The Exercise Science program is designed to prepare students for careers in public, private, hospital, and corporate wellness programs, industrial and cardiac rehabilitation programs as well as fitness and conditioning programs.

exercise science studentsThe student will also be well prepared for graduate study in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Program Goals

The goals of the Lander University Exercise Science Major prepare students to be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss major factors in the evolution of the field of exercise science from its early historical roots to its present position in exercise related careers;
  2. Describe and apply bioscience (anatomical, physiological/biochemical, and biomechanical) concepts and changes occurring in the human organism to physical activity, conditioning, and health-related fitness across the lifespan;
  3. Describe and utilize a variety of methods, techniques, and procedures to assess the health related components of fitness and subsequently develop appropriate exercise prescriptions that address physical activity, conditioning, and health-related fitness in diverse populations;
  4. Understand the scientific method of conducting research and possess the ability to utilize discipline-based research in order to analyze the validity of health-related consumer information; and
  5. Exhibit professional dispositions in the exercise-related community conducive to promoting healthy lifestyles.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
   

Approved Mathematics2

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
6
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science2 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

2Students following the Pre-Athletic Training (AT), Occupational Therapy (OT) or Physical Therapy (PT) concentration should take PSYC 101, MATH 121, BIOL 111, and BIOL 202. Students not following the Pre-AT/OT/PT concentration may take any general education course that satisfies each of the general education requirements for the University and may take either PEES 210 or BIOL 202 for the core requirement.

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS                 CREDIT
HOURS
PEES 175 Wellness for Life 2
PEES 210  Anatomy and Physiology of Human Movement
OR BIOL 202 Human Anatomy
4
PEES 219 Historical and Philosophical Principles of Physical Education
and Exercise Science
3
PEES 310 Kinesiology and Exercise Biomechanics 4
PEES 311 Physiology of Exercise 4
PEES 341 Research Techniques 3
PEES 362 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Healthy Populations 3
PEES 406 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3
PEES 490 Internship I 3
PEES 491 Internship II 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
PEES 144 Beginning Weight Training 1
100-level Sports/Fitness 1
100-level Sports/Fitness 1
PEES 202 Personal Health and Health Promotion 3
PEES 283 Introduction to Exercise Science 1
PEES 300 Theories of Coaching
OR PEES 424 Sports Psychology
3
PEES 308 Organization and Administration of Exercise-Related Professions 3
PEES 326 Nutrition for Health and Performance 3
PEES 330 Physiological Adaptations to Aging 3
PEES 402 Principles of Strength and Conditioning 3
PEES 499 Professional Concerns Seminar 1
CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals 3
SPCH 101 Speech Fundamentals 3
     
Total Major Program Requirements 61
Additional Electives 24
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Students following the PT/OT concentration should take PSYC 101, MATH 121, BIOL 111, and BIOL 202. Students not following the PT/OT concentration may take any general education course that satisfies each of the general education requirements for the University and may take either PEES 210 or BIOL 202 for the core requirement.
  • PEES 210 or BIOL 202 is a prerequisite for admission into Level II of the Exercise Science program, along with a minimum cumulative Lander GPA of 2.75.
  • Students following the PT/OT concentration should speak with an advisor regarding the specific electives required to meet Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy prerequisites.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses