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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 and Community Health - 3.00

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

EXS 103 - Introduction to Human Nutrition - 3.00

This introductory course will introduce students to basic nutrients, their functions, and the effects of various supply/demand states on physical well-being. Students will take a look at their own nutritional health and identify areas for improvement. Discussion will include the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and hydration on performance and optimal health. Prerequisite: EXS100

EXS 205 - Introduction to Anatomy -N - 3.00

This course will provide the learner with an overview of the gross anatomy of the human body. The course covers the anatomy of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, digestive, and reproductive systems. To prepare the learner for progression through the Exercise Science sequence, an emphasis in the course will be placed on musculoskeletal anatomy including hands-on labs

EXS 245 - Introduction to Exercise Physiology - 3.00

This course is designed to provide the learner an overview of the function of the human body. The course covers the physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, neuro-endocrine, cardiopulmonary, digestive, and urinary-reproductive systems. This course will place an emphasis on musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary adaptations to exercise. Prerequisite - EXS205


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