Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS)


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1301 [PHED 1164, 1238, 1301]. Introduction to Exercise Science (3). An introduction to the professions in the exercise sciences, including the history, ideas, events, people, and programs that shaped those professions.

1302. Introduction to Sport Management (3). Overview of the various components, contexts, and functions of the sport industry.



2199. Practicum in Athletic Training (1). Student athletic trainers will gain knowledge and practical skills working with intercollegiate athletic teams under the supervision of certified athletic trainers.


3301. Introduction to Biomechanics (3). Prerequisite: ZOOL 2403 or equivalent and a C or better in ESS 1301. The mechanical analysis of human motion with emphasis on biomechanical principles and techniques.

3303. Motor Learning (3). A study of the many aspects of learning and performance of motor skills. (Writing Intensive)

3305. Exercise Physiology (3). rerequisite: ZOOL 2403 or equivalent and a C or better in ESS 1301. Study of the physiological response to exercise with emphasis on bioenergetics, neuroendocrine activity, skeletal muscle function, and the cardiopulmonary system.

3314. Life Span Motor Development (3). Examines factors that influence motor development from conception through adulthood. Discusses theoretical perspectives and practical applications of motor development principles throughout the life span. (Writing Intensive)

3318. Exercise and Sport Psychology (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1301. Emphasis on the social and psychological factors pertaining to participation in sport and exercise.

3321. First Aid (3). Skills and knowledge in First Aid and CPR. American Red Cross certification is possible.

3322. Resistance Training and Conditioning (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1301 and ZOOL 2403 or equivalent. Principles of resistance training and other methods of physical conditioning with emphasis on program planning and implementation.

3323. Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ZOOL 2403 or equivalent. An introduction to athletic training and the qualifications and functions of the athletic trainer including emphasis on common athletic injuries.

3335. Health and Physical Education for Children (3). Prerequisite: Junior standing. Knowledge and experiences in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate health and physical education programs for early childhood settings and elementary schools.

3342. Principles of Teaching Skill Themes and Movement Concepts (3). Knowledge and experiences in teaching skill themes and movement concepts. (Writing Intensive)

3345. Adapted Physical Activities (3). Theory, practice, and instructional strategies as they pertain to the teaching of individuals with disabilities in the physical education environment.

3346. Anatomical Kinesiology (3). Prerequisite: ZOOL 2403 or equivalent and a C or better in ESS 1301. Study of movement-specific musculoskeletal anatomical structures and the respective neuromuscular fundamentals associated with movement analysis and their application to performance-based human movement.

3347. Physiological Application of Nutrition to Exercise and Physical Activity (3). Physiological application to exercise and physical activity of nutritional strategies for energy systems, body composition and weight management, and exercise recovery and muscular health.

3348. Youth Conditioning (3). An exploration and examination of the scientific principles underpinning the field of youth fitness and sport training. Students will learn to apply these principles practically.

3352. Gender Issues in Sport (3). Examination of the ways sport experiences differ for males and females emphasizing historical, social, behavioral, and physiological dimensions. (WS 3307)

3354. Sport in World Cultures (3). Historical and philosophical aspects of contemporary sport and leisure patterns across cultures, emphasizing the role of sport in society.

3356. Principles of Sport Coaching (3). Principles of effective coaching including team motivation and organization, managing coach - athletic relationships, and administering personnel, facilities, and contests.

3368. Exercise Testing and Prescription (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 3305.. Physiological theory and its practical application to exercise testing and prescription. Emphasis on hands-on physiological testing.

3374. Personnel Management in Sport (3). Prerequisite: ESS 1302. An overview of interpersonal, cultural, and legal aspects of managing human resources within sport organizations.

3401. Introduction to Motor Behavior (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1301 and ZOOL 2403 or equivalent. Introduction to the discipline of motor behavior which covers mechanisms of movement: coordination, control, skill acquisition (learning), and motor changes through the lifespan (development)



4000. Independent Study (V1-6). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. A structured independent study under the guidance of a faculty member.

4075. Internship in Exercise Science (V1-6). Prerequisite: Senior standing. Provides work-related experiences in physical activity, exercise, health promotion, and related exercise science organizations, including commercial, corporate, and clinical settings.

