Catalogue: Traditional Program: Sports Medicine and Exercise Science

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science (SME)

Assistant Professor Carr, Chair
Associate Professor Parish

The major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science equips students for graduate study in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Athletic Training, Medicine, Nursing, Dietetics/ Sports Nutrition, and allied health professions such as Cardiac Technology and Respiratory Therapy.  In addition, students will be well prepared for careers in a wide range of professions including personal training, strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, fitness administration, sports psychology, and ergonomics.  All courses will be taught from a Christian worldview. Students wishing to declare a major in this discipline must have had a strong science foundation in high school and/or community college.  Sports medicine students will have real-world experience through a practicum, SME 470.

SME Core Curriculum - 50-51 hours*

All SME majors must complete the following courses:

  • BIO 105/107- General Biology I and Lab
  • BIO 106/108- General Biology II and Lab
  • BIO 230/232- Human Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab
  • BIO 231/233- Human Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab
  • SME 110 – Introduction to Sports Medicine & Exercise Science*
  • SME 275- Injury Care & Prevention
  • SME 310 – Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning
  • SME 320- Physiology & Psychology of Movement & Performance
  • SME 340- Kinesiology
  • SME 380/381- Exercise Physiology/Lab
  • SME 410/411- Biomechanics/Lab
  • SME 420/421-Exercise Testing & Prescription/Lab
  • SME 435- Sport & Exercise Nutrition
  • SME 450- Professional Development in Sports Medicine & Exercise Science
  • SME 470** Pre-professional Clinical Experience
  • SME 495- Senior Comprehensive Exam

*Only incoming freshmen are required to take SME 110 (1 hr), placing their core curriculum total at 43 hours.

**Students must take 4 credit hours of SME 470.

SME majors must successfully complete (70%) the senior comprehensive written and oral exams (SME 495) during the senior year prior to graduation.  Question pools for the exams will be given to students at designated times.

Students must complete each SME core course with a grade of C- or higher in order to continue in the major.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Minor18 hours
BIO 230, 231, 232 and 233, SME 275, SME 340, 380, and 381. (optional additional course is SME 310). 

Honors Program: The sports medicine and exercise science department offers opportunities for students to enroll in honors courses from its department.  Students wishing to enroll in the honors program in sports medicine and exercise science must take either SME 460 Selected Topics (3-4) or SME 490 Guided Study (1-3) and present a thesis to a selected honors committee.  All courses that are listed as 300 level or above may be taken as honors courses. For students majoring in this department, one must pass a minimum of nine hours of honors courses within the discipline and a minimum of nine hours from the honors courses of other departments.  Each course must be passed with a B or better.  No more than 18 hours are required for the honors degree.  For other honors program policies, see “Honors Program” located in the “Administration of the Curriculum” section of the catalogue.

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, 232
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)
310 Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning (3).  Prereq: BIO 230, 232.
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 Physiology and Psychology of Movement Performance (3).  Prereq: BIO 230, 231, 232, and 233.
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, 232.
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 (3).  Prereq: BIO 230, 231, 232, and 233. Coreq: SME 381
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)
381 Exercise Physiology and Exercise Physiology Lab (1). Coreq: SME 380
Introduction to and participation in selected cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal testing techniques. Introduction to professional research literature.
410 Biomechanics of Physical Exercise and Biomechanics (3).  Prereq: SME 340, 380, and 381. Coreq: SME 411.
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)
411 Biomechanics of Physical Exercise and Biomechanics Lab (1). Coreq: SME 410.
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 (3). Prereq: SME 340. Coreq: SME 421.
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)
421 Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab (1). Prereq: SME 340. Coreq: SME 421.
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).  Prereq: 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: Junior Standing
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: Senior standing
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)