Exercise Science Course Descriptions

Exercise Science Course Descriptions

EXSC 100 First Year Experience Seminar (1 Credit)

First Year Experience Seminar is designed to assist all new students with their pursuit of academic excellence and successful social and academic transition into the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The course will also provide an opportunity for students to make a seamless transition from high school to college. Essential skills for transition will be explored and discussed. This course will assist students in developing cognitive skills and in adjusting personally and socially to the college environment.

Additionally, this course will facilitate self-awareness, interpersonal communication and critical thinking skills. Required of all first-year students.

EXSC 111 Personal Health and Fitness (3 Credits)

This course will introduce students to the principles and practices that affect human health. Students will participate in various physical fitness and laboratory activities. The course covers topics such as the components of fitness, stress management, nutrition and weight management, disease progression, and the dimensions of wellness.

EXSC 200 Introduction to Exercise Science (3 Credits)

This course is an overview of the field of Exercise Science; its development, professional activities and sub disciplines. The course is designed to expose students to important aspects of sub disciplines, including areas of study, technology, certifications, professional associations, and career opportunities in Exercise Science. The course helps students develop an appreciation for the history of, as well as current and future trends in Exercise Science.

EXSC 202 Personal and Community Health (3 Credits)

This course is designed to help students master personal health concepts, and learn how wellness can be achieved through a behavior change plan. Student will also gain an understanding of community health assessments, and participate in learning group activities to enhance critical thinking.

EXSC 222 Intermediate Swimming (1 Credit)

This course focuses on aquatic physical activity with emphasis on the development of basic swimming skills as well as the standard swimming strokes. Water safety will also be emphasized.

EXSC 252 Sport Psychology (3 Credits)

This course provides an understanding of the psychological aspects of participation in sport and physical activity settings. This course also includes in-depth analyses of applied sport psychology research.

EXSC 265 Contemporary Issues in Kinesiology (3 Credits)

This course provides opportunities for students to investigate and learn first-hand information about developing issues in the area of Kinesiology. These topics include social activism in the Olympics, drugs and doping in sports, youth fitness and sports, sports business and industry, student-athlete issues, and new scientific findings and technologies in Kinesiology. Students will also discuss topics relating to equality, diversity, and inclusion in sports with various types of discrimination revolving around age, gender, race, religion, disability, and others. Students will research and exchange ideas through class discussions.

EXSC 302 Sport Medicine and First Aid (3 Credits)

This course covers first aid and emergency concepts of life-threatening and non-life-threatening sports related injuries and illnesses. It includes CPR skills and initial and secondary assessments; first aid for wounds, burns, heat illnesses, and cold illnesses; and injuries to the head, spine, chest, and extremities.

EXSC 332 Exercise Physiology (4 Credits)

This course covers basic human physiology with an emphasis on the physiological changes and responses to physical activity and exercise. Students will learn about exercise metabolism and the effect of exercise on the pulmonary, cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems. Students also will learn about body composition components and assessments. The laboratory component of the course will focus on the assessment of physical activity and measurement of the physiological adaptations to exercise.

EXSC 355 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3 Credits)

This course provides an understanding of individualized exercise prescription and program development to promote physical fitness. Testing of physical fitness components and evaluation strategies will be covered in lectures and labs. Emphasis is placed on the design and implementation of exercise programs for healthy and special populations based on appropriate screening, safety, and testing procedures.

EXSC 360 Online Exercise and Sport Nutrition (3 Credits)

This course provides an understanding of the interactions between nutrition and the demands of exercise and sport. This course expands on basic nutrition concepts by exploring the unique nutritional needs of those in sports. Emphasis is placed on energy requirements, principles of a balanced diet, ergogenic aids, pre- and post-activity meals, vitamins and minerals, hydration, and other nutritional concepts.

EXSC 411 Applied Kinesiology (4 Credits)

This course covers the study of the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system. It provides a review of the joint motion and forces, as well as the application of mechanical principles as it relates to human movement and exercise.

EXSC 445 Online Health Aspects of Aging (3 Credits)

This course provides an understanding of the biology, physiology, and pathophysiology of aging in adults. This course incorporates the health and disease process of aging and how this relates to physical activity in the adult lifespan. The effects of acute and chronic exercise on the aging process and the role of physical activity on quality of life will also be emphasized.

EXSC 455 Online Health Fitness Management (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to introduce management practices and operational issues in health and fitness facilities. Topics range from recruitment and development of staff to marketing and generating revenue. The basic financial operations, facility management, and maintenance will also be discussed. The course will provide a means of evaluating existing programs while strategically planning for future programs.

EXSC 464 Online Adult Health Fitness Programming (3 Credits)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction of worksite health promotion programs by combining theory and practice. Students will gain the essential knowledge and skills to promote individual health at the worksite through research and practice. Students will also learn how various workplaces promote the employee’s health with the health promotion program.

EXSC 475 Advanced Strength and Conditioning (3 Credits)

This course provides students with the foundational knowledge for developing and implementing anaerobic training programs. Emphasis is placed on understanding physiological adaptations and considerations in program design. Topics such as performance-enhancing substances, test selection and administration, and exercise technique are also covered.

EXSC 490 Internship in Kinesiology (6 Credits)

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn skills and to gain professional experience in a particular area of interest. This course is intended to complement and extend student knowledge and abilities in health, clinical, and/or sport settings. Emphasis is placed on having the student complete a hands-on, direct practical and professional experience at an approved site.

Prerequisite: Senior status with the approval of Department Chair.

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