Chatham University

Exercise Science (BS) Curriculum

The exercise science major prepares students for professional practice in a variety of fields including exercise and fitness training, hospital-based and corporate wellness programming as well as preparation for graduate study in exercise physiology, medicine, physical therapy, and other health science programs. Exercise science, as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine, is the study of movement and the associated functional responses and adaptations. The field of exercise science ranges from the study of how organ systems function at the cellular level to enhancing the biomechanical efficiency of the individual. The benefits of exercise have been medically recognized and accepted for their role in preventive medicine and in the rehabilitative process of health and wellbeing. Professionals in exercise science are prepared to examine, evaluate, prescribe, and manage the health and fitness of healthy people across the life span, as well as promote healthy lifestyles and prevention programs for individuals and communities.

Program Requirements

+Major Requirements

47 credits, including:

BIO143 Lab: Intro-mol-cell

THE CELL R PERM

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BIO143L Lab: The Cell

Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO143. Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO143. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

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BIO144 The Organism

This course provides a general survey of animals and plants at the organismic level, with emphasis on their evolution and various physiological processes such as respiration, circulation, digestion, and reproduction. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours of class.

3
BIO144L Lab: The Organism

Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO144. Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO144. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.

1
BIO201 Anatomy

INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY

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BIO201L Lab: Anatomy

Laboratory experiments emphasizing comparative anatomy between humans and other animals. Three hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO201. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.

2
BIO302 Physiology

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of physiology. The lectures will emphasize chemical principles, cellular biological principles, and a survey of the nervous, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, excretory, respiratory, and digestive systems. The laboratory will emphasize comparative physiology between humans and other animals. Three hours of class per week.

3
BIO302L Physiology Lab

Laboratory experiments emphasizing comparative physiology between human and other animals. Three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIO201L. Corequisite or Prerequisite: BIO302. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.

2
CHM107 Chemistry I

This class begins with a study of atomic structure, then expands to cover chemical naming, patterns of reactivity, thermochemistry, the interaction of light and matter, atomic orbitals, ionic and covalent bonding, and molecular shapes. This class concludes with an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Three hours of lecture per week. Co-requisite: CHM 109

3
CHM108 Chemistry II

The second semester of general chemistry continues exploring the structure, properties, and bonding of atoms and molecules, with emphasis on the physical characteristics of gases, liquids, solids and solutions, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite(s): CHM 105 or 107; Corequisite: CHM 110.

3
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science

This course is designed to provide an overview of the field of exercise science as a discipline and profession. Students will be exposed to methods and techniques employed to develop positive attitudes and habits that support an active lifestyle. Topics of health risk factors and wellness will be explored as they specifically relate to exercise. Possible career choices related to this field will also be discussed.

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EXS252 Exercise and Nutrition

This course introduces the student to the science of human nutrition and the relationship between health, exercise and food intake. Basic topics of digestion, absorption, metabolism, interaction and functions of nutrients will be covered. Special topics emphasized in this course include optimal nutrition for exercise and sport, energy use during exercise, evaluation of body composition (body fat, muscle mass), development of obesity, weight management, and nutritional factors in planning a successful muscular strength and endurance program.

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EXS301W Introduction to Critical Research Appraisal

This course reviews current research design and statistical techniques needed for a better understanding of peer reviewed literature within exercise science. This course also reviews basic principles of an evidence based approach related to various types of exercise interventions, and common diagnoses and prognoses in the area of public health (e.g., obesity, diabetes). Material presented in lecture will be focused on "real world" data from the current literature. Two hours of lecture per week.

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EXS302 Principles of Strength and Conditioning

Students learn to integrate anatomical and physiological function into a comprehensive strength and conditionng model. Topics include testing, evaluation, exercise techniques, program design, and aerobic endurance training. Students are introduced to facility organization, risk management, and developing a policies and procedure manual. Prerequisite: BIO 202.

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EXS326 Applied Exercise Physiology I

This course provides students with the knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of exercise physiology with an emphasis on exercise response and exercise testing. An in-depth understanding of how the body responds when exposed to acute bouts of exercise will be provided through lectures and laboratories. Topics discussed will include physiological adaptations of the cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and neuromuscular systems in response to exercise, and assessment of aerobic endurance, muscular fitness and body composition. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO 202; CPR and first aid certification. Corequisite or prerequisite: EXS 326L.

3
EXS326L Lab: Applied Exercise Physiology I

Experiments to complement the material presented in EXS326. Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: EXS 326. Additional fee(s): Laboratory fee.

1
EXS345 Kinesiology and Movement Science

This course serves as an introduction to kinesiology and movement science of the human body. The student will learn the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the major joints of the human body and the application of kinesiology and biomechanical principles to describe and analyze normal and pathological human movement. Principles and practical application of motor learning, motor control and skill acquisition will also be introduced. Lab will include activities related to skill acquisition, performance and biomechanical analysis of functional motor patterns. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO 201. Corequisite or Prerequisite: EXS 345L.

