Minor Requirements

Students interested in the sport science and exercise science minor must complete a five-course sequence. Students will be advised by the department's director of instructional progress.

Courses in Sport Studies:

107. Functional Anatomy. (1 unit) The primary focus of this course is on human anatomy and physiology. Lectures and laboratory experiences emphasize the musculoskeletal, articular, nervous and vascular systems. It also introduces the student to career opportunities associated with exercise science. Laboratory sessions supplement the course. It is recommended that this course be taken during the spring semester of the first year.

115. Introduction to Kinesiology. (1 unit)
This is the introductory course for the minor in sports studies and exercise science. It focuses on the study of physical activity from theoretical/conceptual, experiential and professional practice frameworks. Sociocultural, behavioral and biophysical perspectives of physical activity are explored. Emphasis is on the role of physical activity in human development throughout the lifespan. The relationship of physical activity to the structures of school, community, workplace and the natural environment is studied.

212. Sociological Perspectives on Sport. (1 unit)
This course is a study of the structural dimensions of the social phenomenon of sport. Attention is directed toward examining the relationship between sport as a social institution and other dominant patterns of social interaction. While sports in the United States are the primary focus, other societies are examined as well.

216. Philosophical Perspectives on Sport. (1 unit)
An introduction to sport through a philosophical perspective. Primary emphasis is on a general notion of reality, knowledge and values and their relationship to sport. The implications of the impact of sport on education and leisure lifestyle patterns are explored.

234. Human Exercise Physiology. (1 unit)
This course addresses the structure and function of the organs and systems of the human body and their physiological changes resulting from exercise. Beginning with the study of the health benefits of physical activity, emphasis is on the study of the human capacity for exercise and the use of physiological principles to improve physical fitness and performance in sport and physical activity. Laboratory sessions supplement the course.

248. Principles of Health and Wellness. (1 unit)
This course addresses health and wellness issues that society currently encounters. Topics include nutrition, fitness, obesity, stress management and adherence. Physical inactivity is studied as a disease risk factor. The health impact of lifestyle and behavioral choices is studied.

306. Human Growth and Motor Development. (1 unit)
This course traces human growth and motor development from the prenatal stage through old age. Infancy, childhood and adolescent development are explored in the dimensions of motor skill acquisition, social/emotional development and cognition through the context of physical activity. The adult years are then studied in physical, social/emotional and cognitive perspectives with focus on the impact of physical activity on the aging process.

319. Sport Medicine. (1 unit)
This course provides background in the care and prevention of injuries to athletes. Class topics include nutrition, physical fitness and modern techniques of sports medicine. Lab sessions include basic skills in first aid and evaluation and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Prerequisites: SSES 115 or 216 and/or permission of instructor.

320. Coaching Theory. (1 unit)
This course provides an overview of the philosophies and practices of coaching. Professional responsibilities, management styles and coach/athlete interaction styles are examined as they pertain to all aspects of the coaching challenge. Prerequisites: SSES 115 or 216 and 319.

390. Independent Study. (1 unit)
An opportunity to pursue specialized study or research under faculty supervision. Proposals must be presented to the department chair (or designee) for approval. Students may not earn more than one semester of credit for this course.

391. Internship. (1 unit)
Internships are available in such areas as sport medicine, fitness and sport management. Each is designed as a student-arranged study that is comprised of a structured experience with an organization or institution and involves intensive work on a particular project.

415. SYE: Senior Seminar. (1 unit)
Advanced study on topics and issues evident in contemporary sport and exercise science. Permission required. Available to SSES minors only.

490. SYE:  Independent Study. (1 unit)
The course offers seniors who minor in sports studies and exercise science the opportunity to pursue advanced study or research under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Permission required.

The following courses may also receive credit toward the minor:

240. Human Anatomy.

An introduction to the principles and science of anatomy and physiology. In lectures, students learn the essential concepts that underlie human physiology. The lab is dedicated to the study of human anatomy and the relationship between anatomical form and function. The course is intended to increase the appreciation of the vast complexity of vertebrate anatomy and one’s own biology. Prerequisites: Biology 101, 102 or equivalent.

255. Sport Psychology.
This course is designed to develop understanding of human behavior and mental processes in sport and exercise settings. Topics that we examine include: (a) psychosocial aspects (e.g., motivation, psychological responses to injury, aggression) involved in the sport training process and competition among adults, youth and children at all skill levels, (b) psychological skills training for athletic performance (e.g., relaxation, self-talk, mental routines), (c) sport group dynamics (e.g., leadership, communication) and (d) major exercise psychology concepts and issues (e.g., exercise adherence, motives for participation, and exercise and psychological well-being).