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The exercise and sport science major provides students with a foundation in the movement sciences, which promotes improvements in health, fitness, and/or performance for the physically active. The primary goal of this program is to prepare students to be evidence-based practitioners of exercise and human movement disciplines who think critically about the science behind their practice.

Students graduating from the exercise and sport science major will be able to seek employment as an exercise specialist, fitness and wellness coordinator, sport performance researcher, and strength and conditioning specialist, as well as enter professional graduate programs in exercise sciences and other fields, such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior.

Learning Outcomes

A successful exercise and sport science graduate is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills related to the areas of physical activity, movement sciences, and sport through practical experiences;
  2. Obtain knowledge of content area specific to chosen career goals, such as strength and conditioning specialist, coaching, and corporate fitness and wellness, through didactic and internship experiences;
  3. Demonstrate the importance of the physical, psychological, and emotional demands of physically active individuals through didactic and practicum experience.

Curriculum Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Exercise and Sport Science Major Requirements (63 credits)

Core Courses (60 credits)

  • ATTR 1200 Principles of Athletic Training (3 credits) OR EXSC 1200 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3 credits)
  • ATTR 1300 Emergency Care and First Aid (3 credits)
  • ATTR 1400 Health and Fitness (3 credits)
  • ATTR 2300 Sports Nutrition (3 credits)
  • ATTR 2400 Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1400 Introductory Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 3312 Human Anatomy and Physiology/Lab (5 credits)
  • EXSC 3700 Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • EXSC 3740 Exercise Physiology with Lab (4 credits)
  • EXSC 3760 Biomechanics of Human Movement with Lab (4 credits)
  • EXSC 3820 Exercise Prescription with Lab (4 credits)
  • EXSC 4100 Adapted Physical Activity (3 credits)
  • EXSC 4220 Motor Learning with Lab (4 credits)
  • EXSC 4300 Research Methods in Sport and Physical Education (3 credits)
  • EXSC 4400 Exercise and Sport Administration (3 credits)
  • EXSC 4901 Practicum in Exercise Science (3 credits)
  • MATH 2020 Applied Statistics (3 credits) OR MATH 2020H Applied Statistics Honors (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3400 Sports Psychology (3 credits)

Major Electives (3 credits)

  • EXSC 3900 Sports Supplements for Athletic Performance
  • EXSC 4900 Special Topics in Exercise and Sport Science (3 credits)
  • EXSC 4950 Internship in Exercise and Sport Science (1-12 credits)
  • EXSC 4990 Independent Study in Exercise and Sport Science (1-3 credits)
  • Any 3000/4000-level EXSC course not counted as core course for the major (3 credits)

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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