Courses

ESS 100 INTERCOLLEGIATE ACT BB

Basketball open to members of the intercollegiate basketball team. May be taken one time for credit. Prequisite: Coach/instructor permission

ESS 101 INTERCOLLEGIATE CROSS COUNTRY

Intercollegiate Athletics: Cross Country Open to members of the intercollegiate cross country team. May be taken one time for credit. Prequisite: Coach/ instructor permission

ESS 102 INTERCOLLEGIATE FOOTBALL

Football Open to members of the intercollegiate Football team. May be taken one time for credit. Prequisite: Coach/ instructor permission

ESS 103 INTERCOLLEGIATE INDOOR TRACK

Indoor Track Open to members of the intercollegiate Indoor Track team. May be taken one time for credit. Prequisite: Coach/ instructor permission

ESS 104 INTERCOLLEGIATE OUTDOOR TRACK

Open to members of the intercollegiate Outdoor Track team. May be taken one time for credit. Prequisite: Coach/ instructor permission.

ESS 105 INTERCOLLEGIATE VOLLEYBALL

Open to members of the intercollegiate Volleyball team. May be taken one time for credit. Prequisite: Coach/ instructor permission.

ESS 106 INTERCOLLEGIATE WRESTLING

Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic wrestling team. May be taken one time for credit. Prerequisite: Coach/instructor permission.

ESS 107 INTERCOLLEGIATE SOCCER

Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic soccer team. May be taken one time for credit. Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.

ESS 108 INTERCOLLEGIATE SWIMMING

Open to members of the intercollegiate athletic swimming team. May be taken one time for credit. Prerequisite: coach/instructor permission.

ESS 131 PHYSICAL COND-OFF SEASON ICA

Off-season conditioning activities for intercollegiate athletes. Students develop the knowledge of how to improve and maintain fitness relevant to their sport during the off-season. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.

ESS 131 PHYS CONDITN OFF SEASON ICA

Off-season conditioning activities for intercollegiate athletes. Students develop the knowledge of how to improve and maintain fitness relevant to their sport during the off-season. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.

ESS 132 WEIGHT TRAINING

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 170 LIFEGUARD TRAINING

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

Satisfactory completion of these skills leads to the Red Cross WSI Certificate.

ESS 181 FOUNDATNS EXERCISE SPORT SCI

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

Provides conceptual and experiential components designed as a basis for developing a healthier lifestyle.

ESS 201 ESSENTIALS HUMAN ANAT PHYS

An introduction to basic anatomy and physiology of all human systems. Lab and lecture are integrated.

ESS 212 SKL DVL ANLYSIS:TARGT FIELDNG

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 included.

ESS 213 SKL DVL ANLYSIS:DANCE

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, terminology, music choices, and safety considerations included.

ESS 275 MOTOR DEVELOPMENT LEARNING

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 grade of "C-" or above.

ESS 276 EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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 282 PRINCIPLES OF SPORT MANAGEMENT

A focus on the administration of programs within the sport and fitness industries. Topics include administrative theories and concepts, personnel, communication and problemsolving, fiscal management, budgeting, ethical considerations, and program evaluation. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of "C-" or above, ESS 181, or instructor permission.

ESS 290 CURRICULUM DEVEL LRNG ENVIRON

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 298 FITNESS INSTRUCTION

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 PSYCH OF SPORT PHYS ACTIVITY

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

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

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 TRNG PEAK PERFORMANCE

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

Psychological factors involved in coaching and leadership are explored in this course. 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. This course is designed for current and future coaches, individuals in leadership roles, as well as anyone interested in the coach's experience. Prerequisites: ESS 320, minimum junior standing or instructor permission.

ESS 353 COORD SCHL HLTH PHYS ACT PRG

Overview of coordinated school health programs with a heavy focus on local wellness policy, comprehensive school health education and the role of physical activity and physical education in schools. Includes 2-4 hours of required field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 000 and junior standing.

ESS 355 PSYCHOLOGY OF INJURY

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 SUPPLEMNT

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

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 TOPCS PHYS ACT:CANCER EXERCI

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 will 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; junior/senior standing.

ESS 365 TOPCSPHYSACT:INTROTOELECARGRAM

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 will 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; junior/senior standing.

ESS 370 ESSNTLS OF STRNGTH TRNG COND

Exercise prescription and conditioning in the form of resistance training, including the use of free weights, machines, Olympic lifts, and plyometrics. Muscular adaptations to anaerobic and aerobic training, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, and resistance training program design. Design, implementation, and demonstration of appropriate resistance training routines and proper lifting technique for a variety of populations. Content knowledge aligns with requirements for completion of certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Prerequisite: ESS 330 or instructor permission.

ESS 382 MGT SPORT FITNESS FACILITIES

A study of the principles, guidelines and recommendations for planning, constructing and the use and maintenance of indoor and outdoor sports, physical education, recreational and fitness facilities. Prerequisite: ESS 181

ESS 385 PROGRAM DESIGN FOR PA SETTINGS

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: ESS 185.

ESS 392 METHODS SECONDARY ACTIVITIES

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: 2 of the following: ESS 210, 211, 212, 213; ESS 290, minimum junior standing; Prerequisite or corequisite: ESS 350

ESS 396 MTHDS OF ALTERN PHYS EDUCATION

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 405 PRACTICUM

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: ESS 181, ESS 185, junior or senior standing.

ESS 410 ASSSSMNT EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION

Students work with assessment formats, appraisal techniques, and metabolic calculations to gain information needed to construct exercise prescriptions designed to meet individual needs for different segments of the population. Prerequisites: ESS 331and ESS 298 or instructor permission.

ESS 430 TOPICS CLIN EXER PHYSIOLOGY

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 MGT IN PA SETTINGS

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 SOC OF SPORT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

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 495 SENIOR SEMINAR EXER SPORT SCI

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. Prerequisites: ESS 181, ESS 185, senior standing. Students are encouraged to take this course during their final semester.

ESS 496 FE:RMWC WORKSHOP WEIGHT CERT

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 496 FIELD EXPERIENCES

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 600 ESS 600 Advanced Statistics

Statistical tools for scientific research, including parametric and non-parametric methods for ANOVA and group comparisons, simple linear and multiple linear regression. Emphasis placed on the use of dedicated statistical software. 

ESS 601 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

Research design and methodology in environmental exercise physiology.

ESS 601 ESS 601 Quantitative Research Methods

Research design and methodology in environmental exercise physiology. 

ESS 605 ESS 605 Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation – Lab

Techniques of in-lab exercise testing and result interpretation in healthy and/or diseased populations.

ESS 605 EXER SPRT SCI TEST INSTRM LAB

Techniques of in-lab exercise testing and result interpretation in healthy and/or diseased populations.

ESS 606 ESS 606 Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation – Field

Techniques of field-based exercise testing and result interpretation in healthy and/or diseased populations.

ESS 630 ESS 630 Clinical Exercise Physiology

Physiological study of acute and chronic responses to exercise in diseased populations.

ESS 640 ESS 640 Environmental Exercise Physiology I

Principles of exercise physiology in extreme environmental conditions including extreme temperatures, hyper- and hypobarometric pressure, air pollution, sleep deprivation, and zero gravity. Healthy and diseased populations are studied.

ESS 640 ENVIRONMENTL EXERCISE PHYSIO I

Principles of exercise physiology in extreme environmental conditions including extreme temperatures, hyper- and hypobarometric pressure, air pollution, sleep deprivation, and zero gravity. Healthy and diseased populations are studied.

ESS 641 ESS 641 Environmental Physiology II

Advanced research and principles of exercise physiology in extreme environmental conditions including extreme temperatures, hyper- and hypobarometric pressure, air pollution, sleep deprivation, and zero gravity. Healthy and diseased populations are studied. Prerequisite: Environmental Physiology I.

ESS 650 ESS 650 HAEP Seminar – Thesis Proposal Development

Current topics and issues in exercise and sport science and environmental exercise physiology. Seminar topics change each semester. Emphasis may be placed on thesis proposal development and submission of the proposal to Western’s Human Research Committee. 

ESS 660 ESS 660 Health Promotion

Development of skills in health promotion program design, implementation and evaluation. Specific emphasis may be placed on healthy and diseased populations in extreme environments. 

ESS 675 ESS 675 Clinical Exercise Programming

Role of exercise/physical activity in the prevention, pathophysiology and treatment of chronic diseases.

ESS 685 ESS 685 Cardiopulmonary Physiology

A foundation course that covers 1) the structure and function of the cardiopulmonary systems; 2) exercise-related physiological changes of the cardiopulmonary system and their applications to exercise training; and 3) pathophysiological changes secondary to cardiopulmonary dysfunction and their effects on function.

ESS 692 ESS 692 Independent Study

Advanced study for students with specialized interest in a particular area of environmental exercise physiology. Prerequisite: advisor permission.

ESS 695 ESS 695 Thesis

Independent research project, supervised by academic advisor.

ESS 698 ESS 698 Practicum/Internship

An opportunity for in-depth work at a site in the area of academic concentration. The experiences must meet standards of the department and the University. Prerequisite: advisor permission.