Exercise Science

http://www.stolaf.edu/depts/exercise-science/

Chair, 2013-14: Cynthia Book, senior seminar, activity classes, coaching volleyball

Faculty, 2013-14: Sean Ahrar, activity classes, coaching wrestling; Kurt Anderson, activity classes, coaching men’s soccer; John Bazzachini, coaching women’s hockey; Christine Daymont, activity classes, physiology of exercise, exercise prescription, coaching women’s cross country; Jeremy Driver, coaching women’s soccer; Andrea Gelle, coaching women's track and field; Sean Goldsworthy, activity classes, biomechanics, coaching men’s hockey; Daniel Hagen, certified athletic trainer; Maya Hamilton, coaching swimming, sport ethics, activity classes; Robert Hauck, nutrition, activity classes, coaching swimming; Dan Kosmoski, activity classes, coaching men’s basketball; Phil Lundin, sport ethics, activity classes, coaching men's cross country and men's track and field; Robert McCarthy, activity classes, coaching football, track and field; Matt McDonald, athletics director, coaching baseball; Scott Nesbit, activity classes, coaching men’s and women’s tennis; Ruth Neuger, coaching softball; Glen Peterson, coaching golf; Craig Stern, activity classes, coaching football; Judy Stromayer, activity classes, director of recreation; Dave Stromme, activity classes, coaching women's basketball

Exercise Science is the study of human movement, from its analysis to application in educational and sport settings. Its aim is the improvement of human performance and the enhancement of human development through the medium of physical activity throughout the lifespan. St. Olaf offers an exercise science major, a variety of activity courses to meet the general education requirements for graduation, intramural and club sports, and twenty-seven varsity sports.

overview of the major

The exercise science major at St. Olaf is designed for students interested in the advanced and specialized study of the biophysical aspects of exercise. The major supports academic linkages across the disciplines and provides excellent preparation in a wide variety of fields (such as physical therapy and rehabilitation, biomechanics, nutrition, exercise physiology, sport medicine, chiropractics, cardiac rehabilitation). It is recommended that this major be complemented by other majors or concentrations of interest to the student.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE MAJOR

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

The required courses are:

Biology 143: Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells and Tissues
Biology 243: Human Anatomy and Physiology
Exercise Science Theory 255: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
Exercise Science Theory 290: Sport Ethics in Society
Exercise Science Theory 374: Biomechanics
Exercise Science Theory 375: Physiology of Exercise
Exercise Science Theory 376: Exercise Prescription
Exercise Science Theory 390: Exercise Science Seminar
Nursing 110: Nutrition and Wellness
Psychology 125: Principles of Psychology

The department recommends:

Exercise Science 394: Academic Internship
Exercise Science 398: Independent Research
Chemistry 121: General Chemistry
Psychology 230: Research Methods in Psychology;

and completion of the biomedical studies concentration (available to students through class of 2016) or neuroscience concentration.

DISTINCTION

RELATED PROGRAMS
Biomedical Studies Concentration

Many experiential components that support the biomedical studies concentration (such as being a student athletic trainer or interning at a sports medicine clinic) exist within the Exercise Science Department. See BIOMEDICAL STUDIES for more details.

Neuroscience Concentration
Coaching Sequence

It is highly recommended that students in all teaching majors who wish to be employed as a head varsity coach of an interscholastic sport in a senior high school successfully complete the following sequence of courses: Exercise Science 238, 255, 335, 374, and 375. Students not working toward teaching certification are encouraged to enter the program if they are interested in becoming an assistant or head coach. A coaching sequence candidate must make application for acceptance to the program with the Exercise Science Department (coaching sequence advisor).

COURSES

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES (SPM): GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

The following courses fulfill Studies in Physical Movement (SPM) requirement. See also Dance Department. All .25 activities courses are repeatable; up to a total of four registrations are allowed. Students may only repeat an activity after the SPM requirement has been completed with two courses that differ from each other.

