Exercise Science Minor

Minor Requirements: Twenty-one (21) 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 minor is not available for Clinical Exercise Science and Exercise Science majors.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the minor.
KN108A Weight Training 1.0
KN109A Aerobic Fitness 1.0
KN158A Emergency Medical Response (First Aid/CPR) 3.0
KN200 Surface Anatomy 2.0
KN250 Physiology of Exercise 2.0
KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance 3.0
KN404 Conditioning I 2.0
KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs 2.0
KN406 Exercise & Prescription Testing 3.0


  • 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. 

  • KN200 Surface Anatomy (2)

    his course is designed to introduce prospective allied health professionals to the bones and landmarks, joints and movements, and the muscles of the human body. Prerequisite: None

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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