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Minor in Exercise Science
If you’re interested in adding an understanding of fitness and the biology behind sports and activity, a minor in exercise science is a perfect fit.
It can serve as a great addition to a major in physical education, sports management, biology or athletic training. Understand the physiological process behind movement — how the body responds to work, how it adapts to exercise and what training methods work best for particular populations.
The William Woods University minor in exercise science includes coursework in exercise program design, nutrition, strength and conditioning and kinesiology.
You will also be able to work in the $1.3 million Center for Human Performance, which includes state-of-the-art equipment in exercise testing and rehabilitation, train and work in our on-campus fitness facility, the Weider Fitness Center, and study in the only institution in the Missouri recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP)
The minor in exercise science at William Woods University includes 15 required course credits and 6 required elective credits.
Courses you may take
This course will introduce nutrient functions and the effects of various supply/demand states on physical well-being. Discussion will include the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and hydration on performance.
Exercise Technique and Prescription
Properly performed exercise has enormous health benefits. It reduces the risk of many diseases, increases functional capacity, and improves the quality of our lives. In this course you will learn proper aerobic and anaerobic exercise techniques. After learning proper techniques you will learn how to prescribe exercise to varying populations.
Exercise Program Design
Designing a safe and effective resistance and aerobic training program involves the consideration and manipulation of certain variables. In this course on program design you will learn to assess a client's current fitness status, exercise experience, and primary fitness goal.
Principles of Strength and Conditioning
Becoming certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association is the foal for most strength and conditioning specialists and sports medicine professionals. This course will help the strength and conditioning professional maximize the physical performance potential of the athlete without incurring injuries. This course utilizes the disciplines of anatomy, biochemistry, biomechanics, endocrinology, nutrition, exercise physiology, and sport psychology.
Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology
An overview of the human body and how it functions. Emphasis will be placed on skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine and digestive systems.
An application of mechanical principles to human movement. Prerequisite: PED 205
Physiology of Exercise
This course is designed to study the responses and adaptations of the functions of the human body during muscular exercises. Material is pertinent to teaching, coaching, and individuals interested in exercise.