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Exercise Science

Course Descriptions

EXSC 101 Seminar in Exercise Science
This course will provide first-year exercise science students with a strong foundation for successful transition to university life. The course will introduce them to key personnel and resources essential for academic and personal achievement at RIT. Students will also develop a peer-based learning community with group projects centered on exercise science. 1 Credit, Fall

EXSC 150 Introduction to Exercise Science
In this initial course of the Exercise Science undergraduate curriculum, students will be introduced to a broad array of topics within the field. Through an introductory review of body systems and physiological concepts students will gain an understanding and appreciation for the processes of response and adaptation which enhance and improve both health and fitness of people who exercise regularly. Career options will be reviewed and explored giving students an informed exposure to potential areas of future employment. 3 Credits, Spring

EXSC 205 Sports Physiology & Life Fitness
This class covers the essentials of living a wellness lifestyle that enhances health, fitness and optimal well-being.  Students have the opportunity to consider their role in the quality of life issues that impact health on a daily basis. The basics of physical fitness are introduced and students participate in assessment activities to produce a personal fitness profile.  Personal diet and stress assessments contribute to the design of a personal exercise program.  At the conclusion of the course students will have gained the knowledge, skills and abilities to live life well.  3 credits, Fall & Spring

EXSC 206 Fitness Prescription
This course prepares students for certification as a Personal Trainer and they examine the role exercise plays in both the enhancement of health and fitness as well as the improvement of athletic performance.  Students develop a basic understanding of how the human body functions while physically active. Case studies are utilized to assist in the development of practical skills.   3 credits, Spring                                                                                                          

EXSC 207 Exercise For Special Populations
This course is designed for those who are interested in the science of exercise and fitness for individuals with diagnosed disease states, or high performance requirements and examines both theoretical and diagnostic values of exercise testing.  Students create exercise prescriptions and examine the therapeutic benefit of exercise on specific conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity. Also considered are high performance individuals functioning in challenging environments such as, astronauts, high altitude climbers and ultra-marathoners. 3 credits, Spring                               

EXSC 210 Human Motor Behavior
Human movement is complex and learning to move is an essential component of a lifetime of healthy activity. Exploring the nexus of learning and movement is the primary aim of this course. Using application-based activities students will develop the skills to recognize movement patterns, perform assessments and correct inefficient movement. After successful completion students will be able to provide appropriate instruction leading to better movement mechanics, reduced risk of injury and higher levels of athletic performance. 3 Credits, Spring

EXSC 270 Group Exercise
Group exercise has progressed to include a wide variety of activities, equipment and environments.  This course explores both the dynamics of group participation as well as techniques of instruction across a number of modalities including; hi/low impact, step training, kickboxing, sports conditioning, stationary indoor cycling, water exercise, yoga, and Pilates.  Students learn theory and apply it by designing and delivering classes to each other.  Graduates of the class are prepared to achieve certification in many of the modalities included in the course.   3 credit hours, Fall

EXSC 280 Strength Training for Performance
Stronger athletes make better athletes no matter what the sport and this course teaches techniques of optimal training to enhance the muscular fitness of all manner of athletes.  Physiological principles of strength development and basic musculoskeletal anatomy are reviewed and general program design is discussed.  Utilizing case studies, students develop sport specific programs which will be presented to the class.  Students also produce strength training manuals outlining appropriate guidelines for improved performance.  3 credit hours, Fall

EXSC 320 Coaching Healthy Behaviors
Psychological, sociological and counseling principles, as well as coaching skills, are incorporated into intervention techniques that emphasize the positive and lead people to choose and adhere to a wellness lifestyle.  Students will review case studies and meet with professionals in the field.  3 credits, Spring

