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Minor in Exercise Science

Go the extra mile.

If you’re interested in adding an understanding of fitness and the biology behind sports and activity, a minor in exercise science can serve as a great addition to any major. 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 one of the only institutions in 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

EXS 100 - Personal Health - 3.00

This course will provide essential principles of personal health and provide students the opportunity to investigate current theoretical and evidence based practices that can be applied to a number of health and wellness issues. Students will identify action steps available for individuals, families and communities to improve quality of life, reduce risk of health problems and empower people.

EXS 103 - Nutrition - 3.00

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.

EXS 205 - Introduction to Anatomy -N - 3.00

An overview of the gross anatomy of the human body. The course covers the anatomy of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, digestive, and reproductive systems. Emphasis in the course will be placed on musculoskeletal anatomy.

EXS 302 - Introduction to Exercise Physiology - 3.00

An introduction to the field of the exercise physiology. The course covers how exercise will influence the physiological systems of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and endocrine. Emphasis in the course will be placed on cardiopulmonary training and resistance training concepts. Prerequisite - EXS205 or BIO313


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