Exercise and Health Sciences, BS
The Department of Exercise and Health Sciences offers one undergraduate degree: a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Sciences. Our curriculum includes a solid foundation based on the principles of exercise physiology and physical activity promotion while offering the flexibility for students to pursue prerequisite courses for graduate programs in many health professions.
The curriculum has been designed so that all students who graduate from the EHS program are eligible to sit for exam by the American College of Sports Medicine to become a Certified Exercise Physiologist. This certification is a valuable distinction for EHS professionals in the workforce.
Our faculty have broad expertise in many areas of exercise and health sciences including:
- Promotion of physical activity in children and adults with intellectual disabilities;
- Designing health behavior interventions;
- The effects of mind-body exercise on physical and cognitive functions;
- The influence of the built environment on physical activity and obesity;
- The role of exercise in long-term weight loss in children and their families;
- Cardiovascular epidemiology;
- Cardiovascular disease and obesity prevention;
- Interventions to improve dietary behaviors, increase physical activity, and prevent obesity among Latinos.
Each student is required to complete a 400-hour internship in an environment which provides students the opportunity to develop knowledge, practical skills, and a professional network to assist them with their next steps toward a career. Students are provided with a professional mentor at internship sites which include local hospitals, physical therapy clinics, exercise physiology laboratories, division I athletic programs, public health programs, research, and more.
Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives
Upon graduation, student in the Exercise and Health Sciences program will possess the knowledge and ability to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of core and concentration specific EHS courses:
- Identify chronic health conditions and disparities associated with physical inactivity and poor nutrition;
- Convey the most current recommendations for physical activity and nutrition;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the physiological response to physical activity and associated health benefits;
- Understand the correlates of physical activity behavior.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific theory to practice in humans:
- Design and implement a health behavior intervention, based on scientific theory, to improve health and fitness;
- Demonstrate the ability to perform assessment of health related fitness;
- Apply the scientific method though the completion of a group research project using objective measures;
- Design individualized exercise programs for low and moderate risk populations.
- Demonstrate ability to evaluate literature related to exercise and health sciences:
- Gather and analyze relevant peer-reviewed literature;
- Draw conclusions through synthesis of the literature;
- Convey knowledge of literature related to the exercise and health sciences in oral and in written format.