Betsy A. Keller, Professor and Chair
To prepare students to address the growing concerns of society about wellness, fitness, injury prevention, and rehabilitation, the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS) offers three exercise science majors:
Athletic training/exercise science (below)
Clinical exercise science (p. 86)
Exercise science (p. 88)
With careful planning beginning in the freshman year, an interested student may complete the premedical sciences program in combination with any of the major degree programs in exercise science. See p. 197 for complete details. Questions regarding planning for premedical sciences in the exercise and sport sciences curricula may be directed to the department chairperson.
An athletic trainer is responsible for the prevention, care, and management of athletic injuries. The degree program in athletic training/exercise science (AT/ES) addresses the national need for better care of athletes and the physically active. Athletic trainers work under the direction of physicians in many settings, including high schools, colleges, professional sports programs, hospitals, fitness centers, industry, and sports medicine clinics.
The AT/ES major is designed to prepare the student for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) certification examination. Specific Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) standards and guidelines impose restrictions on the number of majors Ithaca College can enroll in the AT/ES degree program. AT/ES students applying for retention must sign an agreement that they will meet program technical standards. Clarification regarding these standards can be obtained from the program director.
Special Academic Status Policy for AT/ES Majors
Retention requirements -- sophomore review
At the end of the sophomore year, the student must apply to be formally reviewed for retention in the athletic training/exercise science major. Retention is based on the following criteria:
· Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75,
· Minimum GPA of 3.00 in athletic training courses 663-20000, 663-24600, 663-24700, 663-25000, 663-25100, and 663-25600, with no grade lower than C- in these courses,
· Completion of basic and applied science courses 663-12000, 663-12100, 663-22000, and 663-22100, with no grade lower than C-,
· Completion of 120 hours in a clinical setting supervised by Ithaca College, and
· Completion of required athletic training competencies and proficiencies.
Retention is a competitive process based on an applicant's level of achievement according to the stated criteria. Students should be aware that following a successful sophomore review, a minimum of 800 additional hours of clinical experience over a minimum of four semesters is required to complete the AT/ES major. Because the clinical experience hours often coincide with athletic practice time, pursuit of the AT/ES major may preclude participation in intercollegiate athletics at Ithaca College after the sophomore year.
Junior and senior retention requirements
Retention in the AT/ES program is based on the following criteria:
· Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75,
· GPA of at least 3.00 in all athletic training coursework (663-20000, 663-24600, 663-24700, 663-25000, 663-25100, 663-25600, 663-30000, 663-30100, 663-34000, 663-34200, 663-35000, 663-35100, 663-36000, 663-36100, 663-40000, 663-40100, and 663-43000), with no grade lower than C-,
· Minimum grade of C- in all remaining courses required by NATA guidelines (662-11300, 662-12200, 662-20200, 663-32100, and a psychology elective), and
· Satisfactory progress toward completion of a minimum of 800 supervised clinical hours in accordance with College specifications.
A student failing to meet the minimum standards in any given semester will be given one semester to attain them. Failure to meet standards for two consecutive semesters will result in dismissal from the AT/ES major.
Requirements for the Major in Athletic Training/Exercise Science -- B.S.
Computer science -- a total of 3 credits to be selected from
Mathematics -- a total of 3-4 credits to be selected from the following (students may be required to complete other mathematics courses prior to enrolling in these courses, depending on their scores on the Math Placement Exam)
Humanities -- courses from a minimum of two departments
Basic and applied sciences
The major in clinical exercise science (CES) provides the student with knowledge, skills, and abilities to assess physical function and prescribe exercise for athletes, healthy and diseased individuals, and/or those with functional deficits that persist following injury or surgery rehabilitation. This program allows students to become highly qualified in the assessment of exercise capacity and in the prescription and leadership of exercise. In a variety of settings (e.g., athletic, clinical, private, corporate, hospital), a CES-trained exercise professional will use exercise as a modality to help prevent or rehabilitate individuals with chronic lifestyle diseases, such as cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Graduates may also choose to work with athletes to improve fitness and performance.
CES majors are encouraged, but not required, to choose a professional specialty, which they must declare by the end of their sophomore year. Choosing a specialty allows students to bring a specific focus to their study. In addition to the specialties listed for exercise science (see p. 88, the CES major may also choose these professional specialties: corporate wellness, disease rehabilitation, youth fitness, fitness management, geriatric wellness, personal training, and strength and conditioning.
