Exercise Science

 
B.S. Major

Few academic programs offer such diverse opportunities for employment and professional development as exercise science. Concordia can help you prepare for a career in exercise and health settings, as well as graduate programs in these fields. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and athletic training are just a few of the options available once you receive your degree.

The exercise science program at Concordia offers you the opportunity to advance your knowledge, skills, and abilities while staying current with innovative research by utilizing state-of-the-art human performance laboratory equipment. Here, you will learn how to apply the gifts God has given you to enhance the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social wellbeing of others.

Professors

15:1
Student to faculty ratio

Experience Concordia's HHP Department

Exercise Science Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Rehab Technician
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Occupational Therapist

Graduate Schools

  • California State University
  • University of South Dakota
  • College of Saint Mary
  • Lamar Univeristy
  • Mississippi College

Exercise Science Faculty

Exercise Science Student and Alumni Reviews

Concordia University is focused on providing an exceptional experience and we ask our students to provide feedback on all aspects of their student experience. The ratings and comments below are from our annual survey of all graduating seniors regarding their experience in the Exercise Science program, the academic department and the university.

 
 

Walz Human Performance Complex

The Walz Human Performance Complex includes a state-of-the-art human performance lab, field house, arena, weight room, and athletic training room. It also houses a computer lab, classrooms and a student resource library to give you all the tools you need to succeed.

HHP Club
HHP Club

Health and Human Performance Club is an organization that promotes a healthy, active lifestyle for the campus and community. Membership provides many opportunities for fellowship with other students and promotes future leadership through planning and supervising of physical education and health programs.

PEK Honorary Society
PEK Honorary Society

Phi Epsilon Kappa is a national health and human performance honor society. It gives students interested in physical education, health, recreation, dance, human performance, exercise science, and sports medicine the opportunity to share their passions and interests. You can also make connections with current professionals and participate in current research in the field of health and human performance.

Find Your Adventure
Find Your Adventure

Being a part of the HHP department at Concordia means you have the opportunity for class trips for adventure activity courses, including skiing in Colorado, health mission trips to Guatemala and Belize, and trips to local conferences and exhibitions. Students can also teach and mentor Special Olympics athletes, work on collaborative projects with Nebraska high schools and intern at various local health facilities.

Exercise Science Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

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    Bio 111 General Biology I
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 2. A study of general biology: Science as a way of knowing — Scientific methodology and practice; literacy in biological literature and research, study of cells and molecular biology, cell organelles, inclusions, function, and a study of genetics.
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    HHP 100 Lifetime Wellness
    1
    A course designed to provide an understanding of the values of wellness in our contemporary society and to aid the student in developing a personalized wellness program for optimal health.
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    HHP 161 Aerobic Walking/Jogging
    0.5
    Half semester.
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    HHP 166 Weight Training
    0.5
    Half semester.
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    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 2

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    HHP 182 First Aid and CPR
    1
    Safety, prevention of injuries, and first aid and CPR procedures as outlined by the American Red Cross.
  •  
    Bio 112 General Biology II
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 2. A study of general biology, a continuation of General Biology I: organismic biology, structure and function of plants and animals, reproduction, growth and development, population biology, evolution as a paradigm and ecology.
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    HHP 164 Cross Training
    0.5
    Half semester.
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    HHP 147 Alpine Skiing
    0.5
    Half semester. Weekend ski trip required.
  •  
    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 3

