​The Clinical Exercise Science option is for students intending to pursue a career in the clinical aspects of exercise science: cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, or other related field.

Program Requirements

Core Courses I (17 hours)

​Introduction to the field of exercise science, including elements from the basic and clinical sciences and other allied health professions that integrate with exercise science. 

Credits 1(1-0) 

Contact Hours (1-0) 

Course Syllabus

Includes CPR and first aid care. American Red Cross certification for first aid and CPR can be earned. 

Credits 2(1-2) 

Contact Hours (1-2) 

Course Syllabus

​A comprehensive course in the structure of the human body organized by systems. Laboratory work includes identification of fundamental anatomical structures on models and cadavers. Prerequisites: HSC 211 or 12 credit hours completed with one course in BIO or CHM or PHY. 

Credits 4(3-3) 

Contact Hours (3-3) 

Course Syllabus

​A comprehensive course that studies the function of the organ systems of the human body. Laboratory work in fundamental physiological principles is included. Pre/Co-Requisite: HSC 214. 

Credits 4(3-2) 

Contact Hours (3-2) 

Course Syllabus

​The study of functional aspects of human movement, including basic biomechanics and structural kinesiology. Prerequisites: HSC 214, HSC 215. 

Credits 3(2-2)

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Lectures on basic principles of physiology of exercise. The basics of exercise, performance conditioning, and the human organism response to these conditions. Prerequisites: HSC 211; or HSC 214, 215. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Core Courses II (5-8 hours) Select one of the following options:

​CHM 131 General Chemistry I 

Introductory course covering fundamental concepts of chemistry including atoms, properties of matter, reactions and stoichiometry, electronic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, thermochemistry, gas laws. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Recommended: High school algebra or MTH 107; high school chemistry or CHM 120. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences) 

Credits 4(3-3) 

Contact Hours (3-3) 


CHM 132 General Chemistry II 

Continuation of CHM 131 including solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, weak acids and bases, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 131. Recommended: a grade of C or better in CHM 131. 

Credits 4(3-3) 

Contact Hours (3-3) 

Course Syllabus

​CHM 120 Survey of Chemistry 

Elementary concepts in chemistry. For students on curricula needing minimal chemical background or students who need additional preparation for CHM 131. This course provides suitable preparation for the successful completion of the laboratory courses, CHM 112 or CHM 127. Cannot be counted on a Chemistry/Biochemistry major or Chemistry minor. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: High school Algebra II or MTH 105. (University Program II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science) 

Credits 4(4-0) 

Contact Hours (4-0) 

Course Syllabus 


CHM 127 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 

Elementary laboratory experiments which parallel the syllabus for CHM 120. Recommended for students in dietetics, sports medicine, health education, and elementary/middle school education. No credit toward chemistry or biochemistry major or minor. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Pre/Co-requisite: CHM 120. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science) 

Credits 1(0-2) 

Contact Hours (0-2) 

Course Syllabus

Required Courses (27 hours)

​Theory and practice related to exercise testing and administration for the health-related components of fitness. Practical experience in fitness evaluation, exercise technique and program design. Prerequisites: HSC 214, 215. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Emphasis is placed on the recognition and interpretation of normal and abnormal resting and exercise ECG's. Includes lab experience in resting and exercise ECG monitoring. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in HSC 214, 215; a signed Exercise Science Major: Clinical Exercise Science Option or a signed Health Fitness in Preventive and Rehabilitative Major. 

Credits 2(2-1) 

Contact Hours (2-1) 

Course Syllabus

​Study of body’s physiological responses to disease states. Emphasis is placed on the interactions among body systems and deviations from homeostasis. Prerequisite: HSC 211 or HSC 215 or BIO 392. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Examine cardiovascular and chronic disease risk factors and management of those risk factors with emphasis on current clinical guidelines and lifestyle interventions (e.g., physical activity/exercise). Prerequisites: 56 credit hours completed or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Course in theory and methods of administering exercise stress tests using different modes of exercise and consideration of different populations. Includes classroom and practical experience. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in HSC 220 or 420, 308, 310; a signed Exercise Science Major: Clinical Exercise Science Option or a signed Health Fitness in Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs Major; or Exercise Science Graduate Status. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Course in analysis of information gained from exercise testing, studying deviations from normal, and applications of exercise test information in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation programs. Prerequisites: HSC 550 with a grade of C or higher. 

Credits 3(3-1) 

Contact Hours (3-1) 

Course Syllabus

An examination of classifications, mechanisms of action, indications and names of medications used in treatment of cardiovascular diseases and associated disorders (pulmonary and metabolic diseases). Prerequisites: Admission to the Exercise Science Major: Clinical Exercise Science option or graduate standing. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Application of knowledge and skills in an approved, supervised clinical exercise program internship; minimum of 480 hours required. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: Undergraduate students must have completed all courses in the Exercise Science Major: Clinical Option. Graduate students must have completed HSC 310, 411, 547, 550, 551, 553 with grades of C or higher. 

Credits 8(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Other Requirements (0 hours)

​This requirement would involve, depending on the student's option, completing an internship, taking a capstone course, analyzing and interpreting data, and/or completing an exit survey.

Electives (5-6 hours) Select from the following:

​Basic principles of normal mammalian cardiovascular physiology. Prerequisites: BIO 392 or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Principles of normal nutrition as related to the health of all age groups. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A self-study module course for learning anatomical directions, planes, comprehensive clinical vocabulary, words made from word parts, and imaging terms used in health care. Recommended: Successful completion of at least two semesters of coursework at the college level. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Students will learn to assess and perform various exercises utilized in personal training and strength and conditioning, and achieve a standard of fitness competence themselves. Prerequisites: HSC 214, 215. 

Credits 2(1-2) 

Contact Hours (1-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Obesity will be studied with special emphasis on prevalence and etiology. Modes of prevention and treatment including diet and exercise will also be discussed. Prerequisites: 56 hours completed or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0)

Course Syllabus

Concentrated study of the physiological aspects of the cardiovascular system and its adaptation to stress. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Course reviews the major cardiovascular disease risk factors of children. This service learning course requires 45 hours of screening and education of children. Prerequisite: HSC 220. 

Credits 3(1-4) 

Contact Hours (1-4) 

Course Syllabus

Total: 54-58 semester hours