Students interested in the sports 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 Sports Studies:
(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
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.
Sociological Perspectives on Sport.
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.
Philosophical Perspectives on Sport.
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
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.
Principles of Health and Wellness. (1 unit)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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