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Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation - Exercise Science Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

The Exercise Science curriculum has been designed to address student needs and current market demands. Through practical experiences in laboratory settings using state of the art equipment such as the Biodex S4, students are exposed to real life rehabilitation experiences as well as  researching functional abilities and performance aspects of collegiate athletes. Additional classroom and lab experiences allow students to conduct 3-D motion analysis, measure muscle activity using wireless EMG technology, and analyze gait patterns using the GaitRite System, as well as conducting assessments to determine maximum oxygen uptake (VO2 Max), body composition, and anaerobic power.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 36 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) 
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0) 
or 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: 
  BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
  Physical Science  3
  ZOOL 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
  Humanities Distribution  3
  Fine Arts Distribution  3
  Social/Behavioral Science  3
Discipline Core Requirements: 16 Credits
  EXSC 3500 Kinesiology 3
  EXSC 3550 Motor Learning and Control 3
  EXSC 3750 Psychosocial Aspects of Human Performance 2
  EXSC 3270 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3.0) 
or REC 385G Ethical Concerns in Recreation 3
  EXSC 4300 Research Methods in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation 3
  EXSC 4950 Senior Seminar (2.0) 
or REC 4950 Senior Seminar 2
Elective Requirements: 15 Credits
  Any 1000 level or higher  15
Emphasis Requirements: 46 Credits
  CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences 4
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (4.0) 
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
  ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
  ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
  ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
  EXSC 2500 Sports Medicine 3
  EXSC 2510 Sports Medicine Lab 1
  EXSC 270G Foundations of Exercise Science 3
  EXSC 3700 Exercise Physiology 3
  EXSC 3705 Exercise Physiology Laboratory 1
  EXSC 3730 Biomechanics 3
  EXSC 3850 Ethical Concerns in Exercise Science 3
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0) 
  EXSC 3400 Statistical Analysis in Exercise Science (3.0) 
Choose 13 credits from the following (make sure selections will satisfy the requirements for upper-division course work):  13
  EXSC 4000 Clinical Exercise Physiology (3.0) 
  EXSC 4050 Obesity Physiology and Physical Activity (3.0)
  EXSC 4100 Fitness Across the Lifespan (3.0) 
  EXSC 4200 Exercise Metabolism (3.0) 
  EXSC 4400 Physical Activity Promotion in the Community (3.0) 
and EXSC 4410 Promoting Physical Activity in the Community Field Experience (1.0) 
  EXSC 4550 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3.0) 
  EXSC 4500 Advanced Sports Nutrition (3.0) 
  EXSC 4600 Advanced Biomechanics (3.0) 
  EXSC 4700 Advanced Gross Motor Assessment (3.0) 
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II (4.0) 
  PHYS 2020 College Physics II (4.0) 
  ZOOL 4400 Pathophysiology (4.0) 
  ZOOL 4700 Advanced Anatomy (4.0) 
  PSY 3400 Abnormal Psychology (3.0) 
Emphasis Elective Requirements:   7 Credits
  Any courses 1000-level or higher  7

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits, 40 credits must be upper-division.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. No grades below C- in Discipline Core or Emphasis Courses.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: Students must obtain the departmental advisor's signature on an approved program plan prior to enrollment in their second semester of study.

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
PSY 1010 Social/Beh. Science Dist. (PSY 1010 recommended) 3
PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
MATH 1010 Beginning Algebra (recommended elective) 4
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
General Elective   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1010 General Biology (BIOL 1610 is also accepted in BIOL Dist.) 3
  Fine Arts Dist. (Any) 3
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055
College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
General Elective   2
  Semester total: 15
Notes: Credit hours will be higher if BIOL 1610 or CHEM 1110 are taken.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
  Physical Science Dist. (CHEM 1110 recommended) 3
ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab 1
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  Humanities Dist. (COMM 1020 suggested) 3
General Elective   1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Lab 1
ZOOL 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (Third Science) 3
General Elective   1
  American Institutions Dist. (Any) 3
General Elective   3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
EXSC 270G Foundations of Exercise Science 3
EXSC 3270 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
EXSC 2500 Sports Medicine 3
EXSC 2510 Sports Medicine Lab 1
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry Lab I (Will count as General Elective) 1
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
EXSC 4300 Research Methods in Exercise Science and Otdoor Recreation 3
EXSC 3500 Kinesiology 3
EXSC 3700 Exercise Physiology 3
EXSC 3705 Exercise Physiology Lab 1
General Elective   3
EXSC Elective   3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
EXSC 3730 Biomechanics 3
EXSC 3550 Motor Learning and Control 3
  Statistics Requirement (STAT 2040 or BESC 3010 or EXSC 3400) 4
General Elective   3
EXSC Elective   3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
EXSC 3750 Psychosocial Aspects of Human Performance 2
EXSC 3850 Ethical Concerns in Exercise Science 3
EXSC 4950 Senior Seminar 2
EXSC Elective   4
EXSC Elective   3
General Elective   1
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 120

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

Careers:
Students completing the Exercise Science Concentration will be qualified for several different graduate school programs and a variety of careers including fitness and health promotion, exercise testing, strength and conditioning, corporate wellness, clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehab, etc. This major can also lead to acceptance into medical, dental, physical or occupational therapy and other graduate or professional schools.

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