Exercise Science Minor

This minor is designed for those individuals that desire national certification as a personal trainer, strength /conditioning trainer, aerobics instructor, or health fitness instructor. This is NOT available for those majoring in Physical Education (teaching).

Minor requirements: Twenty-six (26) semester hours.

  • At least nine (9) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • This minor is designed for students interested in training or coaching.
  • This is not a certifiable minor for teaching.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the minor.
BY150 Human Biology 4.0
KN158 Health Education-First Aid 3.0
KN250 Physiology of Exercise 4.0
KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance 3.0
KN256 Anatomical/Biomechanical Kinesiology 4.0
KN281 Aerobic Fitness 1.0
KN404 Conditioning I 2.0
KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (SC) 2.0
KN399 Independent Project: Advanced Fitness var
Testing/Exercise Prescription 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.

  • 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

  • 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 BY160

  • 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. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160.

  • KN281 Aerobic Fitness/Activity (1) KN

  • KN404 Conditioning I (2) KN

    This is an activity course is designed for the student to work on their own personal conditioning. It involves intensive workouts during the eight weeks. Athletes in season will still need to participate at their top level. Those that are injured should NOT take the class until the injury is healed. 

  • KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (2)

    This course has both lecture and activity component and is structured to give the students the programming experience with a variety of populations. Prerequisite: KN 250. 

  • KN399 Independent Project (Variable 1–4)

    Individually negotiated project of defined nature established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chairperson.