Exercise and Sport Science (ESS)

EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE (ESS)

The mission of the Exercise and Sport Science Program is to prepare students for careers focused on promoting healthy lifestyles and enhancing performance in exercise, sport, and physical activity settings. Students with a major or minor in Exercise and Sport Science can pursue entry-level careers in teaching, fitness, sport, and wellness in both private and public sectors. The Exercise and Sport Science Program also provides students with the background necessary to complete professional certifications and pursue a graduate degree in physical therapy and other allied health fields, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, or sport studies.

To graduate, all exercise and sport science majors must complete ESS 181 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science and ESS 185 Lifetime Wellness with a minimum grade of “C”:

FACULTY

Professor Kathleen M. Kinkema;

Associate Professors Christina A. Buchanan and Lance Dalleck;

Assistant Professors Peter Kadushin and Crystal Southall;

Lecturers Angela Dalleck, Brett Miramon, and Ryan Weatherwax.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

Exercise and Sport Science Nucleus:

ESS 181  Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science

3 cr

ESS 185  Lifetime Wellness

3 cr

ESS 320  Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

3 cr

ESS 490  Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity

3 cr

ESS Capstone*: ESS 495, EDUC 410, or ESS 498

3 cr

 

*EDUC 410 is a capstone option for K-12 Physical Education majors seeking Colorado licensure; ESS 498 is a capstone option for the ESS Standard Emphasis and the Sport and Fitness Management Standard Emphasis.

 

Exercise and Sport Science Major: Standard Program

EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE EMPHASIS

A  minimum  of  38  credits  is  required,  including  the  15-credit Exercise and  Sport Science Nucleus, First Aid/CPR competency, and the following:

ESS 201  Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (with laboratory)

4 cr

ESS 275  Motor Development and Learning

3 cr

ESS 330  Exercise Physiology

3 cr

ESS 331  Exercise Physiology Lab

1 cr

ESS 380  Biomechanics

3 cr

Three of the following:

 

ESS 282  Principles of Sport and Fitness Management

3 cr

ESS 290  Curriculum Development and the Learning Environment

3 cr

ESS 340  Mental Training for Peak Performance

3 cr

ESS 346  Psychology of Coaching

3 cr

ESS 355  Psychology of Injury

3 cr

ESS 360  Sport Nutrition and Supplementation

3 cr

ESS 363  Adapted Physical Activity

3 cr

ESS 365  Topics in Physical Activity

3 cr

ESS 370  Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning

3 cr

ESS 382  Management of Sport and Fitness Facilities

3 cr

ESS 385  Program Design for Physical Activity Settings

3 cr

ESS 392  Methods of Secondary Activities

3 cr

ESS 395  Methods of Elementary Activities

3 cr

ESS 396  Methods of Alternative Physical Education

3 cr

ESS 410  Assessment and Exercise Prescription

3 cr

ESS 430  Topics in Clinical Exercise Physiology

3 cr

ESS 450  Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings

3 cr

 

SPORT AND FITNESS MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS

A minimum of 46 credits is required, including the 15-credit Exercise and Sport Science Nucleus, First Aid/CPR competency, and the following:

ACC 201  Introduction to Financial Accounting

3 cr

ACC 202  Introduction to Managerial Accounting

3 cr

ECON 202  Microeconomics

3 cr

ESS 282  Principles of Sport and Fitness Management

3 cr

ESS 385  Program Design for Physical Activity Settings

3 cr

ESS 405  Practicum in Exercise and Sport Science

1 cr

ESS 450  Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings

3 cr

MATH 140  College Algebra

3 cr

ROE 333  Recreation and Sport Marketing

3 cr

One of the following:

 

BUAD 220  Computer Applications in Business

3 cr

CS 120  Professional Computer Skills

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ESS 382  Management of Sport and Fitness Facilities

3 cr

ROE 466  Facilities Management

3 cr

 
Exercise and Sport Science Major: Comprehensive Program

EXERCISE SCIENCE EMPHASIS

A minimum of 60 credits is required, including the 15-credit Exercise and Sport Science Nucleus, First Aid/CPR competency, completion of either the clinical track or the health fitness track:

Exercise Science Core

ESS 275  Motor Development and Learning

3 cr

ESS 298  Fitness Instruction

3 cr

ESS 330  Exercise Physiology

3 cr

ESS 331  Exercise Physiology Lab

1 cr

ESS 380  Biomechanics

3 cr

ESS 410  Assessment and Exercise Prescription

3 cr

One of the following:

 

