluate current evidence, develop an original research question and design a study to answer their question.