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School Dean

Janet Dizinno, Ph.D. hssdean@stmarytx.edu


Exercise and Sport Science

Department Chair

Terri Boggess, Ph.D. tboggess@stmarytx.edu

Description of Program/Major

Students interested in working in an active environment such as athletics, physical education, athletic training, fitness and personal training often choose the exercise and sport science major.

The exercise and sport science program at St. Mary's University prepares students for a broad array of careers and equips them with the academic knowledge and practical experience necessary to work in a recreational and fitness setting.

Students interested in teaching physical education and/or coaching in secondary schools often choose this major as a first or second teaching field.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (SMC)
St. Mary's University Core (30 Hours)
All St. Mary's Core SMC13## "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC23## "Practice" courses. "Reflection" courses can be taken in any order followed by "Practice" courses in any order.
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection: Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community and Civilization3

School Specific Core (SSC)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences School Specific Core (30 Hours)

SpeechSE 1321 (for international students), SE 1341, SE 2333, SE 33913
Composition and Rhetoric (grade of "C" or better)EN 1311, EN 1313 (for international students)3
Mathematics MT 1301, MT 1302, MT 1303, MT 1305, MT 1306, MT 1411, MT 24123
Foreign LanguagesSix hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year;
Or, 6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied;
Or, 12 hours of CLEP credit for a language previously studied.
HistoryAny HS courses.3
ScienceBL 1301, BL 1302, BL 3311, BL 3312, CH 1303, CH 1304, CH 1401, CH 1402, EG 2300, ES 1300, ES 1303, ES 1304, ES 1373, PY 1300, PY 1310, PY 1401, PY 14023
TheologyAdvanced Theology 33XX, HU 33033
Fine ArtsAR, DM, MU3
LiteratureEN 23XX3

Degree Plan

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
EX 1302
Foundation of Exercise & Sport Science (3)
Historical and philosophical background of Exercise and Sport Science examined as well as current career options within the discipline.

EX 1304
Spring Sports & Activities (3)
The following sports/activi ties are covered: softball, track & field, soccer, golf, tennis, outdoor education & orienteering, racquetball, weight lifting, badminton, dance.

EX 2302
Fall Sports & Activities (3)
The following sports/activities are covered: flag football, volleyball, basketball, field hockey, wrestling, archery, swimming, bowling, gymnastics.

EX 2381
Essential Elements of Human Performance, Health & Safetly for Children (3)
Background knowledge and practice in the basic elements of human performance, health, and safety for children.

EX 2399
Topics in Exercise & Sports Science (3)
Topics in Exercise & Sport Science (Elective credit only)

EX 3112
Selected Topics (1)
Courses under this number will address a variety of topics such as Sport Sociology, Dance, etc.

EX 3212
Selected Topics (2)
Courses under this number will address a variety of topics such as Sport Sociology, Dance, etc.

EX 3302
Prevention &Care of Activity-Related Injuries (3)
The relationship of proper conditioning and protective equipment to injury prevention is stressed. Basic First-aid instruction and taping techniques are covered.

EX 3304
Biomechanics of Human Movement (3)
Study of the inter-relationships of structure and function in the living being. Study of the physics of motion of the human being with emphasis placed on the forces produced by the acting upon the human body. Prerequisite: BL 3420 Anatomy.

EX 3306
Current Issues in Exercise & Sports Science (3)
Addresses topics such as working with special populations, legal issues, ethical decision-making (e.g., use of steroids, drug-testing of athletes, women in sports).

EX 3308
Statistics for Exercise Science (3)
Descriptive and inferential statistics: standard scores, characteristics of the normal curve, correlation and regression, quantifying reliability, t-test and analysis of variance, to include repeated measures and covariance designs. Application of statistical software (SPSS) is used by students to solve problems within the course.

EX 3312
Selected Topics (3)
Courses under this number will address a variety of topics such as Sport Sociology, Dance, etc.

EX 3376
Human Anatomy & Physiology of Exercise (3)
Basic concepts of the structure and function of the human body, as related to exercise.

EX 4208
Coaching Practicum (2)
Students desiring a more intensive study of coaching may register for an intern - ship from the following: football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and track & field.

EX 4301
Wellness (3)
Study of lifetime fitness and wellness. Topics covered include nutrition, cardiovascular health and wellness, stress management, body composition, substance abuse, lifestyle management, and other pertinent topics. Students will design curriculum materials which incorporate these areas as well as practice teaching lessons in the topical areas.

EX 4304
Advanced Principles of Exercise and Sports Science (3)
Organization and administration of effective programs. Assessment of individual needs and planning for instruction to meet those needs; program evaluation.

EX 4310
Internship in Recreation & Fitness Management (3)
(Open to seniors only) This course supplements academic work by providing students with practical career experience in the areas of Recreation and Fitness Management.

Department Faculty

Exercise and Sport Science Faculty Website

Department Website

Exercise and Sport Science Website