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Exercise Science Course Offerings

ESC 205 Nutrition for Fitness and Sport

3 credits

The course entails the study of basic concepts of nutrition and the effects of sound nutritional practices on everyday life and sports. The course is designed to allow students to apply nutritional concepts to enhance athletic performance and general wellness. Open only to exercise science majors. Open to other majors by consent of instructor and department chair. Fall

ESC 206 Personal and Community Health

2 credits

A study of the practical application of health principles concerning personal and community health and wellness. Topics include health promotion, healthy people 2010/2020, as well as current topics of concern for personal and community health. Students will discuss different views of professionals in the health field and form opinions based on evidence collected. Spring

ESC 207 Advanced Functional Anatomy

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to strengthen the students’ knowledge of general musculoskeletal anatomy with an emphasis on the upper and lower extremities. This course will focus on origins, insertions, and nerve innervations of key muscles that promote movement as well as bony anatomical landmarks with regards to the skeletal system. The student will also gain a thorough foundation of how the muscle groups contribute to and produce functional movement during physical activity. Prerequisite: BIO 206. This course cannot be used to satisfy the General Education requirements for natural and physical sciences. Spring

ESC 209 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning

4 credits

This course examines the responses and adaptations to resistive, anaerobic, and aerobic exercise and training. It utilizes practical application of scientific principles to human physical conditioning programs with emphasis on enhancement of maximum strength, power and endurance exercise for various populations. Lab will focus on skill acquisition and exercise prescription in weight training, assessment, flexibility, plyometrics, and cardiovascular fitness. (Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab.) Prerequisites: BIO 206, 207, and 216. Spring

ESC 405 Advanced Cardiovascular/Respiratory Physiology

3 credits

Students will engage in the investigation and discussion of function, pathological correlation, and diagnostic procedures as it relates to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Emphasis will be placed on the basic knowledge, use, and interpretation of EKG and spirometry studies. Prerequisite: BIO 207. (Spring of odd numbered years)

ESC 406 Administration in Exercise Science

3 credits

This course examines the various issues, policies, and procedures involved with administration in exercise science. Emphasis is on facility organization and design, legal liability, personnel management, budgeting, equipment purchasing, and record keeping and promotions. Special topics will be related to fitness and wellness center administration. Spring

ESC 407 Seminar in Health Science

2 credits

A course designed to address major issues and special topics in the health care fields. Particular attention will be given to the professional development, employment settings and graduate opportunities, the role of allied health professionals, and legal, political, ethical, and other controversial issues affecting the health care professions. Special topics relating to technological advances, research, pharmacology, and special populations, evaluation and treatment techniques will be addressed. Prerequisite: exercise science majors or biology major, with pre-physical therapy option, only. Spring

ESC 408 Research Methods in Health Science

3 credits

This course is designed to develop an understanding of research methodology pertaining to various designs commonly used within the health science field. Relevant issues within the Health Science professions, including Exercise Science and Physical Therapy will be used to promote further understanding and build a foundation for student-designed research.  Specific attention is directed toward formal written communication to develop a research project for the capstone course.  Prerequisites:  MAT 215; exercise science majors only.  Fall

ESC 409 Certification (CSCS) Prep

1 credit

The purpose of this course is to help the students prepare for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam which can be taken upon graduation. Topics and concepts will be reviewed throughout the entire semester in correspondence with the main principles of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  Students will take multiple practice exams and learn study techniques to help with preparation and registration for the Certification exam.

ESC 415 Assessment and Screening Procedures

3 credits

This course is designed to help the student learn how to assess/screen their patients/clients to determine the level of dysfunction and/or ability to perform required actions of daily living and/or sport. General principles of examination will include anatomical nomenclature, taking a history, observation, palpation, and examination of motion, strength and neurological status. Additionally, students will learn how to use specific assessment tools such as the FMS, SFMA, YBT, and PPE screening.

ESC 465 Internship in Exercise Science

3-6 credits

The internship is for senior Exercise Science majors to gain practical experience with cooperating healthcare facilities, corporations, health clubs, or athletic teams. All internships will continue for one academic semester for at least ten weeks. Students will engage with program development and continuation throughout the course of their experience. In addition, students will engage in reflective and engaging course experience to help enhance their internship experience. The student must submit a written internship request to the Program Director and the request must be approved by the advisor, program director, department chair, and university before formal application to cooperating agencies is initiated. Interns will keep an hour log and journal of experiences evaluating their experiences. Fall

ESC 475 Advanced Faith and Learning Integration

3 credits

In the spirit of the mission of Waynesburg University, this course intends to provide junior and senior level students with an unparalleled opportunity to integrate the Bible materials and its history of interpretation to the academic disciplines. Students who wish to engage in this level of theological reflection on vocation should consult with both their academic advisors and with the Chair of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Major Program. See page 80 for further information. This course will not substitute for senior capstone/research courses required in the majors. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; three credits in BMS courses; 3.00 minimum grade point average. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

ESC 195, 295, 395, 495 Special Topics

3 credits

ESC 499 Capstone

3 credits

This course involves the completion of a research project developed and designed in Research Methods in Health Science. The student will carry out the research, analyze the data, evaluate ethical considerations, and present the project with a potentially publishable paper and/or a formal presentation of the research.  This is an independent project, but the student will work closely with the course instructor and chosen mentors.