Exercise Physiology Course Descriptions

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EXP 3321 - Kinesiology - 4 cr.
The kinesiology course provides students the opportunity to engage in an advanced introduction to: (a) the study of the origins, insertions, and functions of 75 major muscles of the upper and lower extremities; (b) the brachial plexus and lumbar-sacral plexus and the role of each in muscle function and dysfunction; (c) the application of functional anatomy concepts in weight lifting and stretching exercises, human movement activities, and athletics; and (d) the blending of anatomical information with the physiology of the body to thoroughly grasp the meaning of “the science of movement.”

Prerequisite Course: BIO 2110


EXP 3322 - Biomechanics - 4 cr.
Fundamental principles, calculations and applications of biomechanical analysis to the human body at rest and during movement. Special attention is given to the relationship of biomechanics to kinesiology and exercise physiology in order to understand the role of physical stressors as they influence significant clinical changes in the body.

Prerequisite Courses: EXP 3321, PSC 2001


EXP 3323 - Sports Nutrition - 4 cr.
Structure, function and dietary sources of macro and micronutruients. Determination of individual nutrient requirements and diet analysis. Effect of nutrition and hydration on health and athletic performance. Efficacy and ethical considerations regarding the use of nutritional manipulation techniques, supplements and ergogenic aids to improve performance and enhance recovery. Prerequisite: CHM 1040.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2110, EXP 3331


EXP 3331 - Exercise Physiology - 4 cr.
Basic principles of human physiology and metabolic processes used to produce and store energy with direct application to acute and chronic exercise. Structure, function and measurement of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and neuromuscular systems with respect to human activity and athletic performance. Measurement of hemodynamic parameters and expired ventilatory gasses to determine energy expenditure at rest and during exercise. Prerequisite: BIO 2110.

Prerequisite Course: BIO 2110


EXP 3332 - Physiological Assessment - 4 cr.
Basic to advanced instrumentation used to evaluate aerobic capacity, flexibility, body composition, muscular strength and endurance. Pre-exercise screening, safety and legal ramifications of exercise as a therapeutic intervention. Physiological adaptation in response to acute and chronic exercise and its application to exercise prescription and training for athletic performance. Administration and application of various stress test protocols and exercise programs in developing individualized exercise prescriptions for healthy and diseased individuals. Effect of exercise on the treatment and progression of common lifestyle diseases. Prerequisite: BIO 2120.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2120, EXP 3331


EXP 3334 - Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation - 4 cr.
Multi-disciplinary risk factors considered responsible for heart and vascular disease along with commonly associated diseases (obesity, diabetes) and behaviors (smoking, physical inactivity). Changes in cardiac structure, function and coronary circulation that occur in heart and vascular disease. Behavioral, surgical and pharmacological treatments used in primary and secondary prevention of heart disease. Use of diagnostic techniques to determine safe and effective exercise prescription for cardiac and pulmonary patients. Recognition of, and response to, common psychosocial issues as they relate to the post-myocardial infarction and pulmonary patients. Prerequisite: EXP 3331.

Prerequisite Course: EXP 3331


EXP 3342 - Strength Training & Conditioni - 4 cr.
Scientific theory and practical application of strength training and aerobic exercise to enhance the function and capacity of the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems.


EXP 4430 - Exercise and Immunology - 4 cr.
Addresses the relationship between exercise and susceptibility to illness, particularly with reference to the mechanisms responsible for exercise induced changes in immune function. Prerequisite: EXP 4431.

Prerequisite Course: EXP 4431


EXP 4431 - Advanced Exercise Physiology - 4 cr.
Integration of undergraduate exercise physiology classroom and laboratory experiences to illustrate how the understanding of the physiology of exercise, sport, and physical activity is applied in real world settings within the scope of practice of an exercise physiologist. Laboratory sessions focus on physical/physiological measurement and evaluation techniques while the lecture portion is centered on applied exercise physiology topics and professional development.

Prerequisite Courses: EXP 1106, EXP 3331


EXP 4436 - Exercise Physiology Research I - 4 cr.
Foundations of research including the fundamental tenets of scientific investigation and the scientific method; the importance of objectivity and ethical behavior in research; and the ability to critically read, interpret, and discuss the content of scientific articles. The skills involved in writing a research paper according to specified guidelines will also be taught and will culminate in the writing of a research paper.

Prerequisite Course: EXP 3331


EXP 4437 - Exercise Physiology ResearchII - 4 cr.
Focuses on the ethics of scientific research, data reduction, writing, and publishing in exercise physiology. This course also examines issues of scientific fraud, "publish or perish," plagiarism, critiquing research studies and accuracy of references. The student will be expected to propose and independently carry out a research project, reduce the data, develop a research manuscript, and produce a document consistent with the published format of a specific exercise physiology journal. Prerequisite: EXP 4436.

Prerequisite Course: EXP 4436


EXP 4438 - Exercise Electrocardiography and Graded Exercise Testing - 4 cr.
Students read electrocardiograms of individuals at rest and during exercise with special attention paid to the electrocardiograms of post-myocardial infarction patients in cardiac rehabilitation programs. Includes cardiac medications and graded exercise testing. Prerequisite: EXP 3334.

Prerequisite Course: EXP 3334


EXP 4439 - Seminar in Exercise Physiology - 4 cr.
Centers on the presentations of exercise physiology topics by students and faculty. The course examines the specificity of what constitutes professional development, exercise physiology as a profession, exercise physiology professional organizations, certification, licensure and accreditation. Prerequisite: EXP major and/or consent of the department chair.

Prerequisite Course: EXP 4431


EXP 4441 - Advanced Laboratory Research - 4 cr.
Emphasizes student use of exercise physiology instrumentation to study currently important laboratory techniques. Special attention is given to the analysis of the exponential and equilibrium methods for determining cardiac output and its relationship to oxygen consumption. The student's ability to plan for and engage in an intensive laboratory study of a specific research problem is also important in this course. Prerequisite: EXP 4431.

Prerequisite Courses: EXP 4431, EXP 4436


EXP 4555 - Internship - 4-16 cr.
A supervised off-campus internship that allows the student to apply theoretical knowledge and hands-on laboratory skills to real-life situations. Prerequisites: EXP major and consent of the chair.


EXP 4777 - Topics in Exercise Physiology - 1-4 cr.
Courses not part of the regular Exercise Physiology curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity. Prerequisite: EXP major and/or consent of the chair.


EXP 4999 - Independent Study - 1-4 cr.
Initiation and completion of an independent research project. The department chair must approve the topic.