Exercise & Sport Physiology (B.S.)

Exercise & Sport Physiology (B.S.)
Master of Science in Applied Exercise Physiology and Human Performance

Pushing the Limits of Human Performance


How does the human body respond to exercise? What are the limits of human performance? How can exercise training impact chronic disease, quality of life, and sport success?

These are some of the questions the study of exercise and sport physiology investigates. Exercise physiology is the study of the acute and chronic adaptations to the stress of physical activity. While the study of exercise physiology can inform us how exercise can improve physiological function in general; its sub-discipline, sport physiology, helps us understand and improve athletic performance specifically.


This major provides a strong science-based curriculum of advanced courses in exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, strength and conditioning, and research methodology with an emphasis on the improvement and understanding of human performance. Laboratory activities, research, and clinical applications are components of this program. Majors will be prepared for careers in clinical research settings, strength and conditioning, and the health/fitness industry. The major also provides a strong foundation for future graduate studies in Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and other allied health related fields. In addition, the program prepares students to challenge select certification examinations such as the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

3+2 BS/MS Degree Option
Students interested in graduate study in exercise science who have completed all prerequisite courses at the end of the 3rd year of study can apply to the MS degree program for their 4th year of study.  Students who complete all requirements will earn the BS in Exercise & Sport Physiology at the completion of their 4th year and the MS in Applied Exercise Physiology & Human Performance at the completion of their 5th year.

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Program Coordinator, Exercise & Sport Physiology
Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 535-3114
Office: Health & Human Enrichment, Human Performance Center, MSC 22, Plymouth, NH 03264

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National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP) logo

PSU’s Exercise & Sport Physiology program is a National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP). The NSCA-ERP designation recognizes schools with standardized, approved strength and conditioning curricula designed to help students prepare for top certifications in the field.

 

American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Exercise's Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) program logo with Plymouth State University at bottom.

The Exercise & Sport Physiology program helped establish PSU as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) program. The mission of the EIM-OC initiative is to connect campus and community to support the ‘Exercise is Medicine’ vision: to encourage the use of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

Curriculum & Requirements

Exercise & Sport Physiology 

Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
EX 2755Introduction to Exercise Science3
EX 3580Physiology of Exercise3
EX 3750Physiology of Exercise Laboratory1
EX 3860Exercise Testing and Prescription3
EX 3865Exercise Testing and Prescription Laboratory1
EX 4520Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning3
EX 4525Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory1
EX 4760Exercise Physiology for Special Populations3
EX 4840Research Methods in Exercise Science (WRCO)3
BI 2110
BI 2130
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
4
BI 2120
BI 2140
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II
4
CH 2335General Chemistry I (QRCO)4
CH 2340General Chemistry II4
HE 2500First Aid and CPR/AED1.5
HE 3220Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living (TECO)3
MA 2300Statistics I (QRCO)3
PE 3570Kinesiology3
PE 3720Motor Learning3
Professional Skills - choose two:3
PE 2428
Flexibility, Core, and Balance Training
PE 2640
Burdenko Conditioning
PE 2831
Resistance Training Techniques
Psychology Choice
CC 3860Psychological Aspects of Sports3-4
or PBH 3200 Social and Behavioral Health Psychology (INCO,INCP)
General Education
EN 1400Composition4
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
CTDICreative Thought Direction3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 14-8
DICODiversity Connection3-4
GACOGlobal Awareness Connection3-4
INCOIntegration Connection3-4
WECOWellness Connection3-4
Option Requirements
Complete one from the following required options27.5-33.5
BS in Exercise & Sport Physiology
3+2 BS to MS in Applied Exercise Physiology & Human Performance
Total Credits120
1

Directions should total 16-17 credits because SIDI is waived for BS Exercise and Sport Physiology. 

BS in Exercise & Sport Physiology Option

Course Title Credits
EX 4820Advanced Exercise Physiology3
EX 4825Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory1
Capstone Experience - Complete one:
EX 4830Applied Research in Exercise Science4-12
or EX 4880 Exercise & Sport Physiology Internship
Electives19.5-21.5
Total Credits27.5-37.5

3+2 Option 

BS year four requirements for students planning to continue on to the MS are listed here. Additional details and full requirements of the MS in Applied Exercise Physiology and Human Performance can be found here

Course Title Credits
EX 5210Advanced Exercise Physiology3
EX 5220Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory1
EX 5500Graduate Seminar in Exercise Science3
EX 5610Advanced Strength and Conditioning4
EX 5410Applied Research in Exercise Science4
EX 5520Advanced Exercise Testing & ECG4
EX 5730Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology4
EX 5700Advanced Practicum in Exercise Science I4
Electives4.5-6.5
Total Credits31.5-33.5

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

To complete the bachelor’s degree in 4 years, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits each semester or have a plan to make up credits over the course of the 4 years.  For example, if you take 14 credits one semester, you need to take 16 credits in another semester.  Credits completed must count toward your program requirements (major, option, minor, certificate, general education or free electives).

