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Exercise Science


Exercise Science program requirements are completed in conjunction with the RIT Baccalaureate requirement of 120 credits. All Exercise Science students complete core program course requirements (40 credit hours) and an additional nine (9) credit hours of exercise science professional electives to total 49 credit hours. Professional electives are taken in a student’s third and fourth years. Electives are chosen based on a student’s program track to help prepare them for professional practice. RIT awards transfer credit for courses completed at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. To be eligible for transfer credit at the undergraduate level, course work must have been completed with a grade of "C" or above (see RIT Grade Policy for more information). 


Program Tracks provide career driven course selection guidance to help develop the specialized skill set needed for professional practice. During a student’s third and fourth years, nine (9) credit hours in exercise science professional electives are completed. These electives are selected based on a student’s professional goals. More information about each track (Clinical or Athletic) is provided below.

Course Name Credit Hours When Offered
Program Core Courses
EXSC 101 Seminar in Exercise Science 1 Fall
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 3 Spring
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 206 Fitness Prescription 3 Fall
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 210 Human Motor Behavior 3 Spring
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 3 Fall
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 320 Coaching Healthy Behaviors 3 Spring
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 3 Fall
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 3 Fall
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 380 Sports Psychology 3 Spring
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 3 Fall
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 3 Spring
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
Professional Electives – Exercise Science
EXSC 207 Exercise For Special Populations 3 Spring
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 280 Strength Training for Performance 3 Fall
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 370 Senior Adult Fitness 3 Fall
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 430 Theory of Athletic Injuries 3 Fall
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 3 Spring
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 3 Spring
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
NUTR 300 Sports Nutrition 3 Fall & Spring
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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