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Major in Exercise and Sport Science

Requirements for the Major

The Exercise and Sport Science Major requires completion of a minimum of 52 credits.

Students have the option of receiving a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Science (B.S. degree). Both degrees require completion of 52 credits.  The B.S. degree requires an additional 20 credits of supporting science courses. All classes taken for the major require a minimum grade of "C" in order to qualify for the degree.

Course Requirements  (B.A. and B.S.)

Required Lower Division (24 credits)
  • ESS - 100 Motor Skill Performance and Analysis
  • ESS - 120 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science
  • ESS - 200 Statistics
  • ESS - 220 Motor Development
  • BIOL - 113 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL - 114 Laboratory in Human Anatomy
  • BIOL - 115 Survey of Human Physiology
  • BIOL - 116 Laboratory in Survey of Human Physiology

Note: Students who have no Chemistry knowledge should take Chemistry I (Foundations of Chemistry) before BIOL 115-116.

Required Upper Division Courses (16 credits)
  • ESS - 300 Kinesiology
  • ESS - 310 Exercise Physiology
  • ESS - 315 Exercise Psychology
  • ESS - 320 Motor Learning
Elective Upper Division ESS Courses (12 credits)
  • ESS - 240 Interdisciplinary Study of Human Aging
  • ESS - 325 Exercise and Disease Prevention
  • ESS - 330 Exercise and Health Promotion
  • ESS - 340 Neuroscience
  • ESS - 350 Biomechanics
  • ESS - 354 Exercise Program Design
  • ESS - 356 Movement for Special Groups
  • ESS - 358 Clinical Exercise Testing
  • ESS - 362 Sport, Culture and Society
  • ESS - 364 Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary School PE
  • ESS - 366 Curriculum and Instruction: Secondary School PE
  • ESS - 368 Nutrition for Exercise and Health
  • ESS - 370 Social Issues in Personal and Community Health
  • ESS - 372 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
  • ESS - 376 Teaching Sport Skills
  • ESS - 390 Special Topics
  • ESS - 397 Field Observation in Physical Education
  • ESS - 398 Professional Practicum
  • ESS - 399 Directed Study
  • ESS - 410 Research Seminar

Supporting Science (20 credits) - B.S.

  • CHEM - 111 and 111L General Chemistry I AND
  • CHEM - 113 and 113L General Chemistry II
  • EITHER
  • PHYS - 100 Introductory Physics I AND
  • PHYS - 101 Introductory Physics II OR
  • PHYS -  110 General Physics I AND
  • PHYS - PHYS 210 General Physics II
  • And 4 additional credits from any of the following courses:
  • BIOL - 105 and 105L General Biology I
  • BIOL - 106 and 106L General Biology II
  • BIOL - 134-135 Microbiology with Laboratory
  • CHEM - 230 Organic Chemistry I and
  • CHEM - 232 Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Learning Goals/Outcomes for the B.A. and B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science

Kinesiology Mission Statement

The mission of the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Franciso is to educate students in preparation for careers in exercise, sport, and allied health sciences. Students are introduced to a breadth of academic experiences and are encouraged to participate in providing service to the community.

To facilitate the acquisition of material identified in the learning ourcomes listed below, our learning environment combines required and elective courses in addition to seminars, student advising, and career internship opportunities.

Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcome 1: Understanding Human Movement
    • Scientifically measuring the human body
    • Evaluating and analyzing movement
    • Designing preventative and rehabilitative programs
    • Teaching motor skills
Learning Outcome 2: Promoting Physical Activity, Health, and Well-Being
    • Recognizing relationships between lifespan physical activity, prevention of disease, and public health
    • Recognizing relationships between proper nutritional habits, prevention of disease, and public health
    • Understanding contributions of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health to overall wellness
    • Contributing to community health by encouraging and participating in a variety of volunteer service activities.
Learning Outcome 3: Understanding Context
    • Recognizing cultural diversity
    • Understanding representations of the human body
    • Learning the impact of social, economic, and political forces
    • Experiencing exercise, sport, and allied health settings
Learning Outcome 4: Enhancing Communication
    • Requiring essay and analytical writing
    • Requiring scientific and technical report writing
    • Presenting ideas in career-related settings
    • Counseling, listening to, and advising others
Learning Outcome 5: Solving Problems
    • Learning what questions to ask
    • Developing analytical and critical reasoning skills
    • Improving time management skills
    • Thinking creatively and synthesizing information for integrative solutions
Learning Outcome 6: Managing Information
    • Interacting with Internet and web-based technology
    • Learning to use laboratory equipment and instrumentation
    • Collecting and analyzing data
    • Preparing data for presentation