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Exercise Science B.A.Sc.

Health, Physical Education & Recreation
College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2013
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 122 to 124
  • Required credits within the major: 98 to 101
  • Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
Exercise science majors engage in the study of all aspects of human movement, including motor skill development and acquisition, biomechanics, movement efficiency, physiological responses and adaptations of organ systems, anatomical development, and psycho-sociological influences. The primary program objective is to assist students in preparing themselves for success in graduate and professional studies, as well as to be competent practitioners in clinical, health-related, and sports-related professions. The bachelor of applied science degree in exercise science has foundations in mammalian biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and mathematics. After two years of science and liberal education, degree candidates engage in the advanced study of their selected concentration, focusing on professional and graduate studies or applications of exercise science (health care professions or human performance professions). Depending on the concentration selected, either an internship or research project is the capstone requirement. The exercise science curriculum uses laboratory experiences for active learning. Most upper level ESAT courses have a graded laboratory component. Students work under supervision in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Biomechanics Laboratory, and Motor Learning and Vision Laboratory. Students combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience in electrocardiography, exercise testing, exercise supervision, applied nutrition, and strength and conditioning procedures in a managed learning environment. They monitor and mentor students involved in exercise programs. Labs and other physical facilities allow learning via student research and activity. Substantial opportunities exist for interested students to conduct independent research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Such projects have potential to be presented at the local, state, and national professional meetings. This provides students with unparalleled opportunity for professional development and personal growth.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 8 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Freshman students are admitted to this program as pre-majors. Pre-majors advance to exercise science major (candidate) after completing requirements listed under "Admission to the major." Students requesting to transfer to this program must have signed approval of the exercise science faculty coordinator. Pre-majors and candidates will not be permitted to register for, and can be removed from, ESAT courses for which they have not completed all listed course prerequisites. Admission to the major (degree candidacy) is contingent upon the following: * Completion of the 8 courses listed below under Pre-Exercise Science From Other Programs. * Being within one semester of completing all University liberal education requirements. * Possessing a minimum University of Minnesota and overall (including transfer credits) 2.50 GPA.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Course (1 cr)
This course will be waived for transfer students or students who change colleges from a college where it is not required. Register course for one credit.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Pre-Exercise Science From Other Programs (33 cr)
CHEM 1153 and 1154 for exercise and sport science concentration. CHEM 1113 or CHEM 1153 and 1154 for health and fitness concentration.
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
HLTH 1470 - Human Nutrition [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (3.0 cr)
HLTH 2030 - Applied Human Anatomy (4.0 cr)
HLTH 2040 - Human Physiology (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1001 - Introduction to Physics I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
PSY 1003 - General Psychology [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1113 - Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
or CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
WRIT 3150 - Advanced Writing: Science (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3160 - Advanced Writing: Social Sciences (3.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the B.A.Sc. in exercise science include: * Compliance with general regulations governing granting of degrees. Students are required to review their degree status in the CEHSP Advising & Academic Services Office early in their senior year. * The academic progress of all pre-majors and majors is closely monitored. A 2.50 overall GPA is required to advance from pre-major to major (candidate) status. Only students admitted to the major (candidate) may register for ESAT courses that list "exercise science cand" as a prerequisite. A major (candidate) who does not possess an overall 2.50 GPA will return immediately to pre-major status. Such student will not be permitted to enroll in or remain enrolled in any ESAT course that lists "exercise science cand" as a prerequisite. * Degree candidates must complete at least 20 of the last degree credits immediately before graduation at UMD.
