Exercise Science

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The Exercise Science program involves the study of the human body during exercise and is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in health promotion, performance enhancement/strength and conditioning, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and corporate wellness. Internships are utilized to allow students to work with healthy and high-risk clients of various age and ability.

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Three of our Exercise Science students competed in a quiz bowl at the Midwest Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. (from left to right, Sammy Nelson, Sarah Dyer and Ashley Ziebell)

 Exercise Science Major

Students will complete ten courses plus as capstone as follows:

Required:

SPSC 120 or SPSC 240 Functional Human Anatomy/Kinesiology 4
NASC 107 Nutrition 4
SPSC 239 Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Populations (May Term) 4
SPSC 235 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning 4
SPSC 250 Personal Health and Wellness 4 OC, CL
SPSC 256 Health Promotion, Education and Behavior (Spring Only) 4 CL
SPSC 290** Internship Prep Course 1
SPSC 310 Exercise Physiology 4 IL
SPSC 312 Public Health 4 CL, WC
SPSC 341 Exercise Testing & Prescription 4 OC, CT
SPSC 319 Internship (Jr. or Sr.) 4
SPSC 372^ Research Methods (fall only) 4 QR, WC
SPSC 385* Capstone Internship 4 WC, IL
SPSC 398* Independent Research (fall only) 4 WC, IL

Additional Recommended Courses:


COOP 119 Career Observation (May Term) 4
BIO 225 Human Physiology 4
BIO 322 Human Anatomy 4

* Denotes that Student may opt for either course as Capstone

^ Denotes that student must take course as a Pre-requsite for SpSc 398

**To register for SpSc 290 you must email bobbi.meyer@simpson.edu 

 

Exercise Science Minor

Students will complete seven courses as follows:

Required:

  • NaSc 107 Nutrition
  • SpSc 239 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations (May term only)
  • SpSc 240 Kinesiology
  • SpSc 310 Exercise Physiology
  • SpSc 340 Program Design and Exercise Prescription

Highly Recommended:

  • SpSc 319 Junior or Senior Internship

Typical Four Year Progression:

 

FRESHMAN 
SPSC 120/SPSC 240 Functional Human Anatomy/Kinesology 4
NASC 107 Nutrition 4

SOPHOMORE
SPSC 235 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning 4
SPSC 310 Exercise Physiology 3
SPSC 341 Exercise Testing & Prescription 4
SPSC 256 Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 4
SPSC 290 Internship Prep Course 1

JUNIOR
SPSC 341 Exercise Testing & Prescription 4
SPSC 250 Personal Health (Fall Only) 4
SPSC 239 Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Populations 4
SPSC 319 Internship 4
SPSC 372 Research Methods (Fall) 4

SENIOR
SPSC 385 OR 398 Capstone Internship or Independent Research 4
SPSC 312 Public & Community Health (Fall) 4

MAY TERM
COOP 119 Career Observations 4
SPSC 239 Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Populations 4

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Midwest American College of Sports Medicine (MWACSM)

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

American Kinesiology Association (AKA)

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