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Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation, A.S.

Requirements

Students who complete an Associate's Degree in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation have received the basic knowledge necessary to continue their education in a Bachelor's Program or pursue employment in the Fitness industry.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
Complete one of the following:  3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors) (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (recommended for Social Science majors) (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra     (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0) (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors)   
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries  (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (recommended for Business majors)  (3.0)  
Complete one of the following:  3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:   
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:   
  Biology ( ZOOL 1090 strongly recommended)  3
  Physical Science  3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science ( ZOOL 2320 and ZOOL 2325 strongly recommended) 3
  Humanities Distribution  3
  Fine Arts Distribution  3
  Social/Behavioral Science  3
Discipline Core Requirements: 16 Credits
  EXSC 270G Foundations of Exercise Science 3
Complete 13 credits from the following:  13
  CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4.0)  
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy (3.0)  
and ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory (1.0)  
  ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology (3.0)  
and ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory (1.0)  
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics (4.0)  
  EXSC 2500 Sports Medicine (3.0)  
and EXSC 2510 Sports Medicine Lab (1.0)  
  PETE 2100 Skill Analysis I (3.0)  
  PETE 2200 Skill Analysis II (3.0)  
  PETE 2300 Skill Analysis III (3.0)  
  Any EXSC or PETE courses approved by department (maximum of 2 hours may be applied to graduation)  
Elective Requirements: 9 Credits
  Complete any 1000-level or higher  9

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
Quantitative Literacy
MATH 1050 recommended (4) 4
Biology Distribution ZOOL 1090 recommended 3
PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy (Core Elective) 3
ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab (Core Elective) 1
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing  3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
CHEM 1110 Elem. Chemistry Health Sciences (Physical Science Distribution) 4
  Semester total: 14
Notes: Extra credit hours are acquired as students take the suggested Chemistry classes.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology (Core Elective) 3
ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Lab (Core Elective) 1
  American Institutions 3
  Social/Behavioral Science Distribution (PSY 1010 recommended) 3
  General Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
EXSC 270G Foundations of Exercise Science 3
  Third Science Distribution 3
  General Elective 5
EXSC 2500 or
STAT 2040
Sports Medicine (with EXSC 2510 - Sp. Med. Lab) or Principles of Statistics 4
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 60

Department

Name:

Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation

Location:

BL 147

Telephone:

801-863-8439

Email:

Michael.Bohne@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/exercisescience/

Chair:

Michael Bohne

 
 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation is consistent with the College’s Mission in its commitment to providing students with excellent professional, ethical, and exciting educational experiences through modern, effective pedagogical and scholarly approaches. Baccalaureate programs offered in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) and Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation (with concentrations in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation Management)  provide a broad discipline approach for optimal promotion of physical activity, recreation, fitness, health, wellness, and quality of life for all. The curricula are balanced in theory and application and are specifically designed to provide students with experiential education that promotes leadership, teamwork, service learning, values, diversity, and lifelong learning. To best serve our students, curricula have been designed to reflect current market demands. Depending on the specific area of study, graduates from this program will possess exceptional knowledge and skills and be well prepared for careers and/or graduate school in the following areas:

  • Medicine
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Fitness Trainer/Technician
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Teaching/Coaching
  • Travel/Tourism
  • Recreational Sports Administration
  • Federal and State Land Management Agencies
  • Programs for At Risk Youth
  • Resource Management

In addition to preparing students for professional opportunities or graduate study in related fields, the program is intended to prepare all students for a variety of professional certifications offered in their respective fields of study. The faculty in the department work collaboratively and strive to support the Mission through our commitment to outstanding teaching, mentorship, service, and professional and scholarly development.

 
 

Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation

Program Coordinators:

  • Exercise Science: Michael Bohne
  • Office: BL 147k
  • Telephone: 801-863-8439
  • Email:   Michael.Bohne@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 238
  • Outdoor Recreation: Betsy Lindley
  • Office: PE 147g
  • Telephone: 801-863-6094
  • Email: lindlebe@uvu.edu
  • Physical Education Teacher Education: Shaunna McGhie
  • Office: PE 147m
  • Telephone: 801-863-8663
  • Email: shaunna.mcghie@uvu.edu
  • Advisor: Kristine Farnswarth
  • Office: PE 147A
  • Telephone: 801-863-7508
  • Email:  farnswkr@uvu.edu

Programs

The Department of Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation offers two 4-year degrees. One offers a BA or BS in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation with a choice of emphasis in Exercise Science or Outdoor Recreation. Students completing the Exercise Science emphasis will be qualified for several different graduate schools and a variety of jobs including fitness and health promotion, exercise testing, corporate wellness, clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehab, etc. This major could also lead to acceptance into medical, dental, physical therapy and other professional or graduate schools. 