101 Archery (0.25)

Beginning level archers learn shooting skills. Students have opportunities for shooting both recurve and compound bows.

103 Golf (0.25)

This course presents an introduction/review of beginning golf skills, rules, and strategies. The course is not intended for the experienced golfer. Equipment available. Lab fee.

104 Bowling (0.25)

This course introduces students to the basic skills, techniques, and etiquette of the lifetime sport of bowling. Course fee.

106 Rock Climbing (0.25)

Students learn basic rock climbing skills, techniques, and safety procedures.

108 In-Line Skating (0.25)

Students learn basic skills and techniques of in-line skating. Equipment is required for participation.

111 Basketball (0.25)

This course offers an introduction/review of fundamental skills, rules, and drills. Students focus on basic strategy in games playing.

117 Ultimate Frisbee

Students learn the fundamental skills, rules, techniques, and strategies associated with the sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

118 Lifetime Sports and Games

This course introduces students to a wide range of lifetime sports and games. Students learn the history and origin of these activities along with the basic rules, etiquette, and strategies.

121 Beginning Swimming (0.25)

This course is for the non-swimming and the novice swimmer only.

122 Lifeguard Training (0.25)

Current first aid/CPR certification is necessary to qualify for Red Cross certification to lifeguard.

123 Water Safety Instruction (0.25)

Current first aid/CPR certification is necessary to qualify for Red Cross certification in W.S.I..

125 Canoeing (0.25)

This course offers instruction in and practice of the basic techniques of canoeing; safety in handling the canoe. Prerequisite: ability to swim. Lab fee.

128 Fly-Fishing/Fly-Tying (0.25)

This course introduces students to the lifetime sport of fly-fishing and fly-tying. Equipment available. Lab fee.

130 Swim Fitness (0.25)

This is an aerobic-based course utilizing swimming and water excersises. Prerequisite: Be able to swim 300 yards.

131 Aerobics (0.25)

Students learn and apply the basic principles of fitness through a variety of aerobic activities.

133 Individual Fitness (0.5)

Students personally apply the basic principles of exercise through conditioning, strength development, endurance training, and aerobic activities. Students participate in a wide range of assessments designed to enhance physical fitness.

134 Day Hiking

Students learn and apply the basic skills and principles of day hiking. Hiking promotes a healthy and active lifestyle and can be a fun lifelong activity. Students learn about equipment, clothing, map and GPS reading, safety issues, and fitness requirements for hiking and then apply their knowledge during a number of area hikes.

135 Jogging/Running

This is an aerobic-based course utilizing instruction and participation in running and jogging to enhance personal fitness and training knowledge.

136 Fitness Walking (0.25)

This is an aerobic-based course utilizing instruction and participation in walking to enhance personal fitness and training knowledge.

140 Weight Training (co-ed) (0.5)

Students learn the principles, techniques and safety aspects of weight-training and implement a personal training plan. Students participate in a wide range of assessments (strength, power, endurance, nutrition, flexibility, body composition, stress).

141 Weight Training Men (0.25)

Students learn the principles of training, basic techniques, and safety procedures. Students develop and implement a personal training plan during the course.

142 Weight Training Women (0.25)

Students learn the principles of training, basic techniques, and safety procedures. Students develop and implement a personal training plan during the course.

150 Racquet Sports (0.5)

This course offers instruction in basic strokes, history, rules, etiquette, and terminology of racquet sports (tennis, racquetball, badminton, pickleball, table tennis). Students participate in a wide range of assessments designed to enhance physical fitness (strength, endurance, nutrition, flexibility, body composition, stress).

151 Badminton (0.25)

This course offers instruction/review of fundamental skills, rules, and etiquette of badminton. Students focus on basic strategy in games playing.

153 Racquetball (0.25)

This course offers instruction/review of fundamental skills and rules of racquetball. Students focus on basic strategy in games playing.

