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Exercise Science

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Exercise Science 2017-03-23T22:22:25+00:00

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in the four principle fitness sectors of sport, industry, health and education. The program culminates in an internship experience allowing students to apply their knowledge of exercise science and physiology in a professional setting working with clients and a research seminar in which the student designs an exercise program for an identified population.

Learning Outcomes

  • Effectively communicate content related to the field of exercise science in oral and written formats to appropriate clientele. (GELO I)
  • Apply scientific principles/theories of healthy behavior to prescribe exercise as a therapeutic and preventive modality.  (GELO II and V)
  • Produce solutions to problems related to responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise through the use of scientific assessment methods.    (GELO II)
  • Evaluate the behavioral and cultural factors that influence the adoption and maintenance of a physically active lifestyle. (GELO III)
  • Articulate the ethical standards of exercise science by applying professional behavior consistent with an understanding of the societal and individual importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. (GELO IV)
  • Synthesize information to design solutions for wellness concerns among individuals and communities in real world settings. (GELO V)

Why Study This Program?

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in the four principle fitness sectors of sport, industry, health and education. Students take courses in anatomy and physiology, the biomechanics of human movement and the application of these concepts to applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation to promote a healthy lifestyle in individuals and communities.

The program culminates in an internship experience allowing students to apply their knowledge of exercise science and physiology in a professional setting working with clients and a research seminar in which the student designs an exercise program for an identified population. This theory to practice approach to learning is what distinguishes our program from other programs!

Experiences & Opportunities

In addition to standard equipment, the lab is equipped a whole slate of Vernier hand held devices and probe sets to allow for direct hands-on experiences. Additionally, a required internship component and senior research seminar ensure students will receive the experiential learning needed to be successful upon graduation.

Careers

After graduation from the proposed program, students will be well positioned for entry into graduate study in the field since the curriculum includes a research sequence of courses. Currently, eight institutions in the state of Illinois offer graduate study in the field including the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University.
After graduation from the proposed program, employment opportunities include such positions as:

  • Entry-level exercise physiologists in physicians’ offices
  • Entry-level exercise physiologists in health clinics
  • Entry-level exercise physiologists in hospitals
  • Entry-level exercise physiologists in fitness centers
  • Entry-level exercise physiologists in specialized studios (e.g., yoga, pilates)
  • Entry-level exercise physiologists in retirement centers
  • Entry-level exercise physiologists on cruise ships
  • Entry-level exercise physiologists in camps and park districts
  • Strength coaches
  • Managerial positions in corporate wellness programs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that employment opportunities as an exercise physiologist are projected to grow by 11% between 2014 and 2024 with a median income of $47,010 per year, and athletic training positions are projected to grow by 21% during that same time period with a median income of $44,670. Moreover, the general health care and social assistance sector of employment has been projected to grow by 23% allowing greater opportunity for employment after graduation

Required Coursework

Degree Requirements:
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science curriculum (70 hours)

Foundation Courses (24 hours – may be completed in general education) – C or better required
BIO 107  Anatomy and Physiology I (4) (pre. BIO 102)
BIO 108  Anatomy and Physiology II (4)  (pre. C or better in BIO 107)
BIO 112  Nutrition (3)
CHM 101  Fundamentals of Chemistry (4) (pre. College-level math placement)  IAI P1.902L  – or –  CHM 140 General Chemistry I  IAI – P1 902L
PSY 208  Developmental Psychology (3)  IAI S6.902
PHY 204  College Physics I (4) (pre. C or better inMAT 125)
PER 102  First Aid and Safety (2)

Mathematics (7 hours – may be completed in general education) – C or better required
MAT 110  Elementary Statistics (3)  IAI M1.902
MAT 125  Pre-Calculus  (4)

Exercise Science Core Courses (33 hours)C or better in each of the following and all prerequisites
EXS 201  Principles of Exercise (2)
EXS 205  Foundations of Exercise Science (3) (pre. BIO 108; PSY 208)
EXS 215  Kinesiology (4)-L (pre. BIO 108; PHY 204)
EXS 320  Exercise Physiology (4)-L (pre. EXS 205)
EXS 330  Principles of Resistance Training (3) (pre. EXS 201)
EXS 335  Exercise Psychology (3) (pre. PSY 208; EXS 205 or concurrent)
EXS 353  Research Methods in Exercise Science (3) (pre. MAT 110 and EXS 205)
EXS 360  Nutrition for Physical Performance (3) (pre. BIO 112; EXS 320)
EXS 390  Biomechanics of Human Movement (4)-L (pre. EXS 215)
EXS 405  Exercise Assessment and Prescription (4)-L (pre. EXS 320;330;360;390)  

Senior Coursework (6 hours)
EXS 491  Exercise Science Internship (3) (pre. Lead Faculty Approval)
EXS 495  Research Seminar in Exercise Science (3) (pre. EXS 353)

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours at 300 level or above
  • Final 30 hours completed at Lincoln College
  • Final Lincoln College cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above
  • Complete Lincoln College general education requirements (may be completed through AA or AS at Lincoln College or any regionally accredited institution)