4076. Sport Management Internship (V1-6). Prerequisite: Senior standing; acceptance into the Sport Management program; C or better in ESS 1302 and departmental approval. Students may complete an internship prior to completion of the program. This serves as the student's integrative and capstone experience.

4325. Advanced Techniques of Athletic Training (3). Prerequisite: ESS 3323. Administration of an athletic training program. Includes the use of therapeutic modalities and the advanced care, prevention, and treatment of athletic injuries.

4326. Practicum in Athletic Training (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 3323 and ESS 4325 and departmental approval. Supervised clinical experience in athletic training. May be repeated once for credit.

4327. Therapeutic Exercise and Modalities (3). Prerequisites: C or better in ESS 3323 and instructor consent. Examines therapeutic modalities and rehabilitative techniques to reduce trauma and pain and to restore normal function following traumatic or overuse injury.

4345. Assessment of Physical Performance (3). Methods of measurement and evaluation, including statistical applications, used in assessing fitness and motor skills.

4353. Social Issues in Sport (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1302 or consent of instructor. Analysis and understanding of various ways in which cultural, racial, and socio-economic diversity impacts those within sport. Fulfills multicultural requirement.

4355. Sporting Facilities and Event Management (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1302. Examination of principles, practices, and procedures of managing sporting events and sport related facilities.

4356. Fundamentals of Sports Marketing (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1302. Overview and application of principles of marketing of various sport products and sporting events.

4357. Financial and Economic Aspects of Sport (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1302. Examination and application of financial and economic principles and theories within the sport industry.

4358. Leadership and Management in Sport (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1302. Fundamental concepts and theories for management in sport programs.

4359. Sport Law and Governance (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1302. Overview of relevant legal theories within various sectors of the sport industry and how these legal issues affect governance of sport organizations.

4363. Principles and Theories in Exercise Psychology (3). Psychological principles and theories regarding antecedents and consequences of exercise behaviors that can be applied to healthy individuals and clinical populations. (Writing Intensive)

4368. Applied Exercise Physiology (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 3305. Examination of physiological adaptations to exercise training in health and disease along with physiological responses to environmental stress.

4372. Management in Exercise Science Programs (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1301. Applied knowledge and roles of exercise science professionals in a variety of settings, emphasizing development, management, and marketing of these facilities and programs.

4373. Sales and Fundraising in Sport (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1302. Students learn about client-focused selling and fundraising in the sport industry and the importance of understanding client needs and motivations for buying and donating.

4374. International Sport Management (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1302. An overview of the global sport industry from both cultural and economic perspectives and the globalization of American sports.

4377. Sport for Development (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 1302. Students may complete a service learning experience working closely with a sport organization to serve as an integrative experience.

4392. Research Methods (3). Prerequisite: Junior standing and C or better in ESS 1301 or ESS 1302. Research methods, designs, - analysis and interpretation of data. (Writing Intensive)

4395. Senior Research Project (3). Prerequisites: C or better in ESS 4392 and consent of instructor. Student conducted and faculty supervised research project in exercise and sport sciences. Student must consult with a faculty advisor regarding project topic.

4398. Seminar in Exercise and Sport Sciences (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing. Selected topics in exercise and sport including fitness, health, and human performance. May be repeated once for credit.

4445. School-Based Physical Education (4). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 2245. Theory, practice, and instructional methodologies appropriate for teaching physical education in school settings. (Writing Intensive)

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5002. Clinical Internship (V1-6). Prerequisites: Nine hours of graduate work in kinesiology. One credit hour is equal to 100 hours of on-site experience in a hospital setting specializing in exercise for rehabilitation.

5003. Internship in Sports Administration (V1-6). Prerequisites: 18-24 hours of approved coursework in sports administration and departmental approval. A maximum of 6 hours credit may be earned in one or more semesters.

5031. Independent Study (V1-6). A structured independent study under the guidance of a member of the graduate faculty. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 6 hours.

5302. Motor Control (3). Provides an examination of the neural structure and processes involved in the control of movement and in the maintenance of body posture.

5303. Psychology of Sport (3). Theory and practice of the major psychological dimensions underlying the behavior of the coach and athlete in the sport context.

5305. Motor Learning (3). The study of the principles and concepts of human behavior related to and affected by human movement with emphasis on motor skill learning.

5306. Biomechanics (3). A study of the laws and principles governing human motion. Analysis of human movement across the age span and applicable for people with or without special needs.

