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Exercise Science Major (BS)

Major Requirements: Fifty-two (52) – Fifty-eight (58) 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 Health Education - First Aid 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 and PE (SC) 3.0
KN362 Administration of Sport and Fitness OR KN367 Admin. & Psychosoc. Aspects for Allied Health 3.0
KN364 Motor Learning & Development 3.0
KN404 Conditioning I 2.0
KN452 Physical Activities for Special Populations 3.0
KN397 Internship (6-12 credits) var
Complete one (1) competency area from the following:
Group Fitness
KN281 Aerobic Fitness 1.0
KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (SC) 2.0
KN361 Group Exercise Leadership 2.0
Strength and Conditioning
KN257 Therapeutic Exercise 2.0
KN280 Weight Training 1.0
KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (SC) 2.0

Upon completion of the program students will:

  1. Understand the basic concepts associated with the field of exercise science.
  2. Demonstrate the ability of plan and execute basic physical fitness programming for various populations.
  3. Exhibit competency in the skills and knowledge required for an entry level position in the exercise science field.

Outcome assessment for the Exercise Science: Feedback from course surveys, exit interviews, alumni surveys, and rate of employment in the field for recent graduates.


  • 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.

  • KN158 Health Education—First Aid (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. Athletic training majors should choose the Emergency Medical Response section of the course

  • KN159 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)

    Philosophy, history, and theories of physical education and exercise; professional preparation for the areas of teaching (K-12), exercise, sport management, and health. Additional fees for conference attendance.

  • 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. Offered fall semester for Athletic Training majors and spring semester for Exercise Science majors. 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.

  • KN257 Therapeutic Exercise (2)

    This course is designed to educate students in the role that therapeutic exercise plays in the successful return of athletes to sports. Offered fall semester for Exercise Science majors and spring semester for Athletic Training majors. Prerequisite: KN350

  • KN280 Weight Training/Activity (1) KN

  • KN281 Aerobic Fitness/Activity (1) KN

  • KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics/Physical Education (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 equivalent for Athletic Training majors, BY 150 or equivalent for non-AT majors. 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. 

  • KN362 Administration of Sport and Recreation (3)

    Administrative theory and philosophy, budgeting and business procedures, facility planning and logistics, risk management, inventory management, other aspects related to administration of recreation and sport. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN159 and KN332. Additional fees for conference attendance. 

  • 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 and Psychosocial Aspects for the Allied Health Care Professionals

    Administrative theory and philosophy, budgeting and business procedures,facility planning/logistics, risk management, inventory management, other aspects related to administration of an allied health care facility. This course will also look at ethics, diversity and cultural competence related to health care as well as the psychosocial aspects related to rehabilitation of injury. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN350.

  • 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) KN

    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)

    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.