Academics

Exercise and Health Sciences, BS

The Exercise and Health Sciences (EHS) Undergraduate Program offers a bachelor of science degree in one of the fastest growing disciplines in the country. Through teaching, scientific research, and hands-on learning, our students gain the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for careers or advanced graduate study in the fields of exercise and health. Our curriculum includes a solid foundation based on the principles of exercise physiology, health behavior change, and physical activity promotion while offering the flexibility for students to pursue a concentration, or specialty, in health sciences, exercise science, or fitness instruction and management. The Department of Exercise and Health Sciences is at the forefront of reducing adverse health conditions associated with sedentary behavior and unhealthy eating, and empowering individuals and communities to take charge of their own health and well-being. Highlights of our department include a nationally recognized faculty, an active learning environment with an abundance of student-faculty interaction, and numerous opportunities for career development through a wide range of internship experiences, directed research, and professional activities.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of core and concentration specific EHS courses
    • Identify chronic health conditions and disparities associated with physical inactivity and poor nutrition

    • Convey the most current recommendations for physical activity and nutrition

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the physiological response to physical activity and associated health benefits

    • Understand the correlates of physical activity behavior

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific theory to practice in humans
    • Design and implement a health behavior intervention, based on scientific theory, to improve health and fitness

    • Demonstrate the ability to perform assessment of health related fitness

    • Apply the scientific method though the completion of a group research project using objective measures (Health Science and Exercise Science concentrations)

    • Design individualized exercise programs for low and moderate risk populations (fitness instruction management concentration)

  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate literature related to exercise and health sciences
    • Gather and analyze relevant peer-reviewed literature

    • Draw conclusions through synthesis of the literature

    • Convey knowledge of literature related to the exercise and health sciences in oral and in written format

Source: AQUAD Report, 2012