Department of Exercise Science

Course Descriptions

The Exercise Science (EXSC) Department is a highly interactive program that prepares students for broadly defined health care and physical education opportunities. Students receive training in many areas that contribute to the understanding of human movement. In particular, the students are exposed to coursework within the major augmented by foundational courses in anatomy, physiology, psychology, chemistry, physics and biomechanics.


EXSC 201 - Functional Anatomy
4 credits

The anatomical basis of human motion. Development of the locomotor system from tissue structure and function to anatomical description of skeletal muscles and their interaction in producing coordinated movement. Mechanical aspects of movement at the skeletal and muscular level.

EXSC 202 - Exercise Physiology
4 credits

Structure, function and regulation of the physiological systems most important in exercise, physical education and sport settings. Emphasis is placed on muscular, metabolic, cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems.

EXSC 202L - Exercise Physiology Laboratory
0 credits

Will cover tests of exercise metabolism via oxygen uptake, muscle physiology and performance via electromyography and lactate production, anthropometry and body composition via standard anthropometric methods, resting and exercise respiration via standard spirometry and cardiovascular response to exercise via electrocardiography.

EXSC 203 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
2 credits

An introductory course to the field of athletic training. The role of the athletic trainer in relation to physicians and other health care providers, the coach and the athlete are explored. Topics covered in this course include medical terminology, emergency medical techniques, basic injury mechanisms and an introduction to recognition and treatment of common athletic injuries. Experience will be gained in basic taping techniques.

EXSC 206 - First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer
2 credits

The theory and practice of first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for the professional rescuer. Topics in the class include: one and two rescuer CPR, bag valve mask and pocket mask use, oxygen administration and AED administration. American Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED Certification for the professional rescuer is awarded upon successful completion of the necessary requirements.

EXSC 251 - Individual and Dual Sports and Activities
3 credits

Studies knowledge and skills involved in playing and teaching individual and dual sports and encouraging participation in individual and dual exercise activities. Emphasis on teaching the skills involved in individual and dual sports and activities and motivating people to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle through exercise. Includes techniques for special populations, cultures and ethnicities.

EXSC 252 - Team Sports
3 credits

Studies the knowledge and skills required for playing and teaching team sports and games.

EXSC 300 - Exercise Prescription
3 credits

Design, implementation and evaluation of exercise programs for all populations. Covers the basis for exercise prescription, the needs of special populations, gender issues, ethnicity issues and so forth. Emphasis involves the scientific application of training principles and safety.

EXSC 301 - Biomechanics
4 credits

Studies the mechanical basis of human motion based on Newtonian mechanics. Emphasis involves applying the laws of physics to sports and exercise.

EXSC 301L - Biomechanics Laboratory
0 credits

Covers the physics of human movement. Study will be augmented by laboratory experiences using high speed video, electromyography, kinematic analysis via computer digitized skills, kinetic analysis via load cells and a force platform.

EXSC 302 - Motor Development Across a Lifespan
3 credits

Motor skills or movement skills provide much of the means of human interaction with the environment. Studies the interaction of motor skills and the environment through birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, middle adulthood and old age. Emphasis involves recognition and analysis of the sequence of skill landmarks throughout the life span.

EXSC 303 - Nutrition
3 credits

Studies the role of food in metabolism and the interaction of food types with energy production, growth, development and weight control. Cultural issues of food and the social implications of diet and nutrient intake are emphasized.

EXSC 325 - Statistics and Research Methods in Exercise Science
4 credits

The course will provide a strong basic knowledge of statistics commonly used in research in the exercise sciences. Understanding of appropriate research design will be covered. A strong emphasis on reading current literature and the application of statistics will be made.

EXSC 340 - Motor Learning and Control
4 credits

Motor control & learning encompasses an area of study that explains how we coordinate the movement of our limbs and how we acquire new movement skills. This course explores the underlying neuro-anatomy of motor control and the fundamental concepts and processes of neuro-motor control, skill acquisition and skill retention. Students are taught how to assess motor skill proficiency and design training programs that optimize the quality and speed of skill acquisition. Emphasis is given to understanding the development and acquisition of skills that are relevant to the role of the Sport Scientist.

EXSC 350 - Movement Education in the Elementary School
2 credits

Movement education methods can enhance or replace traditional command-style teaching techniques. Studies the methods of movement problem solving and how a variety of educational goals can be achieved by movement education. Aquatic certification is required by the State of California for Physical Education Teachers. If a pool is acquired - aquatic certifications will replace this class as a requirement. Movement education may become an elective.

EXSC 351 - Folk and Square Dance
1 credit

Studies folk, social and square dances from many cultures. Emphasis on the history and cultural importance of dances and their role in serving social needs and providing cultural identities.

EXSC 352 - Adaptive Physical Education
3 credits

Covers the theory and techniques of providing physical activity for special populations. Emphasis on the interaction of physical/mental challenges and physical activity. Prerequisite ESSM 250, 251

EXSC 353 - Field Observations
2 credits

Students will observe community teachers and students in real physical education settings. The students will perform systematic observation of student and teacher conduct and meet once each week to discuss their observations.

EXSC 354 - Elementary School Physical Education
4 credits

Covers the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes in traditional and nontraditional activities and methods at the elementary school level.

EXSC 355 - Secondary School Physical Education
4 credits

Covers the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes in traditional and nontraditional activities and methods at the secondary school level.

EXSC 401 - Advanced Biomechanics
4 credits

Studies the three-dimensional mechanical aspects of human movement. Topics include gait analysis, mechanical properties of biological tissues, work-energy approach to movement analysis, inverse dynamics, ergonomics and postural sway.

EXSC 401 - Advanced Biomechanics Laboratory
0 credits

Use cutting-edge technologies to understand and analyze human movement. Technologies include high-speed motion analysis, electromyography, and force plates. Students will complete a semester-long research project in a topic of their choice.

EXSC 450 - History and Principles of Physical Education
3 credits

Studies the historical roots of physical education and sport. Emphasis on the history of physical education and sport in the development of societies from antiquity to current times.

EXSC 451 - Organization and Administration of Physical Education
2 credits

Covers the principles and methods of organizing and administering general education, physical recreation and interscholastic sports.

EXSC 452 - Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
3 credits

Covers the use of statistics to collect data, analyze the data and make decisions based on the data. Also covers the use of tests in physical education and sport. Emphasis on the reliability and validity of tests and appropriate methods for interpretation of test scores. Discussion of test issues that relate to gender, ethnicity, culture and others.

EXSC 470 - Advanced Exercise Physiology
4 credits

Builds on the concepts developed in ESSM 201. Emphasis covers physiological demands of exercise at terrestrial extremes (e.g., altitude, temperature, pressure, etc). Also covers the special physiology involved in high performance exercise and sport.

EXSC 470L - Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory
0 credits

Will cover physiological processes in more depth particularly exploring physiology at terrestrial extremes and sport and exercise high performance.

EXSC 473 - Sport and Exercise Psychology
4 credits

Covers a focused approach to the psychological preparation of athletes and the role of psychological predispositions and background in exercise adherence. Studies mental training, stress reduction, relaxation, imagery and ritualization. Cultural, ethnic and gender issues related to sport and exercise psychology are covered.

EXSC 480 - Social Psychology of Sport
4 credits

Studies the social significance of sports and how sport factors interrelate with the structures, relations and problems of society. Covers contemporary theories and methods of the social sciences as applied to sport.

EXSC 482 - Selected Topics
1 credit

EXSC 483 - Seminar
2-4 credits

EXSC 487 - Clinical Exercise Physiology
3 credits

This course will teach principles to manage exercise in persons with chronic disease or disability. Students will learn how to decrease physiologic limitations and improve physical capacity through specific exercise therapies. Students will learn how to define specific goals and choose appropriate training intensity, duration, and frequency for persons with chronic disease or disability.

EXSC 490 - Independent Study
1 credit

EXSC 492 - Internship
1 credit

Graded P / NP only.

EXSC 493 - Capstone Preparation
2 credits

This course covers the development, organization, conduct and presentation of a major research question which demonstrates mastery of a subject from the discipline of Exercise Science. The course involves preparation for completing a major research paper covering a student-selected (with faculty approval) topic.

EXSC 494 - Capstone
2 credits

Covers the development organization, conduct and presentation of a major research question based on all the previous work involved in course work and personal experiences. The course involves a major research paper covering a student-selected (with faculty approval) topic.

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