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EXSC - Exercise Science

EXSC 110 Introduction to Stress Management (3)

An in-depth exposure to stress management including psychological, physiological, emotional and behavioral dimensions. Emphasis will be placed on the holistic treatment of stress and on developing the skills to manage personal stress as well as to assist others.

 

EXSC 111 Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (4)

This is a single semester course introducing the morphology (structure and function) of the human body designed to prepare students for the Exercise Science and Athletic Training major curriculum. The course includes study of all eleven systems of the body. Students will meet for lecture three times per week and a two hour laboratory once a week. The laboratory will consist of learning from laboratory manual, anatomical model and digital A&P tools. (NS)

 

EXSC 120 Theory and Practical Application of Health Related Fitness (3)

Examines the scientific theory and practical application of the health related components of physical fitness (i.e. cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, body composition). Topics will include recent trends in group fitness programming and practical application of fitness to different populations and exercise settings. (Does not count toward the EXSC major.)

 

EXSC 121 Theory and Practical Application of Skill Related Fitness (3)

Examines the scientific theory and practical application of the skill related components of physical fitness (i.e. agility, coordination, balance, reaction time, and speed). Topics will include recent trends and a multi-component approaches to teaching and coaching weight room technique and various other skills in strength and conditioning. (Does not count toward the EXSC major.)

 

EXSC 149 Foundations of Health and Exercise Science (3)

An introduction to the discipline of kinesiology, as well as the scientific application and professional practice within the sub-disciplines of motor behavior, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport/exercise psychology, etc.

 

EXSC 151 First Aid and Sports Injuries (3)

Introduces first-aid measures for typical work, athletic and school situations. Provides skills and theory in athletic training topics through lab, observation and lecture. Covers injury prevention, injury evaluation, primary care, education and rehabilitation along with equipment use and counseling common to the athletic setting. Provides American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR certification. Additional lab fee applies. See College Costs section of current Catalog.

 

EXSC 175 Fundamentals and Theory of Sport Skills (3)

An introduction to the latest information from exercise science that addresses teaching/coaching sport skills. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge of history, rules, general methods of play and strategy, as well as teaching methodology for each sport presented. Possible course topics include baseball, track & field, volleyball, soccer and football.

 

EXSC 212 Adapted Physical Education (3)

Prerequisite: second-year standing. Considers developmental, remedial, and corrective programs in physical education; emphasizes adaptation to special needs beyond the regular physical education program. Requires participation in service learning to help students integrate course content with experience.

 

EXSC 213 Principles of Coaching (3)

Prepares students for the problems, challenges, expectations and demands of coaching in several settings including high school, junior high school and other youth and recreational venues.

 

EXSC 215 Introduction to Angling (3)

Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. This course introduces the basic skills, theory and equipment necessary to begin the development of lifelong angling skills. Awareness of resource sustainability, environmental responsibility, water chemistry testing, stream/pond assessment and biological monitoring will be introduced. Biological data collection, analysis and submission to statewide database will be required. Other topics include fish characteristics (Biology), habitat design and building, knots, others determined by the class. A current Iowa fishing license is required. There is a lab fee. (GS)

 

EXSC 220 Personal Wellness (3)

Prerequisite: second-year standing. Principles, concepts and evidence-based research related to understanding the concept of wellness and recognize the long term benefits of maintaining a high level of wellness in today’s world. Emphasis on individual decision making, prevention strategies and personal conduct developed is emphasized. Note: Students who received credit for EXSC 160 may not also receive credit for EXSC 220..

 

EXSC 254 Human Anatomy and Kinesiology with Lab (4)

Prerequisite: EXSC 111. Examines the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, and articular systems of the body. Includes one 75 minute lab per week.

 

EXSC 257 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (4)

Prerequisite: EXSC 111 and second-year standing. Assessment of physiological fitness levels and development of individualized exercise prescriptions.

 

EXSC 260 Substance Abuse (3)

Studies the sociological, psychological and legal dimensions of alcohol and drug dependency. Focus on the interrelational nature of substance abuse in American culture.

 

EXSC 261 Community, Consumer, and Global Health (3)

Reviews current and complex health issues within the perspective of global sustainability. Consumer, community and global health concepts, theories and models will be examined at the local, state, national and international levels. (GS)

 

EXSC 283 Field Experience: Exercise Science (Arr)

Prerequisite: second-year standing and instructor’s permission. A practical experience under the direct supervision of a certified individual.

 

EXSC 293 Practicum in Strength and Conditioning I (3)

Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. Entry-level study of Olympic lifts, torso training, functional warm-ups and speed drills. Discussions related to applications and concepts in strength and conditioning will be emphasized. Allows the student to develop basic knowledge to be able to assist the strength and conditioning staff to perform, instruct and correct basic lifting technique. Pass/No Credit basis.

 

EXSC 313 Wellness Coaching (3)

Prerequisite: EXSC 220 and EXSC 257. Designed to focus on the emerging field of health and wellness coaching. Students will increase their knowledge of and integrate basic coaching skills for health professionals. A client-centered process and evidence-based approach will be presented to better understand integrative health coaching.

