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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. 

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.
AQUINAS REQUIREMENTS
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

 

Courses

  • 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 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.

  • KN281 Aerobic Fitness/Activity (1) KN

  • 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

  • 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.