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EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE - HUMAN PERFORMANCE


The Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science-Human Performance is an interdisciplinary program of study for those interested in learning and applying scientific principles to training of physically active individuals and athletes at all levels (e.g. recreational, high school, college, professional). Areas of study include physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning. Students in Human Performance can choose an emphasis in applied sport science or strength and conditioning. Students select a thesis option (32 credits) or a non-thesis (32 credits). Students choosing the non-thesis option must successfully complete written comprehensive examinations at the end of the program. At least one-half of the credits must be earned at the 700 level.

Students interested in studying the responses and adaptations to the training of athletes, pursuing a career as a sport coach or strength and conditioning coach, or working in fitness/athletic enhancement centers are encouraged to apply to this graduate program.

Graduate Preparation Goals:
• Serve as head or assistant strength and conditioning coach for high school, DI, DII or DIII university sports or professional and semi-professional sports.
• Prepare sport coaches to apply sport science to their training programs.
• Serve as fitness professional in health club, fitness facility or corporate fitness facility
• Pursue a doctoral degree and career as an exercise scientist (teaching and research at the university level)

Application deadline is February 1 of each year for fall semester.


APPLIED SPORT SCIENCE EMPHASIS

Prerequisite courses (or equivalent) and requirements for admission:

GRE Scores
ESS 205     Human Anatomy (3 credits)
ESS 206     Human Physiology (3 credits)
ESS 302     Physiology of Exercise (3 credits)
ESS 303     Biomechanics (3 credits)
Course Requirements: (32 credits)

Category A -Research
Thesis Option (12 credits)

EFN 730     Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EFN 735     Interpretation of Statistical Data (3 credits)
ESS 799     Research: Master's Thesis (6 credits)

Non-thesis Option (6 credits)

EFN 730     Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EFN 735     Interpretation of Statistical Data (3 credits)

Category B - Core Requirements
(11-12 credits)

ESS 750     Mechanics and Analysis of Movement (3 credits)
ESS 768     Psychomotor Bases of Skilled Performance (3 credits)
ESS 770     Physiology of Activity (3 credits)

One of the following:
ESS 761     Lab Techniques - Biomechanics (2 credits)
ESS 762     Lab Techniques - Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
ESS 763     Laboratory Techniques - Motor Learning (2 credits)

Category C – Electives (other courses may be selected with consent of program director)
Thesis Option (8-9 credits)
Non-thesis Option (14-15 credits)

ESS 545     Planning Facilities in Physical Activity and Sport (3 credits)
ESS 560     Clinical Forum - Appropriate Topics (6 credits max.)
ESS 739     Current Issues in Sport Law (3 credits)
ESS 742     Perceptual Motor Development of Children (3 credits)
ESS 747     Advanced Principles of Athletic Enhancement (3 credits)
ESS 748     Human Performance Practicum (3 credits)
ESS 749     Psychological Aspects of Sport (3 credits)
ESS 766     Sports in American Culture (3 credits)
ESS 769     Application of Muscle Physiology to Strength/Power Training (3 credits)
ESS 784     Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology (3 credits)
ESS 789     Internship: Human Performance (3 credits)
ESS 794     Readings in Sports Psychology* (1 -3 credits)
ESS 795     Independent Study (1-3 credits, 6 max.)
ESS 796     Readings in Biomechanics* (1-3 credits)
ESS 797     Readings in Exercise Physiology* (1-3 credits)
ESS 798     Readings in Motor Learning* (1-3 credits)
BIO 524      Endocrinology (3 credits)
BIO 535      Molecular Biology (3 credits)
BIO 565      Neurophysiology (3 credits)
BIO 718      Advanced Human Physiology I (4 credits)
BIO 719      Advanced Human Physiology II (4 credits)

*Total combined credits for all reading classes may be no greater than three.


Strength and Conditioning Emphasis

Prerequisite courses (or equivalent) and requirements for admission:
GRE Scores

ESS 205    Human Anatomy (3 credits)
ESS 206    Human Physiology (3 credits)
ESS 302     Physiology of Exercise (3 credits)
ESS 303     Biomechanics (3 credits)
ESS 368     Strength Training Theory and Techniques (3 credits)
                     or Undergraduate Internship in related area. Two letters of recommendation, CSCS preferred.

Course Requirements: (32 credits)

Category A –Research Thesis Option (12 credits)

EFN 730     Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EFN 735     Interpretation of Statistical Data (3 credits)
ESS 799     Research: Master's Thesis (6 credits)

Non-Thesis Option (6 credits)
EFN 730     Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EFN 735     Interpretation of Statistical Data (3 credits)

Category B -Core Requirements (18 credits)

ESS 748     Human Performance Practicum (3 credits)
ESS 747     Advanced Principles in Athletic Enhancement (3 credits)
ESS 750     Mechanics & Analysis of Movement (3 credits)
ESS 768     Psychomotor Bases of Skilled Performance (3 credits)
ESS 769     Application of Muscle Physiology to Strength/Power Training (3 credits)
ESS 770     Physiology of Activity (3 credits)
ESS 789     Internship: Human Performance (3 credits)

Category C –Electives (other courses may be selected with consent of program director)
Thesis Option (2 credits minimum)
Non-Thesis Option (8 credits minimum)

ESS 545     Planning Facilities in Physical Therapy Activity and Sport (3 credits)
ESS 560     Clinical Forum – Appropriate Topics (2-3 credits, 6 max.)
ESS 702     Sport Administration (2 credits)
ESS 738     Financial Management for Sport Program (3 credits)
ESS 739     Current Issues in Sport Law (3 credits)
ESS 749     Psychological Aspects of Sport (3 credits)
ESS 754     Sport Marketing (3 credits)
ESS 760     Problems in Athletics (3 credits)
ESS 766     Sports in American Culture (3 credits)
ESS 795     Independent Study (1-3 credits, 6 max.)

RESEARCH EMPHASIS (Thesis only)
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY - This emphasis is currently not available.
RESEARCH EMPHASIS (Thesis only)
BIOMECHANICS - This emphasis currently is not available.