Program Requirements

Hours: 27

The Exercise Science and Fitness (ESF) Minor provides students with scientific and applied knowledge in the areas of prevention, physical activity, physical fitness, and human performance across the lifespan.

The program emphasizes:

  • anatomic, biomechanical, and physiological principles of kinesiology and human performance,
  • identification and assessment of individual differences and specialized needs for health and fitness,
  • selection and implementation of scientifically validated and population appropriate fitness interventions, and
  • interprofessional roles and responsibilities in developing and administering physical fitness and performance enhancement programs. 

Students integrate laboratory experiences with service to the community to promote physical activity as an essential component of health, well-being, and quality of life.  Program graduates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to  successfully challenge the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certifying examinations in strength and conditioning (CSCS) and personal training (NSCA-CPT).

Minor Courses - 27 credits

ACT 160Strength Training (1)

BIO 197Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (4) N/CN

BIO 197AHuman Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (LAB) (0) N/CN

BIO 198Human A&P for Hlth Sci II (4) N

BIO 198AHuman Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences II (LAB) (0) N

ESF 330Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement (3)

ESF 350Exercise Physiology (4)

ESF 350AExercise Physiology (LAB) (0)

ESF 422Athletic Conditioning and Performance (4)

ESF 422AAthletic Conditioning and Performance(LAB) (0)

ESF 470Prin of Exercise Prescription and Assessment (4)

ESF 470APrin of Exercise Prescription and Assessment (LAB) (0)

HLT 320Epidemiology of Physical Activity (3)

Residency requirement: 6 hours
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in those 6 hours