M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) 3+2
ESS 600 - ADVANCED STATISTICS (3 cred.)
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 (3 cred.)
Research design and methodology in environmental exercise physiology.
ESS 605 - EXER SPRT SCI TEST INSTRM LAB (3 cred.)
Techniques of in-lab exercise testing and result interpretation in healthy and/or diseased populations.
ESS 606 - EXC SPRT SCI TEST INST FIELD (3 cred.)
Techniques of field-based exercise testing and result interpretation in healthy and/or diseased populations.
ESS 640 - ENVIRONMENTL EXERCISE PHYSIO I (3 cred.)
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 - ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY II (3 cred.)
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: ESS 640.
ESS 650 - Thesis Proposal Development (3 cred.)
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 Human Research Committee.
ESS 675 - CLINICAL EXERCISE PROGRAM LAB (3 cred.)
Role of exercise/physical activity in the prevention, pathophysiology and treatment of chronic diseases. Hands on clinical exercising programming experiences.
ESS 685 - CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY (3 cred.)
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 695 - THESIS (6 cred.)
Independent research project, supervised by academic advisor. Prerequisites: second year graduate standing, ESS 650.
ESS 698 - Practicum/Internship (1-6 cred.)
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.
Faculty & Staff
Professor, High Altitude Exercise Physiology Director
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 224
Professor of Exercise & Sport Science
Office Location: High Altitude Performance Lab 171
Professor of Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238C
Ferchau Lecturer in Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 225
- Wellness Elevated: Work with clinical populations and their exercise programming for a semester or more.
- Assistantships: Gunnison Valley Health collaborates with the HAEP program to set up five full tuition research assistantship positions with the rehabilitation department.
- Shadowing: Opportunities to shadow practicing clinicians exist both locally and throughout the United States.
- Research Funding: Apply for research stipends from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) that range in the thousands of dollars. All projects are published in ACE’s ProSource magazine and submitted to various journals.
- Paid Positions: At the end of their fourth year, students can apply to be a paid trainer in our Wellness Elevated program, where they perform fitness assessments, write exercise prescriptions and train clients.
- B.S. in Exercise & Sport Science with an emphasis in Clinical Exercise Physiology: A comprehensive major grounded in the natural sciences with a heightened focus on exercise science and working with clinical populations and athletes.
- B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Health Sciences: Designed for students interested in becoming occupational therapists, physician assistants and cardiac rehab therapists.
- M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology: A graduate degree that prepares students for careers in performance, academia, research or clinical practice, as well as further study in the discipline of exercise science.
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