Exercise Science Major (BS)

Major Requirements: Fifty-four (54) – Fifty-five (55) semester hours.

  • At least eighteen (18) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • KN404 and KN405 should be taken during the senior year.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the major.
BY150 Human Biology or BY155/156 4.0
BS200 Fundamentals of Organizations for Non-Major 3.0
BS310 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Mgmt. 3.0
KN158 Emergency Medical Response 3.0
KN159 Introduction to Kinesiology 3.0
KN250 Physiology of Exercise 4.0
KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance 3.0
KN256 Anatomical/Biomechanical Kinesiology 4.0
KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics (SC) 3.0
KN367 Admin. & Psychosoc. Aspects for Allied Health 3.0
KN364 Motor Learning & Development 3.0
KN404 Conditioning I 2.0
KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (SC) 2.0
KN406 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3.0
KN452 Physical Activities for Special Populations 3.0
KN397 Internship (6-12 credits) var
Complete one (1) competency area from the following:
Group Fitness
KN109A Aerobic Fitness 1.0
KN361 Group Exercise Leadership 2.0
Strength and Conditioning
KN108A Weight Training 1.0
KN357 Therapeutic Exercise 3.0



  • BY150 Human Biology (4) NL

    Systems approach to study of basic human anatomy and physiology designed for non-biology majors. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Not applicable toward the major. Not applicable toward the minor for students having successfully completed BY221 or BY372. Offered every fall and odd-numbered springs.

  • BS200 Fundamentals of Organizations for the Non-Major (3) SS1

    An overview course which introduces the student to the functions of management, marketing, accounting, finance, and economics. Business principles, concepts, theories, and terms, together with ethics and values, are examined both academically and experientially. As an introductory overview of the academic areas covered by the required core courses in business and business related majors, this course cannot be used as a business elective in a business major or minor.

  • BS310 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3) SS1

    Deals with the successful start-up, operation, and growth of a small business with emphasis on entrepreneurship, the business environment, financial controls and planning, and administrative control. Prerequisites: BS200, BS201 or permission of the instructor.

  • KN108A Weight Training/Activity (1)

  • KN109A Aerobic Fitness/Activity (1)

  • KN158A Emergency Medical Response (3)

    Introduction to theory and methods of first aid including CPR and other emergency techniques and procedures. The American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Responding to Emergencies courses are both offered. 

  • KN159 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)

    Philosophy, history, and theories of exercise and recreation; professional preparation for the areas of coaching, exercise, health, sport management, and recreation.

  • KN250 Physiology of Exercise (4)

    Study of the physiological responses to exercise and sport. Emphasis on energy expenditure, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory systems and their adaptation to training. Lab required. Additional fees required. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY171 or KN200 or permission of instructor.

  • KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance (3)

    An introduction to the basic principles of nutrition with an emphasis on the role that nutrition plays in the physiological response to exercise in sport. This includes the composition of pre, during and post physical activity meals, the role that nutrients play in performance, disordered eating, and food as an ergogenic aid. Prerequisites: None

  • KN256 Anatomical Kinesiology/Biomechanical Kinesiology (4)

    Study of skeletal, joint, and muscular systems in the human body; analysis of muscular-skeletal movement applied to exercise, sports, and dance skills. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY171 or KN200.

  • KN357 Therapeutic Exercise (3)

    This course is designed to educate students in the role that therapeutic exercise plays in the successful return of athletes to sports. Prerequisite: KN350

  • KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics (3)

    Organized principles involved in theories of conditioning, prevention of injuries and procedures for handling emergency situations. Includes basic taping, injury recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: KN200 or BY 150. Additional fees may be required.

  • KN361 Group Exercise Leadership (2)

    A leadership course for students interested in teaching group exercise classes in a fitness setting. Course includes instruction on choosing exercise modalities, cueing, transitions, and music selection and tempo. Preparation for certification is included. Prerequisite: KN281. Offered spring semester. 

  • KN364 Motor Learning and Motor Development (3)

    Designed to provide prospective physical educators, exercise science majors, with the knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, and motor learning needed to be successful in their professions. Emphasis is placed on the stages of development from birth through early adulthood. Emphasis is also placed on the theories of motor learning and how they relate to skill acquisition and refinement.

  • KN367 Administration for the Exercise Science Professional (3)

    Administrative theory and philosophy, budgeting and business procedures, facility planning/logistics, risk management, inventory management, other aspects related to administration in exercise science. 

  • KN397 Internship (Variable)

    Prerequisites for Exercise Science: KN158, KN159, KN 250, KN295 Junior or senior status. Prerequisites for Sport Management: BS201, BS202, KN158, KN159. Junior or senior status.

  • KN404 Conditioning I (2)

    This course will expand on the basic and applied principles of exercise prescription. Emphasis will be placed on cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, and neuromuscular training in both the general populations and special populations. The course will consist of lectures, readings, group discussions and activities. Prerequisite: KN250

  • KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (2) SC

    This course is a continuation of KN404: Conditioning I and will build on the knowledge gained from that course and apply that to actual client programming. Each section will start with a review of the principles and emphasize the application of those principles to specific client exercise programs. The course will consist of readings, group discussions and activities. Prerequisite: KN404

  • KN452 Physical Activities for Special Populations (3)

    Games, rhythmic activities, developmental movement, perceptual motor activities for children with handicapped conditions; focus on theory and practice of mainstreaming.

  • KN406 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3)

    This course examines the evaluation of fitness levels and the components of fitness applicable to the development of exercise programs. Prescribing and delivering exercise to a wide range of healthy individuals is a fundamental skill of exercise and sport scientists. This course will develop students’ abilities to use data from initial assessments and client goals to design and prescribe exercise programs. Students will be expected to be able to competently demonstrate and deliver a range of exercise modalities using professional skills and communication and alter the exercise prescription based on the person's needs. By the end of this course, students will be able to prescribe and deliver exercise programs aimed at developing health, fitness, or performance outcomes.  Additional fees required.  Prerequisite: KN405