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2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science and Wellness Management Program


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Mission

The mission of the bachelor of science in health science in exercise science and wellness management is to provide a foundation for students who want to learn about fitness, health, sports, recreation program management, exercise, and health promotion.

Vision

The vision is to prepare students to work in the fitness and health industry, helping individuals to use exercise, diet, and activities to create wellness and balance in living. 

Goals

The exercise science and wellness management program combines a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences with concentrated studies in how physical activity programs and wellness can improve health and well-being in a variety of individual lives. The program goals are to prepare graduates who can: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the sport, fitness, and recreation management fields.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to real-life wellness, sport, wellness, fitness, and recreation programs.
  • Communicate in a professional manner, using written, oral, and electronic methods.
  • Demonstrate planning and organizational skills. 
  • Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the humanistic and ethical aspects of fitness, wellness, and health service delivery.

Students who satisfy all curriculum requirements will earn a bachelor of science in health sciences with a major in exercise science and wellness management. Exercise science and wellness management students must complete 124 credits for their degree. Students in other majors may minor in exercise science and wellness management if they meet USciences criteria for a 19-credit minor. The curriculum includes an opportunity for independent work under the guidance of a faculty advisor. 

Overview of Major

The demand for exercise science and wellness management majors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2018, as individuals recognize the value of fitness, wellness, recreation, and leisure services. Demand will also increase because of attrition and retirement of present workers. As more employers recognize the benefits of fitness and wellness programs, they will demand more fitness and health managers to design and manage programs for their workers (www.bls.gov).

You will be prepared to pursue employment in positions such as:

  • Medical fitness
  • Corporate wellness
  • Team marketing or management
  • Activities, sport, and recreation director
  • Fitness trainer or director
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sport or recreation coach
  • Health educator
  • Health-related product sales
  • Sport equipment sales

The program also serves as a preparation for further studies in a wide range of graduate educational curricula, including USciences’ MS and PhD in health policy, MS in biomedical writing, DrOT, and MBA in pharmaceutical business programs.

Program Objectives:

  • Knowledge of field: 
    • Describe structure and function of the body.
    • Design programs that help individuals prevent illness and injury and maintain their health.
    • Design programs that promote health and active living.
  • Communication: 
    • Communicate in a professional manner, using written, oral, and electronic methods.
  • Planning and learning: 
    • Use information technology to seek information and skills.
    • Utilize effective planning and organizational skills. 
  • Human dimension:
    • Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the humanistic and ethical aspects of fitness and health service delivery.
  • Application of knowledge and skills:
    • Select a target area or project and design appropriate services for the population and a strategy for marketing and funding the program. 

Program Description

The exercise science and wellness management major is a unique combination of fitness, health, and management courses. Learning will begin with a foundation in science and a consideration of how the body works. Wellness is emphasized rather than illness and pathology. An internship experience facilitates the integration of all program requirements. The program prepares students for a career in a variety of health and fitness settings. For specialized and advanced practice areas, you can seek additional certifications under the supervision of your advisor and instructors.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Degree


Exercise science and wellness management majors must complete a minimum of 124 credit hours and satisfy requirements for a BSHS degree. Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center. The credit hours will be distributed as follows:

General Education and Other Foundational Courses (62 credits)


Exercise science and wellness management students complete the following general education and other foundational courses:

  • Free Electives Credits: 3
  • General Education Electives Credits: 9
  • Humanities Discipline Requirements (two courses) Credits: 6
  • Intellectual Heritage (two courses) Credits: 6

Foundational Courses in Health Sciences (15 credits)


Students must complete 15 credits in foundational courses in or related to health sciences. These credits will be distributed as follows:

  • Natural Science Credits: 8
    Courses must be numbered 200 or above.
    Recommended courses include BS 205 /206 - Human Structure and Function I and II, BS 207/208 - Human Structure and Function I and II Laboratory, and PY 201/202 - Introductory Physics I and II.
  • Research Credits: 6
    Courses may include SS 221/222 - Research Design and Statistical Analysis I and II, SS 400 - Qualitative Methods, and ST 310 - Introduction to Biostatistics.

Fieldwork (3 credits)


Courses are designed to provide a practical community-based education experience related to an area of health study. Courses may include a community-based service learning experience or a clinical education experience. New courses are frequently created. For an updated listing, students are encouraged to look at the service-learning component of the USciences website. Courses should be approved by the academic advisor to ensure that they meet the BSHS requirements for fieldwork.

Some examples are:

Special Certification/Special Requirements


  • Students will be highly encouraged to complete First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Students are required to seek certification in a specialty area that is congruent with their interests and field experiences. Examples are Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP), or Human Fitness Specialist (HFS).

Sample Exercise Science and Wellness Management (BSHS) Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2008 (graduating class of 2012)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • General Education Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Elective Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 16


Third Year


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 12


Total Credits: 124


Sample Exercise Science and Wellness Management (BSHS) Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009 and beyond (graduating classes of 2013 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Elective Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • General Education Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Elective Credits: 3
  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 16


Third Year


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Health Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Health Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Health Science Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • Health Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Health Science Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Total Minimum Credits: 124


Faculty


Bryan Kim
BS, MS (University of Florida); PhD (Temple)
Instructor in Exercise Science and Wellness Management
Coordinator, Health Sciences
Phone: 215.596.7391
E-mail: b.kim@usciences.edu

Karin Richards, CWP, CWPC, NSCA, ACSM, ACE, CPT/GFI
BS (North Carolina Wesleyan); MS (Slippery Rock)
Instructor in Exercise Science and Wellness Management
Director, Exercise Science and Wellness Management and Health Science Programs
Phone: 215.596.8693
E-mail: k.richar@usciences.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Melissa Crucie, CSCS, ATC
BS (University of Delaware); MS (California University of Pennsylvania)

Janet DeSipio
BA (Lehigh); MSPAS (Beaver)

Deborah Zayon, CWP
BS (East Stroudsburg)

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