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Movement Science Degree (B.S.), Exercise Science Concentration

Why Choose a Concentration in Exercise Science?

All students in the Department of Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies may apply to the Exercise Science Program (ESP). An Exercise Science major will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science with a concentration in Exercise Science.

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Requirements for the Exercise Science Major Concentration

Requirements for the Movement Science Major - 29 Credits

All majors in the department of Movement Science, Sports and Leisure Studies must complete the twenty-nine (29) credits of courses specified below. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the Major Core Classes is required to be eligible to graduate with a degree from the department.

    Major Core Classes

    • MOVP 0100 - Introduction to Exercise Science
    • MOVP 0105 - Foundations of Movement Science I
    • MOVP 0106 - Foundations of Movement Science II
    • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
    • MOVP 0203 - Motor Development and Behavior
    • MOVP 0204 - Kinesiology
    • MOVP 0205 - Physiology of Exercise

    Note:

    In order to progress through the major, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department as outlined in the Professional Development section below.

      Exercise Science Concentration

      The Exercise Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Commission on the Accreditation of the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). Upon successful completion of the program the student will have met the academic requirements necessary to sit for an examination for a nationally recognized certification in exercise and sport science.

      Exercise Science Concentration Entrance (Acceptance) Requirements

      All students in the Department of Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies may apply to the Exercise Science Program (ESP). Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science with a concentration in Exercise Science. The  number of students accepted will vary in accordance with retention and graduation rates.  The ESP is minimum 4-semester commitment, and, therefore, students are encouraged to apply during the end of first semester of their second year.

      Admissions Minimal Requirements

      Admission to the program is competitive, and based on the following criteria.  Students interested in applying for entrance to the Exercise Science Program must meet the following prerequisite requirements:

      1. Complete MOVP 0100 
      2. Be accepted into the Movement Science Major
      3. Enrolled in, or completed, MOVP 0101 
      4. Observation hours (minimum 20 hours at four different types of facilities)
      5. Current CPR and First Aid certification
      6. Member of Professional Organization
      7. Minimum overall GPA of 2.7

      Application materials may be found in the Exercise Science Program Manual.

      Transfer students will be considered on an individual basis based on University policies explained in the Admission section of this Bulletin, in addition to courses and clinical experiences completed at the previous institution. Any courses considered equivalent to the required courses must be presented to the Department Chair and/or Program Director(s) for approval prior to application. A copy of the course description, course syllabus and confirmation of grade/course completion is required for review.

      Once accepted into the Exercise Science Program, the student will be required to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the program as outlined in the Exercise Science Program Manual. Students must be granted Advanced Standing and complete an internship in order to graduate from the Exercise Science Program.

        Required Course List:

        The following is a listing of the Exercise Science concentration course requirements beyond those of the Movement Science core:

        • MOVP 0101 - Professional Issues in Exercise Science
        • MOVP 0107 - Exercise Injuries: Prevention and Treatment
        • MOVP 0183 - Relaxation Techniques
        • MOVP 0212 - Concepts of Nutrition
        • MOVP 0255 - Functional Anatomy
        • MOVP 0292 - Principles of Group Exercise Programming
        • MOVP 0305 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning
        • MOVP 0320 - Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
        • MOVP 0321 - Organization and Administration for Exercise Science
        • MOVP 0331 - Sport and Exercise Psychology
        • MOVP 0328 - Fitness/Rehab for Special Populations
        • MOVP 0335 - Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health
        • MOVP 0390 - Senior Seminar in Exercise Science
        • 4-12 Credits of the following: MOVP 0397 or MOVP 0399 

        Note:

        Additional information about the Exercise Science Program may be found in the Exercise Science Program Manual.

          Professional Development Procedures

          In order to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department.

            Intermediate Standing

            Requirements for Intermediate Standing to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors.

            • Minimum GPA of 2.3 in the following courses:
            • MOVP 0100 - Introduction to Exercise Science
            • MOVP 0105 - Foundations of Movement Science I
            • MOVP 0106 - Foundations of Movement Science II
            • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning or MOVP 203
            • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
            • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
            • Additional Requirements (all Movement Science/Athletic Training majors):Personal Statement Resume First Aid / CPR Certification Membership in a professional organization Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points Two (2) Faculty Recommendations Two (2) examples of best work Additional Requirements (specific to Physical Education concentration):Students must show proof of registration and/ore scores for the Communication (Reading) and Literacy (Writing) portion of the MTEL tests Students must keep a monthly fitness log using a logging system approved by the Coordinator of the Physical Education program Keep a record of competencies met for NASPE standards Students progress toward meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits).  All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher candidacy.   Please see section on Licensure for Teaching under Academic Policies.

            Advanced Standing

            Advanced Standing is required for those completing an internship, ATEP clinical experience, or student teaching practicum. The requirements are as follows:

            • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major core area (29 credits)
            • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in the courses in the concentration (Placement in the Teaching Practicum requires a 2.8)
            • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8
            • Personal Statement
            • Resume
            • First Aid / CPR Certification
            • Membership in a professional organization
            • Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points (in addition to those earned for Intermediate Standing)
            • Three (3) Faculty Recommendations and two (2) additional recommendations from outside the department
            • Five (5) samples of best written work
            • Supervising Practitioner Recommendations

            Additional information can be found in the MSSLS Department manual.

              Additional Graduation Requirements

              All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .