Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science

Students matriculating to the Exercise and Sport Science program are required to follow the program of study effective fall 2016. The new curriculum culminating in a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science matches current trends in employment as well as the varied interests of Temple students seeking positions in the health, fitness, and exercise industry. Additionally, this program allows for flexibility in course selection to apply to allied health professional programs (PT, OT, PA, MD, or AT) or Exercise and Sport Science graduate programs. 

Beyond the General Education requirements, students in the Exercise and Sport Science program will be required to complete credits distributed between the Public Health requirement (3 credits), Math and Science requirement (16 credits), Exercise and Sport Science Core (51 credits), and Electives (21 credits) to reach the 120 credit program requirements for graduation. At a foundational level a basic understanding of biology, chemistry, and physics is paramount for an understanding of basic, complex, and applied aspects of Exercise and Sport Science. The Exercise and Sport Science Core requirements will provide the foundational basis of knowledge specific to Exercise and Sport Science discipline and the basis for the understanding human movement. The electives requirement will permit students to focus on specific content-related courses of interest that are loosely categorized as either Strength & Conditioning/Human Performance or Exercise/Fitness with applications to the apparently healthy and clinical populations.

A minimum of two internship experiences will be required. Early and multiple internship experiences will benefit the student on many levels, including enhanced opportunities for networking, resume enhancement, career exploration, practical application of concepts learned in the classroom, and potential future employment. 

The goals of the undergraduate program in Exercise and Sport Science changed to better align with the comprehensive curricular changes required to better prepare students for the varied entry-level careers they pursue. Graduates of Exercise and Sport Science programs are trained to assess, design, and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for apparently healthy, clinical, and/or athletic populations. There are numerous competencies expected of the entry-level Exercise and Sport Science professional employed in university, corporate, commercial, community, and clinical settings. Accordingly, the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's) and goals for the Exercise and Sport Science program are to prepare students to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate knowledge in human anatomy/physiology, exercise science, and nutrition for healthy, clinical, and/or athletic populations.

SLO 2: Describe how evidence-based knowledge in Exercise and Sport Science is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and disseminated; and apply evidence-based decision-making and critical thinking skills to improve the outcomes of the population served.

SLO 3: Conduct pre-participation health screenings and fitness assessments; interpret and analyze results; and develop, implement, and instruct individualized and advanced exercise training programs for apparently healthy, clinical, and/or athletic populations.

SLO 4: Apply effective behavioral and motivational strategies to optimize participants' adoption and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors.

SLO 5: Utilize and demonstrate effective verbal, written, and technological communication skills; and develop and integrate cultural competencies to enhance effective communication with other health professionals and varied populations served.

SLO 6: Qualify for national certification exams such as the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist and/or National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

SLO 7: Integrate and apply knowledge and skills in supervised health-fitness, clinical, and/or sports performance settings.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are KINS 3296 and KINS 4396.

College Requirement

All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.

Clearance Requirements

Please note the Exercise and Sport Science program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off the University campus. Many of these placements may require that you have personal health insurance. Additionally, these placements may require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances, health clearances and immunizations and perhaps a drug screen. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options for the student which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. 

Major Requirements

Math and Science Requirements
CHEM 1031General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1033General Chemistry Laboratory I1
BIOL 1011General Biology I4
Select one of the following:4
College Algebra
Precalculus
Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
Introduction to General Physics I
General Biology II
Exercise and Sport Science Core
SBS 1104Nutrition and Health3
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
KINS 2205Exercise Programming4
KINS 2362Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science3
KINS 2424Functional Anatomy for Kinesiology3
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
KINS 3296The Social-Psychology of Physical Activity (WI)3
KINS 4311Advanced Physiology of Exercise3
KINS 4314Neuromuscular Principles of Strength and Conditioning with Application to Special Populations4
KINS 4385Internship in Exercise and Sport Science6
KINS 4396Exercise Science Writing in Social Media (WI)3
Electives
Select from the following:21
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Clinical Cardiovascular Pulmonary Exercise Physiology
Basic Electrocardiography
ACSM - Certification Prep
NSCA - Certification Prep
Athlete Programming and Monitoring
Principles of Strength and Conditioning II
Applied Performance Nutrition
Principles of Health Fitness Program Management
Exercise and Nutrient Metabolism
Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior
Movement Injuries: Prevention and Care
Emergency Medical Care for Health Professionals
Total Credit Hours88

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy [GQ]4
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
BIOL 1011General Biology I4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
KINS 2424Functional Anatomy for Kinesiology3
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:4
College Algebra 
Precalculus 
Calculus I 
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
KINS 2362Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science3
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
CHEM 1031General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1033General Chemistry Laboratory I1
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
KINS 2205Exercise Programming4
SBS 1104Nutrition and Health3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics I 
General Chemistry II 
General Biology II 
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
KINS 4311Advanced Physiology of Exercise3
KINS 4314Neuromuscular Principles of Strength and Conditioning with Application to Special Populations4
Elective in ESS3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
KINS 3296The Social-Psychology of Physical Activity [WI]3
KINS 4385Internship in Exercise and Sport Science3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective in ESS3
 Term Credit Hours12
Year 4
Fall
KINS 4396Exercise Science Writing in Social Media [WI]3
Elective in ESS3
Elective in ESS3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15-16
Spring
KINS 4385Internship in Exercise and Sport Science3
Elective in ESS3
Elective in ESS3
Elective in ESS3
 Term Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours: 120-121