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Health & Exercise Science Major

Division of Professional Studies

A major in health and exercise science can prepare you for a variety of careers. Whether you want to focus on health promotion, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, kinesiology or research, your degree in health and exercise science can give you the options you need to develop the career of your choosing or pursue graduate study. Get started at Bridgewater College.

Health and Exercise Science Major

Advising Templates

Consists of 48 credit hours in the following courses:

Introduction to the biological sciences coveringbiological chemistry celltissue structure andfunction genetics and microevolution. Intendedfor biology health and human sciences andenvironmental science majors. Three lectures andone lab per week.Corequisites
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraicoperations with polynomial and rationalfunctions.Solving equations and graphing expressionsinvolving polynomial and rational functions andexponential and logarithmic functions.Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and110.General education master core skill2017 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
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This course is designed to provide development ofbasic computational skills and introductoryalgebra concepts like solutions of singlevariable equations. It will also cover someintroductory statistics and probability concepts.Problem solving will be emphasized. The coursewill contain at least one project that requiresstudents to make extensive use of spreadsheetsoftware like Excel.General Education Master Core Skill

Unit(s): 3
Biology and environmental science majors shouldtake
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraicoperations with polynomial and rationalfunctions.Solving equations and graphing expressionsinvolving polynomial and rational functions andexponential and logarithmic functions.Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and110.General education master core skill2017 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
. Other students should consultwith their advisor about which course to take. General Education natural and physical sciences

Unit(s): 4

Exploration of contemporary issues in the fieldof health and exercise science including exposuretoa variety of career opportunities some of whichinclude athletic training exercise physiologyfitness physical therapy occupational therapyand recreation.

Unit(s): 3

Exploration of basic nutritional requirements foractive individuals and the relationship of propernutrition to increased health and humanperformance. Topics include how nutrients (e.g.carbohydrates proteins) can influence exerciseperformance appropriate ways to manage weightand evaluation of the role of ergogenic aids inhuman performance.

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to the structure and function of thehuman body examining the skeletal muscularcirculatory nervous digestive respiratoryurinary and reproductive systems. Lecture focuseson topics of physiologyfunction histology andtheir relation to anatomical structure while thelab focuses on descriptive anatomy. Threelectures and one lab per week.Prerequisites BIOL 110 or permissionof instructor2016 Summer Session I Begins 5-23-16

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the physiology of the human bodyincluding the physiology of enzymes andmembranes tissue physiology (nervous muscular)and a detailed survey of the physiology of themajor organ systems. Three lectures and one labper week.Prerequisites BIOL 111 or BIOL 110 and 305Credit may not be received for both BIOL 311 and314

Unit(s): 4

Examination of the function of the humanmusculoskeletal system. Selected musculoskeletalstructures and their functions as well asanalysis of movements as they relate to physicalactivity exercise and sport.Prerequisites BIOL 305 or ES 318

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the multiple determinants ofhealth and wellness from a personal and communityperspective. Through service-based learningexperiences students critically analyzeindividual social and environmental factors thatinfluence health. This course requires studentsto spend time off-campus serving at communityagencies in order to successfully fulfill courserequirements.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 ENG 110 andES-230 or permission of the instructorExperiential learning and writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

Basic physiological concepts of the nervousmuscular and energy systems including theeffect of exercise on such functions ascirculation respiration and temperatureregulation.Prerequisites BIOL 305 or ES 318

Unit(s): 3

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Concepts of administration such as devisingpolicy and procedures record-keeping budgetingfacility design risk management and productivitystandards for healthcare professionals.

Unit(s): 3

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Examination of standards and policies in theorganization supervision and administration ofhealth exercise science and athletics on allschool levels and in all phases of the program.

Unit(s): 3

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Examination of the mental healthbenefits of exercise as well as motivationalfactors involved in exercise and the manyvariables that influence exercise behavior (e.g.stress emotional states anxiety anddepression). Additionally this course exploresthe psychological antecedents and consequences ofinjury and illness.

Unit(s): 3

Capstone experience integrating the core learnedin major level courses through readings classdiscussions and projects. Additionally skillapplication occurs by completing 75 hours ofcompetency-based work in an environment relevantto the discipline and reflecting upon thisexperience in light of their knowledge and skilldevelopment.Prerequisites senior Health and Exercise Sciencemajors or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

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First of two seminar courses integrating avariety of concepts within the athletic trainingfield. This course includes a focus on exercisefitness nutrition and pharmacology. This courseincorporates a number of speaking engagementsfrom professionals in a variety of health carefields. Some of the course requirements areconducted outside of scheduled course meetingtimes and may require travel to off-campus sites.

Unit(s): 3

And 12 additional credit hours from the following courses:

In-depth exploration of the structure andfunction of the skeletal and muscular systems ofthe body. An emphasis is placed on theinterrelated functions of these systems withother body systems and the impact that age and avariety of pathologies have on them.

Unit(s): 3

Introduces a variety of business principles andpractices as a foundation for students majoringinBusiness Administration and for non-businessmajors interested in acquiring basicunderstanding of the business world. Addressesaspects of leadership and personal assessment anddevelopment through a semester-long business planproject helping students to assess theirinterest in and aptitude for various businessdisciplines.2017 Summer Session II offered as an onlinecourse

Unit(s): 3

Explores the principles and practices of howgoods servicesand ideas are developed and distributed in orderto satisfy individual and organization needswants and objectives.Emphasis is placed on the micro-marketingperspectives including product price promotionand place.Prerequisites BUS 120 and COMM 100 orpermission of instructor ECON 210 recommendedbut not required

Unit(s): 3

Overview of the functional groups and reactivityof organic molecules using biological examples.Three hours of lecture and one two-hour lab perweek.Prerequisites CHEM 125 or 162Credit may not be received for both CHEM 250 and305

Unit(s): 4

Examines the role of news advocacyscientific analysis decision and policy makingrisk perception and other factorsin the communication of issues related toscience environment and health. Providesstudents with rich theoretical backgroundcritical understanding and practical skills toproduce investigate and critique communicationprocesses related to the topics. Students in thiscourse are required to conduct field work andoriginal research write and publish news andanalytical articles.Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to research process includingformulating research questions research methodsgeneral statistical evaluation presentationand research ethics.MATH 140 recommended but not required.

Unit(s): 3

A first aidCPRAED course that provides basicand instructor level knowledge and skills neededto give immediate care to an injured or illperson. The course helps students recognize andrespond appropriately to cardiac breathing andfirst aid emergencies. The first aidCPRAEDprogram in this course offer a variety ofcombination to meet the various training needs ofa diverse audience.

Unit(s): 3

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Fundamentals of administering first aid in allitsaspects with attention to the prevention andtreatment of athletic injuries. Emphasis ongeneral safety procedures surrounding activitiesof school college and community environments.Estimated Extra Cost 2015 Interterm 125

Unit(s): 3

Practical experience in evaluation of physicalfitness and its application to the implementationof safe and effective exercise training programs.

Unit(s): 3

Administration of school health and exercisescience programs including health instructionenvironmental services and curriculum content.Methods and materials used in teaching health andexercise science as well as experiences in unitstructure and application are covered. Prerequisites ES 300WX and EDUC 215

Unit(s): 3

Preparation in scientifically sound principles ofconditioning in professional settings includingin-depth study of strength training speeddevelopment cardiovascular training flexibilitytraining and exercise program design. Principlesand concepts derived from physiology psychologyanatomy and kinesiology are practically applied.Application of principles of training to allpopulations including those with special needsand athletes.Prerequisites ES 320

Unit(s): 3

Examination of human movement from theperspectivesof motor learning motor development and motorcontrol. The basic psychological learningprinciples and theories apply to the acquisitionof motor skills and factors which may influenceskill learning are identified as is physicalgrowth and development as related to motorperformance across the lifespan.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the theoretical basesof treatment goals appropriate therapeuticmodality selection application and assessmentof the treatment response that is required forthesuccessful integration of therapeutic modalitiesinto the athletic training practice.Identification of theoretical foundations(physiology physics and safety) for appropriatedecision-making in the selection of theappropriate therapeutic modality includingappropriate psychomotor skillsfor pre-treatment assessment treatment set-upmodality application and assessment of treatmentresponse and appropriate documentation.Prerequisites ES 351 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 4

Development of rehabilitation programs for individuals recovering from injury. Uponidentification of theoretical and practicalapproach for the design of rehabilitationprotocols and the use of available rehabilitationequipment includingspecific parameters for providing exercise andrehabilitation recommendations for peopleencountering special disease illness or injurystates.Prerequisites ES 351 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 4

Examination of the field of Adapted PhysicalEducation. Exposure to recreational needs andcapabilities of people with disabilities isprovided. Practical experience in working withthe special populations as well as orientation towheelchair sports. Off campus laboratoryexperience required.

Unit(s): 3

Development of community based interventionstrategies to modify health risk behaviors withemphasis on theoretical foundations andcomprehensive program planning strategies.

