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Program Requirements

Students who complete the major requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees in physical education will be prepared for teaching careers. By also completing an education sequence, including three in-classroom teaching experiences, students may qualify for K-12 or secondary teaching certificates.

Major Requirements (BA)

Course descriptions for all EXS courses are available at the bottom of this page. 

8 semester hours (sh) of required prerequisite courses — Introduction to Human Anatomy (BIOL 1250) and Introductory Statistics (STAT 1490)

36 sh of major courses:

  • Required core exercise and sport courses (26 sh) — EXS 1500, 1600, 2700, 3010, 3130 or 3140, 3160, 3700
  • Electives (10 sh) — any EXS course or others approved by major advisor

Major Requirements (BS)

Course descriptions for all EXS courses are available at the bottom of this page. 

8 semester hours (sh) of required prerequisite courses — Introduction to Human Anatomy (BIOL 1250) and Introductory Statistics (STAT 1490)

8 sh of recommended supporting courses — EXS 2500, 3190

41 sh of major courses:

  • Required core exercise and sport courses (34-42 sh) — EXS 1500, 1600, 2700, 2800, 3010, 3130, 3140, 3160, 3700; one from EXS 4970, EDUC 4110, EDUC 4120
  • Electives (0-7 sh) — any EXS course

Notes

  • Students pursuing teacher certification/licensure must also complete the required education sequence.

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions of all psychology courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

EXS 1000 – Personal Health
A study of physical and psychological well-being, including exercise and nutrition.

EXS 1400 – Foundations of Exercise Science
An overview of health/fitness professions and content areas including exercise physiology, biomechanics, and exercise programming. Career paths and professional ethics are also presented. This also offers the basic knowledge and skills required to work as a Personal Trainer.

EXS 1500 – Foundations of Exercise and Sport
An introductory course giving an overview of physical education including history and principles and a study of organization, administration and assessment in physical education exercise science, and sport. Includes the development of a philosophy of physical education.

EXS 1600 – First Aid/CPR
Study of immediate care of the injured or ill. Based on American Red Cross standards. Certification in First Aid, CPR, and AED available.

EXS 1610 – Introduction to Athletic Training
Introduction to the care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries with emphasis on current methods of athletic training.

EXS 2100 – Practicum I
A course designed to formally structure a minimum of 150 clock hours of clinical experience 150 (time by arrangement) 150 specific to the first semester of enrollment in the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP). Includes observation, fieldwork and practical experience in the North Park University athletic training room. All will be under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Emphasis is athletic training room operations and procedures. Student must have formal acceptance into the ATEP.

EXS 2110 – Practicum II
A course designed to formally structure a minimum of 150 clock hours of clinical experience 150 (time by arrangement) 150 specific to the second semester of enrollment in the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP). Includes observation, fieldwork and practical experience in the North Park University athletic training room. All will be under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Emphasis is on lower extremity injury evaluation and lower body taping/splinting.

EXS 2210 – Coaching Basketball
The theory, methods, and techniques of coaching basketball are taught including conditioning, selecting personnel, drills, scouting, rules, and team strategy.

EXS 2220 – Coaching Track and Field
The theory, methods, and techniques of coaching track and field are taught, including conditioning, coaching the specific events, rules, and meet organization.

EXS 2230 – Coaching Football
The theory, methods, and techniques of coaching football are taught, including preseason conditioning, selecting personnel, drills, scouting, rules, and strategy.

EXS 2250 – Coaching Baseball and Softball
The theory, methods, and techniques of coaching baseball and softball are taught with emphasis on preseason conditioning, individual skills, team strategy, and rules.

EXS 2260 – Coaching Volleyball
The theory, methods, and techniques of coaching volleyball are taught with emphasis on preseason conditioning, individual skills, team strategy, and rules.

EXS 2270 – Coaching Soccer
The theory, methods and techniques of coaching soccer are taught with emphasis on pre-season conditioning, individual skills, team strategy, and rules.

EXS 2290 – Coaching Principles and Administration
This course will focus on examining theoretical and applied concepts of sports coaching, including administrative coaching duties. Emphasis will be placed on coaching at a secondary or college level. The goal of the class will be for students to improve their own coaching practices through research, reflection and observation.

EXS 2300 – Orthopedic Assessment I
A comprehensive study of the lower extremities including the foot, ankle, knee, thigh, hip, pelvis, and spine. Injuries will be discussed from the following viewpoints: 1) prevention, 2) etiology and mechanism of injury, 3) pathology, 4) recognition and evaluation techniques, and 5) treatment. Student must have formal acceptance into ATEP.

EXS 2350 – Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
A study of preventative measures and acute care techniques used in athletic training. Concepts, applications, and procedures used in taping, equipment fitting, and splinting will be emphasized. This course also includes environmental conditions and strength conditioning concepts. Student must have formal acceptance into ATEP.

EXS 2400 – Orthopedic Assessment II
A comprehensive study of the upper extremities including the shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, thumb, fingers, spine, thorax, abdomen, head, and face. This course also includes general medical conditions, skin infections, and common viruses. Injuries will be discussed from the following viewpoints: 1) prevention, 2) etiology and mechanism of injury, 3) pathology, 4) recognition and evaluation techniques, and 5) treatment.

EXS 2500 – Health and Behavior
Study of the dimensions of health and selected health topics with emphasis on how one's behavior affects health.

EXS 2700 – Movement Experiences for Elementary School Age Children
Introduction to designing physical education programs for regular and special populations in elementary schools. Emphasis is on application of curricular models to programming of physical education activities in order to accomplish desired outcomes. A focus on tumbling, appropriate apparatus stunts and rhythmic activities based upon movement analysis and an exploratory approach.