BIOL 300  Basic Nutrition

3 cr

ESS 360  Sport Nutrition and Supplementation

3 cr

Clinical Track (36-37 credits)

BIOL 150  Biological Principles (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 372  Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 373  Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory)

4 cr

CHEM 111  General Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 112  General Chemistry Laboratory

1 cr

CHEM 113  General Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 114  General Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

ESS 390  Exercise Biochemistry

3 cr

ESS 430  Topics in Clinical Exercise Physiology

3 cr

MATH 140  College Algebra

3 cr

PHYS 140  Introductory Physics (with laboratory)

4 cr

One of the following:

 

PSY 345  Biological Psychology (with laboratory)

4 cr

PSY 369  Health Psychology

3 cr

PSY 368  Psychopathology

3 cr

PSY 475  Clinical Psychology

3 cr

Health Fitness Track (26 credits)

ESS 201  Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (with laboratory)

4 cr

ESS 370  Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning

3 cr

ESS 385  Program Design for Physical Activity Settings

3 cr

ESS 405  Practicum in Exercise and Sport Science

1 cr

ESS 450  Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ESS 382  Sport and Fitness Facility Management

3 cr

ROE 466  Facilities Management

3 cr

Three of the following:

 

ESS 340  Mental Training for Peak Performance

3 cr

ESS 355  Psychology of Injury

3 cr

ESS 363  Adapted Physical Activity

3 cr

ESS 365  Topics in Physical Activity

3 cr

 

Chiropractic Education. Western has a 3+1 agreement with Palmer College of Chiropractic. Students must complete 90 credits at Western, including General Education and the clinical exercise science track in ESS. Students who meet Palmer's entrance requirements may enroll at one of the three Palmer campuses, and after successful completion of the first year of the D.C. program, receive credit for completion of their fourth year at Western, transferring Palmer credits back to Western in order to complete the undergraduate degree. Appropriate coursework should be taken in consultation with an academic advisor.

 

K-12 PHYSICAL EDUCATION EMPHASIS

A minimum of 54 credits is required, including the 15-credit Exercise and Sport Science Nucleus, First Aid/CPR competency, and the following:

ESS 201  Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (with laboratory)

4 cr

ESS 275  Motor Development and Learning

3 cr

ESS 290  Curriculum Development and the Learning Environment

3 cr

ESS 330  Exercise Physiology

3 cr

ESS 331  Exercise Physiology Lab

1 cr

ESS 350  Assessment and Technology in Physical Education

2 cr

ESS 353  Coordinated School Health and Physical Activity Programs

2 cr

ESS 363  Inclusive Physical Activity

3 cr

ESS 380  Biomechanics

3 cr

ESS 392  Methods of Secondary Activities

3 cr

ESS 395  Methods of Elementary Activities

3 cr

ESS 396  Methods of Alternative Physical Education

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ROE 189  Principles of Outdoor Recreation

3 cr

ESS 298  Fitness Instruction

3 cr

Three of the following:

 

ESS 210  Skill Development and Analysis: Net/Wall Games

1 cr

ESS 211  Skill Development and Analysis: Invasion Games

1 cr

ESS 212  Skill Development Analysis: Target/Fielding Games

1 cr

ESS 213  Skill Development and Analysis: Dance

1 cr

Students   seeking   Colorado   licensure   must   fulfill   the   requirements   for   K-12 Physical Education Licensure (see description under Education).

 

CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY EMPHASIS (with HAEP 3+2)

The Clinical Exercise Physiology Emphasis allows students to complete the BS in ESS and the MS in High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) at Western in five years. Students in this emphasis must fulfill all the HAEP application requirements by the time they complete 97 credits. Admissions requirements for the HAEP program are listed below.

 

To remain qualified for the Clinical Exercise Physiology Emphasis, upon earning 65 credits by the end of the second year, the student must have:

  • Maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA within the major.
  • Completed ESS 181, ESS 185, all 100 level major science courses, 21 credits of general education (not including AREA II: Natural Sciences), and the Biology Human Anatomy and Physiology sequence (BIOL 372/373).
  • Written, submitted and discussed a Letter of Intent with the HAEP program Director and his or her advisor. The Letter of Intent should include preliminary research interests and career goals. This letter will be kept on file with the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the application to the HAEP program.