5307. Motor Development (3). The study of human development from conception through adulthood. Examines and discusses theoretical perspectives and motor development research throughout the life span.

5309. Children in Sport (3). The study of the physiological, psychological, and sociological variables that influence children's participation in sport.

5310. Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System (3). Structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. Emphasis on tissue loading, joint and muscle function, and biomechanical considerations for human performance and injury prevention.

5312. Behavioral and Psychological Aspects of Exercise (3). The study of psychological processes and behaviors as they relate to exercise adoption, participation, and adherence. Motivation, personality, and behavior modification research will be discussed.

5313. Applied Psychology of Sport (3). Applied aspects of psychological skills in sport and exercise and how individuals can use these skills to positively affect sport and exercise participation, performance, motivations, and enjoyment.

5314. Methods in Biomechanics Research (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 5306 or consent of instructor. Examination of methods of research, instrumentation, and quantitative application of kinematic and kinetic concepts in the biomechanical analysis of human movement.

5315. Research Methods in Exercise and Sport Sciences I (3). Basic concepts of research methods, research design, treatment and interpretation of data.

5316. Research Methods in Exercise and Sport Sciences II (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ESS 5315. Advanced and applied concept of research methods, research design, treatment and interpretation of data.

5317. Seminar in Exercise and Sport Sciences (3). Specific research topics in exercise and sport sciences will be studied. May be repeated for credit.

5320. Sport Leadership (3). The study of leadership theory and its application to the effective management of sport programs. The course will also examine current sport leadership research.

5321. Financial Management in Sport (3). Prerequisite: sport management track and instructor consent. Financial concepts and issues related to the sport industry, including methods and sources of revenue acquisition, financial analysis techniques, and economic impact.

5322. Management of Sport and Athletics (3). Methods of organizing and administering sport and athletic programs. Study of staff, program, budget, health and safety, facilities, publicity, history, duties of an athletic director, and national, state, and local controls.

5324. Marketing and Promotion in Sport (3). Prerequisite: Sport Management majors or instructor consent. Understanding the sport industry. Developing knowledge and skills of marketing process in sport operations. Sport sponsorship, promotion, and public relations.

5325. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sport (3). Ethical theory and professional ethics of sport managers. The principles of laws (constitutional, tort, contractual, labor, and antitrust laws, etc.) effecting sport management.

5327. Sport Facility Planning and Management (3). Prerequisite: sport management track only. Principles, terminology, and standards for planning, construction, use, and maintenance of facilities.

5328. Sport in American Culture (3). Analysis of the place of sport in American society and the impact of sport on American culture.

5329. Sport Event Management (3). The study of management principles and procedures specific to the design, operation, and implementation of sporting events.

5330. Health Issues for the Active Female (3). The Female Athlete Triad is targeted. The triad consists of: (1) energy deficiency with or without disordered eating; (2) menstrual disturbances/amenorrhea; and (3) bone loss/osteoporosis.

5332. Applied Physiology of Exercise (3). Application of the principles of exercise physiology to assess health, fitness, muscle metabolism, and physiological adaptations with exercise training.

5334. Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription (3). Prerequisite: Knowledge of EKG or ESS 5337. Study of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases with concentration on the recommendations for exercise in clinical populations.

5335. Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology (3). Structure and function of the human cardiopulmonary system during exercise.

5336. Skeletal Muscle Physiology (3). Structural and functional characteristics of skeletal muscle and the regulation of energy pathways that support muscle contractile activity.

5337. Electrocardiography (3). The art and science of the interpretation of the 12-lead electrocardiogram and the underlying cardiovascular physiology is highlighted. ACLS emergency drugs are emphasized.

5339. Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology (3). Selected research methods used in the quantitative assessment of exercise tolerance, muscle metabolism, and training adoptions.

5353. Assessment of Muscular Performance (3). Details the techniques used to assess human performance with an emphasis on athletic performance testing and tools.

5355. Program Design for Strength and Conditioning (3). Examines the outcomes associated with different strength training and conditioning regimens.

5357. Applied Anatomy and Neuromuscular Performance (3). Examines the basic and applied principles of neuromuscular performance and the effects of exercise applications on the functioning of the neuromuscular system.



6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).



7000. Research (V1-12).

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