CES majors may also choose any of the professional specialties open to exercise science majors or develop an interdisciplinary professional specialty in consultation with their adviser. A complete listing of professional specialty course groupings is available in the department office. Professional specialties must be declared by the end of the sophomore year and require permission from the student's adviser and the department chairperson.
Special Academic Status Policy for Clinical Exercise Science Majors
Students in the clinical exercise science major are required to meet the following academic standards:
· Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
· Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all basic and applied sciences and all specific requirements.
· Each of the required courses and restricted elective courses in the exercise and sport science department, except 663-16200, 663-27300, and internships, must be completed with a grade of at least C-. Failure to complete each of these courses with at least a C- mandates repeating the course. The Ithaca College policy on repeating courses stated in this catalog must be followed.
· A student failing to meet these academic standards in any given semester will be given one semester to attain these standards. Failure to meet these standards in two consecutive semesters or any three semesters will result in dismissal from the major.
· Enrollment in internship courses is dependent upon meeting certain academic standards. Students who meet the minimum standards described above at the time of internship registration may enroll in Internship: Preventative Clinical Exercise Science (663-47300). Students who achieve academic standards of at least a 3.00 GPA in the basic and applied sciences and all specific requirements and at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA may enroll in Internship: Preventative Exercise Science (663-47300) or Internship: Rehabilitative Exercise Science (663-47400).
Requirements for the Major in Clinical Exercise Science -- B.S.
Computer Science -- a total of 3 credits to be selected from the following
Mathematics -- a total of 3-4 credits to be selected from the following (students may be required to complete other mathematics courses before enrolling in these courses, depending on their scores on the Math Placement Exam)
Basic and applied sciences
The exercise science major prepares the student with a theoretical understanding of the physiological, neuromuscular, psychological, and biomechanical effects of exercise stress on the human body. Students are well positioned to pursue advanced study in one or more of the aforementioned areas, as well as medicine and allied health, or to use their knowledge to interpret scientific information on physical activity for the lay public through such means as educational forums (e.g., fitness/wellness seminars, website development, public speaking, public health initiatives), journalism or writing, or sales (e.g., medical equipment, pharmaceuticals).
All exercise science majors must complete a professional specialty course grouping or an approved minor. Professional specialty course groupings provide focus to the study of exercise science and include ergonomics, exercise and fitness journalism, exercise nutrition, fitness management, marketing/sales, medical/pharmaceutical sales, mind/body studies, wellness education, and wilderness exercise science.
Other groupings are designed to prepare students for postgraduate study in medicine, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology, and allied health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, and physician assistant.
A detailed list of these and other professional specialty course groupings is available from the department office. Alternately, students may develop, in consultation with their advisers, their own professional specialty course groupings. Minors are approved if the student provides sufficient rationale that the minor supports his/her exercise science-related professional goals. For additional information see the special academic status policy for exercise science majors, below.
Special Academic Status Policy for Exercise Science Majors
Every exercise science major is required to complete a professional specialty course grouping or minor as part of the degree program. Students must declare a professional specialty or a minor by the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students above sophomore status must declare a minor or professional specialty upon entering the exercise science program. Students must get the approval of their adviser and department chair to have their minor count toward this requirement. Students not choosing a minor to fulfill the requirement must develop, with their adviser, a planned area of professional specialty of a minimum of 15 credits that relates to their major. Declaring or changing a professional specialty requires the permission of the student's adviser and the department chair.
Enrollment in capstone experiences requires a certain level of academic achievement. Research Team in Exercise and Sport Sciences (663-47500) requires a 3.00 minimum cumulative GPA and a minimum 3.25 GPA in all basic and applied sciences, except for 663-16200 and 663-27300. Internship in Exercise and Sport Sciences (663-46000) requires a 2.50 minimum cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.75 GPA in required courses in the exercise and sport sciences department, except for 663-16200 and 663-27300. Exercise science internships are typically in the student's selected area of professional specialty and are not normally arranged in clinical settings. The exercise science student must plan with a faculty sponsor and have permission of the department chair to enroll in either the research team or the internship.
Requirements for the Major in Exercise Science -- B.S.
Computer science -- A total of 3 credits to be selected from the following
Mathematics -- A total of 3-4 credits to be selected from the following (students may be required to complete other mathematics courses prior to enrolling in these courses, depending on their scores on the Math Placement Exam)
Basic and applied sciences
Minor or professional specialty electives
Open to students majoring in all disciplines except the exercise sciences, physical education, health education and physical education, occupational science/occupational therapy, and clinical science/physical therapy.
It is recommended, but not required, that students also choose one of the following:
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