Exercise and Sport Science Courses
EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE COURSES
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 Select Activities in Recreation, Exercise and Sport Science 1 credit
A specific activity is offered as student interest, facilities, faculty, and equipment are available.
ESS 131 Physical Conditioning 1 credit
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 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 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 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 (with Lab) 4 credits 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 hand-ball, 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 Sport Science majors have first option for this course.
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 University 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 Assessment & Technology in Physical Education 2 credits
Planning, administering, and evaluating standards-based accountability systems in physical education. Multiple assessment strategies for psychomotor, cognitive, and affective learning objectives, using current technologies, are presented. Students evaluate, select and/or construct assessment tools to match specific learning outcomes in the K-12 physical education curriculum. Prerequisites: ESS 181, ESS 290, and completion of the University Mathematics course requirement.
ESS 353 Coordinated School Health & Physical Activity Programs 2 credits 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 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 Inclusive Physical Activity 3 credits
Students develop knowledge and skills necessary to work with diverse populations in physical activity settings. Content includes planning, instructional design & delivery, assessment, coordination of resources, and advocacy for inclusive physical activity programming. 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 380 Biomechanics 3 credits
Investigation and analysis of human movement. Basic mechanical principles of force, motion, and aerodynamics as related to fundamental physical skills and their application to exercise, sport, and physical activity. Prerequisites: ESS 181, ESS 185, ESS 201 or BIOL 372, completion of the University Mathematics course requirement.
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: Junior Standing.
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: 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 and minimum 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: 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 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
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: ESS 181, ESS 185, senior standing. 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 3-12 credits
An opportunity for in-depth work at a professional site in an area of exercise and sport science. The internship must meet standards of the department and the University, including completion of a pre-internship checklist. Prerequisites: Satisfactory grade in ESS 405, overall GPA of 2.750, department advisor permission, and senior standing.