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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Exercise and Sport Sciences

John Sigg, Associate Professor and Chair

To prepare students to address society's growing concerns about wellness, fitness, injury prevention, and rehabilitation, the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS) offers three exercise science majors:

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 B.S. in Exercise Science for complete details. Questions regarding planning for premedical sciences in the exercise and sport sciences curricula may be directed to the department chairperson.

B.S. in Athletic Training/Exercise Science

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. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) standards and guidelines impose specific 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 the program's 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.
General requirements
Computer science -- a total of 3 credits to be selected from the following:

312-xxxxx

Computer science elective or

 

663-13900

Computer Applications in Exercise and Sport

3

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):

313-10500

Mathematics for Decision Making (3)

 

313-10800

Calculus for Decision Making (4)

 

313-11100

Calculus I (4)

 

313-15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning (3)

 

313-24300

Statistics (3)

3-4

Natural sciences

303-11900

Fundamentals of Biology or

 

303-12100

Principles of Biology

4

Humanities -- courses from a minimum of two departments

314-21200

Introduction to Ethics or

 

314-23000

Bioethics

3

 

Humanities electives

6

 

Total

9

Communication skills

319-11000

Public Communication or

 

319-11500

Business and Professional Communication

3

377-10600

Academic Writing I or

 

377-11100

Academic Writing II

3

377-xxxxx

Writing elective

3

 

Total

9

Social sciences

330-xxxxx

Psychology elective (excluding methods and statistics courses)

3

 

Social sciences elective from a department other than psychology

3

 

Total

6

Basic and applied sciences

663-12000

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

663-12100

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

663-16200

Introduction to Fitness and Exercise Science

2

663-22000

Kinesiology

4

663-22100

Biomechanics of Human Movement

3

663-24600

Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

3

663-29600

Sport and Exercise Psychology

3

663-32000

Neuromuscular Control

3

663-32100

Exercise Physiology

4

 

Total

30

Additional courses

662-11300

Personal Health

3

 

Aquatics electives (660-xxxxx or 664-xxxxx) (0.5-1) and

 
 

Lifetime sport/leisure activity electives (from approved list in departmental office) (1-1.5)

2

 

Total

5

 

Total, general requirements

69-70

Specific requirements

640-10200

Medical Terminology

3

662-12200

Emergency Health Care

1

662-20200

Human Nutrition

3

662-35000

Psychoactive Drugs

3

663-20000

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I

1

663-24700

Advanced Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries/Illnesses

3

663-25000

Athletic Training Techniques I

1

663-25100

Athletic Training Techniques II

1

663-25600

Athletic Injury Assessment

3

663-30000

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II

1

663-30100

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III

1

663-34000

Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training

3

663-34200

Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training

3

663-35000

Athletic Training Techniques III

1

663-35100

Athletic Training Techniques IV

1

663-36000

Medical Science I

3

663-36100

Medical Science II

3

663-40000

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV

1

663-40100

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V

1

663-43000

Seminar in Athletic Training

3

 

Total, specific requirements

40

Free electives

 

Total

14-15

Summary

 

General requirements

69-70

 

Specific requirements

40

 

Free electives

14-15

 

Total, B.S. in athletic training/exercise science

124

B.S. in Clinical Exercise Science

The major in clinical exercise science (CES) provides the student with knowledge and skills to assess physical function and prescribe exercise for athletes, healthy and diseased individuals, and 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. Students may also choose to work with athletes to improve fitness and performance through enhanced strength and conditioning. 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, 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 sciences 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 663-47300 Internship: Preventative Clinical Exercise Science. 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 663-47300 Internship: Preventative Exercise Science or 663-47400 Internship: Rehabilitative Exercise Science.
Requirements for the Major in Clinical Exercise Science -- B.S.
General requirements

Computer Science -- a total of 3 credits to be selected from the following:

312-xxxxx

Computer science elective (3) or

 

663-13900

Computer Applications in Exercise and Sport (3)

3

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):

313-10500

Mathematics for Decision Making (3)

 

313-10800

Calculus for Decision Making (4)

 

313-11100

Calculus I (4)

3-4

Statistics

313-15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning (may not be taken after 313-10800 or 313-11100) (3) or

 

313-24300

Statistics (3) or

 

313-24400

Statistics with Probability (4) or

 

330-20700

Statistics in Psychology (4)

3-4

Natural sciences

303-11900

Fundamentals of Biology or

 

303-12100

Principles of Biology

4

Humanities

314-21200

Introduction to Ethics or

 

314-23000

Bioethics

3

 

Humanities elective from a department other than philosophy

3

 

Total

6

Communication skills

319-11000

Public Communication or

 

319-11500

Business and Professional Communication

3

377-10600

Academic Writing I or

 

377-11100

Academic Writing II

3

377-20100

Persuasive Argument or

 

377-21100

Writing for the Workplace

3

 

Total

9

Social sciences

330-xxxxx

Psychology elective (excluding statistics and methods courses)

3

 

Social sciences elective from a department other than psychology

3

 