Unit(s): 3

This course is meant to be a practicalapplication of the material covered in ES 427Health Promotion and Wellness. Students who havepreviously completed ES 427 will then implementthe health program they developed and dopreliminary measurements on its effectiveness.These interventions strategies will becommunity-focused to achieve behavioral changesin at-risk populations.Prerequisites ES 427

Unit(s): 3

Upon approval of the Department and the VicePresident and Dean of Academic Affairs a studentwith a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 orbetter may engage in an independent study orresearch project. One desiring to pursueindependent study or research must submit awritten description of the proposed work to thechair of the appropriate department and to theVice President and Dean for Academic Affairs bythe first day of the semester in which the studyis to be conducted. At the end of the semesterthe supervising professor files with the Registrara grade for the student and a description of thework accomplished. Credit may be received for notmore than three independent studies or researchprojects.

Unit(s): 3

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An Honors Project is one in which a studentresearches a subject by examination of relevantliterature or by experimentation or both thestudent reports the results in an accuratelydocumented and well-written paper or appropriaterepresentation of the work. Whenever the studydeals with the subject of an established coursethe student is expected to go well beyond theusual work of the course in research and inassimilation of the results as revealed in thereport. Juniors and seniors with a cumulativegrade point average of 3.40 or above may registerfor an Honors Project. One desiring to pursue anHonors Project must submit a written descriptionof his or her proposed work to the chair of theappropriate department and to the Vice Presidentand Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day ofthe semester in which the study is to beconducted. At the conclusion of the HonorsProject the supervising professor files with theRegistrar a grade for the student and adescription of the work accomplished and withtheLibrary Director a copy of the written paper orappropriate representation of the work. It isthestudents responsibility to provide the materialsfor the library in compliance with specificationsapproved by the Council on Education. TheLibraryDirector arranges for binding and storage.

Unit(s): 3

Basic nutrition concepts nutrition needsthroughout the life cycle and current nutritionissues.

Unit(s): 3

Examine issues related to geriatrics withemphasis on issues including historicalcultural biological physiologicalpsychological and social contexts. Opportunitiesfor experiential learning in residential andintermediate facilities with appropriateagencies.Prequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 Experiential learning

Unit(s): 3

A study of the effects of nutrition on the wellbeing of the athlete and the relationship of goodnutrition to optimum performance.Prerequisite FCS 240

Unit(s): 3

Basic descriptive statistics probabilityhypothesis testing correlation and regression.Statistical computer software is used to analyzedata.Prerequisites MATH 118 MATH 110 MATH 115 orsatisfactory performance on placement test

Unit(s): 3

Pressing issues confronting professionals in atechnological era. Utilizing the insights ofphilosophical and religious ethics the courseexamines the responsibilities of the professionalperson in business medicine law education theministry and other fields. Problems consideredinclude confidentiality accountabilitywhistleblowing governmental regulation andethical codes.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 ENG 110 andjunior or senior standingGeneral Education philosophy or religionEthical Reasoning Course

Unit(s): 3

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Confronts a number of modernscientific and ethical problems includingabortion genetic testing genetically modifiedplants and animals stem cells gene therapyresearch on humans and physician-assistedsuicide. Biology and biotechnology often confoundour notions of right and wrong and what ethicalbehavior is.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110General Education philosophy or religion andEthical Reasoning Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Empirical findings related to the descriptionclassification assessment etiology andtreatments of various psychological disorders. Specific disorders examined include anxietydisorders mood disorders substance-relateddisorders personalitydisorders and schizophrenia. An importantemphasis is understanding the impact ofmental illness on individuals and their familyand friends.Prerequisite PSY 101 or SOC 101 or permissionof instructor

Unit(s): 3

Surveys historical approaches basic issuesrecent research and current theoreticalperspectives in developmental psychology.Emphasis on describing and explaining the changesthat characterize physicalperceptual cognitive social and emotionaldevelopment across the lifespan.Prerequisite PSY 101 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

This major introduces students to the sub-disciplines of health and exercise science, providing students with a sound preparation upon which to develop a career or to pursue graduate study in the discipline.

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with a degree in health and exercise science?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • College of Charleston
  • University of Delaware
  • Delta State University
  • University of Florida
  • Georgia Southern University
  • James Madison University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • University of Maryland‑Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland‑Eastern Shore
  • Mississippi State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Shenandoah University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech

Or pursue a career as:

  • Adapted Physical Education Supervisor
  • Athletic Director
  • Coach
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician (MD or DO)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Principal
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Sports League Manager
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Teacher

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in a variety of Health and Human Sciences fields on the Career and Professional Resources page.

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Jill Lassiter, Associate Professor
540-828-5416
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