The Exercise Science curriculum has been designed to address student needs and market demands. Students have the opportunity to practice and understand what they learn in the classroom. Our Biomechanics and Human Performance Laboratories contain state-of-the-art equipment used for lab classes and student research projects. Our equipment includes Biodex Balance System SD and a Biodex System 4, Vicon motion analysis with 12 cameras and 3 force plates, Bod Pod, 16 channel wireless EMG system, treadmills, cycle ergometers, metabolic carts, and other equipment to facilitate labs and research projects.

Students completing the Outdoor Recreation emphasis are qualified to become park interpreters, resort recreation directors, corporate recreation managers, or community recreation directors. Supported by a strong background in recreation theory, with courses like Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Risk Management, students also choose from a variety of land and water-based skills courses, including park management, program planning, backpacking, mountain biking, avalanche awareness, canoeing, and whitewater kayaking. More than a career, a major in Outdoor Recreation teaches leadership for life because graduates exit the program with enhanced personal responsibility and ability to overcome barriers.

The second Bachelor degree is the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) degree.

Graduates from the UVU Physical Education K-12 Teacher Education (PETE) program will be specifically qualified to teach developmentally appropriate physical education to the increasingly diverse population of students in the K-12 schools in the State of Utah. Their preparation will help meet the anticipated demands for quality elementary, as well as secondary, physical educators in the twenty-first century. Successful completion of this program leads to Licensure in the State of Utah.

The department also offers a minor in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation which can be combined with other college-wide bachelor degrees. The minor provides students with a broad academic knowledge of the foundational and scientific principles in the field of Exercise Science and can lead to careers in the fitness industry.

 
 

Faculty

Michael Bohne(2007)

Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Department Chair, Faculty



B.S., Physical Education, M.S., Exercise Science, Utah State University; Ph.D., Sport & Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado.

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Bret Boyer(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.S., Sports Medicine, M.A., Health, Brigham Young University; D.P.T., Physical Therapy, Creighton University.

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Andrew Creer(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.S., Physical Education, Utah State University; M.S., Exercise Science, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Human Bioenergetics, Ball State University.

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Ellis Jensen(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.S., Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Molecular Biology, Ph.D., Bioenergetics, East Carolina University.

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Betsy Lindley(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, Health & Physical Education, Berry College; M.Ed., Physical Education, Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Education, University of Minnesota.

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Kemal Makasci(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey; Ph.D., Physical Education Teacher Education, University of Nebraska Lincoln.

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Shaunna Mcghie(2002)

Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.S., Physical Education, M.A., Education, Ed.D., Physical Education, Brigham Young University.

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M. Miner(1975)

Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.S., Recreation/Physical Education Management, M.A., Recreation/Physical Education Administration, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Adult Learning and Technology, University of Wyoming.

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Steven Namanny(2015)

Instructor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.S., Physical Education & Recreation, Utah Valley University; M.S., Sports Conditioning & Performance, Southern Utah University.

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Robert Sawyer(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Physical Education, Utah State University; Ph.D., Exercise Science, Brigham Young University.

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Tyler Standifird(2015)

Associate Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.S., Exercise Science, University of Utah; M.S., Exercise Science, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Kinesiology & Sports Studies, University of Tennessee - Knoxville.

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Laura Wheatley(2016)

Lecturer

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.A., Social Sciences Education,M.S., Exercise Physiology, Illinois State University; Ph.D., (ABD), Exercise Physiology, University of Utah.

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Scott Williams(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Faculty



B.A., German Studies, Weber State University; M.S., Recreation, M.S., Business Management, Ph.D. (ABD), Health & Human Performance, University of Florida.

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Careers

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Students who complete an Associate's Degree in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation have received the basic knowledge necessary to continue their education in a Bachelor's Program or pursue employment in the Fitness industry. Possible positions might include personal trainers, group fitness instructors, fitness coordinators, sport coaches or other entry level positions in a recreational or clinical setting.

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