All Exercise and Sport Science service courses (numbered 100-172) are beginner level unless otherwise designated.
ESS 100 Intercollegiate Athletics:Basketball 1 credit Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic basketball team. May be taken one time for credit. Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission
ESS 101 Intercollegiate Athletics: Cross Country 1 credit Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic cross country team. May be taken one time for credit/ Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.
ESS 102 Intercollegiate Athletics: Football 1 credit Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic football team. May be taken one time for credit. Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.
ESS 103 Intercollegiate Athletics: Indoor Track 1 credit Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic indoor track team. May be taken one time for credit/ Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.
ESS 104 Intercollegiate Athletics: Outdoor Track 1 credit Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic outdoor track team. May be taken one time for credit/ Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.
ESS 105 Intercollegiate Athletics: Volleyball 1 credit Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic volleyball team. May be taken one time for credit/ Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.
ESS 106 Intercollegiate Athletics: Wrestling 1 credit Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic wrestling team. May be taken one time for credit/ Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.
ESS 107 Intercollegiate Athletics: Soccer 1 credit
Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic soccer team. May be taken one time for credit. Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.
ESS 108 Intercollegiate Athletics: Swimming 1 credit
Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic swimming team. May be taken one time for credit. Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.
ESS 112 Selected Activities in Recreation and Exercise and Sport Science 1 credit
A specific activity is offered as student interest, facilities, faculty, and equipment are available.
ESS 114 Fly Fishing 1 credit An introduction to the activity, equipment, safety procedures, and terminology to develop proficiency in the fundamental skills of fly fishing.
ESS 126 Tennis 1 credit
Provides the novice the opportunity to develop basic tennis skills. Particular emphasis is placed on the forehand and backhand strokes and the service. Students are introduced to singles and doubles play and court etiquette. Provide one can of tennis balls.
ESS 131 Physical Conditioning 1 credit
Students develop the knowledge of how to improve cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility in a natural outdoor setting. Students learn to plan and carry out activities without dependency on others.
ESS 132 Weight Training 1 credit
The theory and practice of weight training. Information is presented concerning physiological and bio-mechanical adaptations accompanying resistive training, reasonable methods of improving athletic performance, and methods of resistance training that can lead to improved quality of life.
ESS 134 Ski Conditioning 1 credit
An introduction and practice in a combination of activities to provide the student with a systematic approach to ski conditioning and all-around physical conditioning.
ESS 135 Mountain Bike Riding 1 credit
Students develop general knowledge of and proficiency in the activity, equipment, safety procedures, and terminology of the fundamental skills of mountain bike riding.
ESS 137 Triathlon Training 1 credit
Students become familiar with the components of a successful triathlon training program. Students are taught to maximize their potential in swimming, biking, and running and to rotate these sports to maximize their time and energy.
ESS 160 Swimming (Beginning) 1 credit
An introduction to swimming designed to equip the students with the basic water-safety skills and knowledge needed to be reasonably safe while in, on, or about the water.
ESS 161 Swimming (Intermediate) 1 credit
Satisfactory completion of these skills leads to the Red Cross Intermediate and Swimmer’s Certificate.
ESS 170 Lifeguard Training 2 credits
Provides the individual with the knowledge and skills designed to save one’s own life or the life of another in the event of an emergency, with certification by the American Red Cross.
ESS 172 Water Safety Instruction 3 credits
Satisfactory completion of these skills leads to the Red Cross WSI Certificate.
ESS 181 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science 3 credits
An introduction to the field of exercise and sport science. An overview of philosophical, historical, and scientific foundations, current trends and issues, professional opportunities, and skills and competencies required for careers in a wide variety of physical activity settings.
ESS 185 Lifetime Wellness 3 credits
Provides conceptual and experiential components designed as a basis for developing a healthier lifestyle.
ESS 197 Special Topics 1-6 credits
ESS 201 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits (with laboratory)
An introduction to basic anatomy and physiology of all human systems. Lab and lecture are integrated.
ESS 210 Skill Development and Analysis: Net and Wall Games 1 credit
Skill development and analysis in net and wall games, including tennis, volleyball, pickleball, handball, and badminton. Learning and application of content in a developmental model, history, scoring, rules, terminology, equipment, and safety considerations are included.
