Exercise Science (BS)

Pre-Physical Therapy

Program Requirements

Required General Education

Study of biological processes at the suborganismal level including cell chemistry, metabolism, reproduction, genetics, and complex tissue physiology. Laboratory and discussion sessions stress problem solving and experimental design.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-03

Introduction to the basic principles of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermodynamics and states of matter. Laboratory will reinforce lecture concepts. Prereq: C or higher in MATH 112 or the equivalent; high school chemistry or C or higher in CHEM 104

Prerequisites: “C” (2.0) or higher in MATH 112 or the equivalent; high school chemistry or “C” (2.0) or higher in CHEM 104.

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-03

Basic foundations in computer concepts. Topics include: hardware, software, uses of technology in industry, and ethical, and social issues. Lab work covers various systems and applications software including word processing, e-mail, the Internet, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software. Cannot be counted toward any major or minor offered by IT.

Prerequisites: none

This course helps students develop a flexible writing process, practice rhetorical awareness, read critically to support their writing, research effectively, represent others ideas in multiple ways, reflect on their writing practices, and polish their work.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1A

This course will cover topics of precalculus mathematics. Topics covered will include functions, graphs of functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, trigonometric functions, circular functions, vectors and complex numbers, induction, series and probability.

Prerequisites: Satisfy Math Placement Table in this section, or grade of P in MATH 098.

Goal Areas: GE-04

General background in physical concepts for those who do not plan advanced study in physics or engineering. Topics include mechanics, fluids, heat and thermodynamics. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: Either MATH 112 and MATH 113, or MATH 115

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-03

This course is designed to provide a thorough introduction to the broad spectrum of theories and applications that make up the field of psychology

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05

An introduction to statistical concepts and methods that is applicable to all disciplines. Topics include descriptive measures of data, probability and probability distributions, statistical inference, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression, and analysis of variance. The use of statistical software will be emphasized. Prereq: ACT Math sub-score of 19 or higher, successful completion of MATH 098 or appropriate placement scores (see Placement Information under Statistics) Fall, Spring, Summer GE-4

Prerequisites: Satisfy Placement Table in this section, or MATH 098 with grade of P. 

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-04

Major Common Core

Systems approach to the structure of the human body. The course is designed for students majoring in biology or health related programs. Lab included.

Prerequisites: none

Principles of functions of human cells, organs, and systems with an emphasis on organ/system interactions. This course is designed for students majoring in biology, chemistry, or related sciences, and medically-related areas. Includes a laboratory with a research and medical emphasis.

Prerequisites: BIOL 220, CHEM 104 or CHEM 106 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 201

A study of the structural and biomechanical functions of the muscular system during physical activity, sport, and exercise.

Prerequisites: BIOL 220 

Introductory study of the effects of both acute and chronic exercise on structure and function of the human body across the life span.

Prerequisites: BIOL 330. BIOL 230 or BIOL 310 may be substituted for BIOL 330. 

Provides in-depth exploration of the dietary needs of physically active individuals across the lifespan. Its laboratory component will focus on performance and interpretation of assessments commonly used to determine dietary and physiological status.

Prerequisites: HP 414

Field testing, exercise instruction, and the periodization technique of exercise prescription for athletes and physically active individuals. Includes scientific strategies for enhancing strength, power, and endorance performance along with computer-aided program design.

Prerequisites: HP 414 

To provide legal and safety aspects in physical activity. Legal liability, civil rights, and contract law are emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

An introduction to basic graded exercise tests and exercise prescription commonly used in clinical as well as health/wellness appraisal settings.

Prerequisites: HP 414 

Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies (3 semester credits) is a course that focuses upon the complexity of health behavior change and the skills necessary for a health promotion professional to assess, plan, and evaluate behavior change interventions for individuals and communities. Health behavior change theories and strategies will be discussed. Topics covered in class will include: behavior modification, goal setting, self-management, coping skills, and social support. Emphasis will also be given to the impact of policy and environmental influences on behavior.

Prerequisites: HP 290

Major Restricted Electives

Choose 2 Credit(s).

Concepts and development of lifelong healthy exercise and nutritional habits.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Introduction to basic swimming skills; basic rescue and water safety skills and techniques; stroke instruction in front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and sidestroke.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Theory and practice of billiards or bowling.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Theory and practice of aerobic conditioning.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Includes street fighting techniques and personal safety tips.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

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Prerequisites: Bowling experience/averages.

