Exercise & Sport Science  
Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Science

The Department of  Exercise and Sport Science offers two majors to meet the career goals of any prospective student. A description of the major along with the courses needed for completion are listed below. Please contact Dr. Jason Miller with any questions: jmiller2@okcu.edu

Description of Exercise Science major

This 65-hour rigorous major is offered to prepare and educate students who wish to enter the field of exercise science. Students are exposed to a strong science background (26 ancillary hours in chemistry, physics, biology) making them excellent candidates for employment opportunities in exercise related areas (cardiac rehabilitation), advanced graduate studies (motor behavior, exercise physiology, nutrition), and professional schools (chiropractic, occupational therapy, physical therapy).

Faculty advisors will help students choose appropriate electives to meet professional school prerequisites.

Students interested in cardiac rehabilitation are encouraged to seek the Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification or the Health Fitness Instructor certification offered by the American College of Sports Medicine during the internship and capstone courses.

Use this document to plan your study in ESS.

Exercise Science Major

ES

HRS

Required Major Core Courses

24

ESS 1602

Introduction  to Kinesiology

2

PSYCH 2303

Statistics

3

ESS 3213

Kinesiology and Biomechanics

3

ESS 3241

Kinesiology and Biomechanics Lab

1

ESS 3413

Physiology of Exercise

3

ESS 3441

Physiology of Exercise Lab

 

1

ESS 4303

Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription

3

ESS 4341

Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription Lab

1

ESS 4483

Exercise Science Internship 

3

ESS 4663

Senior Capstone Project and Portfolio

3

 

ESS 1161 Physical Activity course

1

Required Major Electives (9 hours must be 3000 or 4000 level)

15

ESS 2002

First Aid

2

ESS 2103

History and Philosophy of Sport

 

3

ESS 2213

Team Sports

 

3

ESS 2303

Introduction to Sport Psychology

 

3

ESS 2403

 Nutrition

 

3

ESS 2413

Theory of Coaching

 

3

ESS 3003

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

 

3

ESS 3302

Health and Aging

2

ESS 3303

Motor Learning through the Lifespan

 

3

ESS 3312

Legal and Ethical Issues in Kinesiology

 

2

ESS 4012

Health Promotion in the Workplace

 

2

ESS 4613

Exercise Programming for Special Populations

 

3

ESS  4703

Programming Techniques for Strength and Conditioning

3

ESS 4743

Programming Techniques for Strength and Conditioning Lab

1

Required Ancillary

Additional coursework may be necessary to fulfill pre-requisites (PSYC 2013 Lifespan Development; PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology; BIOL 2852 Medical Vocabulary; BIOL 1114 Concepts in Biology) for post-graduate study in fields such as physical therapy, medicine, and related areas. Consult with a faculty advisor for more information. 

26

CHEM  1104

Chemistry               

4

CHEM 1141

Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM  1204

Chemistry II           

4

CHEM  1241

Chemistry II Lab

1

PHYS  1503

General Physics I

3

PHYS  1541

General Physics I Lab

1

PHYS 1603

General Physics II

3

PHYS 1641

General Physics II Lab

1

BIOL  2003

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIOL  2041

Human Anatomy Physiology I Lab

1

BIOL  2103

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIOL  2141

Human Anatomy Physiology II Lab

1

Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Performance

Description of Human Performance major

This 42-hour major is offered to provide students with the knowledge base and practical skills to prepare them for careers in performance professions, including:

  • corporate wellness coaching
  • personal training
  • strength and conditioning
  • fitness management
  • youth and adult sport coaching
  • sport psychology
  • community-based fitness programs

The flexibility in the course work allows students to select KES elective in line with career goals.

Students are encouraged to seek appropriate professional certification during the final two years of study. 

Graduates will be able to design and implement skill and age-appropriate fitness programs, or pursue advanced study in related fields. This option provides interdisciplinary training to develop healthy living skills by advising students to take specialized electives and minor in a field outside of kinesiology.  

All ESS Human Performance majors are encouraged to complete a minor in an area related to their specialization or in an unrelated area that is complementary to the student’s professional or personal interests. Appropriate minors are, but not limited to:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • education
  • psychology
  • fitness and sport management

The only exception to this might be the 1-2 year transfer student that does not have time to minor; however, they will be encouraged to take elective courses outside of the ESS department to reflect their career choice, if possible.

Major: Human Performance

HP

HRS

Required Major Core Courses

27

ESS 1602

Introduction  to Kinesiology

2

ESS 2203

Applied Anatomy

3

PSYCH 2303
Statistics

3

ESS 3213

Kinesiology and Biomechanics

3

ESS 3241

Kinesiology and Biomechanics Lab

1

ESS 3413

Physiology of Exercise

3

ESS 3441

Physiology of Exercise Lab

 

1

ESS 4303

Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription

3

ESS 4341

Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription Lab

1

ESS 4483

Exercise Science Internship

 

3

ESS 4663

Senior Capstone Project and Portfolio

3

ESS 1161 Physical Activity course

1

 Required Major Electives (9 hours must be 3000 or 4000 level)

15

ESS 2002

First Aid

2

ESS 2103

History and Philosophy of Sport

 

3

ESS 2213

Team Sports

 

3

ESS 2303

Introduction to Sport Psychology

 

3

ESS 2403

 Nutrition

 

3

ESS 2413

Theory of Coaching

 

3

ESS 3003

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

 

3

ESS 3302

Health and Aging

 

2

ESS 3303

Motor Learning through the Lifespan

 

3

ESS 3312

Legal and Ethical Issues in Kinesiology

 

2

ESS 4012

Health Promotion in the Workplace

 

2

ESS 4613

Exercise Programming for Special Populations

 

3

ESS  4703

Programming Techniques for Strength and Conditioning

3

ESS 4743

Programming Techniques for Strength and Conditioning Lab

1

Recommended Minor

We recommend that all ESS Human Performance Track majors complete a minor in an area related to their specialization or in an unrelated area that is complementary to the student’s professional or personal interests.  Appropriate minors are, but not limited to, biology, chemistry, education, psychology, or fitness and sport management.

 

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