Graduates of the program are trained to assess, design, and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for athletic, apparently healthy, and/or populations with pre-existing medical conditions. There are numerous competencies expected of the entry-level Exercise and Sport Science professional employed in university, corporate, commercial, community, and clinical settings. Accordingly, Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's) for the Exercise and Sport Science program are as follows:
The goals of the BS in Exercise and Sport Science program are to prepare students to:
SLO 1: Demonstrate knowledge in human anatomy/physiology, exercise science, and nutrition for healthy, clinical, and/or athletic populations.
SLO 2: Describe how evidence-based knowledge in Exercise and Sport Science is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and disseminated; and apply evidence-based decision-making and critical thinking skills to improve the outcomes of the population served.
SLO 3: Conduct pre-participation health screenings and fitness assessments; interpret and analyze results; and develop, implement, and instruct individualized and advanced exercise training programs for apparently healthy, clinical and/or athletic populations.
SLO 4: Apply effective behavioral and motivational strategies to optimize participants' adoption and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors.
SLO 5: Utilize and demonstrate effective verbal, written and technological communication skills; and develop and integrate cultural competencies to enhance effective communication with other health professionals and varied populations served.
SLO 6: Qualify for national certification exams such as the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist and/or National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
SLO 7: Integrate and apply knowledge and skills in supervised health-fitness, clinical and/or sports performance settings.