Exercise Science will prepare you for a fulfilling career in one of the country’s fastest growing industries.

If you enjoy exercise, health, and helping others achieve a better quality of life, exercise science could be the right major for you.

TOP REASONS TO CHOOSE FSC FOR EXERCISE SCIENCE:

  • Gain a solid foundation in the sciences. With an emphasis in scientific theory and critical thinking, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce or make an easy transition to graduate school.
  • Attain national certification. Our program is designed to prepare you to take national certification exams administered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • Get real experience. Our internship guarantee ensures you’ll have the resume and contacts you need to land a job in the field.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Exercise science is the study of the body’s response to exercise and requires an understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, health and fitness, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. Through hands-on laboratory experiments, research with faculty, and practical experiences, you’ll be prepared to pursue a variety of careers.

Put Theory To Work

Your coursework for the major spans all aspects of human performance—from anatomy and physiology to nutrition and sports psychology. In these courses, you’ll learn the theory and you’ll master its practical applications through things like:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Exercise Management for Chronic Disease
  • Essentials of Strength and Conditioning
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Exercise Psychology

You’ll learn how to structure exercise programs, promote fitness, and enhance conditioning not only for those with health limitations, but also for healthy people.

Exercise science students work in Ordway’s Human Movement and Performance laboratory, which features: a treadmill, monarch cycle ergometers, bioelectrical impedance analyzer, metabolic testing equipment, spirometers, electro cardiograph (ECG), heart rate monitors, blood pressure equipment, sports performance testing equipment, and force plate analyzer.

 

Internships

There are no limits to where you can get real-world, hands-on experience. Our students have interned at:

  • Orlando Magic
  • Nike Golf Academy
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • USA Gymnastics
  • USA Water Ski
  • National Training Center
  • Annika Academy
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Institute for Simulation and Training
  • Boeing
  • FSC Human Performance Lab
  • The Roberts Academy
  • Watson Clinic
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Webber International University
  • FSC’s varsity athletic teams
  • Local hospitals and specialty clinics
 

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

As an exercise science major, you’ll also have ample opportunities to get “real-world” experience outside of the classroom and the lab. Exposure to clinical and experiential learning allows you to develop the professional skills vital to your success.

You’ll develop a solid science foundation, which is necessary to be successful in rigorous graduate programs, such as:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Biomechanics
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Kinesiology
  • Physician Assistant
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics

 



 

Program Requirements

Exercise Science Major Requirements

All students in the EXS major must complete 50 hours within the core curriculum. Then, based on their additional interests within the field, students will select and complete 16 credit hours of electives within the major (66 hours in the EXS major).

Exercise Science majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in the subject areas marked with an (*).

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Core Requirements 50 hours
EXS 1105 Introduction to Exercise Science and Health Promotion*
EXS 2760 Sports Nutrition and Supplementation*
EXS 2770 Exercise Physiology*
EXS 2775 Kinesiology*
 
EXS 3735 Exercise and Sport Psychology*
EXS 3740 Exercise Testing and Prescription*
EXS 3745 Exercise Management of Chronic Disease*
EXS 3750 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning*
EXS 4720 Administration of Exercise and Health Promotion Programs*
EXS 4725 Research Methods in Exercise and Human Performance*
EXS 4960/61 Applied Experiences in Exercise Science*
PED 2077 First Aid and CPR
BIO 2215 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 2216 Anatomy and Physiology II
C. Major Elective Course Options 16 hours
EXS 2585 Care and Prevention of Injuries*
EXS 3500 Motor Behavior*
EXS 4500 Advanced Exercise Training and Testing Techniques*
EXS 4600 Certification Seminar*
 
ATP 1234 Medical Terminology
ATP 2115 Emergency Medical Responder
ATP 3333 Concepts of Nutrition and Pharmacology
CHE 1111 Chemistry 1
CHE 1112 Chemistry 2
PHY 2010 Physics 1
PHY 2020 Physics 2
PSY 2209 Developmental Psychology
PSY 2214 Abnormal Psychology
BUS 2217 Principles of Management
BUS 3311 Legal Environment of Business
BUS 3575 New Venture Creation
D. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
E. Electives 6 hours
F. Total 124 hours
Student check blood pressure

Exercise Science Minor Requirements

The minor in Exercise Science is designed to provide students with an overview of the fundamentals of Exercise Science including anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and exercise programming concepts for multiple populations.

