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B.S. Degree in Exercise Science
Coursework Leading to Certifications

Exercise Science Degree - Bachelor of Science (BS) with Two Concentrations 

Study exercise science and prepare for career in the health-enhancing physical activity field.

If you are seeking a career or advanced study in preventive health and wellness, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at Catawba College will set you on that path. Named by U.S. News as the 4th Best Regional College in the South for 2018, Catawba College offers an Exercise Science degree program that addresses the public health crisis of physical inactivity.  This program equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for entry-level Exercise Science positions in public or private industries or for future graduate study in medical field careers like physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and physician assistant.

Exercise Science majors obtain the knowledge, skills and methodology necessary to conduct and evaluate health and fitness assessments, design and implement exercise programs based on assessment findings, and to monitor health and fitness changes/progression over time. Catawba’s Exercise Science degree program includes coursework in exercise testing and prescription, exercise physiology and research methodology, while also providing between 160 and 240 hours of supervised experiential learning opportunities (depending on a student’s program concentration) that begin as early as the sophomore year. Additionally, while pursuing their bachelor’s degree, Catawba College’s Exercise Science majors can take coursework that could lead to six professional certifications from four top national certification agencies.

Human Performance Concentration
Select the Human Performance concentration to prepare for work as a practitioner or researcher immediately upon graduation. Students who complete this concentration can be employed in many settings, including college athletics, professional sports, Olympic and International sports, Special Olympics, Paralympics, college recreational sports and intramurals, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, geriatric facilities, gyms, fitness centers, and in corporate health and wellness programs. Completing six required courses in Catawba College’s Exercise Science program’s Human Performance concentration will lead to six national certifications for undergraduates.

Sports Medicine Concentration
A Sports Medicine concentration combines the strong science curriculum (chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy and physiology) that is needed for success in the health professions with a curriculum founded in the behavioral sciences (health psychology and human development). This concentration provides a clear path to pursue graduate level degrees for health care careers. Exercise Science majors pursuing the Sports Medicine concentration complete both required academic coursework and recommended experiential learning opportunities that professional administrators consider for admission into their respective graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic school, cardiac rehabilitation, senior fitness and populations with disabilities. Completing three required courses in Catawba College’s Exercise Science degree’s Sports Medicine concentration could lead to three national certifications for undergraduates.  Students have the option to pursue three additional national certifications by electing to take courses offered in this program.


National Certifications

No other program in North Carolina except Catawba College’s Exercise Science Bachelor’s Degree program has collaborated with four top national certification agencies to offer coursework that will lead to six professional certifications.  These include:

  • NASM’s Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • NASM’s Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • ACSM’s Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACSM’s Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • ACE’s Health Coach Certification
  • NSCA’s Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

 

Exercise Science Program Highlights

The Exercise Science Bachelor of Science degree program at Catawba College offers two concentrations: Human Performance and Sports Medicine. This challenging and immersive degree program will help you decide how and where you will work to help improve the physical health and wellness of humans in our global society.

Catawba College Students Strength Training in the Wellness Center
Exercise Science Internships.

By completing internships in Exercise Science, undergraduates not only build their skills, they also build their resumes.

Exercise Science majors pursuing a concentration in Human Performance complete one 120-hour internship within their senior year of study.  In conjunction with this internship, these student will also complete an additional 120 hours divided across three courses as practical hands-on experience in the areas of strength and conditioning, human performance, and health coaching.

Exercise Science majors who choose the Sports Medicine concentration will complete three 40-hour clinical rotations, beginning in their sophomore year of study.  In conjunction with these clinical rotations, these students will also complete an additional 40 hours of hands-on experience in the area of strength and conditioning.

Study Abroad in Exercise Science.

Catawba College’s Sport & Health Sciences Department travels abroad to Italy and the Netherlands every two years to study and observe the European ways of sports medicine, sports management, and exercise science. Student-led research presentations are conducted jointly by Catawba students and international students from both countries.

Exercise Science majors traveled to Peru in December 2017 for a medical mission trip.  Future medical mission trips to Latin and South American countries will be coordinated in alternating year by the Sport & Health Science Department.

Catawba College Student presenting research.
Exercise Science Research.

Exercise Science majors at Catawba College are required to take a one-credit hour Research course during their senior year that leads them to conduct or participate in an applied research project of their choice.  This gives Exercise Science students a hands-on approach to learning and conducting research on a topic of their choosing.

Catawba College Student Celebrating with an award recipient at the Rowan County Special Olympics
Service Learning.

Through volunteering non-profit organizations in the region, Exercise Science majors give back to the local community while they learn. Recent service learning experiences have occurred at Rowan County Special Olympics, Rowan County Parks & Recreation, United Way, and the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA.

Related Bachelor Degree Program

Outcomes

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EXERCISE SCIENCE DEGREE JOBS.

The employment outlook for Exercise Science majors from Catawba College is bright due to a public health demand for professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate health behaviors and risk factors, conduct fitness assessments, write appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivate individuals to modify negative habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. Our Exercise Science majors are at work in the following positions:

    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Chiropractor
    • Aquatic Center Director
    • Athletic Trainer
    • Wellness Coordinator
 
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Graduate schools enrolling Catawba College Exercise Science majors include: 

    • UNC Greensboro
    • N.C. State University
    • East Carolina University
    • Campbell University

 

 

 

Exercise Science Facilities

Kinesiology
Lab

Exercise
Physiology Lab

Strength &
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PARTICIPATE.

Live out your passion for health and well-being by joining Catawba College’s Sport & Health Sciences Society.

Faculty

Dr. Victor Romano

Dr. Victor Romano is an Assistant Professor of Sport & Health Sciences and the Program Director of the Exercise Science bachelor’s degree program.  He specializes in movement disorders, including injury prevention and pre-rehabilitation techniques. His prior experience has been as director of an applied research facility and as a strength and conditioning coach working with professional, Olympic, collegiate, youth, and up-and-coming high school athletes.

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.S. in Exercise Science
Required Courses for B.S. in Exercise Science

PER 1290 First Aid, CPR & Emergency Care

3

PER 1525 Introduction to Athletic Training

4

PER 2280 Recreation Leadership

3

BIO 2419 Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BIO 2420 Anatomy & Physiology II

4

PER 2596 Measurement, Evaluation & Research

3

PER 3070 Nutrition & Physical Conditioning

3

PER 3551 Pharmacology

2

PER 3855 Exercise Physiology

3

PER 3856 Exercise Physiology Lab

1

PER 3950 Kinesiology

3

PER 3951 Kinesiology Lab

1

PER 4448 Internship

6

Suggested or Departmental Electives:               
- CHEM 1501 General Chemistry I (4)                 
- PHYS 2521 General Physics I (4)                 
- PER 1270 Health Science (3)                 
- PER 3519 Therapeutic Modalities (3)                 
- PER 3520 Rehabilitation Techniques (3)                 
- PER 3800 Motor Learning (2)                 
- PER 4740 Adapting Activities to Special Populations (3)                 
- PER 2110 Medical Terminology (1)             
- PSYCH 2470 Health Psychology (3)

6-8

 

Total:

46-48

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

All students must complete PER 1101. Students may receive a maximum of four semester hours credit in courses numbered 1101 to 1118.

1101 PRESCRIPTIVE FITNESS (1 hour)
A basic study of selected systems of the human body and their response to exercise, with emphasis on personal nutrition and its relationship to fitness, and the development of personal fitness programs. Lecture and participation. Completed medical history and informed consent form must be on file.

1103 CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS (1 hour)
Management of fitness and appearance via aerobic activity choices.

1104 WEIGHT TRAINING (1 hour)
Management of fitness and appearance via weight training principles.

1106 TENNIS - GOLF (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students. Fee required.

1108 RACQUETBALL (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students.

1110 SWIM FOR BEGINNERS (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students.

1112 LIFEGUARDING (1 hour)
Red Cross certification in Senior Life Saving and Water Safety Instruction. Prerequisite: permission of Instructor.