BS Option 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
EX 2755 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
EN 1400 Composition 4
BI 2110
BI 2130
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
4
 Credits15
Spring
Professional Skills Course 1.5
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO) 3
BI 2120
BI 2140
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II
4
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction 3-4
 Credits14.5-16.5
Year Two
Fall
PE 3570 Kinesiology 3
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO) 4
CTDICreative Thought Direction 3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 3-4
Professional Skills Course 1.5
 Credits14.5-16.5
Spring
EX 3580 Physiology of Exercise 3
EX 3750 Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 1
CH 2340 General Chemistry II 4
HE 2500 First Aid and CPR/AED 1.5
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 0-4
Elective 0-3
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
 Credits12.5-20.5
Year Three
Fall
PE 3720 Motor Learning 3
EX 3860 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
EX 3865 Exercise Testing and Prescription Laboratory 1
DICODiversity Connection 3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 0-4
Elective 0-3
HE 3220 Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living (TECO) 3
 Credits13-21
Spring
EX 4520 Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning 3
EX 4525 Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory 1
EX 4760 Exercise Physiology for Special Populations 3
CC 3860
or PBH 3200
Psychological Aspects of Sports
or Social and Behavioral Health Psychology (INCO,INCP)
3-4
GACOGlobal Awareness Connection 3-4
 Credits13-15
Year Four
Fall
EX 4820 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
EX 4825 Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory 1
EX 4840 Research Methods in Exercise Science (WRCO) 3
Electives 6-8
INCOIntegration Connection 3-4
 Credits16-19
Spring
EX 4830
or EX 4880
Applied Research in Exercise Science
or Exercise & Sport Physiology Internship
4
Electives 9-12
 Credits13-16
 Total Credits120
1

Directions should total 16-17 credits because SIDI is waived for BS Exercise and Sport Physiology.

3+2 Option
 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
EX 2755 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
EN 1400 Composition 4
BI 2110
BI 2130
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
4
 Credits15
Spring
Professional Skills Course 1.5
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO) 3
BI 2120
BI 2140
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II
4
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction 3-4
 Credits14.5-16.5
Year Two
Fall
PE 3570 Kinesiology 3
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO) 4
CTDICreative Thought Direction 3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 3-4
Professional Skills Course 1.5
 Credits14.5-16.5
Spring
EX 3580 Physiology of Exercise 3
EX 3750 Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 1
CH 2340 General Chemistry II 4
HE 2500 First Aid and CPR/AED 1.5
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 0-4
Elective 0-3
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
 Credits12.5-20.5
Year Three
Fall
PE 3720 Motor Learning 3
EX 3860 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
EX 3865 Exercise Testing and Prescription Laboratory 1
DICODiversity Connection 3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 0-4
Elective 0-3
HE 3220 Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living (TECO) 3
 Credits13-21
Spring
EX 4520 Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning 3
EX 4525 Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory 1
EX 4760 Exercise Physiology for Special Populations 3
CC 3860
or PBH 3200
Psychological Aspects of Sports
or Social and Behavioral Health Psychology (INCO,INCP)
3-4
GACOGlobal Awareness Connection 3-4
 Credits13-15
Year Four
Fall
EX 5210 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
EX 5220 Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory 1
EX 4840 Research Methods in Exercise Science (WRCO) 3
EX 5500 Graduate Seminar in Exercise Science 3
EX 5610 Advanced Strength and Conditioning 4
INCOIntegration Connection 3-4
 Credits17-18
Spring
EX 5410 Applied Research in Exercise Science 4
EX 5220 Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory 1
EX 5730 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 4
EX 5700 Advanced Practicum in Exercise Science I 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits120

Upon completion of this major, exercise and sport physiology students will possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to:
 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of general overall physiological principles associated with metabolic processes; musculoskeletal system; cardiovascular system; aerobic and anaerobic program design.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiology and risk factors associated with exercise and disease.
  • Demonstrate the ability to administer and interpret health appraisals, fitness and clinical exercise testing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to administer and interpret electrocardiography and other diagnostic techniques associated with physiological processes.
  • Describe and understand issues involved with patient management and medications.
  • Design and monitor exercise prescriptions and fitness programming.
  • Assess and evaluate nutritional intake and demonstrate the ability to design weight management programs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety, injury prevention, and emergency procedures associated with laboratory activities and general exercise.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, metabolic processes and associated pathophysiology and risk factors for disease.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of orthopedic/musculoskeletal issues including pathophysiology and risk factors for injury.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing laboratory techniques and subsequent analysis of data commonly used in a Human Performance Laboratory.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and show ability to carry out the research process in a collaborative environment.

Exercise and Sport Physiology prepares you for careers in the fitness industry, strength and conditioning field, human performance laboratory research, clinical exercise physiology, and others, such as the pharmaceutical industry. The degree prepares you for future graduate studies in Exercise Science and is designed to allow you the flexibility to complete prerequisites that may be required for professional post-baccalaureate programs such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Chiropractic, etc.

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IDEA Ambassador Spotlight

Carl Jean Baptiste ’23

Carl Jean Baptiste graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport physiology and he received the program’s Outstanding Senior Award. He served as president of PSU’s Black Student Union. Carl began working with the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Center because he “wanted to create a diverse culture on campus for everyone” in the PSU campus community. Diversity to him is unity in the different voices and perspectives we have in the world.

When Carl had free time, you could find working out or at the BSU meetings that happen every week. Carl’s favorite part about working at the center was “being able to unite with others,” especially those that he didn’t get to connect with on a normal basis.

If Carl was featured in a movie, you’d find him in Glory Road.

Our IDEA ambassadors work hard to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across our campus and beyond.

Social Justice Leader Carl Jean Baptiste
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