Non-Thesis Plan Credits
(The total may include up to 6 credits approved for transfer from other schools.)
Area of Concentration
One of the unique characteristics of Ithaca College's plan of study is the opportunity to pursue an area of concentration, an experience reserved for doctoral study at many institutions. The student must complete 9-15 credits of courses approved by the adviser in one of three areas of concentration --- exercise physiology, physical education, or sport psychology. The concentration approach to graduate study is designed to provide depth to the program and also to provide specific future employment opportunities. Included in each of the concentrations is the possibility of independent study and internship to increase relevant and practical learning opportunities.
Concentration in Exercise Physiology
Exercise physiology is the study of the physiological responses and adaptations consequent to exercise. Through specific coursework, this concentration focuses on both the theoretical and applied/clinical aspects of exercise physiology. Students who want to emphasize theoretical learning are advised to pursue the thesis option while those with a clinical orientation should consider the non-thesis option with an internship. If desired, a student can have a more comprehensive experience by completing all prescribed coursework, thesis, and an internship. An objective of the exercise physiology concentration is to assist in preparation for registration as a clinical exercise physiologist and for external certification as a health/fitness instructor or exercise specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Students are actively encouraged to seek additional credentials of this nature.
Exercise Physiology Concentration Courses
*Required for non-thesis option; recommended for thesis plan
Concentration in Physical Education
This concentration focuses on the application of instructional theories, teaching models, and curriculum design to maximize teaching and learning effectiveness. A "theory into practice" approach is utilized in this concentration. Videotaping, small group discussions, and formal and informal sessions on campus and in area schools provide opportunities for practical applications. Teachers seeking New York State K-12 certification typically select this concentration, but must meet all state requirements before being licensed. Not all state requirements are met by this program.
Physical Education Concentration Courses (Required)
Concentration in Sport Psychology
The primary focus of this concentration is on the psychological factors that influence sport participation and performance. Topics are derived from clinical, developmental, educational, experimental, and social psychology and also from the basic understanding of sport and its varied task demands. Emphasis is on application, description, explanation, and prediction of parameters of sport participation and performance. Applicants for the sport psychology concentration need to show evidence of completion of coursework in conceptually relevant content areas.
Sport Psychology Concentration Courses
*Required for non-thesis option; recommended for thesis plan.
Academic Warning and Dismissal
The graduate program in exercise and sport sciences follows the Division of Graduate Studies policies regarding academic warning and academic dismissal. Students on academic warning are not permitted to enroll in thesis, independent research, or independent reading courses.
The chair of the graduate program in exercise and sport sciences serves as the academic adviser for all students enrolled in the program. Students writing a thesis select, with approval of the chair, a thesis adviser and reader from among the graduate faculty in exercise and sport sciences.
All graduate courses must be taken for a letter grade. There is no pass/fail option for graduate courses in exercise and sport sciences.
A limited number of assistantships are available for full-time matriculated graduate students and for admitted degree candidates. The assistantships include a scholarship, which is applied to the tuition bill, and a taxable salary for carrying out assigned duties. Students must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher in order to be considered for assistantships. Assistantships are typically awarded on a two-semester basis and involve 8-15 hours per week of duties and responsibilities arranged and supervised by a faculty member. Specific areas for assistantships include: wellness clinic and adult fitness center; programs in anatomy, athletic training, biomechanics, computer applications and statistics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, physiology, and recreational sports; coaching in men's and women's varsity athletic programs; and teaching supervision. In any given year about 75% of the full-time matriculated graduate students in exercise and sport sciences hold assistantships.