Exercise Science minors must earn a grade of “C” or better in the subject areas marked with an (*).

BIO 2215 Anatomy and Physiology 1
BIO 2216 Anatomy and Physiology 2
EXS 2770 Exercise Physiology*
EXS 2775 Kinesiology*
EXS 3750 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning*

Pick 1 additional course:

EXS 3740 Exercise Testing and Prescription*
or  
EXS 3745 Exercise Management of Chronic Disease*
Total hours in the minor 24 hours
Students in Exercise Science program working together  

Course Descriptions

Athletic Training Program

ATP 1234 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Two hours. Same as HSC 1234. Introduction to the language, rules and concepts needed to interpret and understand the terminology of medicine.

ATP 2115 EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER
Four hours. Same as HSC 2115. This course is an entry-level emergency medical provider course that will prepare individuals for a variety of pre-hospital, industrial, and first-responder situations. The successful completion of a first responder course is a prerequisite to training as a firefighter, emergency medical technician/paramedic and many law enforcement programs. Gen Ed: Ql, Well

ATP 3333 CONCEPTS OF NUTRITION AND PHARMACOLOGY
Three hours. Same as HSC 3333. Prerequisite: majors only or permission of the instructor. Emphasis is on the application of nutrition to enhance sports and physical activity, and the effects of therapeutic medications, performance enhancing drugs. Attention is directed toward optimal performance including dietary modifications, issues dealing with alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and pharmacology. Gen Ed: Ql, Well

Biology

BIO 2215 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
Four hours. No credit awarded if student has completed BIO 2209, BIO 2210, or BIO 4408. Structure and function of the following major organ systems of the human body: integumentary, skeletal (including joints), muscular, and nervous. Gen Ed: NW

BIO 2216 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2215. No credit awarded if student has completed BIO 2209, BIO 2210, or BIO 4408. Structure and function of the following major organ systems of the human body: endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive.

Business Administration

BUS 2217 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Concepts, principles, and functions of management applicable to all types of organizations; different managerial styles.

BUS 3311 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
Four hours. Introduction to commercial, property, administrative, constitutional and liability law, and the American court system, with special emphasis on how it affects people in business. Students will engage in evaluation, analysis, and application of legal doctrines to business and personal situations.

BUS 3575 NEW VENTURE CREATION
Four hours. A study of the entrepreneurial aspects of business management including financial understanding as well as all of the activities in managing a business. Analyzes how entrepreneurs help shape and energize the free-enterprise system with innovation and job creation. Global considerations and entrepreneurships are included. The student will discover the advantages and pitfalls of entrepreneurship through the comprehensive development of a business plan assignment.

Chemistry

CHE 1111 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
Four hours. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: High school chemistry, CHE 1000 or CHE 1011. Quantitative treatment of the principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, states of matter, energy, atomic structure, periodicity, ionic compounds, and molecular structure. Gen Ed: NW

CHE 1112 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
Four hours. Prerequisite: CHE 1111. The topics covered in this course will include: intermolecular forces, kinetics, equilibrium, acid, bases, buffers, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and introduction to basic organic chemistry. Gen Ed: NW

Exercise Science

EXS 1105 INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE AND HEALTH PROMOTION
Two hours. Introductory course exploring exercise, fitness, and health promotion concepts and career opportunities. Students will develop skills in accessing professional resources within the exercise science field. Additional emphasis will be placed on the design and implementation of health promotion outreaches within community and worksite settings.

EXS 2585 CARE AND PREVENTION OF INJURIES (ELECTIVE)
Two hours. This is an elective course within the Exercise Science major which provides an introduction to the recognition and evaluation skills needed to assess common injuries. Emphasis will be on immediate care given to traumatic sports related injuries using practical skills to reinforce key concepts. Injury reduction and prevention strategies will also be examined.

EXS 2760 SPORTS NUTRITION AND SUPPLEMENTATION
Two hours. Examination of the role of macronutrients, micronutrients, ergogenic aids and nutritional supplements in sport and exercise performance. Gen Ed: Well

EXS 2770 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
Four hours. Same as BIO 3575. Prerequisite: BIO 2215 and BIO 2216. The physiological basis and application of exercise physiology adaptations to exercise training, fitness and health. Laboratory experiences will expose students to common exercise physiology techniques and evaluations used to assess physical conditioning.