1114 TENNIS - VOLLEYBALL (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students.

1115 JUDO (1 hour)
Instruction in Judo in the Kodokan tradition, including throwing and grappling techniques with emphasis on the principles of non-violence and self-discipline. Purchase of uniform required.

1116 AEROBICS (1 hour)
Instruction in aerobic exercises.

1117 KARATE (1 hour)
Instruction in the five basic principles of Karate: self-discipline, self-control, self-confidence, philosophy, and self-defense. Lab fee required.

1118 ARCHERY (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students.

1161 BASKETBALL/SOCCER SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Coaching and teaching fundamental skills and techniques, game strategy, organization, scouting, and practical field experience.

1162 VOLLEYBALL/FIELD HOCKEY/ TENNIS SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Coaching and teaching fundamental skills and techniques, game strategy, organization, scouting, and practical field experience.

1163 FOOTBALL/WRESTLING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Coaching and teaching fundamental skills and techniques, game strategy, organization, scouting, and practical field experience.

1164 STRENGTH/BASEBALL/SOFTBALL/TRACK & FIELD SKILL AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Coaching and teaching fundamental skills and techniques, game strategy, organization, scouting, and practical field experience.

1190 SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION, HEALTH & RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the nature and scope of physical education, health, and recreation with emphasis on the physiological, philosophical, psychological, and sociological aspects.

1255 COACHING RESPONSIBILITIES (3 hours)
Acomprehensive study of the responsibilities associated with, and the personal qualifications necessary to coach a sport.

1270 HEALTH SCIENCE (3 hours)
An analysis of health dilemmas facing modern man and means of comprehending, alleviating, and/or solving the problems.

1290 FIRST AID, CPR AND EMERGENCY CARE (3 hours)
A practical study of the theory and application of first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rescue breathing AED, and two-person CPR, to include both minor and extreme medical problems.

1390 LEISURE ACTIVITIES I (3 hours)
Skill acquisition, testing, presentation methods, skill analysis, and presentation planning in selected activities to include dance, badminton, bowling, softball, and volleyball. Lecture and laboratory.

1392 LEISURE ACTIVITIES II (3 hours)
Skill acquisition, testing, presentation methods, skill analysis, and presentation planning in selected activities to include gymnastics, basketball, tennis, soccer, and golf. Lecture and laboratory.

1520 INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC HEALTH CARE (2 hours)
Astudy of the principles, procedures, and techniques concerning the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries from a coaching perspective. (Offered in alternate years.)

1525 INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC TRAINING (4 hours)
A survey of injury/illness factors, appropriate care from onset through referral, follow-up and rehabilitation, and prevention programs of athletic injuries/illness, including psychological, environmental conditions, drug-use considerations, administrative components, health care and counseling information, professional discipline information of an athletic training program, and the history and structure of the N.A.T.A. This course is designed for Athletic Training majors. Lecture and laboratory.

1945 HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (4 hours)
A study of the materials and methods for teaching health and physical education in grades K-6. Skill maturation, levels, and activities are emphasized.

2100 INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE (2 hours)
An introduction to the basic skills necessary to communicate effectively with sign language.

2110 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (1 hour)
An introduction to basic medical terms and their use as they are encountered in athletic training and therapeutic recreation.

2230 INTRODUCTION TO SPORTS MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
An introduction to the sports industry community, with an emphasis on career possibilities and necessary competencies.

2231 SPORTS MARKETING (3 hours)
An overview of the principles of promotion and marketing of the sport industry.

2232 APPRENCTICESHIP (1 hour) 
This course is a directed field experience designed to help students gain initial or continuing work experience in their chosen specialty area or to explore a variety of sport settings in order to determine their desired work setting in preparation for the required fulltime internship. Assistance in securing a work site is provided if necessary.

2250 ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION (4 hours)
Astudy of the fundamental skills associated with various age groups and skill activities best suited to them. The laboratory experience allows students to select an appropriate class level and handicapped group with which to work. Lecture and laboratory.

2280 RECREATIONAL LEADERSHIP (3 hours)
A basic course including fundamentals of recreational leadership, group dynamics, and human relation skills.

