Chatham University

Exercise Science 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 well-being. 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

67 credits, including:
BIO123 Nutrition

An introduction to nutrients, their composition, functions, and sources. Human physiology, including digestion, metabolism, and excretion, is covered, along with special nutritional needs throughout the life cycle. Integrated with this basic information are special topics pertaining to diets, organic foods, preservatives, pesticides, world hunger, and other current concerns. Two hours of lecture per week.

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BIO123L Lab: Nutrition

Laboratory course emphasizing nutrition. Experiments will correlate with and enhance the lectures in BIO 123. Two hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite or Prerequisite BIO 123. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

1
BIO143 The Cell

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of current biological concepts, including cell structure, function, division, and basic genetics. Biologically important molecules also are presented. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours of class

3
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.

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BIO201 Anatomy

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of anatomy. Lectures emphasize the human body and clinical applications of anatomy. They focus on anatomical terminology, gross structures, body movements, forming a three-dimensional mental image of body parts, and functional understanding of normal structures. Three hours of class per week. Prerequisites: BIO143 and 144.

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BIO201L Lab: Anatomy

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

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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.

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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.

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CHM105 General Chemistry

This class covers the same material as Chemistry 107 below, but is specifically structured for students who have had little or no previous chemistry experience, or who need extra help with algebraic problem solving. Three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation per week. Co-requisite: CHM 109

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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

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CHM109 Chemistry I Laboratory

Introduction to the basic experimental procedures and laboratory techniques in chemistry. Experiments are correlated with the lectures in Chemistry 105 and Chemistry 107. Three hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite: CHM 105 or 107. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

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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.

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CHM110 Chemistry II Laboratory

Continued introduction to the basic experimental procedures and laboratory techniques in chemistry. Experiments are correlated with lectures in Chemistry 108. Three hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite: CHM 108. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

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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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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.

3
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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EXS345L 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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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.

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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.

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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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EXS498 Tutorial: Exercise Science

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EXS499 Tutorial: Exercise Science

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IND350 Scientific Research Methods

This course serves as an introduction to research literature and research methodology in the sciences. Students prepare a research proposal including literature review, experimental design and methods, budget, timetable, and bibliography. Other topics include professional presentation techniques and research ethics. The student's major department must approve proposals prior to the Tutorial. Prerequisite(s): Junior status and completion of at least two courses at the 200-level or above in the major, or permission of the instructor.

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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.

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Three credits from one of the following courses:
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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PSY243 Health Psychology

An examination of the psychological processes that influence physical health. Topics include stress and coping; nutrition, weight control, and diet; managing and controlling pain; substance abuse; and health promotion. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or permission of the instructor

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PSY324 Motivation

A survey of concepts and data related to the arousal and direction of behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101

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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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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.

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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 Laboratory I

Experimental techniques of classical mechanical physics. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 251

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

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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 Laboratory II

Experimental techniques of classical physics with applications to electricity, magnetism, sound, and optics. Three hours per week.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: PHY 252.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

1
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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In addition, such students may elect to take EXS 301 Critical Appraisal of the Literature.
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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