Total

6

Basic and applied sciences

663-12000

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

663-12100

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

663-22000

Kinesiology

4

663-22100

Biomechanics of Human Movement

3

663-24600

Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

3

663-29600

Sport and Exercise Psychology

3

663-32000

Neuromuscular Control

3

663-32100

Exercise Physiology

4

663-42100

Advanced Study in Exercise Physiology

3

 

Total

31

Additional courses

 

Aquatics electives (660-xxxxx or 664-xxxxx) (0.5-1) and

 
 

Dance or martial arts electives (305-xxxxx, 660-xxxxx,

 
 

or 664-xxxxx) (0.5-1) and

 
 

Lifetime sport/leisure activity electives (from approved list in departmental office) (0.5-1)

 
 

Total

2.5

 

Total, general requirements

67.5-69.5

Specific requirements

780-10100

Introduction to Gerontology

3

662-12200

Emergency Health Care

1

662-20200

Human Nutrition

3

663-16200

Introduction to Fitness and Exercise Science

2

663-17300

Fieldwork in Clinical Exercise Science I

1

663-26200

Principles of Fitness Evaluation and Prescription

4

663-26300

Exercise Techniques

1

663-27300

Community Service in Exercise and Sport Sciences

1

663-36200

Pathophysiology, Limited Capacity, and Exercise

3

663-37300

Fieldwork in Clinical Exercise Science II

1

663-46100

Ergonomics, Exercise, and Recovery of Function

3

663-46200

Fitness Programming Leadership and Administration

3

663-46300

Application of Strength and Conditioning Principles (3) or

 

663-46400

Cardiopulmonary Assessment for Exercise (3)

3

663-47300

Internship: Preventative Clinical Exercise Science (6-12) or

 

663-47400

Internship: Rehabilitative Clinical Exercise Science (6-12)

6-12

 

Total, specific requirements

35-41

Free electives

 

Total

13.5-21.5

Summary

 

General requirements

67.5-69.5

 

Specific requirements

35-41

 

Free electives

13.5-21.5

 

Total, B.S. in clinical exercise science

124

B.S. in Exercise Science

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 focus on 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, wilderness exercise science, and youth fitness. 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 professional specialty or minor 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 relating 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.
General requirements
Computer science

A total of 3 credits to be selected from the following:

312-xxxxx

Computer science elective or

 

663-13900

Computer Applications in Exercise and Sport

3

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):

313-10500

Mathematics for Decision Making (3) or

 

313-10800

Calculus for Decision Making (4) or

 

313-11100

Calculus I (4)

3-4

Statistics

313-15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning (may not be taken after

 
 

313-10800 or 313-11100) (3) or

 

313-24300

Statistics (3) or

 

313-24400

Statistics with Probability (4) or

 

330-20700

Statistics in Psychology (4)

3-4

Natural sciences

303-11900

Fundamentals of Biology or

 

303-12100

Principles of Biology

4

Humanities

314-21200

Introduction to Ethics or

 

314-23000

Bioethics

3

 

Humanities elective from a department other than philosophy

3

 

Total

6

Communication skills

319-11000

Public Communication or

 

319-11500

Business and Professional Communication

3

377-10600

Academic Writing I or

 

377-11100

Academic Writing II

3

377-xxxxx

Writing elective

3

 

Total

9

Social sciences

330-xxxxx

Psychology elective (excluding statistics and methods courses)

3

 

Social sciences elective from a department other than psychology

3

 

Total

6

Basic and applied sciences

663-12000

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

663-12100

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

663-16200

Introduction to Fitness and Exercise Science

2

663-22000

Kinesiology

4

663-22100

Biomechanics of Human Movement

3

663-24600

Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

3

663-26200

Principles of Fitness Evaluation and Prescription

4

663-27300

Community Service in Exercise and Sport Sciences

1

663-29600

Sport and Exercise Psychology

3

663-32000

Neuromuscular Control

3

663-32100

Exercise Physiology

4

663-37500

Research Methods in Exercise and Sport Sciences

3

663-42100

Advanced Study in Exercise Physiology

3

 

Total

41

Additional courses

 

Aquatics electives (660-xxxxx or 664-xxxxx) (0.5-1) and

 
 

Lifetime sport/leisure activity electives (1-1.5)

 
 

(from approved list in departmental office)

2

662-12200

Emergency Health Care

1

662-20200

Human Nutrition

3

 

Total

6

 

Total, general requirements

81-83

Minor or professional specialty electives

 

Total

15-26

Free electives

 

Total

15-28

Summary

 

General requirements

81-83

 

Minor or professional specialty electives

15-26

 

Free electives

15-28

 

Total, B.S. in exercise science

124

Minors

Exercise Science Minor

Open to students majoring in all disciplines except exercise sciences, physical education, health education and physical education, occupational science/occupational therapy, and clinical science/physical therapy.

Curriculum

663-12000

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

663-12100

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

663-22000

Kinesiology

4

663-22100

Biomechanics of Human Movement

3

663-32100

Exercise Physiology

4

 

Total

19

It is recommended, but not required, that students also choose one of the following:

663-29600

Sport and Exercise Psychology

3

663-32000

Neuromuscular Control

3

663-42100

Advanced Study in Exercise Physiology

3

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