ESAT Core Courses (26 cr)
Required for all concentrations
ESAT 3200 - Motor Learning and Development (5.0 cr)
ESAT 3300 - Human Biomechanics (4.0 cr)
ESAT 3400 - Exercise Physiology (4.0 cr)
ESAT 3410 - Performance Nutrition and Weight Management (4.0 cr)
ESAT 3420 - Exercise Testing and Prescription (4.0 cr)
ESAT 3440 - Clinical Exercise Physiology (5.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)
Special Interest
The bachelor of applied science (B.A.S.) in exercise science, with a concentration in a special area of interest,prepares students for admission to graduate programs in exercise science, the traditional health professions, and clinically allied professions. Special areas of interest fall outside the approved concentrations in health and fitness, and exercise sport science. They are subject to approval by the department. The required curriculum includes a liberal education background, a core of basic and applied sciences, ESAT core courses, and either a senior project or an internship in a sport, exercise, educational, or public service/workplace setting. This special area of study is primarily for students who intend to pursue advanced degrees in an exercise science specialization or to seek admission to a professional program in the health sciences that falls outside of the preparation given in the other concentrations.
Special Area Courses (30 credits)
Working in consultation with their academic adviser, the student develops a plan for this concentration prior to being admitted to candidacy. The plan must include a minimum of 25 credits. Courses come from appropriate academic disciplines and must be 3xxx or 4xxx level. The plan must include a statement of how each selected course fits into the "Special Area". After adviser and departmental approval, the plan's courses will comprise the student's concentration.
Special Area Courses
Math Requirement
MATH 1160 - Finite Mathematics and Introduction to Calculus [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
Exercise and Sport Science
The bachelor of applied science (B.A.S.) in exercise science with a concentration in exercise and sport science prepares students for admission to graduate programs in exercise science (biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports psychology), the health professions (including medicine, physician assistant, occupational and physical therapy), and clinically applied professions such as clinical exercise physiologist and cardiac rehabilitation.
The required curriculum includes a liberal education background, a core of basic and applied sciences, and courses in the exercise science subdisciplines, and either a senior project or an internship in a sport, exercise, educational, or public service/workplace setting. This area of study is primarily for students who intend to pursue advanced degrees in an exercise science specialization or to seek admission to a professional program in the health sciences.
Exercise and Sport Science Core Courses (8 cr)
ESAT 4700 - Statistics and Research Methods in Exercise Science (4.0 cr)
ESAT 4710 - Applied and Experimental Exercise Science (4.0 cr)
Courses From Other Programs (33 cr)
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II [SUSTAIN] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1002 - Introduction to Physics II (5.0 cr)
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II (1.0 cr)
Electives
Take 13 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 2101 - Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 2201 - Genetics (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 3703 - Animal Physiology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 4501 - General Microbiology (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 2222 - Quantitative Analysis (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 2223 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1.0 cr)
· CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 2542 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0 cr)
· CHEM 2544 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
· CHEM 3322 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 3324 - Biochemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
· ESAT 2420 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· ESAT 3210 - Exercise Adherence (3.0 cr)
· ESAT 3430 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning Programs (4.0 cr)
· PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3121 - Abnormal Psychology (4.0 cr)
Health and Fitness
The bachelor of applied science (B.A.S.) in exercise science, with a concentration in health fitness, prepares students for professional involvement with clients in clinical, commercial, corporate, and service agency fitness and health programs. The curriculum prepares students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for professionals in clinical and health-related programs. Completion of the degree program does not ensure ACSM certification.
Health and Fitness Core Courses (19 cr)
ESAT 2420 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
ESAT 3210 - Exercise Adherence (3.0 cr)
ESAT 3430 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning Programs (4.0 cr)
ESAT 3432 - Exercise Leadership (3.0 cr)
ESAT 3450 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
ESAT 4996 - Internship (3.0-12.0 cr)
Courses From Other Programs (19-20 cr)
HLTH 1100 - Health and Wellness Strategies for Life [LE CAT8] (3.0 cr)
HLTH 1700 - First Responder (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3307 - Conducting and Managing Worksite Health Promotion Programs (3.0 cr)
HPER 3100 - Risk Management (2.0 cr)
PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods (4.0 cr)
MATH 1160 - Finite Mathematics and Introduction to Calculus [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1250 - Precalculus Analysis [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
 
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