 

EXSC 330 Exercise Psychology (4)

Prerequisites: second-year standing and PSYC 122 recommended. Analysis of psychological theories for predicting health- based exercise behavior. The assessment of psychological and psychobiological responses to exercise will be distinguished for intervention use. Students will develop and predict psychological adherence interventions for increasing exercise participation. (Students who have received credit for EXSC 230 will not receive credit for EXSC 330.)

 

EXSC 334 Sports Nutrition (4)

Prerequisite: EXSC 111 or BIOL 131, and third-year standing. An evaluation and application of human nutrition; interpretation of sports nutrition concepts, analysis of key nutrient functions, deficiencies, sources of and utilization of nutrients, theory of popular dietary plans and efficacy (Mediterranean, DASH, Paleo, Gluten Free). The mastery of the physiology as it relates to digestion and metabolism will also be examined. Assessment of nutrition principles to design specific dietary plans for athletes, chronic diseases, and weight management will be rated. Evaluation of sports nutrition principles to formulate an enhanced sports performance, including ergogenic aids will be discussed. Modification of optimal nutrition will be discussed and measured as the foundation for physical performance (aerobic & resistance). The interrelationships among intake, expenditure, performance, training, and maintenance of optimal health will be justified through current literature. Students will examine ingredients on labels (food & supplement) and judge media recommendations in nutrition.

 

EXSC 342 Outdoor Pursuits (3)

Explore concepts and activities consistent with life in Iowa and the local Pella area. Introduce a wide variety of outdoor activities of interest to the students, through student directed learning. Encourage safe activity by promoting lifelong learning in a positive learning environment. Students who have completed EXSC-242W (Wales) may not also enroll in or receive credit for EXSC-342. Additional lab fee applies. See College Costs section of current Catalog.

 

EXSC 358 Principles of Personal Training (3) Prerequisite: EXSC 257. Explains individualized fitness programs, business and legal issues for personal trainers and develops personality and communication attributes of trainers.

 

EXSC 361 Biomechanics with Lab (4)

Prerequisite: EXSC 254 and third-year standing. Synthesis of biology and mechanics that seeks to explain human movement in terms of space, time, direction and forces. Involves application of mechanics for the expressed purpose of analyzing/improving performance and locating the mechanical cause of faults observed in performance. Includes one 75 minute lab per week.

 

EXSC 372 Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning (4)

Prerequisite: EXSC 254 and 257. Advanced study of the scientific principles and theories related to strength and conditioning. Discussions related to applications and concepts in the exercise sciences, testing and evaluation, program design, and strength and conditioning administration and facility organization will be emphasized.

 

EXSC 379 Epidemiology of Physical Activity (3)

Prerequisite: EXSC 257 and third-year standing. Examines the relationship between an individual's physical activity and public health policy in terms of cost and effectiveness of combating various diseases and chronic conditions. Various methods for epidemiological assessment will be discussed as well as current research regarding physical activity, chronic disease risk factors, and the basis for public health policies. Recommendations for proactive physical activity following the American College of Sports Medicine's "Exercise is Medicine" model will be highlighted.

 

EXSC 380 Worksite Program Planning and Evaluation (3)

Prerequisite: EXSC 257 and third-year standing. Focuses on health promotion program planning, assessment, and evaluation procedures used in community and other settings with emphasis on health promotion program evaluation. Students will increase their knowledge of planning and evaluation theories, models, and implementation strategies for health promotion programs. Requires participation in service learning to help students integrate course content with experience.

 

EXSC 393 Practicum in Strength and Conditioning II (3)

Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. Advanced study of implementation of Olympic lifts, core training, functional warm-ups, functional rehabilitation, functional training and warm-up methodology. Discussions related to applications and concepts in strength and conditioning will be emphasized. The students will be expected to practice, demonstrate, refine and apply competencies gained in previous setting. The students will also demonstrate appropriate communication skills with other professionals working with their team. Pass/No Credit basis.

 

EXSC 432 Fitness After Fifty (3)

Prerequisite: EXSC 257. Presents the information needed to develop safe and effective physical activity programs for older adults. Requires participation in service learning to help students integrate course content with experience.

 

EXSC 460 Exercise Physiology (3)

Prerequisite: EXSC 254, EXSC 257, and third-year standing. Examines principles of physiology involved with both the acute and chronic effects of exercise.

 

EXSC 461 Exercise Physiology Lab (2)

Prerequisite or corequisite: EXSC 460. A lab-oriented class that helps put exercise physiology theories into practice.

 

EXSC 462 Motor Learning (3)

Prerequisite: third-year standing. Examines principles of skill acquisition related to motor skill performance; includes teaching and coaching methods.

 

EXSC 493 Practicum in Strength and Conditioning III (3)

Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. Senior level review and evaluation of practicum competencies and proficiencies. Extensive content in organization and administration of Strength and Conditioning programs. Discussions related to applications and concepts in strength and conditioning will be emphasized. Preparation for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination will occur. The students will be expected to practice, demonstrate, refine and apply competencies gained in previous setting. The students will also demonstrate appropriate communication skills with other professionals working with their team. Pass/No Credit basis.

 

EXSC 397/497 Internship (Arr)

Prerequisite: departmental approval and instructor’s permission. An applied experience in the major, requiring a minimum number of hours of work per credit hour. Includes conferences with the on-campus instructor and an evaluation by the job supervisor. Pass/No Credit basis.