Exercise Science

Helping others be their best requires the best education. Pursuing a degree in Exercise Science will set you apart to teach in academia, perform research, seek grant funding, and specialize in cardiac exercise, exercise rehabilitation, strength training, or elite human performance.

Health and Human Performance Track

  • Empowers students to prescribe plans to achieve and maintain elite human performance 
  • Prepares graduates to communicate professionally and clearly across disciplines 
  • Trains students to understand ethical and legal issues in the field

Health Promotion and Wellness Track

  • Provides instruction on personal and community health, epidemiology, disease prevention, health behaviors, wellness and exercise 
  • Trains graduates to analyze and interpret research data 
  • Prepares students to effectively seek grant funding

One night a week* can set you on the right track to advancing in your field. To begin studying Exercise Science at SNU, complete our five-minute application today!

What Makes This Program Unique?
Earning a degree while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place one night a week.
  • Students focus on one class at a time
  • Students study alongside other adults in similar stages of life.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of industry experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks are delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.
  • A dedicated student success advisor guides students through the duration of your studies.

Career Outcomes
Careers in exercise science can be rewarding, as they allow you to improve entire communities or enable individuals to reach their true potential. If some of the following careers are of interest to you, this degree can help you get there!

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Kinesiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Wellness Director
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Community Program Director

Student Testimonials
“The Exercise Science program has been a great program so far,” said Erin Wright, an inaugural student in the Exercise Science program. “Learning about the health field and opportunities for me has really been encouraging. All the professors have been extremely helpful and being able to get certified in so many health areas has already helped me out in my health and fitness walk of life.”

Location
Bethany

The Exercise Science curriculum is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of health and how it relates to promoting health within the community or achieving ultimate human performance. All students take core classes, choose an elective, and then take classes in their designated track.

Common Core

FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH
Credit hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the various aspects of contemporary health, wellness concepts and human performance. The curricular emphases provides and overview of historical perspectives, current status of health promotion, ethical principles, exercise science and risk reduction.

WRITING FOR RESEARCH
Credit hours: 3
This course is designed to advance students’ written communication skills. Emphasis will be given to scholarly writing style, evaluation and synthesis of research, and APA citations and references.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EPIDEMIOLOGY
Credit hours: 3
This course will discuss physical activity epidemiology in light of various diagnoses including heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, disease and mortality, obesity, chronic disease, cancer/immunology, musculoskeletal system, mental health, and special populations. Research and measurement concepts of physical activity, fitness, and maintaining an active lifestyle will be utilized. 

LEGAL PRINCIPLES IN WELLNESS MANAGEMENT
Credit hours: 3
This course provides students with the opportunity to gain insight and understanding about the law and its implications on professionals in the fields of health, wellness, sport, and fitness. 

Required Electives
Courses required: 1

GRANT WRITING AND PROGRAM DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION
Credit hours: 3
This course provides knowledge and application of the grant writing process with specific focus on the health and wellness fields. This will include the development of skills required for Request for Proposals, writing, budgeting and submission of grants. The course will provide examples of sources to obtain grants and the differences that exist among different granting agencies. Students will also have the opportunity to develop a project for program design, implementation and evaluation for a health related organization. 

RESEARCH DESIGN
Credit hours: 3
This course is an introduction to research methods to analyze professional literature in exercise science. The course will explore both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including descriptive and inferential statistics. Special emphasis will be given to planning, conducting, and reporting of research as well as applied statistical analysis and interpretation of data from the field of exercise science. Students will produce an original pilot research project including statistical design. 


Health Promotion & Wellness Track:
 

LEADERSHIP & PLANNING IN HEALTH PROMOTION
Credit hours: 3
This course will review the effectiveness of leadership in the planning process of health promotion programming. This course focuses on improving the health and well-being of persons in various settings. Leadership styles will be reviewed and their application in organizational culture that supports various wellness program settings such as corporate, government, and hospital. 

PSYCH OF HEALTH & ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS
Credit hours: 3
This course examines widely accepted theories, models and methods for facilitating health behavior change. Topics include, but are not limited to, the trans-theoretical model, positive psychology, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based practices. Additionally, students will explore the research-supported impact of behavior change techniques on the prevention and management of chronic diseases and comorbidities, such as diabetes, obesity, depression and hypertension. 

COMMUNITY & CULTURAL HEALTH
Credit hours: 3
This course examines the field of community/public health and the functions and interface of community health practices, services and agencies. It will also introduce students to diverse cultures and factors that include perceptions of health, disease, treatments and values. Emphasis is placed on understanding diversity and the need for cultural sensitivity in health care.

CORPORATE WELLNESS & ENTREPRENEUR HEALTH
Credit hours: 3
This course examines corporate health promotion and planning can influence positive health behaviors in the workforce. Course curriculum will cover strategic and supportive services provided through corporate responsibility to reduce health care costs and chronic disease. This course provides health and wellness professionals with a practical framework for entrepreneurship, emphasizing key principles for business success. The student will develop a business plan to prepare for challenges they may face in starting their own health related business. 

FITNESS & WELLNESS ASSESSMENT & PROGRAM DESIGN
Credit hours: 3
This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to conduct laboratory and field tests used for assessing physical fitness components. It will focus on cardio respiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and balance. The course emphasis is an integrative approach to technology for both individual and corporate wellness principles, techniques and application. 

EXERCISE & WELLNESS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Credit hours: 3
This course is a study of the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of physical activity for older adults. Topics covered include an overview of aging, benefits of physical activity throughout the lifespan, and fitness assessment and programming options for older adults. 


Health & Human Performance Track:

SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
Credit hours: 3
This course is a study of psychological theories and techniques that could be used to enhance the performance and personal growth of sports and exercise participants from youth to elite levels.

ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
Credit hours: 3
This course provides in depth inquiry into the acute responses and long term adaptations of the human body to various types of exercise from the cellular level to the entire system. Emphasis is placed on the physiological demands of exercise, metabolic requirements of exercise, and physiological changes that occur in response to exercise. Other factors that can alter the physiological response will also be explored, including gender, age and environment.

SPORT FACILITY PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
Credit hours: 3
This course introduces students to designing and construction of a comprehensive sport facility. Emphasis will be placed on managing a multi-dimensional sport facility that includes: physical education, athletics, recreation, health/fitness, and aquatics.

EXERCISE TESTING AND PRESCRIPTION
Credit hours: 3
This course prepares students to utilize scientific rationale to design, implement and supervise exercise programming for patients with chronic diseases, conditions and/or physical dysfunctions of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and immunologic systems. Students will interpret information from pre-exercise screening and exercise testing and will apply this information to appropriate exercise intervention protocols. Students will be prepared to pursue certification as an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

BIOMECHANICS AND NEUROMUSCULAR CONTROL
Credit hours: 3
This course will explore the biomechanics of the upper extremities, axial skeleton, and lower extremities. Emphasis will be placed on neuromuscular control of dynamic activities, in particular gait and running analysis. Concepts will be discussed with consideration given to biomechanical principles, force couples, stabilizing musculature, and recognition/normalization of improper mechanics.

EXERCISE & WELLNESS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Credit hours: 3
This course is a study of the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of physical activity for older adults. Topics covered include an overview of aging, benefits of physical activity throughout the lifespan, and fitness assessment and programming options for older adults.

NUTRITION FOR SPORT PERFORMANCE
Credit hours: 3
This course examines a range of topics on human nutrition including nutritional parameters of athletic performance, intervention planning, energy production, the energy nutrients, vitamins and minerals, principles of balanced diets, timing and composition of intakes, hydration, weight management strategies, and nutritional needs for special situations.

Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Once you have earned your bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and completed prerequisite courses*, take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply online at degrees.snu.edu/apply

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at fafsa.gov using school code 003149

Step 3. Send official transcripts* to SNU at pgsadmissions@snu.edu or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Upon acceptance, your student success advisor will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.

*Prerequisite courses:

    • Health and Human Performance Track: Exercise Physiology or Anatomy
    • Health Promotion and Wellness Track: Personal and Community Health

Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your degree as soon as possible with start dates occurring throughout the year! Once accepted, you will be able to set your start for the soonest start date, as space allows, or plan for future enrollment.

Monday, August 31, 2020 – Bethany

*Connect with an advisor to be alerted when start dates are added.

APPLY NOW

We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from financial aid options such as grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, loans, and more. All tuition and fees are listed below so you can feel confident in your decision to enroll at SNU without unexpected expenses. To learn about resources available to you, visit our financial aid page and connect with a representative to discuss your unique needs.

Program Length

  • Health and Human Performance Track: 36 credit hours
  • Health Promotion and Wellness Track: 33 credit hours

Tuition: $675 per Credit Hour*

Fees: N/A

Textbooks: Students are automatically opted into a program that will deliver books to their home address before each course. If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

*Effective July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

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