Exercise Science Minor

The aim of the Exercise Science minor is to provide students with a foundation in how exercise and lifestyle change affects God’s greatest creation, the human body. The minor will give students the basic knowledge of exercise science and health promotion to be used in church settings, physical education classes, or continuation in this field of study.

Required Courses:

The following courses are required:

  • Health Promotion Programs (HPES 3513) - 3 hrs*
  • Intro to Health Prom & Exercise Sci (HPES 2133) - 3 hrs*
  • Physiology of Exercise (HPES 4223) - 3 hrs*
  • Principles of Life and Fitness (HPES 3813) - 3 hrs*

Choose two courses from the following (4-6 hrs):

  • Admin Health/Physical Educ (HPES 3113) - 3 hrs*
  • Care/Prevention Athletic Injuries (HPES 3502) - 2 hrs*
  • Chronic Disease Intervention (HPES 4853) - 3 hrs*
  • Exercise Testing & Prescription (HPES 3853) - 3 hrs*
  • Lifestyle Interventions (HPES 3563) - 3 hrs*
  • Motor Development (HPES 3323) - 3 hrs*
  • Motor Learning (HPES 3223) - 3 hrs*
  • Nutrition (NATS 2223) - 3 hrs*
  • Personal Health (HPES 2912) - 2 hrs*
  • Sports Marketing (BUSN 3303) - 3 hrs*
  • Structural Kinesiology (HPES 4113) - 3 hrs*

Note: NATS 2544 Human Anatomy and NATS 2644 Human Physiology are required prerequisites for this minor.


Course Descriptions:


BUSN 3303 SPORTS MARKETING 3 hours 

This course is designed for students with an interest in sports and business. It highlights the intellectual, spiritual, social, and moral responsibilities of a franchise owner, manager, or player. Instructional areas will include an orientation to the sports industry, economics, event execution, career opportunities, financial risk and decision making, event marketing, advertising and promotion, and legal aspects/contracts from a Christian perspective. Prerequisite: CSCI 2723 and BUSN 1523 or permission of instructor.

HPES 2133 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH PROMOTION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE 3 hours
This course is an introduction to the fields of health promotion and exercise science. Students will be introduced to the curriculum, employment opportunities, terminology, and professional associations. Students will develop the skills to perform basic library and web based research.

HPES 2223 NUTRITION 3 hours
This course is designed to teach the basic principles of optimal nutrition and their role in maintenance of health and prevention and treatment of disease. Emphasis is given to selection, quality, and interrelationships of nutrients in both the normal and therapeutic diet to meet the individual's physiological, psychological, and sociological needs. Crosslisted as NATS 2233.

HPES 2912 PERSONAL HEALTH 2 hours
This course is a study of health information from the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions. Emphasis is given to the health issues concerning college students.

HPES 3113 ADMINISTRATION OF HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION 3 hours
This course is a study of the principles of organization and administration in health and physical education programs for schools and communities.

HPES 3223 MOTOR LEARNING 3 hours
This course is designed to study the development of movement, competency, and implications for skill learning in young people.

HPES 3323 MOTOR DEVELOPMENT 3 hours
This course will allow students to study growth and physical development throughout different stages of life and the acquisition of neuromuscular control of movement at different levels of development.

HPES 3502 CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES 2 hours
This course will include a study of injuries in the exercise and sports sciences. Methods of care and prevention with emphasis on the common injuries and taping techniques will be included.

HPES 3513 HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMS 3 hours
This course focuses on the process involved with designing a health promotion program. It will include models, theories, and evaluation techniques to improve overall wellness, disease prevention, and risk reduction.

HPES 3853 EXERCISE TESTING AND PRESCRIPTION 3 hours
This course will allow students to examine the process of testing an individual's fitness level and prescribing the correct dose of exercise accordingly. The student will be provided with knowledge of the impact exercise has on nutrition, weight control, and the overall dose response on the human body.

HPES 4113 STRUCTURAL KINESIOLOGY 3 hours
This course provides an introduction to basic human anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of specific structures that produce and sustain movement.

HPES 4223 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE 3 hours
This course is a general study of the bioenergetics of muscular work; neuromuscular structure, function, and control; cardio respiratory functions and control; and physical training as it relates to nutrition and exercise performance.

HPES 4833 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE LABORATORY 3 hours
This course includes laboratory experiments that allow the student to survey the fitness level of participants by evaluating fundamental physiological mechanisms, regulating responses, and adapting to exercise. Systems evaluated include cardio-respiratory, energy, and muscular. Prerequisite: HPES 4223.

HPES 4853 CHRONIC DISEASE INTERVENTION 3 hours
This course provides students with a basic understanding of chronic diseases and how they may be prevented or treated through the implementation of health promotion and exercise science.