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Exercise and Sport Science, BS

Program Description

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science focuses on advanced health and fitness assessment, prescription, and lifestyle modification. The program provides information on health risk factors, exercise leadership, biomechanics of movement, physiological adaptations to exercise, injury prevention, corrective exercise, business management and ethics in sport.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its goals:

  • To construct and design specific exercise programs based on effective and efficient interpretation of general and sport-specific assessments for necessary development, monitoring, and motivating of athletes/clients/patients
  • To advance student skills for proper execution and delivery of one-on-one, small, and large group training sessions for general and special populations, as well as team and single athlete settings
  • To deconstruct specific health risk factors playing a role in the development and implementation of fitness and exercise programming for injury prevention, special population consideration, and corrective exercise strategies with regard to scope of practice
  • To link the concepts of anatomy, physiology, motor development, and kinesiology for improved perception of human movement and error detection and correction strategies with movement patterns
  • To familiarize management, marketing, and promotion techniques of a future health and fitness professional, as well as within specific facilities and markets of interest to build a business and/or individual brand
  • To assess the main components of qualitative and quantitative research that can assist students in making proper evidence-based practice decisions and attempt to justify theories developed based on prior research knowledge

Prerequisites for Major Courses

At a minimum, students must successfully complete (with a minimum grade of 2.0 or “C”) the following two general education requirements before beginning major coursework:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II

For course PET3056C, the following prerequisites must be completed before the course can be scheduled:

  • Structural Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science, students must complete 120 credit hours as described below. The length of this program is approximately 40 months (This will vary if a student transfers in credits).

Lower Division Courses

Lower Division Exercise and Sport Science Major Courses (16.0 credit hours)
Structural Kinesiology* 4.0 credit hours
Health and Performance Assessment* 4.0 credit hours
Principles of Health and Fitness* OR 4.0 credit hours
Integrated Fitness Programming* 4.0 credit hours
Exercise Physiology 4.0 credit hours

*Students must successfully pass this class with a minimum of a 2.0, or “C”.

Lower Division Exercise and Sport Science Major Elective Courses** (10.0 credit hours) (HHP only)
Nutrition in Health and Wellness 4.0 credit hours
Physiology of Fitness and Exercise 3.0 credit hours
Health and Fitness Facility Administration 3.0 credit hours
Foundations of Personal Fitness Training 3.0 credit hours

**Select 10 credits from these courses.

Behavioral/Social Science (3.0 credit hours)
American History Pre 1876 3.0 credit hours
American History Since 1876 3.0 credit hours
Strategies for Success 3.0 credit hours
Political Science 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
English Composition I* 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II* 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Creative Writing 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
College Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Applications of Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Statistics* (required) 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (8.0 credit hours)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I* 4.0 credit hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology II* 4.0 credit hours

* Students must successfully pass this class with a minimum of a 2.0, or “C”.

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Exercise and Sport Science Major Courses (28.0 credit hours)
Strength Training and Conditioning 4.0 credit hours
Research Methods in Health & Human Performance 4.0 credit hours
Motor Development Skill and Learning 4.0 credit hours
Corrective Exercise Techniques 4.0 credit hours
Nutrition in Health and Exercise 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 4.0 credit hours
Exercise Programming for Special Populations 4.0 credit hours
Health and Human Performance Concentration (34.0 credit hours)
Exercise and Sport Pharmacology* 4.0 credit hours
Stress Management* 4.0 credit hours
Health and Fitness Business Management* 3.0 credit hours
Techniques in Group Fitness Instruction* 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Concepts in Exercise Physiology* 4.0 credit hours
Interpersonal Communications 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
Writing for Managers 3.0 credit hours
ESS-HHP Externship I 3.0 credit hours
ESS-HHP Externship II 3.0 credit hours
Exercise and Sport Science Capstone I or SMFT Externship III 4.0 credit hours
Exercise and Sport Science Capstone II or SMFT Externship IV 4.0 credit hours

*Select 11 credit hours from these courses.

Applied Exercise Physiology Concentration (44.0 credit hours)
Biology I 3.0 credit hours
Biology I Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Biology II 3.0 credit hours
Biology II Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
General Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
General Chemistry Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Advanced Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Chemistry Lab 1.0 credit hours
Physics I 3.0 credit hours
Physics I Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Physics II 3.0 credit hours
Physics II Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Physiology of Fitness & Exercise 4.0 credit hours
ESS-HHP/AEP Externship I 3.5 credit hours
ESS-HHP/AEP Externship II 3.5 credit hours
Open Electives (9.0 credit hours)
Select 9 Credit Hours of Open Electives
Preprofessional Concentration (variable credit hours)
Must select the specified number of credits from any Upper Division Major Course or any qualified upper division course in Psychology, Business, Dietetics and Nutrition, or General Education based on the prior major that was completed before the transfer to the ESS degree.

For example, if a student has an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant (74 credit hours), they will need to take the above courses plus 18 credit hours of ESS Major or Elective credit hours to complete the necessary 120 credit hours for the BS in ESS major.

Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.

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