EXS 2775 KINESIOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2215. This course approaches the study of human movement from a multiple-disciplinary perspective combining the broad tenets of kinesiology with biomechanical principles. The outcome is a scientific and practical understanding of skeletal muscle action and the internal and external forces involved in human motion.

EXS 3500 MOTOR BEHAVIOR (ELECTIVE)
Four hours. Same as BIO 3575. This course examines the principles of human movement and behavior across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the development of mental and motor abilities which affect human movement, using practical examples and experiences to better assist students in developing an understanding of how to apply these principles in various settings.

EXS 3735 EXERCISE AND SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
Four hours. This course examines the interaction between psychological variables and performance in sport and exercise from theoretical and practical perspectives. This course is designed to introduce students to behavior modification strategies vital to effectively working in careers within exercise science, athletic training, physical education and coaching.

EXS 3740 EXERCISE TESTING AND PRESCRIPTION
Four hours. Prerequisite: EXS 2770, Exercise Physiology. National competencies from ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription are explored, with emphasis on the following variables: patient assessment, risk stratification and health evaluation; execution of proper exercise testing procedures; and the use of exercise and metabolic equations. Students will evaluate and assess the impact of these variables on exercise prescription for a variety of patient populations.

EXS 3745 EXERCISE MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASE
Four hours. Prerequisites: EXS 2770, Exercise Physiology. Research and design of exercise programming strategies appropriate for select populations. Course topics include, but are not limited to: exercise considerations for cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, immunological, neuromuscular, and orthopedic patients as well as adolescents, pregnant women, and geriatric patients.

EXS 3750 ESSENTIALS OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
Four hours. Prerequisites: EXS 2770, Exercise Physiology & EXS 2775, Kinesiology. Specific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning and their applications to performance. Course will prepare students to take the CSCS certification exam from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

EXS 4500 ADVANCED EXERCISE TESTING AND TRAINING TECHNIQUES (ELECTIVE)
Two hours. Prerequisites: EXS 2770, Exercise Physiology & EXS 2775, Kinesiology. This is an elective course within the Exercise Science major which examines exercise training techniques vital to developing exercise instruction competencies for a variety of exercise settings and populations. Students will be developing analytical, programmatic, and teaching skills culminating in the design of a comprehensive course project.

EXS 4600 CERTIFICATION SEMINAR (ELECTIVE)
Two hours. Prerequisites: Senior status. This is an elective course within the Exercise Science major which reviews professional competencies assessed in certification exams from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) or from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

EXS 4720 ADMINISTRATION OF EXERCISE AND HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMS
Four hours. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status. A study of the implementation, organization, administration and evaluation of health promotion programs. Students will explore strategies required in successful administrative oversight, such as but not limited to: program development, facility development, equipment purchasing, marketing, sales, finance and liability.

EXS 4725 RESEARCH METHODS IN EXERCISE AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE
Four hours. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Status. The development, design and critical analysis of scientific research. Topics include how to conduct academic research, including proper citation skills; the types of research methodologies available; how to develop a research proposal; and statistical analysis techniques appropriate to various research designs. Gen Ed: EC-C

EXS 4960/4961 APPLIED EXPERIENCES IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
Four hours. Prerequisites: EXS 3750, Essentials of Strength and Conditioning, and approval by Exercise Science Program Coordinator. This course exposes students to exercise science and allied health professional settings. Example experiential site locations may include: fitness facilities, cardiac rehabilitation facilities, collegiate strength and conditioning settings, physical therapy clinics, occupational therapy clinics, worksite health promotion programs or other related allied health settings. Site approval is required in advance of course registration. Students must complete a culminating presentation and paper regarding this experience. Course may be repeated.

Physical Education

PED 2077 FIRST AID AND SAFETY
Two hours. Emergency first aid and safety; CPR/AED and first aid certification. (Requires lab fee.)

Physics

PHY 2010 GENERAL PHYSICS I (Algebra Based)
Four hours. Prerequisites: High school mathematics through pre-calculus or permission of the instructor. Algebra-based physics. Topics include mechanics, fluids, vibrations, waves, and sound. Gen Ed: NW

PHY 2020 GENERAL PHYSICS II (Algebra Based)
Four hours. Prerequisites: PHY 2010. Algebra-based physics. Topics include heat, kinetic theory of gases, electric fields, AC-DC circuits, magnetism and light.