Exercise Science is the study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement. The Exercise Science Major is a science-oriented curriculum that prepares students for graduate study in exercise science/kinesiology, athletic training, physical therapy, and related health fields. In addition, graduates may pursue careers as strength and conditioning specialists, cardiac technicians, individual and group exercise prescription specialists, and home health-care workers. The program requires and recommends coursework in health sciences as well as anatomy, chemistry, physics, statistics, physiology, and psychology, culminating in a practical hands-on internship experience.

All Exercise Science majors complete a 46-hour of Exercise Science Core (required courses) in addition to choosing at least one area of emphasis: Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Physical Therapy, and/or Kinesiology. Eighteen hours of major requirements meet general education requirements.

Health Sciences Courses
HS 161Medical Terminology1
HS 162Introduction to Interprofessional Health Sciences1
HS 165Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training3
HS 168Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury3
HS 201Physiology of Exercise3
HS 202Nutrition 13
HS 251Kinesiology3
HS 454Measurement, Research, Statistics and Technology3
HS 490Seminar in Interprofessional Health Sciences1
Biology
BIO 111General Biology 14
BIO 340Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 341Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Math
MA 285XStatistics 14
Bioethics
BE 474XIntroduction to Bioethics3
or BE 476X Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
Psychology
PSY 140Introduction to Psychology 13
HPW 228XSport and Wellness Psychology3
Total Hours46

Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis

The Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis is designed to combine a solid theoretical science foundation with practical training needed to give students a competitive edge for continuing on to the graduate program in Athletic Training at TIU.

Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis24
CH 103Introduction to Chemistry 14
CH 203Essentials of Organic Biochemistry4
PHY 111General Physics I4
PHY 112General Physics II4
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
HS 351Biomechanics3
HS 480Professional Rotation in Health Sciences 11
or HS 5111 Athletic Training Clinical I
Highly Recommended Athletic Training courses
BIO 310Microbiology4
HS 365Motor Learning and Lifespan Development3
HS 370Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation3
HS 380Advanced Functional Anatomy3
Choose one:3
Child Development
Psychology of Adolescence
Adult Development

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis

The Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis is designed to combine a solid theoretical science foundation with practical training needed to give students a competitive edge for acceptance to professional physical therapy programs.

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis30
CH 111General Chemistry I 14
CH 112General Chemistry II4
CH 203Essentials of Organic Biochemistry4
PHY 111General Physics I4
PHY 112General Physics II4
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
HS 480Professional Rotation in Health Sciences1-6
BIO 410Biology Seminar1
Choose one:4
Microbiology
Immunology
and Immunology Case Studies Laboratory
Developmental Biology
Highly Recommended Pre-Physical Therapy Courses
HS 370Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation3
HS 365Motor Learning and Lifespan Development3
HS 351Biomechanics3
PSY 335Child Development3
PSY 337Psychology of Adolescence3
PSY 339Adult Development3

Kinesiology Emphasis

The Kinesiology Emphasis is designed to prepare students with the tools necessary to become experts in the field of strength and conditioning, whether working with athletes, in a health club, or conducting research.

Kinesiology Emphasis24
CH 103Introduction to Chemistry 14
HPWA 104Beginning Weight Training1
HPWA 204Advanced Weight Training1
HPW 220Practicum in Sport and Wellness Management3
HS 351Biomechanics3
HS 446Field Internship9
HS 455Advanced Strength Training and Program Design3
Highly Recommended Kinesiology Courses
CH 203Essentials of Organic Biochemistry4
HS 370Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation3
HS 380Advanced Functional Anatomy3
HS 402Sport Nutrition3
1

Fulfills a general education requirement