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EXS345LW Lab: Kinesiology and Movement Science

Experiments to complement the material presented in EXS 345. Lab will include activies related to skill acquisition, performance and biomechanical analysis of functional motor patterns. Three hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: EXS 345. Additional fee(s): Laboratory fee.

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EXS426 Applied Exercise Physiology II

This course provides students with the knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of exercise physiology and wellness. The emphasis of this course is on the physiological adaptations to exercise training. Students will learn how to design exercise prescriptions for typical adult populations, athletic populations, and special populations (i.e. pediatric, geriatric, and obese). Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: EXS 326. Co-requisite or pre-requisite: EXS 426L.

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EXS426L Applied Exercise Physiology II Lab

The emphasis of this lab is on the physiological adaptations to exercise training. Students will learn how to design exercise prescriptions for typical adult populations, athletic populations, and special populations (i.e. pediatric, geriatric, obese). Three hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: EXS 426. Additional fee(s): Laboratory fee.

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EXS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
INTEXS303 Internship - Exercise Science

3
MTH110 Elementary Statistics

Topics include statistical measures and distributions, decision making under uncertainty, application of probability to statistical inference, linear correlation, introduction to nonparametric statistical methods, and application to problems drawn from the natural and social sciences. Three hours of class per week. Three hours of class per week.

3
PSY101 General Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.

3

+Physician Assistant Graduate School Applicants

Students intending to apply to physician assistant graduate school are advised to take the following courses in addition to the above curriculum:

BIO221 General Microbiology

The study of fundamental characteristics of bacteria and related microorganisms, including taxonomy, physiology, and distribution. Three class meetings per week. Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 108 and 110.

3
PSY152 Human Growth and Development

Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are studied throughout the life span. Major theories of development are discussed. Applications and examples are presented from applied contexts. Special needs of individuals at various stages throughout the life span are addressed. This course is NOT a substitute for 200 and 300 level development courses that apply toward majors in psychology and social work and certification in education. Does not count towards the psych major.

3
BIO119 Medical Terminology

This course is designed for students who need a broad coverage of medical terminology and who have little or no background. It includes studies of etymology and human anatomy. There is a special emphasis on clinical applications. Three hours of lecture including media presentations per week. Prerequisite(s): None.

3
Chem 205 organic chemistry/Chem 215 Organic Chemistry Lab

+Physical Therapy Graduate School Applicants

Students intending to apply to physical therapy graduate school are advised to take the following courses in addition to the above curriculum:

PHY151 Fundamentals of Physics I

This is the first course in an algebra-based sequence. Topics include motion, momentum, and energy, Newton's Laws, thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and heat and waves. Three hours of class per week. Prerequisite(s): MTH 108

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PHY251 Principles of Physics I

Introduction to the concepts, laws, and structure of physics. This is the first course in a calculus-based sequence that focuses on classical mechanics. Topics include vector analysis, kinematics, Newton’s laws, work, conservation of energy and momentum, collisions, gravity, harmonic motion, and wave phenomena. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite: MTH 151.

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PHY255 Physics 1 Laboratory

PHYSICS LABORATORY I 1

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PHY152 Fundamentals of Physics II

This is the second course in an algebra-based sequence. Topics include electricity and magnetism, circuits, sound, optics, and relativity.

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PHY252 Principles of Physics II

Introduction to the concepts, laws, and structure of physics. The second course in a calculus-based physics sequence. Topics include thermodynamics, fluids, electricity, circuit analysis, magnetism, Maxwell’s equations, properties of light, and optics. Four hours of class per week.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 251

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PHY256 Physics II Laboratory

PHYSICS LABORATORY II EQUIV

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PSY152 Human Growth and Development

Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are studied throughout the life span. Major theories of development are discussed. Applications and examples are presented from applied contexts. Special needs of individuals at various stages throughout the life span are addressed. This course is NOT a substitute for 200 and 300 level development courses that apply toward majors in psychology and social work and certification in education. Does not count towards the psych major.

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+Occupational Therapy Graduate School Applicants

Students intending to apply to occupational therapy graduate school are advised to take the following courses in addition to the above curriculum:

PSY152 Human Growth and Development

Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are studied throughout the life span. Major theories of development are discussed. Applications and examples are presented from applied contexts. Special needs of individuals at various stages throughout the life span are addressed. This course is NOT a substitute for 200 and 300 level development courses that apply toward majors in psychology and social work and certification in education. Does not count towards the psych major.

3
PSY333 Abnormal Behavior

A study of definitions of normality and abnormality, functional and organic syndromes, theories of causation, and procedures for the diagnosis and modification of disturbed behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or by permission of instructor.

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