EXSC 350 Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology is the scientific basis for the field of Exercise Science.  In this course students have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of body responses and adaptations to exercise.  Neuromuscular physiology is studied with energy systems and mechanisms of fatigue.  The cardiorespiratory system is examined with a focus on control and regulation during activity as well as the physiological components of exercise training.  In addition, other course topics include environmental factors that impact sport activities, training techniques that optimize performance, differences in performance and adaptation that exist between children, adolescents and adults as well as between males and females, and the influence of exercise on long term health and fitness.  Laboratory experiences enable students to integrate and apply the concepts of exercise physiology.  3 credits, Spring

EXSC 360 Worksite Health Promotion
A growing number of employers are recognizing the value of healthier, more physically fit employees and are providing health promotion programs through a variety of innovative means. The theoretical basis for employee health programs and case studies of these programs are examined.  Students have the opportunity to visit and review local programs as well as design a model program to present to the class.    3 credits, Spring

EXSC 370 Senior Adult Fitness
Our nation’s growing population of senior citizens presents both challenges and opportunities to our healthcare system. This class explores the opportunities and the processes of enhancing the physical fitness and functional capacity of aging adults using principles of assessment, prescription and adherence modified to meet the needs of seniors.  Students apply their expertise by designing, then implementing these exercise sessions with senior participants.  3 credits, Fall

EXSC 380 Sports Psychology
Keeping your head in the game is one of the hallmarks of success for high performance athletes and this course explores the psychological aspects of achieving that capability.  Through examining research-based evidence of successful practices and techniques to produce that winning edge, students will become versed in the process of coaching athletes to possess and function with athletic mental toughness. 3 credit hours, Fall

EXSC 410 Kinesiology
As a study of human movement this course covers topics that begin with a review of the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system including the upper and lower extremity as well as the spinal column and thorax.  Linear and rotary motions are studied with postural analysis and movement elements associated with pushing, pulling and throwing objects. At the course conclusion students have a functional capability to assess the intricacies of human movement.    3 credits, Fall                                                   

EXSC 420 Biomechanics
Biomechanics is the study of mechanics as it pertains to living organisms. Principles of physics are applied to human motion with movements being analyzed for their relationship to statics and dynamics.  Kinematics and kinetics are explored within the context of sports performance and functional human locomotion.    3 credits, Spring                                                                                 

EXSC 430 Theory of Athletic Injuries
Even the very best athletes experience injury and being able to recognize and respond to those conditions is a crucial skill for those who will work with athletes.  Students learn the signs and symptoms of injury and the process of first response as well as how to support athletes through rehab.  Successful students learn how to incorporate injury reduction techniques into the training programs they develop for the athletes they serve.  3 credit hours, Fall

EXSC 440 Cardiac Rehabilitation
Following a heart attack many people feel as though their health is lost, however those who participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program experience a much higher rate of recovery.  Students explore the physiological principles of rehabilitation with a thorough review of atherosclerosis and the process of adaptation by the cardiovascular system to proper exercise. Students visit local cardiac rehab programs and use case studies to design exercise prescriptions and educational programs.  3 credits,  Spring

EXSC 480 Training High Performance Athletes
Aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, speed, power, agility, nutrition, and rest are all crucial to the success of athletes and for trainers the need to appropriately coordinate all these factors is a significant challenge.  This course explores the interrelationship of the multifactorial principles of athletic performance.   Using case studies, modeling, flow sheets and scheduling schemes students develop techniques that will lead their athletes to success with their training routines. 3 credit hours, Spring

EXSC 490 Exercise Science Research
Collect and analyze data to establish the need for or document effectiveness of exercise programs and athletic training interventions.  Students are introduced to physical assessment protocols and become familiar with analytical software as well as develop proficiency in the application of data in the design and implementation of exercise training programs.  Students investigate an original hypothesis and present research findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.  3 credit hours, Spring

NUTR 300 Sports Nutrition
This course introduces the integration between exercise and nutrition-related topics by exploring the intimate link among nutrition, energy metabolism and human exercise response. The course sorts fact from fiction and helps students and practitioners obtain the knowledge needed to advise athletes and active individuals. 3 credits, Fall & Spring  

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