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Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration, Exercise Science, B.S.

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Exercise and Sports Science

Associate Professor
Jeff Godin David Antaya Timothy Hilliard
Assistant Professors
David Heikkinen
Michael Ward

  Monica Maldari     David Rice     Jason Talanian     Danielle Wigmore    

Objectives for the Exercise and Sports Science Program

The Exercise and Sports Science major is designed with two career concentrations: clinical exercise physiology and fitness management. The major is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. It is multidisciplinary in that it includes the integration of anatomy, physiology, physics, psychology, and learning theory to describe and explain responses and adaptations to exercise and training, and to apply that knowledge to enhance physical potential for health, for sport, and in rehabilitation. It is interdisciplinary in that it draws from biology and business administration to provide a foundation in these disciplines to support exercise science applications as well as to enhance career preparedness.

There is a common core of Exercise Science courses to ensure a solid foundation in the various disciplines that comprise this multidisciplinary field of study, and to ensure the ability to apply knowledge in a variety of  practical experiences. There is an opportunity also to develop breadth and depth in the field of Exercise and Sports Science as each concentration has specific requirements, as well as free electives.

  • To prepare relevant professional education supported by a rigorous scientific base to students who choose Exercise and Sports Science careers, whether in the clinical or the fitness setting
  • To provide leadership opportunities through apprenticeships, specified internships, and presentations and publications
  • To provide career alternatives to students in other majors by offering courses related to their chosen fields of endeavor
  • To support the university’s liberal arts requirement in the area of health and fitness
  • To provide opportunity for students to learn lifetime leisure skills

Requirements for the Major in Exercise and Sports Science

Prerequisites: The major requires prerequisites in Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry for Health Sciences (or General Chemistry for students planning to pursue graduate study in physical therapy), and General Psychology. In addition, General Biology I and II are required for the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration.

  • Speaking/Listening requirement is met through EXSS 1011, EXSS 3450 or EXSS 4950 - Internship .
  • The Jr/Sr Writing requirement is met through EXSS 4200 or EXSS 4950.
  • Computer Literacy requirement is met through EXSS 1011, EXSS 2071 or EXSS 2072

The Health and Fitness requirement in Liberal Arts and Sciences

As part of the Science, Math, and Technology cluster, students must complete three* credit hours in a course or courses that fulfill the health/fitness specification.

*Exercise and Sport Science students meet this requirement by taking all the required courses for the major. Should a student leave the major, he/she must fulfill this requirement.

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