ESS 211 Skill Development and Analysis: Invasion Games 1 credit
Skill development and analysis for invasion games, including soccer, lacrosse, team handball, speedball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and flagball. Learning and application of content in a developmental model, history, scoring, rules, terminology, equipment, and safety considerations are included.
ESS 212 Skill Development and Analysis: Target and Fielding Games 1 credit
Skill development and analysis for target and fielding games including bowling, archery, golf (traditional and disc), softball, and bocce. Learning and application of content in a developmental model, history, scoring, rules, terminology, equipment, and safety considerations are included.
ESS 213 Skill Development and Analysis: Dance 1 credit
Skill development and analysis for a variety of dance forms including fitness, folk, country, social, and ballroom. Learning and application of content in a developmental model, history, scoring, rules, terminology, equipment, and safety considerations are included.
ESS 221 Methods of Coaching Football 2 credits
The fundamental principles and play of football, including a basic defensive and offensive game plan, the fundamentals and techniques involved in coaching football, a basic outline of coaching the quarterback, the moral and ethical responsibilities of the coach to game participants, administration, etc., as well as coaching philosophy and
interpretation of the rules.
ESS 223 Methods of Coaching Basketball 2 credits
A study of individual fundamentals and techniques, as well as team offensive and defensive patterns and strategies involved in coaching basketball.
ESS 225 Methods of Coaching Wrestling 2 credits
An introduction to all phases of wrestling. Fundamental movements and techniques, rule interpretations, and approved coaching ethics are covered.
ESS 227 Methods of Coaching Track and Field 2 credits
The techniques and fundamentals of each track and field event. The course also includes the important phase of practical track meet management
ESS 229 Methods of Coaching Volleyball 2 credits
Lecture and discussion with research assignments and practicum work. An understanding of basic offenses (6-0 and 4-2), basic defensive coverage and rotations, service reception, and serving sets are presented.
ESS 275 Motor Development and Learning 3 credits
An application of the knowledge of motor development and learning to physical activity across the lifespan. This class introduces the physiological, perceptual, and cognitive, as well as the affective changes that occur in motor development and learning across the lifespan. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-”.
ESS 276 Emergency Response 3 credits
Students are provided essential knowledge and skills needed to develop CPR and advanced first-aid capabilities. For students who might be required to provide first aid frequently and for special interest groups. Exercise and Sports Science majors have first option for this course.
ESS 280 Biomechanics 3 credits
Basic bone, joint, muscle and movement information is presented and used to gain an understanding of basic biomechanical principles including body levers, correct and efficient movement, and application of movement to the varied aspects of health, wellness, teaching, and sport. Prerequisites: ESS 181, ESS 185, ESS 201 or BIOL 372,
completion of the University Mathematics course requirement.
ESS 282 Principles of Sport and Fitness Management 3 credits
A focus on the administration of programs within the sport and fitness industries. Topics include administrative theories and concepts, personnel, communication and problem-solving, fiscal management, budgeting, ethical considerations, and program evaluation. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-” ; ESS 181 or ROE 182; or instructor permission.
ESS 290 Curriculum Development and the Learning Environment 3 credits
A comprehensive overview of materials, suggested teaching methods, procedures, techniques, well-directed and well-selected activities, and ways of evaluating physical education in K-12 schools.
ESS 297 Special Topics 1-6 credits
ESS 298 Fitness Instruction 3 credits
Students develop knowledge and skills to plan and implement group fitness classes as well as personal training sessions. Topics include: risk management, exercise plans, group fitness instruction, personal training, fitness pedagogy, training special populations, cardiovascular fitness, resistance training, flexibility training, and core
stability. Prerequisite: ESS 201 or BIOL 372.
ESS 320 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity 3 credits
A variety of issues and research areas in the psychology of sport and physical activity are addressed. Topics covered include an overview of the development of sport and exercise psychology, personality theories, exercise and mood, exercise adherence, goal setting, motivation, psychological interventions for athletes, and cohesion theories.
Prerequisite: minimum junior standing.
ESS 330 Exercise Physiology 3 credits
An emphasis on the theory and principles of exercise physiology to health, physical fitness, and athletic performance in diverse populations. Prerequisites: ESS 201 or both BIOL 372 and BIOL 373.
ESS 331 Exercise Physiology Lab 1 credit
Basic laboratory techniques of exercise physiology correlating with ESS 330. Laboratory experiences include aerobic and anaerobic exercise, body composition, strength, flexibility, and body composition and other indicators of exercise. Prerequisites: completion of the College Mathematics course requirement; Corequisite: ESS 330.
ESS 340 Mental Training for Peak Performance 3 credits
An application of theories and concepts of sport psychology. This course focuses on application of specific psychological skills necessary for high level performance and assisting students in teaching others those same skills. Prerequisite: ESS 320 or instructor permission.
ESS 346 Psychology of Coaching 3 credits
An exploration of psychological factors involved in coaching and leadership. Relevant theory and research, as well as practical applications, are discussed. Topics include expert coaching characteristics and behaviors, leadership and motivational styles, the coach-athlete relationship, stresses of coaching, reinforcement strategies, ethics in coaching, and issues related to youth sport coaching. Prerequisites: ESS 320, minimum junior standing or instructor permission.
ESS 350 Instructional Assessment in Physical Education 2 credits
A study of planning, administering, and evaluating accountability systems in physical education settings. Multiple assessment strategies for psychomotor, cognitive and affective learning objectives are presented. Students select and/or construct assessment tools to match specific learning outcomes in the K-12 physical education curriculum. Prerequisites: ESS 181, completion of the University Mathematics course requirement and ESS 290.
ESS 353 Coordinated School Health Programs 1 credit
Overview of coordinated school health programs with a focus on the school health education curriculum. Other components include school health services, healthy school environments, nutrition services, counseling, psychological, and social services, health promotion for staff, and family and community involvement. Includes 2-4 hours of field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 000 and junior or senior standing.
ESS 355 Psychology of Injury 3 credits
An exploration of psychological factors involved in sport-related injuries and the rehabilitation process. Course content includes relevant theory and research as well as practical applications. Topics include: stress, responses to injury, mental skills used to manage injury (i.e., goal setting, motivation, and confidence), social support, potential psychological problems faced during rehabilitation, and returning to sport after injury. Prerequisites: ESS 320, minimum junior standing or instructor permission.
ESS 360 Sport Nutrition and Supplementation 3 credits
A focus on concepts geared to promote peak performance based upon nutritional intake. An understanding of macronutrient ingestion along with other essential nutrients is gained and applied in detail to the physically active population. This includes an understanding of the metabolic effect of food. The pros and cons of select sport supplements are discussed and applied to real-life scenarios. Prerequisites or co-requisites: ESS 330 and ESS 331.
ESS 363 Adapted Physical Activity 3 credits
Students develop knowledge and skills necessary to work with individuals having diverse needs in physical education, recreation, sport, fitness, or rehabilitation settings. Content includes planning, instructional design, assessment, coordination of resources, and advocacy in physical activity settings. Prerequisites: ESS 275 and minimum junior standing.
ESS 365 Topics in Physical Activity: 3 credits
An interdisciplinary study of the role of physical activity under a variety of conditions and settings, and for a variety of populations. Content focuses on current research and practice as it relates to the topic under consideration. Topics rotate annually. Can be repeated up to three times for credit if a different topic is selected. Prerequisites: ESS 181, ESS 185; ESS 201 or BIOL 372; minimum junior standing.
ESS 370 Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 3 credits
An inquiry into exercise prescription and conditioning in the form of resistance training, including free and fixed weights, Olympic lifts, and plyometrics. Muscular adaptations to anaerobic and aerobic training, testing and evaluation, program design, and appropriate training routines and lifting technique for a variety of populations are included. Content aligns with certification exam requirements for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Prerequisite: ESS 330 or instructor permission.
ESS 382 Management of Sport and Fitness Facilities 3 credits
A study of the principles, guidelines and recommendations for planning, construction and the use and maintenance of indoor and outdoor sports, physical education, recreational and fitness facilities. Prerequisite: admission to the major or instructor permission. ESS 181.
