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Academic Program for Sport and Exercise Studies Major

43-45 credits

PED 143 First Aid and Safety
This course uses lectures, demonstrations, and video with hands-on training and practice. Participants in this course learn to recognize and respond to emergencies including, but not limited to, shock, cardiac, and breathing emergencies for adults, children and infants. Students will gain First-Aid, CPR, and AED certification.  2 credits

PED 163 – Nutrition and Fitness Performance
The course will look at general nutrition with special emphasis looking at how food intake choices relate to exercise performance. Special issues such as diabetes, food allergies, protein, vitamin, and mineral supplementation, weight control, and fad diets will be discussed.  3 credits

PED 165 – Lifetime Wellness
This course will introduce dimensions of wellness including lifestyle choices that directly affect physical and emotional health. Health issues such as diabetes, cancer, coronary artery disease, stress, weight control, environmental health, and substance abuse will be discussed in the realm of prevention and recognition of effects on total wellness.  3 credits

PED 261 – Exercise Physiology
A study of the human body’s physiological adaptations to short-term and long-term exercise. Areas of study include energy metabolism, musculoskeletal function, cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations, environmental factors (altitude, heat, cold), neurological control, and general conditioning principles including the development of coordination, agility, power, balance, and speed as they pertain to exercise.  3 credits

PED 263 – Sport Management
The course will involve a study of sport industry roles and functions including collegiate, high school, professional, youth and community sport settings. Areas of content will include facility and event management, risk management, marketing, financing, sponsorship, communications and legal and ethical issues as they pertain to sport industry settings.  3 credits

PED 307 – Motor Development
This course will discuss motor development throughout the lifespan. Students will be able to trace the path of motor development and discuss the implications of general principles for appropriate physical education and movement specialist strategies to enhance motor skill learning. Special attention will be paid to motor learning in the preK-12 and special needs populations.  3 credits

PED 361 – Kinesiology
This course examines human anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal systems and mechanical aspects of human movement analysis as it relates to physical activity, exercise, and sport. Students will be able to analyze joint actions, muscle actions, and mechanical principles that apply to specific sport and exercise movements.  3 credits

PED 362 – Exercise Testing and Prescription
This course prepares students in developing knowledge and skills to effectively administer health appraisals and fitness tests in measuring cardiovascular endurance, muscular fitness, flexibility, and body composition in varied populations of healthy individuals. Topics include medical/health screening, exercise program development, and related discussions on diabetes, pregnancy, coronary heart disease, arthritis, low back pain, children, and the elderly in exercise assessment and prescription.  3 credits
Prerequisites: P ED 163 and 261.

BIOL 103/100L – Introduction to Biology or BIOL 108/100L – Human Biology
BIOL 103:  A broad introduction to modern biology. Topics may include evolution and the
origin of life, reproduction, genetics, cellular and molecular biology, biodiversity,
ecology, environmental and population biology, and other current issues in biology.  3 credits

BIOL 108: Fundamentals of modern biology in a human context. Human evolution,
genetics, development, physiology, population biology, ecology, and behavior are
all considered in this examination of Homo sapiens.

Biological Principals Laboratory:  An introduction to fundamental principles in biology. Students explore cell
structure and function, cell division, genetics, symbiotic relationships, evolution, and
biodiversity, and learn basic laboratory techniques. 1 credit

BIOL 203/203L  – Physiology
An introduction to the functional processes of animals. Physical and chemical
principles that dictate physiological function are explored. Nervous, endocrine,
muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, excretory, and reproductive systems are
examined at different levels of organization.  3 credits

Physiology Laboratory
Exercises in cardiovascular, muscular, nervous, and respiratory physiology, as well
as basic investigations in microscopy, cell function, and histology. Emphasis is on
critical skills such as technical writing and data analysis. 1 credit

One of the following two courses:
PED 161 – Introduction to Athletic Training
An introductory course which explores a variety of common athletic injuries and focuses on prevention, care, and rehabilitation. Other issues such as fitness, nutrition, and psychological effects of injury will be briefly discussed. Laboratory experience in taping and first-aid techniques will be included.   3 credits

PED 264 – Evaluation of Athletic Injuries
A study of evaluative assessment of specific joint and muscle injuries. Topics include joint and muscle anatomy and mechanics, biomechanical effectiveness of human movement, etiological evaluations, and specialized testing of specific injuries and anatomical deficiencies.  3 credits

One of the following two courses:
PED 166 – Sport Psychology
This course prepares students to deal with the psychological principles related to sports. Students will study the various aspects of sports psychology (stress, anxiety, arousal, leadership, group dynamics, relaxation, motivation, personality, etc.).  3 credits

SOC 205 – Sporting America
An introduction to the cultural history of the United States through the lens of sport. Topics will include immigration and assimilation; the creation and maintenance of ethnic, racial, and national identities; class and leisure; industrialization and incorporation; civil rights; and women’s rights. 3 credits

Senior Seminar and Internship Experiences
PED 494 – Senior Seminar Program
Students will explore readings and engage in discussions on current trends in sport and exercise studies. Students orally present a literature review paper on a topic area of interest in relation to sport and exercise studies.  3 credits

Experiential Learning in an appropriate area

All students are required to complete a 1-3 credit internship. Internships must be pre-approved by the Chair
of Physical Education and submitted on the appropriate Experiential Learning Center form prior to the
internship.  The internship experience must be completed before the senior seminar experience.

Visit the Registrar’s Office for a complete listing of degree requirements and course listings.


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