Western Kentucky University

Exercise Science Courses

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Course Descriptions

EXS 310. KINESIOLOGY. (3) Prerequisite: BIOL 131. Study of the anatomical, mechanical, and neuromuscular bases of human movement. Equivalent to PE 310.

EXS 311. PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE. (3) Prerequisites: BIOL 131 and EXS 223 or permission of instructor. A systemic study of the acute and chronic effects of exercise on the physiological function of the human body.

EXS 312. BASIC ATHLETIC TRAINING. (3) Prerequisites: PE 311 or EXS 311 and junior status. A study of the basic principles of athletic training including prevention, evaluation, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Equivalent to PE 312.

EXS 313. MOTOR LEARNING AND CONTROL. (3) Prerequisites: MATH 116 and EXS 223 and declared Exercise Science major and junior standing. Designed to help build a foundation of knowledge and practice in the theoretical and conceptual basis behind human acquisition and performance of motor skills. The goal of the course is to understand how the individual, motor skill, and environment work together when learning novel or improving previously learned motor skills.

EXS 324. MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION IN KINESIOLOGY. (3)  Prerequisites: MATH 116 and EXS 223 and declared Exercise Science major and junior standing A study of measurement tools and evaluation procedures used in the fields associated with kinesiology, including physical education, exercise science, and biomechanics. Equivalent to PE 324

EXS 325. APPLIED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY. (3) Prerequisites: EXS 311 and CHEM 109 or higher and declared Exercise Science major. Applied concepts introduced in exercise physiology and kinesiology. Aspects of the human body's reaction to differing exercise stressors. Emphasis on metabolic, musculoskeletal, and cardiorespiratory systems. Laboratory and field experience applying theoretical concepts of exercise physiology and kinesiology. Course Fee

EXS 412. EXERCISE TESTING & PRESCRIPTION. (0-4) Prerequisites: EXS 311 and declared Exercise Science major. Study and field experience in developing principles and practices of physical fitness in the private and corporate sector for the general population and special populations.

EXS 420. CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY. (0-4) Prerequisites: EXS 325; declared Exercise Science major. Principles of the clinical aspects of exercise physiology. Focuses primarily on the use of exercise in the treatment and diagnosis of various disease states, screening in risk stratification, and the ability to recognize and respond to emergency procedures.

EXS 425. EXERCISE BIOENERGETICS. (3) Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or higher and EXS 325 and declared Exercise Science major. Study of exercise metabolism during physical activity. Includes metabolic utilization of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins during anaerobic and aerobic exercise.

EXS 436. PRINCIPLES OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING. (3) Prerequisites: EXS 325 and declared Exercise Science major. Designed to develop knowledge of principles and practices in components of strength and condition. The aim of the course is to understand the process behind development, implementation, and evaluation of strength and conditional programs for elite, collegiate, high school, and/or recreational athletic populations.

EXS 446. BIOMECHANICS. (0-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 131 and MATH 116 and declared Exercise Science major and senior status. Designed to help build a foundation of knowledge and practice in the theoretical and conceptual basis of human movement. The goal of the course is to understand the influence of rigid-body mechanics on human movement and how manipulations of mechanical factors alter human movement. The secondary goal is to learn to quantitatively analyze human movement.

EXS 455. EXERCISE AND AGING. (3) Prerequisite: GERO 100 or EXS 223. Designed for students to gain a better understanding of the acute physiological responses and chronic adaptations associated with exercise in the aged population and the role of exercise in the aging process. Specific attention will be given to the mitigating role of exercise in certain diseases and disorders.

EXS 485. EXERCISE SCIENCE STUDY ABROAD. (1-3) Prerequisite: Must be in good standing, and obtain approval from the instructor. An exploration of the international offerings pertaining to the study of exercise science and sports medicine. Study abroad courses require travel to various international locations. Specific course offerings will be announced prior to the semester in which travel occurs. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours.

EXS 496. INTERNSHIP IN EXERCISE SCIENCE. (6) Prerequisites: EXS 296 and EXS 412 (pre or corequisite) and declared Exercise Science major and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of registration for EXS 496. Comprehensive practical experience in a selected Exercise Science environment. Development of practical skills with on-the-job experience. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

EXS 498. CAPSTONE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE. (6) Prerequisites: EXS 325, 412, senior standing, declared exercise science major and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at time of registration, and permission of instructor. This course is designed to allow students who have a strong interest in the research process, and who intend to pursue graduate studies in exercise physiology or a related discipline, to gain valuable laboratory experience by working directly with an exercise science faculty member on a semester-long research project. Students may take this course in place of completing an internship.

Click HERE for a detailed copy of the Exercise Science course requirements prior to Fall 2012

Exercise Science Program

EXS 310 Kinesiology (FA/SP)

EXS 311 Exercise Physiology (FA/SP)

EXS 312 Basic Athletic Training (Per department schedue)

EXS 313 Motor Learning and Control (SP/SU)

EXS 324 Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology (SP/SU)

EXS 325 Applied Exercise Physiology (FA/SP/SU)

EXS 412 Exercise Testing & Prescription-class/lab (FA/SP)

EXS 420 Clinical Exercise Physiology-class/lab (FA/SP)

EXS 436 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (FA/SP)

EXS 446 Biomechanics-class/lab (FA/SP)

EXS 455 Exercise and Aging (FA/SP)

EXS 496 Internship-300 work hours (FA/SP/SU)

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EXS 498 Capstone research Experience (FA/SP/SU)

*FA=Fall Semester; SP=Spring Semester; SU=Summer Semester

 Last Modified 5/27/14