157 Tennis (0.25)

This course offers instruction/review of basic strokes, history, rules, etiquette, and terminology of tennis. Students learn basic competition strategies in singles and doubles match play.

158 Intermediate Tennis (0.25)

This course is for students who can already serve, score, play the net, and know basic singles and doubles strategy. Prerequisite: Exercise Science 157, or permission of instructor.

161 Self-Defense (0.25)

Students learn a variety of practical measures to repel a physical attack, basic throws, kicks, falls, submission holds, and choke releases.

170-194 Intercollegiate Athletics (0.25)

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics may use the season of participation in a varsity sport for 0.25 course credit in exercise science activity. Only one 0.25 course can be applied toward the two 0.25 course Studies in Physical Movement (SPM) graduation requirement. In addition, an intercollegiate exercise science activity course (0.25) credit cannot be used as an elective for the purpose of earning a credit toward the 35 full course credits requirement for graduation. It can only be used once as one-half of the two-course SPM requirement. Fall: varsity football, soccer, cross-country, women's volleyball; spring: remainder of intercollegiate sports. Participants in club sports are not eligible for academic credit. Students must register for the course during the competitive season, not afterwards.

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM

238 Introduction to Coaching (0.5)

This course introduces students to the areas of sport psychology, sport administration, sport physiology, and sport pedagogy and serves as a foundation to the series of courses required for coaching certification. Successful completion of the course may include certification in the American Sport Education Program (ASEP). Offered every year.

255 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (1.0)

Students study principles pertinent to prevention of injuries in sports and physical education; treatment and care of minor injuries. The course utilizes both lecture and laboratory. Offered every year.

290 Sport Ethics in Society (1.0)

Students examine the conceptual framework for ethical decision-making using sports as a prism to examine normative perspectives. Varied ethical perspectives are analyzed through the conflicts presented in sports-related questions. Course readings and lectures examine the theoretical constructs of ethical decision-making from Christian and non-Christian positions. Prerequisite: completion of BTS-T or permission of instructor. Offered every year.

294 Internship

298 Independent Study

335 Coaching Practicum (0.25)

This course involves practice and game observation and a practicum in coaching a sport. Students are involved in practice planning and drill work, game preparation, and administration, as well as game rules and coaching strategies. This course applies toward the coaching sequence only. Prerequisite: Exercise Science 238 and permission of instructor. Offered every year.

374 Biomechanics

Students analyze mechanical principles in depth as they affect human motion. Topics include study of muscular and skeletal systems, skill analysis, and motion measurement techniques. The course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Biology 125 or consent of instructor. Offered every year.

375 Physiology of Exercise (1.0)

Students study in-depth the physiology of exercise, covering cardiovascular and muscular adaptions to exercise and factors affecting performance, including body composition, environmental influences, training implications across gender and age, and the assessment of fitness. The course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: junior standing and Biology 143 and 243 or consent of instructor. Offered every year.

376 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription

This course presents the fundamental principles of exercise testing and prescription for both healthy and special needs individuals. Students explore techniques for assessing fitness and prescribing exercise using a variety of ergometers for improvement of health fitness parameters. Students also utilize case studies and laboratory experiences. Topics include health/medical histories, submaximal graded exercise testing, and assessment of strength, flexibility, pulmonary functions, and body composition. Prerequisites: Biology 143 and 243 and Exercise Science Theory 375. Offered annually.

390 Exercise Science Seminar

Students may be co-registered for the capstone course and their final core courses in the major. Students conduct semester-long research on a topic and present their findings in the form of a research paper. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered every year.

394 Internship

396 Directed Undergraduate Research: "Topic Description"

This course provides a comprehensive research opportunity, including an introduction to relevant background material, technical instruction, identification of a meaningful project, and data collection. The topic is determined by the faculty member in charge of the course and may relate to his/her research interests. Prerequisite: Determined by individual instructor. Offered based on department decision.

398 Independent Research