EXS 2800 – Physical Education Curriculum: 6-12
Introduction to designing physical education programs for regular and special populations in the secondary schools. Emphasis is on application of curricular models to programming of physical education activities in order to accomplish desired outcomes within an established philosophical framework.

EXS 2950 – Sport Psychology
Develop an understanding of the principles of motivation, the importance of leadership and communication skills, and the different psychological skills athletes can use to improve performance.

EXS 3000 – Methods of Teaching Aquatic Skills
Instruction and practice for teaching basic swimming skills and American Red Cross water safety courses. Emphasis on the various educational methods and approaches applicable to swimming and water safety instruction, as well as on health and safety precautions and guidelines. American Red Cross certification as Water Safety Instructor is available.

EXS 3010 – Biomechanics
Systematic analysis of human movement. The integrated study of applied anatomy and applied mechanics to the analysis of movement. Movement terminology as well as muscular system function in sport will be studied.

EXS 3100 – Practicum III
A course designed to formally structure a minimum of 150 clock hours of clinical experience 150 (time by arrangement) 150 specific to the third semester of enrollment in the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP). Includes observation, field-work and practical experience in the North Park University athletic training room. All will be under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Emphasis is on upper extremity injury evaluation and upper extremity taping/splinting.

EXS 3110 – Practicum IV
A course designed to formally structure a minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience(time by arrangement)- specific to the fourth semester of enrollment in the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP). Includes observation, fieldwork and practical experience in an affiliate sports medicine clinic. All will be under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and/or Physical Therapist (PT). Emphasis is on therapeutic exercise and general medical conditions.

EXS 3120 – Principles and Practice of Physical Education for Children and Adolescents
Study of child growth and development, motor learning, and movement experiences, including teaching of elementary and middle school games, as well as evaluation procedures with regular and special education students. Cross-listed with EDUC 3120. Co-requisite: EDUC 3520.

EXS 3130 – Individual and Dual Sports
Instruction and practice for teaching basic motor skills related to individual and dual activities to regular and special populations with specific study of rules and equipment required.

EXS 3140 – Team Sports
Instruction and practice for teaching basic motor skills related to team sports to regular and special populations and specific study of the rules and equipment required.

EXS 3160 – Exercise Physiology
Study of human physiology with emphasis on the acute and chronic effects of exercise upon the muscular and cardiorespiratory systems. Lecture and lab required. Cross-listed with BIOL 3160.

EXS 3180 – Nutrition
This course will introduce students to an evidence-based review of the direct effects of diet on health and physical activity. Specific topics addressed include nutrient metabolism, body composition management, hydration, health effects, supplement and food ethics.

EXS 3190 – Health Promotion
Study of health issues as they relate to fitness professionals. Topics of study include weight management, stress management, and substance abuse. Counseling skills, screening instruments, and referral procedures will also be covered.

EXS 3300 – Therapeutic Exercise
A study of the theory and application of exercise rehabilitation techniques on athletic injuries. Emphasis will be placed on scientific/physiological rationales, selection criteria, indications/ contraindications, and clinical application.

EXS 3400 – Therapeutic Modalities
Classroom and clinical experience stressing the proper use of therapeutic modalities in the rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Indications and contraindications are stressed with laser/light therapy, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, cryotherapy, thermotherapy, diathermy, massage, and cervical, lumbar traction.

EXS 3500 – Health Appraisal and Fitness Testing
Knowledge and skills necessary to obtain health appraisals and conduct physical fitness assessments for diverse populations. Interpretation of results and application to fitness activities is also emphasized.

EXS 3700 – Exercise Programming and Leadership
Class planning and exercise prescription based on test and appraisal results. Teaching group exercise classes and use of exercise equipment is also emphasized.

EXS 3800 – Conditioning for Health and Performance
Classroom education and practical experience using advanced techniques of conditioning. Includes theory and practice of a variety of conditioning models, exercises, and equipment.

EXS 3910 – Topics in Exercise and Sport
Concentrated study in areas of special interest to students and faculty. Consent of Instructor required.

EXS 4000 – Departmental Honors in Exercise and Sport
Consent of instructor required.

EXS 4010 – Seminar in Exercise Science
This course examines principles and practices of program organization and administration, including equipment design and purchase, marketing and promotion strategies, and legal issues. Guidelines of professional organizations and government agencies will be studied, compared, and applied to diverse populations.

EXS 4100 – Practicum V
A course designed to formally structure a minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience (time by arrangement)- specific to the fifth semester of enrollment in the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP). Includes observation, field-work and practical experience in either an affiliate college/university athletic training room or in an affiliate high school athletic training room. All will be under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Emphasis is on the integration of therapeutic modalities.

EXS 4110 – Practicum VI
A course designed to formally structure a minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience (time by arrangement)- specific to the sixth semester of enrollment in the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP). Includes observation, fieldwork and practical experience in either an affiliate college/university athletic training room or in an affiliate high school athletic training room. All will be under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Emphasis will be on integration of therapeutic exercise and modalities.

EXS 4300 – Athletic Training Administration
Designed to give an understanding of the planning, coordinating, and supervision of all administrative components of an athletic training program in a clinical, high school, collegiate, professional, or industrial setting. Emphasis will be placed on facility organization and design, budgeting, legal liability, day-to-day scheduling, personnel management, and record keeping.

EXS 4400 – Senior Seminar
This is the last course in the athletic training sequence. The focus is on pharmacology, general medical conditions, preparation for the NATA certification exam, and professional development.

EXS 4910 – Independent Study in Exercise and Sport
Consent of instructor and chairperson of division required.

EXS 4970 – Internship in Exercise and Sport
Please refer to internship requirements and guidelines in another section of this catalog.

Program requirements