Sports Medicine and Exercise Science
Course Offerings

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*Courses from other departments may be necessary to fulfill a particular major/minor.

110 Introduction to Sports Medicine & Exercise Science (1). Prereq: SME major
This course will involve an in-depth examination of the SME curriculum. Students will develop an understanding of all major requirements, as well as be given tools for succeeding within the major. Students will also be presented with information regarding the various occupations within the SME field. This information will include educational requirements pursuant to the occupations, job duties/responsibilities, and necessary certifications/licensures, among other topics.  (Spring only)
202 Basic Injury Care and Prevention (3).
This course will address fundamentals of first aid and basic injury and wound care and prevention. Designed for students preparing to enter the fields of coaching, sports administration, or sports ministry. NOT OPEN TO SME MAJORS. (Fall only)
275 Injury: Care and Prevention (3). Prereq: BIO 230.
Fundamentals of prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, including first aid will be examined. This course will include an analysis of the etiology, pathology, and current modalities utilized to treat the most common injuries seen in daily activity as well as in sport. The course will include basic skills, techniques, and exercise programs necessary for the care of activity related injuries and the prevention of certain specific injuries. Required of all students with majors in sports medicine and exercise science as well as those declaring majors in athletic studies. (Fall only)
295 Sophomore Comprehensives (0). Prereq.: BIO 230, 231, SME 275 and 340.
Each student majoring in Sports Medicine/Exercise Science will be required to take an Oral Examination covering all the courses they have taken at the end of their sophomore year. They will be required to pass with a grade of 70% to continue in the program. (This is at the discretion of the faculty). For any course in which a grade of 'A' is attained, the student will be exempt from that course on the oral exam. The grade will be listed on the transcript as an 'S' (satisfactory) or a 'U' (unsatisfactory). (Fall and spring)
310 Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning (3).  Prereq: BIO 230, 231, and SME 340.
This course will provide an in-depth investigation into the principles of anaerobic and aerobic training/conditioning. Topics to be addressed include the physiological processes of the musculoskeletal system, biomechanics of resistance exercise, bioenergetics and energy system-specific training, nutrition for enhanced performance, and exercise programming and periodization. This course will include an emphasis on the requirements for becoming a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) or a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). (Fall only)
320 Psychomotor Learning and Performance (3). Prereq: BIO 230, 231, and SME 340. .
The study of the interaction between psychological and physiological factors that affect motor behavior. This class will include an in-depth examination of psychomotor behavior as it relates to external and internal stimuli and how multiple body systems control, regulate, and respond to movement. The course will address motivational techniques, stress, the underlying mechanisms of human performance, structuring the learning experience including goals and feedback techniques, principles of practice organization, and diagnosing and designing the learning experience. (Fall only)
340 Kinesiology (3). Prereq: BIO 230.
A study of the anatomical and physiological aspects of human movement. This course provides foundations in musculoskeletal anatomy, neuromuscular physiology, and tissue mechanics for the study of a variety of human performance activities. (Fall and spring)
380 Exercise Physiology and Exercise Physiology Lab (3). Prereq: BIO 230, 231, and SME 340.
Study of body systems affected by exercise; functions of these systems during exercise; effects of age, gender, body type, and nutrition on capacity for exercise; techniques of assessing physical work capacity, and a critical analysis of research. The course will require participation in lab experimentation and physiological measurements. Lab required. (Spring only)
Lab: (1)
Introduction to and participation in selected cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal testing techniques. Introduction to professional research literature.
410 Biomechanics of Physical Exercise and Biomechanics Lab (3). Prereq: BIO 230 and 231, SME 340 and 380.
A study of mechanics applied to human movement. This course presents kinematics, kinetics, and other principles of physics as they relate to the execution of a variety of human performance activities and therapeutics. The course addresses the neurological and biomechanical aspects of human movement and will require participation in lab experimentation and biomechanical measurements. Lab required. (Spring only)
Lab: (1)
The development of proficiency in selected biomechanical assessment techniques and testing parameters. Collection of data for utilization in evaluating and determining biomechanical effectiveness in movement.
420 Exercise Testing and Prescription and Lab (3). Prereq: BIO 230 and 231, SME 340, 380, and 410.
An advanced exercise physiology with a detailed overview of methods of physical assessment and exercise prescription and a critical examination of their relevancy, reliability, and validity. A research project will be conducted and statistical data analysis performed for proper interpretation. Specific applications of fitness assessment tests will be made and corresponding prescriptions for exercises, training regimens, and activities will be designed for fitness enhancement. Lab required. (Fall only)
Lab: (1)

The development of proficiency in selected fitness assessment techniques and mechanics of testing. Collection of data for analysis and utilization of data in exercise prescription for specific physical needs and fitness outcomes. Examining and understanding professional research literature.
435 Sport and Exercise Nutrition (3). BIO 230, 231, SME 340, and SME 380.
A complete overview of sport nutrition and the role good nutrition can play in sport and exercise. The course will examine the spectrum of the elite athlete to the recreational athlete and how sound nutritional practices can help them maximize performance, prevent injury, enhance recovery from exercise, achieve and maintain optimal body weight, improve daily training workouts, and plan for overall good health. (Fall only)
450 Professional Development in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science (3). Prereq: SME 340, 380.
This course is a comprehensive presentation of the Christian worldview in professional development and skills as they apply to the process of searching for, interviewing for, and keeping jobs in a variety of health and fitness vocations.  The purpose of this course is to aid students in understanding how to have the best job search skills and the best work ethic possible. Management environments such as fitness, healthcare, and education will be studied, along with principles of leadership in each venue. (Spring only).
460 Selected Topics in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science (3-4). Prereq: SME 340, 380.
An overview of current issues, research, measurement techniques, and problems in the area of sports medicine and exercise science as they relate to a Christian worldview. Problem-solving models and management techniques will be presented as issues are discussed.
470 Preprofessional Clinical Experience in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science (1-4). Prereq.: BIO 230, 231, SME 275, and SME 340
Provides an opportunity for students to experience and observe specific environments and vocations in the area of sports medicine and exercise science and related fields. Areas of study may include management environments such as therapeutic, fitness, corporate, medicine, and educational. Specific observations, papers, surveys, and reports will be a portion of the course requirements. Course is designed to allow up to 4 credits during the last two years. (Fall and spring)
490 Guided Study in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science (1-3). Prereq: SME 340, 380.
Gives students the opportunity for personalized research and study in the area of sports medicine and exercise science. The student's needs, interests, and vocational calling determine specific content of the study. Research and projects will be included in the course requirements.
495 Senior Comprehensives (0). Prereq.: All required courses for major.
Each student majoring in Sports Medicine/Exercise Science will be required to take an oral and written examination covering all the courses they have taken at the end of their senior year. They will be required to pass with a grade of 70%. For any course in which a grade of 'A' is attained, the student will be exempt from that course on the oral and written exam. The grade will be listed on the transcript as an 'S' (satisfactory) or a 'U' (unsatisfactory). (Fall and spring)