Goal Areas: GE-11

Open for credit to those on the intercollegiate team. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Open for credit only for those students who make the Minnesota State University, Mankato, team and who complete the requirements. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Open for credit only for those students who make the Minnesota State University, Mankato, team and who complete the requirements. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Open for credit to those who make the wrestling team and complete the requirements. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Open for credit to those who make the team and complete the requirements. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Open for credit only for those students who make the Minnesota State University, Mankato, team and who complete the requirements. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Open for credit only for those students who make the Minnesota State University, Mankato, team and who complete the requirements. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Must be on intercollegiate roster. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Class for only students on the intercollegiate baseball team. Need permission to register. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Open for credit to those who make the team and complete the requirements. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Open for credit to those who make the team and complete the requirements. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

This course is admission by permission only. The course is limited to male students who are members of the Minnesota State University, Mankato, intercollegiate hockey team. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Participation in NCAA II soccer. Prereq: selection for team

Prerequisites: Selection for team 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Flag/Touch Football, Softball (fast and slow pitch), Soccer, Speedball, Ultimate, Volleyball, Basketball, Team handball.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Participation and increase skill knowledge through activity in body building, physical conditioning, and aerobics.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Acquaint student with the basic skills, strategy and rules of badminton, tennis, or racquetball.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Basic skills and knowledge of terminology, rules, and strategy in archery or golf.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Skiing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, or snowboarding.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Acquaint students with the basic skills and rules of handball.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Acquaint students with advanced skills, strategies, and rules of handball.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Overview of aquatic skills and activities. Basic techniques and practical experience in teaching aquatic skills and activities. Pre: Human Performance major or Aquatic emphasis. Ability to swim front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke. Developing teaching skills and curriculum.

Prerequisites: Human Performance major or Aquatic emphasis. Ability to swim front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke. Developing teaching skills and curriculum. 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Variable content based on demand. Prereq: varies depending on activity

Prerequisites: Varies depending on activity 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Major Unrestricted Electives

Choose 11 Credit(s). Use the unrestricted electives to meet pre-req requirements to pre-professional schools you are applying to.

An introduction to the general principles and methods used in the study of microorganisms. Lab included. Prereq: One BIOL course and one semester of chemistry from among CHEM 104, CHEM 106, CHEM 111, or CHEM 201. Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: One BIOL course and one semester of chemistry from among CHEM 104, CHEM 106, CHEM 111, or CHEM 201 

Goal Areas: GE-03

An examination of eukaryotic cellular structure, organization and physiology. Lab included.

Prerequisites: BIOL 105 and BIOL 106, BIOL 211 

Basic anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. The course is designed for students majoring in biology, psychology or health related programs.

Prerequisites: BIOL 220 

Basic understanding of the principles of immunohematology applied to the area of blood blanking including major blood group systems, principles for antigen/antibody detection and identification, donor blood collection, transfusion evaluation, theory of renal function in health and disease, specimen collection, handling, and processing, and components of routine urinalysis.

Prerequisites: none

Emphasis is placed on the biomedical aspects of aging and chronic disease. The course is designed for students majoring in biology, gerontology programs, or other health related programs.

Prerequisites: BIOL 100 or BIOL 105 

Understanding the process of cell differentiation and development. Special emphasis will be placed on the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that direct the development of multicellular organisms. Course to include current areas of research and other timely topics.

Prerequisites: BIOL 100 or BIOL 105 

This course is a functional study of the heart and circulatory system.

Prerequisites: none

A lecture course that examines mechanisms of drug action, physiological responses and adverse reactions from sensitivities or allergies through overdose. Prereq: BIOL 105W, 106, 230 and 1 year of General Chemistry

Prerequisites: BIOL 105, BIOL 106, and 1 year of General Chemistry 

Fundamental principles of humoral and cell mediated immunity and the application of these principles. Current experimental work in the different areas of immunology will be discussed. Lab included.

Prerequisites: BIOL 105, BIOL 106, and BIOL 270 

Analysis of the structure and metabolism of biologically important compounds. This intermediate-level course is designed for students in the medical technology, food science, chemistry education, chemistry and pre-professional health majors. The laboratory teaches basic biochemical techniques.

