Exercise Science Major (B.S.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

The Exercise Science degree prepares students for employment in a variety of health-related settings in corporate, clinical, commercial, community and private health clubs as well as health/fitness related sales positions, including those in the pharmaceutical industry. This program provides students with a strong scientific and practical knowledge-base, preparing them with competencies to design, instruct and implement fitness programs.With additional prerequisites, the Exercise Science program also prepares students for a degree in Physical Therapy.

EXERCISE SCIENCE MAJOR

Complete 77 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED THEORY COURSES

    Complete the following for 23 semester hours:

    HLTH 101 Personal Health Issues (3 hours lecture) 3
    HPEM 150 Principles and Practice of Emergency Care (3 hours lecture) 3
    HPEM 199 Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education (1 hour seminar) 1
    HPEM 355 Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    HPEM 356 Management of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Fitness Programs (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 320 Physiology of Exercise (3.0 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab) 4
    PEMJ 321 Kinesiology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 324 Basic Motor Learning (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. REQUIRED ACTIVITY COURSES

    Complete the following for 16 semester hours: .

    EXSC 151 Yoga, Relaxation and Stress Reduction (1 hour lab. Starting Fall 2015: 1.5 hours lab) 1
    EXSC 231 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (3 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab) 4
    EXSC 233 Leadership in Aerobic Exercise (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
    EXSC 234 Leadership in Anaerobic Exercise (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab) 3
    EXSC 300 Seminar I in Exercise Science (2 hours lecture) 2
    PEMJ 131 Fitness Activities (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
  3. THEORY SPECIALIZATION CORE

    Complete 2 requirements:

    1. Complete the following for 12 semester hours:

      EXSC 420 Theories in Strength and Conditioning (3 hours lecture) 3
      EXSC 430 Exercise for Special Populations (3 hours lecture) 3
      EXSC 475 Foundations and Practices in Cardiac Rehabilitation (3 hours lecture) 3
      EXSC 476 Seminar II in Exercise Science (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete for 8 semester hours - 9 semester hours.

      EXSC 480 Internship in Exercise Science (8 hours internship) 8-9
  4. EXERCISE SCIENCE COLLATERAL COURSES

    Complete the following for 18 semester hours:

    BIOL 244 Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
    BIOL 245 Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
    CHEM 113 Fundamentals of Chemistry (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory) 4
    NUFD 182 Nutrition (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

BIOL244: Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The structure and function of the cell, tissue and organ systems-integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory and respiratory. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval; non-majors only.

BIOL245: Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The structure and function of the organ systems - nervous, excretory, endocrine, digestive and reproductive. Not for biology majors. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 244; non-majors only; departmental approval.

CHEM113: Fundamentals of Chemistry (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)

A one semester introductory lecture and laboratory course in the fundamental concepts of chemistry. This course is suitable for students who have no prior background in chemistry. It is intended for students majoring in Food and Nutrition and other non-science majors. Some aspects of the course are quantitative, and a background in algebra is assumed. This course prepares students to proceed to CHEM 130 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4 sh.

EXSC151: Yoga, Relaxation and Stress Reduction (1 hour lab. Starting Fall 2015: 1.5 hours lab)

Provides for the development of basic skills in the performance and teaching of hatha yoga and basic neuromuscular relaxation. Each student will be able to plan and implement stress reduction programs for individuals in a one-to-one counseling situation and teach sessions in a classroom format. Previous course PEMJ 151 effective through Winter 2012. 1 sh.

EXSC231: Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (3 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab)

This course provides the student with the knowledge and basic skills necessary to effectively perform a variety of fitness evaluations prior to the development of individualized exercise recommendations tailored to the needs and goals of each client. Students will be exposed to all aspects of equipment and instrumentation commonly used in the fitness industry to determine cardiovascular and neuromuscular fitness. In addition, assessment protocols for estimating body composition and flexibility will also be reviewed. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Exercise Science. Previous course PEMJ 231 effective through Winter 2012. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 131, Exercise Science (ESCI) or Adult Fitness (PEAF) majors only and permission from the department. Starting Winter 2016: PEMJ 131 and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only and departmental approval.

EXSC233: Leadership in Aerobic Exercise (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

Students will acquire skills in performing, demonstrating, and teaching aerobic activities. Previous course PEMJ 233 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 131; Exercise Science (ESCI) or Adult Fitness (PEAF) majors only and permission from the department. Starting Winter 2016: PEMJ 131; and Exercise Science (ESCI), Physical Education w/ conc: Adult Fitness (PEAF) majors only and departmental approval.

EXSC234: Leadership in Anaerobic Exercise (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab)

Students will acquire skills in performing, demonstrating, and teaching strength training and anaerobic conditioning. Previous course PEMJ 234 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 131 and Exercise Science (ESCI) or Adult Fitness (PEAF) majors only and permission from the department. Starting Winter 2016: PEMJ 131 and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only and departmental approval.

EXSC300: Seminar I in Exercise Science (2 hours lecture)

This course provides the student with the knowledge and basic skills necessary to evaluate potential career choices in the exercise science and fitness industries. Students will visit and observe a variety of fitness related work sites and then apply this knowledge as they engage in real and practical leadership experiences while under the supervision of a fitness professional. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: EXSC 231 and EXSC 233 and EXSC 234 and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only and departmental approval.

EXSC420: Theories in Strength and Conditioning (3 hours lecture)

An advanced course about the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning and their application to athletic performance. Students examine the effects of both acute and chronic anaerobic training on several physiological systems. Students also investigate the bioenergetics, biomechanics, and administrative concerns of anaerobic training. Additionally, students analyze the effects of age, sex, performance-enhancing substances, nutrition, and psychology on athletic performance. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 320 and PEMJ 321. Starting Winter 2016: PEMJ 320 and PEMJ 321; and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only and departmental approval.

EXSC430: Exercise for Special Populations (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the student with the knowledge to apply principles of personalized fitness to individuals in special populations. Students examine responses to exercise and special considerations for individuals of varying age (children, older adults) and clinical conditions other than heart disease (arthritis, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, obesity, osteoporosis, pregnancy, pulmonary disease). Emphasis is placed on preparing students to develop safe and effective exercise programs for individuals with special needs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 320 or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: PEMJ 320 and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only and departmental approval.

EXSC475: Foundations and Practices in Cardiac Rehabilitation (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the student with the knowledge and basic skills necessary for patient care in a cardiac rehabilitation setting. Students examine the underlying pathology of coronary disease and learn to apply concepts of exercise testing and exercise prescription to patients in this population. Substantial time is allotted to developing student competences in electrocardiographic interpretation necessary for patient monitoring during exercise. Previous course PEMJ 375 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 320 or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: PEMJ 320 and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only and departmental approval.

EXSC476: Seminar II in Exercise Science (3 hours lecture)

This course is specifically designed to allow the Exercise Science major to synthesize information from a series of background topics. Presented in a seminar format, this course will include discussions regarding: the role of the exercise practitioner, critical health issues as they relate to exercise, evaluation of criteria for individual and group exercise programs in a variety of settings, individual factors which influence participation and adherence to exercise programming and professional preparation for employment in health and fitness industry. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EXSC 300 and EXSC 420 and EXSC 430 and EXSC 475 and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only and departmental approval.

EXSC480: Internship in Exercise Science (8 hours internship)

The internship offers the student an opportunity to work as a trainee with professionals in organizations and/or agencies. Previous course PEMJ 380 effective through Winter 2012. 8 - 9 sh.

Prerequisites: EXSC 300 and EXSC 476; Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only and departmental approval.

HLTH101: Personal Health Issues (3 hours lecture)

Personal Health Issues examines health through six interrelated dimensions: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal and social, and environmental. This course examines how health choices impact society and the health of a community. Additionally, health policies and societal health issues are examined for their impact on the individual. This course emphasizes contemporary health issues using the national initiative Health People 2010 as a framework. Assessing health status, increasing health competencies to enhance decision-making skills, eliciting health-promoting behaviors, and interpreting existing and proposed social actions that ultimately affect individual, family, community and environmental health are central focuses of this course. 3 sh.

HPEM150: Principles and Practice of Emergency Care (3 hours lecture)

Provides for study of emergency care management. Provides knowledge and skills for teaching principles and practices of emergency care in a school or adult fitness setting. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Starting Winter 2016: Exercise Science (ESCI) or Physical Education w/ conc: Adult Fitness (PEAF) majors only or departmental approval.