2282 RECREATIONAL MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
Identification and explanation of administrative opportunities specific to recreation. Particular emphasis given to personnel, facilities development and maintenance, scheduling, and financial management.

2283 CAMPING AND OUTDOOR RECREATION (2 hours)
Training in the practical skills of organized camping, to include experience in a camp setting. Fee required.

2355 PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT (3 hours)
A study of the conditions affecting skill acquisition and human performance.

2372 MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION (3 hours)
A study of the organization and administration of the middle and secondary school health program, with emphasis on methods and techniques of health instruction, to include observation and teaching in the middle and secondary schools.

PER 2551 ATHLETIC TRAINING I (LOWER BODY ASSESSMENT) (3 hours)
A study of the prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, treatment and disposition of injuries/illness associated with participation in competitive athletics and physical activity, and implementation of all components of a comprehensive athletic training program plan as it relates to the lower body. Prerequisite: PER 1525; Co-requisite: BIOL 2419.

PER 2552 ATHLETIC TRAINING II (UPPER BODY ASSESSMENT) (3 hours)
A study of the prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, treatment and disposition of injuries/illness associated with participation in competitive athletics and physical activity, and implementation of all components of a comprehensive athletic training program plan as it relates to the upper body, abdominal and thoracic regions. Prerequisite: PER 2551.

2594 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 hours)
A study of the organization and administration of physical education, athletic training, and athletic programs, with emphasis on financial, physical, legal, and medical issues.

2595 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the organization and administration of recreational programs with emphasis on programming, staffing, budgeting, and risk management issues.

2596 MEASUREMENT, EVALUATION, AND RESEARCH (3 hours)
The statistical and testing techniques used to ascertain performance levels, individual improvement, and the validity of empirical data.

2901 ATHLETIC TRAINING SKILLS (1 hour)
Students learn basic athletic training skills in the areas of risk management and acute care of injury and illness. Prerequisite: PER 1525.

2902 CLINICAL I (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisite: PER 2901.

3000 TOPIC IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1-3 hours)
Astudy of selected topics from the fields of physical education, recreation, and sports medicine, focusing on specialized interests within the discipline.

3050 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF ATHLETIC TRAINING (3 hours)
A study of the organization and administration of athletic training programs with an emphasis on health care administration, financial, physical, legal, ethical, and athletic training issues.

3070 NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONING (3 hours)
A study of basic nutrition and its effects upon growth and development, body composition, and human performance in the active and inactive person. In conjunction with studying the basic components of a total body, year-round physical conditioning program specific to the individual and activity.

3519 THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES AND TREATMENT OF ATHLETIC INJURIES (3 hours)
A study of the theory and application of the physiological regulation of pain, inflammation, and healing of the human body to include basic physics, application of modalities, the basic rehabilitation concepts and modalities of the treatment and care of the physically active. Prerequisites: Athletic Training major.

3520 REHABILITATION TECHNIQUES AND THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE (3 hours)
A study of the theory and application of the basic rehabilitation and reconditioning concepts and protocols for the physically active. Prerequisites: PER 3950 and PER 3951. Corequisites: PER 3855 and PER 3856.

3525 INTRODUCTION TO THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
An introduction and overview of the history, philosophy and practice of Therapeutic Recreation as a treatment service.

3530 ISSUES AND TRENDS IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of prominent issues and trends in the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

3535 ASSESSMENT IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the basic concepts, techniques, and methods connected with the practice of Therapeutic Recreation in settings offering medical, rehabilitation and health care services.

3540 PROGRAM PLANNING IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
An introduction to the systematic design, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic recreation programs.

3545 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION INTERVENTION AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours) 
A course designed as an experiential class in implementing therapeutic recreation interventions which will emphasize group dynamics, initiatives, leadership, adaption, therapeutic communication, and behavior management.

3551 PHARMACOLOGY (2 hours)
A study of the basic principles and fundamentals of human pharmacology, to include a knowledge of the chemical and physical properties, biochemical and physiological effects, mechanism of action, absorption, distribution, and biotransformation and excretion, therapeutic use and adverse reactions of drugs commonly used in the treatment of athletic injuries.