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    Chem 115 General Chemistry*
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 3. General principles of chemistry: atoms and molecules, chemical reactions and reaction stoichiometry, phases of matter, electronic structure, bonding, molecular shapes, and intermolecular forces.
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    HHP 261 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    2
    Intended to equip the student with sufficient knowledge and skill in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries common to athletic activities.
  •  
    HHP 273 Motor Learning and Development
    3
    The analysis of research findings and empirical evidence concerning the learning of motor skills, with emphasis on synthesizing these materials into useful concepts which will aid the practitioner. Provides a knowledge base in the study of changes in motor behavior across the lifespan, the processes that underlie these changes and the factors that affect them.
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    HHP 281 Health Topics: Drug Education
    1
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address the issues of drug/substance use, misuse and abuse.
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    HHP 295 Psychology of Exercise
    3
    This course will cover: (a) psychological theories for understanding and predicting health-oriented exercise behavior; (b) psychological and psychobiological responses to exercise; (c) psychological interventions for increasing exercise participation and adherence.
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 4

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    HHP 270 Human Performance Laboratory Techniques
    2
    This course introduces students to the function and use of a variety of human performance equipment. Topics will center on the application of the equipment in health and human performance.
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    HHP 291 Foundations of Human Performance
    2
    An introduction to the scope of human performance professions. Emphasis on the formation of a sound philosophy for a professional in the field. 15 hours of field experience required.
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    Chem 116 General Inorganic and Qualitative Analysis*
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 3. A continuation of general chemistry: chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction chemistry, and fundamental qualitative analysis.
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    Gen Ed 7 Credit Hours
    7

Semester 5

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    Phys 111 General Physics I
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 2. Experiments, lectures and discussions to reveal the sensibleness of nature via mechanics of particles and waves as models, relativity and conservation laws, momentum and energy, and the nature of scientific inquiry.
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    Bio 343 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 3. A study of general principles of physiology, cell structure and function, cell metabolism and division. A survey of tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscle, and nervous system.
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    Gen Ed or minor 8 Credit Hours
    8

Semester 6

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    HHP 312 Exercise Prescription
    3
    This course is designed to assist students in the identification, analysis, and implementation of exercise protocols that are appropriate for the specific needs of a variety of individuals. The special needs of those exercising in varying environments will also be covered.
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    Phys 112 General Physics II
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 2. Continuation of Phys 111 with special emphasis on electricity and magnetism, light, and relativity and their relation to conservation principles and current scientific explanation.
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    Bio 344 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 3. A survey of the circulatory, respiratory, digestion, excretion, endocrine and reproductive systems. Introduction to nutrition and bio–rhythms.
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    HHP 385 Physiology of Exercise
    3
    A course designed to give instruction in the physical processes of the body and how they relate to physical exercise. Applications will be made to areas of teaching, coaching, and conditioning of the athlete.
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    Gen Ed or minor 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 7

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    HHP 395 Biomechanics
    3
    A study of human movement. Attention is given to the anatomy of muscles, bones, joints. Application of mechanical principles to the movement of the human organism.
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    HHP 410 Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
    3
    This course is designed to give an overview of the practice of strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers. The course will cover scientific and practical foundations of strength and conditioning, with an emphasis on program design using a variety of methods for various populations and exercise techniques. Other emphases will be student–driven. “Hands on” experience will be incorporated into lecture and lab. This course is designed to prepare students for the nationally recognized strength and conditioning and fitness certification examinations.
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    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 8

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    HHP 399 Senior Seminar in Human Performance
    1
    A capstone class that allows students to integrate knowledge, experience and research in the exploration of professional issues and trends in human performance.
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    HHP 494 Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance
    3
    Study of techniques used in measurement and evaluation by health and physical educators. Included will be test constructions, survey of available materials, and practical experiences in test administrations and computer applications.
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    HHP 495 Legal Aspects of Exercise, Recreation, and Sports
    3
    Legal concepts and principles related to the administration, instruction, training and coaching of exercise, recreation and sport. Issues regarding personnel, facilities, equipment, transportation, medical aspects, liability, age and gender will be examined.
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    Bio 244 Nutrition
    3
    A study of nutrients, their chemical structures, digestion, absorption and utilization in the body. The roles of nutrients, recommended allowances, their interactions and the results of deficiencies.
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    Gen Ed or minor 6 Credit Hours
    6