Exercise and Sport Sciences

Areas of Concentration

One of the distinctive characteristics of Ithaca College’s plan of study is the opportunity to pursue an area of concentration, an experience usually reserved for doctoral study at many institutions. For the master’s degree with thesis, the student must complete 9-15 credits of courses approved by the adviser in one area of concentration -- exercise physiology, sport psychology, or human performance. (For the master’s degree without thesis, 18 credits of courses in one area of concentration are necessary.) The concentration approach to graduate study is designed to provide depth to the program and also to provide more focused educational experiences for 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 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, the 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 (ACSM). Students are actively encouraged to seek additional credentials according to their interests.

Prerequisites for applicants to the exercise physiology concentration include completion of undergraduate coursework in anatomy and physiology, biomechanics or kinesiology, statistics or tests and measurements, and exercise physiology.

Thesis plan students must complete 12 credits and their thesis (6 credits) in this area of concentration. Students in the non-thesis plan must complete 18 credits in this area of concentration. All exercise physiology students are eligible for related internships. An internship is strongly encouraged for those following the non-thesis plan. Exercise physiology students may study special topics through ESSG 62000 Thesis I, ESSG 63000 Independent Research, and ESSG 63100 Independent Reading.

Exercise Physiology Concentration Courses

Required

ESSG 54000 Physiological Mechanisms of Exercise: Cellular Aspects
ESSG 54200 Physiological Mechanisms of Exercise: Systemic Aspects
ESSG 54400 Multidimensional Assessment of Physical Function
ESSG 54600 Cardiopulmonary Assessment for Exercise
ESSG 54800* Pathophysiology, Limited Capacity, and Exercise
ESSG 64800* Strength and Conditioning

*Required for non-thesis option; recommended for thesis plan

Selected Electives

ESSG 51800 Exercise and Rehabilitation Psychology
ESSG 52000 Advanced Biomechanics of Human Movement
ESSG 52100 Advanced Study in Exercise Physiology
ESSG 64500 Psychophysiology of Exercise and Sport
ESSG 66000 Internship
ESSG 74200 Advanced Techniques of Athletic Training

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, cognitive, perceptual, 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 sport participation and performance. Applicants for the sport psychology concentration need to show evidence of completed coursework in conceptually relevant (e.g., psychology, sport psychology, counseling, sport sociology) content areas. A statistics or tests and measurements class is also a prerequisite.

Thesis plan students must complete 12 credits and their thesis (6 credits) in this area of concentration. Students in the non-thesis plan must complete 18 credits in this area of concentration. Sport psychology students may study special topics through ESSG 62000 Thesis I, ESSG 63000 Independent Research, and ESSG 63100 Independent Reading.

Sport Psychology Concentration Courses

Required

ESSG 51200 Psychological Perspectives of Sport
ESSG 51300 Psychological Applications to Sport Performance
ESSG 51400 Counseling Student-Athletes
ESSG 51500* Effective Team Building
ESSG 51600* Motivation for Superior Performance
ESSG 51800* Exercise and Rehabilitation Psychology
ESSG 61400* Professional Practice Issues in Sport Psychology

*Required for non-thesis option; recommended for thesis plan

Selected Electives

ESSG 54400 Multidimensional Assessment of Physical Function
ESSG 64500 Psychophysiology of Exercise and Sport
ESSG 66000 Internship

Concentration in Human Performance

The human performance concentration is designed for those students who want to study a custom blend of exercise physiology and sport psychology. Students must complete the human performance core that includes courses in exercise physiology and sport psychology, and then select a number of theory-based and applied courses to focus their studies. Core human performance topics include motivation and exercise adherence, team development and communication, stress and anxiety management, psychophysiology of exercise, psychological skills training, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning.

This concentration is designed specifically for those wanting to work with clients in a holistic manner or do research in the area of psychophysiology. Prerequisites for applicants to the human performance concentration include completion of coursework in anatomy and physiology, biomechanics or kinesiology, exercise physiology, content relevant areas in psychology, and statistics or tests and measurements.

Thesis plan students must complete 12 credits and their thesis (6 credits) in this area of concentration. Students in the non-thesis plan must complete 18 credits in this area of concentration. All human performance students are eligible for related internships. An internship is strongly encouraged for those following the non-thesis plan. Human performance students may study special topics through ESSG 62000 Thesis I, ESSG 63000 Independent Research, and ESSG 63100 Independent Reading.

Human Performance Concentration Courses

Required

ESSG 51400

Counseling Student Athletes

ESSG 51500*

Effective Team Building

ESSG 51600*

Motivation for Superior Performance

ESSG 52000*

Advanced Biomechanics of Human Movement

ESSG 52100*

Advanced Study in Exercise Physiology

ESSG 64800*

Strength and Conditioning

*Required for non-thesis option; recommended for thesis plan

Selected Electives

ESSG 51800

Exercise and Rehabilitation Psychology

ESSG 54400

Multidimensional Assessment of Physical Function

ESSG 54600

Cardiopulmonary Assessment for Exercise

ESSG 54800

Pathophysiology, Limited Capacity, and Exercise

ESSG 61400

Professional Practice Issues in Sport Psychology

ESSG 64500

Psychophysiology of Exercise and Sport

ESSG 66000

Internship

ESSG 74200

Advanced Techniques of Athletic Training