3759 TEACHING METHODS SEMINAR (2 hours)
Methods of organizing, presenting, and evaluating selected physical education activities.

3800 MOTOR LEARNING (2 hours)
An investigation of motor development needed to understand human behavior as it relates to teaching, learning, and performing motor skills.

3855 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (3 hours)
A study of the immediate and chronic physiological changes which accompany exercise and the implication of these changes for physical education and training programs. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 2419.

3856 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB (1 hour)
An application of physiological principles to the study of the immediate and chronic physiological changes which accompany exercise and the implication of these changes for physical education and training programs. Lecture and laboratory.

3901 CLINICAL II (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisite: PER 2552.

3902 CLINICAL III (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisite: PER 3519.

3903 CLINICAL IV (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisite: PER 3519.

3910 HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (3 hours)
The course will examine the history of sport and physical activity. Students will be encouraged to challenge the stereotypes of sport and to think critically about the role of organized athletics as part of the cultural fabric of the United States. The emphasis will be on the history of American sport and international events such as The Olympics, World Cup, Tour de France, and Wimbledon.

3920 LEGAL ASPECTS OF SPORTS AND RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the law as it relates to recreation and sport. The four major fields of law will be reviewed - tort law, criminal law, contract law and constitutional law.

3930 MANAGEMENT OF SPORTS FACILITIES (3 hours)
An analysis and critical study of the principles used in financing and maintaining the faculties for various sports related programs.

3950 KINESIOLOGY (3 hours)
An analysis of human movement patterns including involved musculature mechanical principles, and techniques of improving movement efficiency. Prerequisite: BIOL 2419.

3951 KINESIOLOGY LAB (1 hour)
A study of the application of kinesiology principles as they relate to the analysis of human movement patterns, including involved musculature mechanical principles and techniques of improving movement efficiency.

4101 SEMINAR IN SPORTS MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
A systematic review of the other sports management courses with an emphasis on current problems, issues and trends.

4111 SPORT PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS (3 hours)
This course is the culminating experience for students majoring in Sport Management. It is a writing intensive course and includes an in-depth study into the implementation of various programs as well as philosophical approaches to recreation and sport management. Topics to be covered will include philosophy, societal issues, ethics, and issues facing the profession in the 21st century.

4201 PRACTICUM (1-5 hours)
An ongoing relationship with an agency or group related to the student’s major interest, resulting in understanding of the purpose and methods of the agency or group. Prerequisite: Departmental acceptance. The minimum number of work experience hours is determined at the time of practicum acceptance.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff.

4448 INTERNSHIP (1-12 hours)
Practical work experience with a cooperating agent and under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. Credit is granted as a result of pre-agreement and planning of the advisor and student. The minimum number of work experience hours is determined at the time of field experience acceptance. Written work and a summary evaluation is required.

4522 RESEARCH (1 hour)
Guidance and experimentation in the process of selecting, researching, producing, revising, evaluating, submitting and presenting a topic selected by the student with input of the instructor focusing on a specialized area of athletic training. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

4552 GENERAL MEDICAL (3 hours)
A study of the signs, symptoms, and treatment of diseases and illnesses associated with the human body.

4740 ADAPTING ACTIVITIES TO SPECIAL POPULATIONS (3 hours)
Creating unique opportunities of motor skill and leisure activities for handicapped individuals and groups. Particular emphasis is given tot he construction of corrective and adapted programs, and teaching the atypical. Lecture and laboratory.

4901 CLINICAL V (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisites: PER 3520.

4902 SENIOR CLINICAL (1 hour)
Students will complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Course also helps athletic training students prepare for the Board of Certification exam and will contain a mock exam.

5850 HEALTH & PHYSICAL NEEDS OF YOUNG CHILDREN (3 hours)
A review of the growth and development of the elementary school child and the relationship of health and physical activity to learning, focusing on the whole child. Prerequisite: permission of the Instructor.