HPEM199: Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education (1 hour seminar)

A professional orientation and an introduction to the breadth of the field of health and physical education in schools, industry and community agencies. Special emphasis is given to the program at Montclair State University. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - New Student Seminar. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physical Education. 1 sh.

HPEM355: Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education (3 hours lecture)

Tests and measurements specifically concerned with the areas of health and physical education. Tests and measurements as tools for better teaching as well as for research. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 103 or MATH 104 or MATH 106 or MATH 109. Starting Winter 2016: MATH 103 or MATH 104 or MATH 106 or MATH 109 and PEMJ 200 or EXSC 231 or departmental approval.

HPEM356: Management of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Fitness Programs (3 hours lecture)

Comprehensive information about the management of health and physical education, athletics, and fitness programs. Current trends, practices and support services essential to the development of these programs will be examined. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior standing. Starting Winter 2016: Junior standing. PEMJ 200 or EXSC 231.

NUFD182: Nutrition (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to give students a general knowledge of the components of the food we eat, the nutrients necessary for a healthy life, the functions of nutrients and the interrelationships and metabolism of nutrients. The factors which influence the recommended dietary intake of nutrients, and theories and guidelines for screening nutrition risk and disease and prevention are presented. 3 sh.

PEMJ131: Fitness Activities (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

A comprehensive course to provide the student with knowledge needed for developmental programming of personalized fitness activities utilizing all modes of fitness training. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Physical Education (PEDU), Health and Physical Education (HLPE), Teaching (TEPE/TEHP/TPED/TPHH), Physical Education (PHED), Physical Education w/CONC: Phys Actvty in Ed Setng (PHAE), Physical Education w/CONC: Coaching (PHCO), Physical Education w/conc: AdultFitnessProgram (PEAF), Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only or permission from the department. Starting Winter 2016: Physical Education (PEDU), Health and Physical Education (HLPE), Teaching (TEPE/TEPH/TPED/TPHH), Physical Science (PHED), Physical Education w/ conc: Phys Actvty in Ed Setting (PHAE), Physical Education w/ conc: Coaching (PHCO), Physical Education (PEBM), Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only or departmental approval.

PEMJ320: Physiology of Exercise (3.0 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab)

The physiological effects of physical activity upon the human organism. The reaction of exercises of speed, strength, and endurance upon the muscular and circulo-respiratory systems. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245, for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PHED and PHAE) majors only. Starting Winter 2016: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245 for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PEDU), Health and Physical Education (HLPE), Teaching (TEPE/TEPH/TPED/TPHH), Physical Science (PHED), Physical Education w/ conc: Phys Actvty in Ed Setting (PHAE), Physical Education w/ conc: Coaching (PHCO), Physical Education (PEBM) majors only or departmental approval.

PEMJ321: Kinesiology (3 hours lecture)

An overview of the integrated functioning of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and the biomechanical principles governing efficient movement, in order to effectively analyze the performance of motor skills. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245, for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PHED and PHAE) majors only. Starting Winter 2016: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245 for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PEDU), Health and Physical Education (HLPE), Teaching (TEPE/TEPH/TPED/TPHH), Physical Science (PHED), Physical Education w/ conc: Phys Actvty in Ed Setting (PHAE), Physical Education w/ conc: Coaching (PHCO), Physical Education (PEBM) majors only or departmental approval.

PEMJ324: Basic Motor Learning (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students with knowledge of the theoretical basis of human learning and performance in motor activity. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245, for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Excercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PHED and PHAE) majors only. Starting Winter 2016: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245 for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PEDU), Health and Physical Education (HLPE), Teaching (TEPE/TEPH/TPED/TPHH), Physical Science (PHED), Physical Education w/ conc: Phys Actvty in Ed Setting (PHAE), Physical Education w/ conc: Coaching (PHCO), Physical Education (PEBM) majors only or departmental approval.

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior and surveys major topics within the diverse discipline of psychology. Topics covered will come from each of four core areas offered by the psychology department: Social/Applied (e.g., Social, Industrial-Organizational, Health), Biological Basis of Behavior (e.g., Physiology, Perception, Motivation/Emotion, Comparative Animal Behavior), Cognition (e.g., Learning and Memory, Conditioning and Learning, Cognition, Language) and Personality (e.g., Personality, Abnormal, Development). Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science for non-psychology majors only. 3 sh.