Prerequisites: Either CHEM 322 and CHEM 324 or CHEM 322 and CHEM 323. “C” (2.0) or higher in all prerequisites 

An advanced nutrition course in human metabolism, emphasizing the function and interaction of nutrients in metabolic and physiologic processes. A grade of 'C' must be attained in CHEM 111 and BIOL 330 before taking this course.

Prerequisites: BIOL 330, CHEM 111, FCS 242 

Study of nutritional needs of pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and adulthood. Experience in group dynamics in providing nutritional education to a target population.

Prerequisites: FCS 242

Provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness. Includes First Aid certification for the non-professional and all aspects of CPR for the non-professional and professional.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

For health care personnel, emphasis on spelling, pronunciation and meaning.

Prerequisites: none

Emphasis is on recognition of, and enhancing awareness about, how stress affects human health and performance. Stress management techniques such as relaxation, effective communication, cognitive-behavioral approaches, eating behaviors, regular exercise, and time management are explored.

Prerequisites: none

This course investigates the physical and mental health concerns of the aging process. Explores specific health problems confronting older persons, and examines preventive health behaviors and health maintenance practices.

Prerequisites: none

Study of lifespan motor development from prenatal through adulthood, including information on delayed development and the normal pattern of skill acquisition.

Prerequisites: none

Basic recognition, prevention, and care of injuries/illnesses suffered by athletes and other physically active individuals. Designed for coaching, physical education, and sports medicine minor students.

Prerequisites: BIOL 220, HLTH 210 

This course is designed for individuals interested in advanced study in the field of sports medicine. The course will provide advanced study or orthopaedic assessment techniques, application of therapeutic exercise and modalities, and rehabilitation techniques.Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: BIOL 220, HLTH 210, HP 340

Studying abroad is a transformative experience that has the power to challenge our thinking and our perspective on the world. This experiential course will help you become a global citizen, develop intercultural competence, and enhance your abilities to work in health-related fields with diverse clients and patients. Specifically, we will be participating in intercultural activities before the study abroad and several cultural immersion activities while abroad (e.g., participating in a traditional cultural ceremony).

Prerequisites: none

Basic understanding of the theoretical and practical applications of the sport science areas of physical education related to coaching. Current issues and topics addressing the principles and problems of the prospective interscholastic coach.

Prerequisites: none

To introduce interested students, professionals, and coaching licensure candidates to the psychological literature and latest techniques associated with coaching in an athletic setting. Prereq: PSYC 101 or equivalent

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or equivalent 

Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and personality development from conception to preadolescence. Focus on interplay between maturation and experience.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 

This class covers the development of the individual from the age of 11 to 19 years of age. Discussion will include aspects of both normal and abnormal development.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to increase the student's awareness and understanding of abnormal psychology. Students will become familiar with clinical descriptions, course of onset, and treatment regimens specific to various disorders.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

A critical examination of current psychological approaches to the study of women's behavior and experience. The course will emphasize empirical ways of knowing and address psychological questions of central concern to women. Development of gender differences also will be explored.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Aging process and development during the adult years; psychology and psychological concerns of the aging individual; dealing with death.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Emphasis Common Core

Study of biological processes at the organismal level including a survey of life forms (viruses, bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals), their evolution, and ecology. Laboratory and discussion sessions stress problem solving and experimental design.

Prerequisites: BIOL 105 

Continuation of the basic principles of chemistry including properties of solutions, kinetics, acids and bases, equilibria, buffers, precipitation reactions, electron transfer reactions, electrochemistry, entropy and free energy. Laboratory will reinforce lecture concepts.

Prerequisites: “C” (2.0) or higher in CHEM 201 

For health care personnel, emphasis on spelling, pronunciation and meaning.

Prerequisites: none

Orientation to existing and emerging careers in the allied health professions such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training. Strategies for gaining admission to allied health graduate studies programs will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

Includes waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and topics in modern physics. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: PHYS 211 

This course examines changes in human behavior over the entire lifespan from conception to death. Topics cover developmental changes in physical, cognitive, and social domains. Traditional theories are integrated with current findings of developmental researchers.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 

This course is designed to increase the student's awareness and understanding of abnormal psychology. Students will become familiar with clinical descriptions, course of onset, and treatment regimens specific to various disorders.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Minor

Required Minor: None.