ESS 385 Program Design for Physical Activity Settings 3 credits
A focus on the principles of behavior modification and how they apply to program design and implementation in physical activity settings. Comprehensive behavior modification programs within exercise, wellness or sport settings are designed. Prerequisite: admission to the major or permission of instructor. ESS 185
ESS 392 Methods of Secondary Activities 3 credits
For students planning to obtain licensure in physical education. A variety of curriculum models (e.g., tactical, sport education, social responsibility) are used to present individual, dual and team sport activities. Lesson and unit plans are developed, implemented and assessed in keeping with Colorado and NASPE standards as they relate to secondary physical education. Prerequisites: two of the following: ESS 210, ESS 211, ESS 212, ESS 213; ESS 290; minimum junior standing. Prerequisite or corequisite: ESS 350.
ESS 395 Methods of Elementary Activities 3 credits
Units covered may include apparatus and tumbling, dance, and games. Each unit breaks down into sub-units, and progressions are emphasized. Lesson and unit plans are developed, implemented, and assessed in keeping with national standards and as they relate to elementary physical education. Competencies in the basic skills of each unit are also tested. Prerequisites: ESS 290, minimum junior standing; admission to the major or instructor permission. Prerequisites: two of the following: ESS 210, 211, 212, 213; ESS 290; and minimum junior standing; Prerequisite or corequisite: ESS 350.
ESS 396 Methods of Alternative Physical Education 3 credits
Units covered may be Nordic skiing, rock climbing, orienteering, camping, mountain biking, and adventure activities. Lesson and unit plans are developed, implemented, and assessed in keeping with national standards as they relate to secondary physical education. Prerequisites: ESS 290, ROE 189, and minimum of junior standing; admission to major or instructor permission. ESS 290, ROE 189, and minimum of junior standing.
ESS 397 Special Topics 1-6 credits
ESS 405 Practicum in Exercise and Sport Science 1 credit
Pre-professional experience in a physical activity setting. Such experiences include observing and participating in the professional activities associated with the particular setting. Students work with an Exercise and Sport Science faculty member to select an approved practicum experience, and are required to develop an approved learning contract. May be repeated once for credit (in a different setting). Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and admission to the major. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. ESS 181,ESS 185, junior or senior standing.
ESS 410 Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3 credits
Students work with assessment formats, appraisal techniques, and metabolic calculations to gain information needed to then construct exercise prescriptions designed to meet individual needs for different segments of the population. Prerequisites: ESS 331 and ESS 298 or instructor permission.
ESS 430 Topics in Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 credits
A study of diseased populations, including, but not limited to, exercise therapy in cardiac and cancer patients. Course content focuses on the etiology and pathophysiology of disease, electrocardiogram and diagnostic stress test interpretation, specialized exercise prescription, and other topics at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: ESS 330 and ESS 331.
ESS 450 Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings 3 credits
A focus on risk assessment and management for physical activity professionals. Topics covered include risk assessment, standard of care, negligence, forms to limit liability, constitutional law as relevant for physical activity professionals, development of a risk management plan, and risk reduction strategies. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing.
ESS 490 Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity 3 credits
A focus on the social organization of sport and physical activity and their relationship to the institutional structure, cultural patterns, and dynamics of American society. Students use different sociological approaches/theories to analyze sport and physical activity and to analyze current issues and problems in sport and physical activity settings. Prerequisite: minimum junior standing.
ESS 492 Independent Study 1-4 credits
For qualified upper-level students who have specialized interests in a particular area of advanced study in Exercise and Sport Science.
ESS 495 Senior Seminar in Exercise and Sport Science 3 credits
A capstone course required for all ESS majors addressing issues, ethical considerations, problem-solving and decision-making, leadership and communication in the discipline. Students integrate content from their course of study, write and speak in discipline-specific formats, and complete a comprehensive self-assessment in preparation for graduate school, internship, or entry-level job. Prerequisite: senior standing and admission to the major. Students are encouraged to take this course during their final semester.
ESS 496 Field Experiences 1-6 credits
Directed field experiences in teaching, coaching, and laboratory settings. Guidelines for the field experiences are provided and agreed upon at the beginning of the course.
ESS 497 Special Topics 1-6 credits
ESS 498 Internship in Exercise and Sport Science 6-9 credits
An opportunity for in-depth work at a site in an area of exercise and sport science. The experiences must meet standards of the department and the College. Prerequisites: satisfactory grade in ESS 405, overall GPA of 2.750, department advisor permission, and completion of all major course requirements.