Department Information

Chair:
Philip Buckenmeyer
Professional Studies Building, Room 1164
Phone: 607-753-4300
Fax: 607-753-5596
Email:
julie.crandall@cortland.edu
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Program Details

Exercise Science [EXSC] (Major)

The Kinesiology Department offers the major in exercise science, which is a course of study that prepares students to rigorously apply the scientific method of discovery, analysis and research to a wide range of areas associated with human movement. Exercise science is concerned with how and why the human body responds to physical activity.

There are two primary areas of inquiry where exercise scientists focus their attention:

  • health-related aspects of physical activity, and
  • sports performance.

In regard to health-related aspects of physical activity, exercise scientists have studied how exercise benefits health. The study of sports performance by exercise scientists involves diverse areas, which can include the growth and development of athletes, nutritional needs of athletes, and movement analysis.

A. General Education and Liberal Arts: 36-37 credit hours
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
    Additionally, all other General Education courses as required - 24 credit hours
B. Math and Science Requirements: 28-29 credit hours
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 201 - Statistics in Exercise Science (3 cr. hr.) or
  • COM 230 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ECO 221 - Economic Statistics (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.) or
  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.) and
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 106 - Elementary Electricity, Light and Sound (4 cr. hr.) or
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
C. Exercise Science Theory Requirements: 27 credit hours
  • EXS 100 - Introduction to Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 111 - Computer Applications in Exercise Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 250 - Research Skills in Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 287 - Social Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 297 - Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 310 - Ethical Issues in Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 346 - Sport Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 367 - Exercise Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 387 - Biomechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 397 - Exercise Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
D. Exercise Science Electives: 12 credit hours

Select from the following:

  • EXS 225 - Digital Video for Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 315 - Anatomical Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 325 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 356 - Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 357 - Nutrition and Sport Performance (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 435 - Neuromuscular Fitness Assessment and Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 438 - Cardio-Respiratory Fitness Assessment and Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 444 - Laboratory Assistant in Exercise Science (1-3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 449 - Advanced Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 465 - Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 477 - Practicum in Kinesiology (3 or 6 credit hours)
  • EXS 487 - Advanced Biomechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 489 - Exercise Science Research Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 490 - Independent Research in Exercise Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 525 - Seminar in Exercise Science (1 cr. hr.)
E. Physical Education (PED) Activity Courses: 3 credit hours

Select three one-credit physical education activity courses, which can include activities with a PED prefix and/or any from the following list:

  • AAS 106 - Africana Dance (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 106 - Africana Dance (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 101 - Ballet I (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 102 - Jazz Dance I (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 103 - Tap Dance I (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 201 - Ballet II (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 203 - Tap Dance II (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 301 - Ballet III (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 302 - Jazz Dance II (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 151 - Practical Strength and Conditioning (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 156 - Group Exercise Instruction (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 103 - Canoeing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 104 - Kayaking (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 105 - Windsurfing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 106 - Rock Climbing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 107 - Snowshoeing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 108 - Cross-Country Skiing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 111 - Snowboarding (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 112 - Downhill Skiing (1 cr. hr.)
F. Free Electives: 17-18 credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science over Four Years

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 17-18

  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 100 - Introduction to Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 111 - Computer Applications in Exercise Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16-17
  • GE course
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16

  • GE course
  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 250 - Research Skills in Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 297 - Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.) or
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
    Select one of the following statistics courses:
  • EXS 201 - Statistics in Exercise Science (3 cr. hr.) or
  • COM 230 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ECO 221 - Economic Statistics (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 287 - Social Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 387 - Biomechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 106 - Elementary Electricity, Light and Sound (4 cr. hr.) or
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
Third Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

  • Exercise science elective course
  • Two GE courses
  • EXS 310 - Ethical Issues in Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 397 - Exercise Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Exercise science elective course
  • Free elective course
  • Two GE courses
  • Physical education activity elective
  • EXS 346 - Sport Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 367 - Exercise Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 14

  • GE course
  • Exercise science elective course
  • Two free elective courses
  • Two physical education activity electives (2 credit hour total)
Spring Total credit hours: 14-15

GE course
Exercise science elective course
Two-three credit hour free elective courses