Upon earning 97 credits by the end of the third year, the student must have:

  • Completed all undergraduate course requirements for the Clinical Exercise Physiology track (except for ESS 410: Assessment and Exercise Prescription and ESS 390: Exercise Biochemistry, which will be taken in the fall and spring, respectively, of the fourth year). Please note: a student may elect to take ESS 498: Internship during the summer before his or her fourth year. See MAJOR MAP at western.edu/ess.
  • Completed the GRE with a minimum of 150 for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning and 4.5 for Analytical Writing. GRE scores will be kept on file with the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the application to the HAEP program.
  • Requested, and the School of Graduate Studies must have received, two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a Western faculty member. Recommendation letters will be kept on file with the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the application to the HAEP program.
  • Submitted a current resume. The resume will be kept on file with the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the application to the HAEP program.

Upon satisfying all the requirements listed above, the School of Graduate Studies will consider the student a “HAEP candidate with provisional acceptance.”

 

 

Upon earning 121 credits by the end of the fourth year, the student must have:

  • Completed ESS 410: Assessment and Exercise Prescription and ESS 390: Exercise Biochemistry.
  • Maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA within the major.
  • Completed 18 graduate level ESS credits, with at least a 3.0 GPA.

At this time, the School of Graduate Studies will consider the student a “HAEP M.S. degree seeking student.”

 

CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY EMPHASIS (with HAEP 3+2)

A minimum of 81 credits is required for the BS. The following is required for the Comprehensive Program with Five-Year MS in High Altitude Exercise Physiology, in addition to First Aid/CPR competency, and the following:

ESS 181  Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science

3 cr

ESS 185  Lifetime Wellness

3 cr

ESS 298  Fitness Instruction

3 cr

ESS 330  Exercise Physiology

3 cr

ESS 331  Exercise Physiology Lab

1 cr

ESS 380  Biomechanics

3 cr

ESS 390  Exercise Biochemistry

3 cr

ESS 405  Practicum in Exercise and Sport Science

1 cr

ESS 410  Assessment and Exercise Prescription

3 cr

ESS 430  Topics in Clinical Exercise Physiology

3 cr

ESS 498  Internship in Exercise and Sport Science

3 cr

BIOL 150  Biological Principles (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 372  Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 373  Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory)

4 cr

CHEM 111  General Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 112  General Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr

CHEM 113  General Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 114  General Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

MATH 141  Precalculus

4 cr

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics

3 cr

PHYS 140  Introductory Physics (with laboratory)

4 cr

One of the following:

 

BIOL 300  Basic Nutrition

3 cr

ESS 360  Sport Nutrition and Supplementation

3 cr

 

                Year Four HAEP requirements (18 credits)

ESS 600  Advanced Statistics

3 cr

ESS 601  Quantitative Research Methods

3 cr

ESS 605  Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation – Lab

3 cr

ESS 606  Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation – Field

3 cr

ESS 640  Environmental Exercise Physiology I

3 cr

ESS 675 Clinical Exercise Programming - Lab

3 cr

                                                                                                                                                       
Year five HAEP requirements (18 credits)

ESS 641 Environmental Exercise Physiology II

3 cr

ESS 650  Thesis Proposal Development

3 cr

ESS 695  Thesis

6 cr

And a minimum of 6 credits from the following:

 

ESS 630 Clinical Exercise Physiology

3 cr

ESS 660 Health Promotion

3 cr

ESS 685 Cardiopulmonary Physiology

3 cr

ESS 692 Independent Study

1-3 cr

ESS 698 Practicum/Internship

1-6 cr

 
Exercise and Sport Science Minor

This Minor consists of 18 credits including:

One of the following:

 

ESS 181  Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science

3 cr

ESS 185  Lifetime Wellness

3 cr

And:

 

ESS electives at the 200-level or above (excluding ESS 276 and ESS 221-229)

9 cr

ESS upper-division electives

6 cr

 

Exercise and Sport Science Minor: Sport Psychology Concentration

This minor consists of 18 credits including:

ESS 320  Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

3 cr

ESS 340  Mental Training for Peak Performance

3 cr

ESS 346  Psychology of Coaching

3 cr

ESS 355  Psychology of Injury

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ESS 275  Motor Development and Learning

3 cr

ESS 490 Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity

3 cr

One of the following:

 

PSY 368  Abnormal Psychology

3 cr

PSY 369  Health Psychology

3 cr

 

Capstone Course Requirement. The following course in the Exercise and Sport Science Major fulfills the capstone course requirement: ESS 495 Senior Seminar in Exercise and Sport Science. Students completing the K-12 Physical Education Emphasis may use EDUC 410 to fulfill this requirement. Students completing the ESS Standard or the Sport and Fitness Management Standard Emphasis may use ESS 498 to fulfill this requirement. Students completing the ESS Clinical Exercise Physiology Emphasis must use ESS 498 to fulfill this requirement.