Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Chair: Dr. Terry Olson

The goal of the Exercise and Sport Science Department is to develop student’s cognitive, affective and psychomotor abilities as preparation for a lifetime of learning. The department presents conceptual and applied content that includes exercise science and wellness and sport science and physical education.

Exercise and Sport Science Program Learning Outcomes

Skill in Scholarship

  • Articulate, apply and analyze scholarly resources to integrate best practices in the discipline.

Critical Thinking

  • Recognize and evaluate current conditions and practices in the discipline to formulate, create and implement an appropriate response.

Professional and Interpersonal Communication

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Balanced Lifestyle

  • Articulate and develop healthy lifestyle choices and practices.

Concern for All People

  • Demonstrate respect for peoples of diverse backgrounds, experiences and needs.

Beauty in Movement

  • Discern and shape affective responses to movement and sport.

Profession and Service Attitude

  • Seek opportunities to serve the community though vocation.

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Exercise and Sport Science

Emphases:

  • Exercise Science and Wellness

  • Sport Science and Physical Education 

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Exercise and Sport Science

Emphases:

  • Kinesiology
  • Pre-Physical Therapy and Allied Health

Exercise and Sport Science: Bachelor of Arts Degree

Core
BIO 246Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 247Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
ESS 304Motor Learning and Control3
ESS 320Historical, Social, Cultural Foundations of Sport and P.E.3
ESS 365Sport Psychology3
ESS 406Physiology of Exercise4
ESS 407Kinesiology (Structural)4
ESS 410Measurement and Evaluation of Exercise4
Emphasis
Choose 1 of the following emphases15-22
Total Units44-51

Emphases

Exercise Science and Wellness

ESS 225Principles of Weight Training and Cross Training3
ESS 306Nutritional Sciences3
ESS 307Functional Exercise for the Older Adult3
ESS 325Exercise Testing and Prescription3
ESS 344Group Fitness Programs2
ESS 393Practicum: ESS Exercise Science1
Total Units15

Sport Science and Physical Education

ESS 344Group Fitness Programs2
ESS 346Adventure Activities2
ESS 355Individual Activities3
ESS 357Team Activities3
ESS 370Adaptive Physical Education3
ESS 376Physical Education Management3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Principles of Weight Training and Cross Training3
Nutritional Sciences3
Elementary Physical Education3
Principles of Coaching3
Choose 1 of the following practicum courses:
Practicum: ESS Teacher Education1
Practicum: ESS Coaching1
Total Units22

Exercise and Sport Science: Bachelor of Science Degree

Core
BIO 246Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 247Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
ESS 304Motor Learning and Control3
ESS 305Motor Development3
ESS 320Historical, Social, Cultural Foundations of Sport and P.E.3
ESS 365Sport Psychology3
ESS 403Biomechanics4
ESS 406Physiology of Exercise4
ESS 407Kinesiology (Structural)4
ESS 410Measurement and Evaluation of Exercise4
Emphasis
Choose 1 of the following emphases:20-21
Total Units56-57

Emphases

Kinesiology

ESS 306Nutritional Sciences3
ESS 307Functional Exercise for the Older Adult3
ESS 325Exercise Testing and Prescription3
ESS 364Exercise Psychology3
ESS 405Advanced Physiology of Exercise4
ESS 409Research in Kinesiology4
Total Units20

Pre-Physical Therapy and Allied Health

ESS 308Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
ESS 348Recognizing and Evaluating Athletic Injuries I3
ESS 349Recognizing and Evaluating Athletic Injuries II3
ESS 358Therapeutic Exercise3
ESS 368Therapeutic Modalities3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Nutritional Sciences3
Functional Exercise for the Older Adult3
General Medicine and Pharmacology3
Exercise Psychology3
Practicum: ESS Rehabilitation3
Total Units21

Prerequisite courses for professional degrees (pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, gerontology, pre-nursing, etc.) vary by institution. Depending on the doctoral program chosen BIO 111 and BIO 112, CHE 221 and CHE 222, and PHY 211 and PHY 212 may be included. Check with the department chair for additional information.

Undergraduate Minors

Coaching

Exercise Science

Physical Education

Pre-Physical Therapy

Coaching Minor

ESS 304Motor Learning and Control3
ESS 320Historical, Social, Cultural Foundations of Sport and P.E.3
ESS 360Principles of Coaching3
Choose 3 of the following courses:9
Principles of Weight Training and Cross Training3
Nutritional Sciences3
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
Sport Psychology3
Practicum: ESS Coaching3
Sport Law3
Total Units18

Exercise Science Minor

ESS 225Principles of Weight Training and Cross Training3
ESS 304Motor Learning and Control3
ESS 320Historical, Social, Cultural Foundations of Sport and P.E.3
ESS 325Exercise Testing and Prescription3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Nutritional Sciences3
Sport Psychology3
Practicum: ESS Exercise Science3
Introduction to Sport Management3
Sport Law3
Total Units18

Physical Education Minor

ESS 303Health Education3
ESS 304Motor Learning and Control3
ESS 320Historical, Social, Cultural Foundations of Sport and P.E.3
ESS 376Physical Education Management3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Elementary Physical Education3
Individual Activities3
Team Activities3
Adaptive Physical Education3
Practicum: ESS Teacher Education3
Total Units18

Pre-Physical Therapy Minor

BIO 112General Biology II4
CHE 222Chemistry II4
MTH 265Introduction to Statistics3
PHY 211Physics I4
PHY 212Physics II4
Total Units19

The following courses are needed by some Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs.  These courses are not required but are highly recommended.

ESS 245Medical Terminology3
Choose at least 1 of the following courses:
Developmental Psychology: Adolescence3
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan3
Abnormal Psychology3

Athletic Training Program

Director: Dr. Cliff Pawley, ATC
Clinical Education Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Rizzo, ATC CES

Program Description

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) offers to its students a curriculum option that fuses the elements of sports medicine, allied health care, the dynamics of intercollegiate athletics, with the holistic values and spiritual enlightenment of Christian higher education. The National Athletic Trainer's Association defines a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) as "a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care". Upon degree completion, the student will be eligible for certification, credentialing, and licensure via the Board of Certification and state medical boards. The BSAT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 24, 2017, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

Program Mission

The mission of the Athletic Training Program is to challenge its students to become highly effective allied health care professionals and leaders in the Christian community. By incorporating academic excellence, intellectual freedom, professional and relational proficiency, and spiritual growth in the student's walk with Christ, these components are interjected in their career goals and life plans. The desired outcome of the curriculum is to allow students to study in a Christ-centered atmosphere that challenges students to develop spiritually, intellectually, and professionally so they can become a responsible and capable professional who demonstrates spiritual leadership within the community.

Admission Criteria

Concordia University Irvine's Athletic Training Program is transitioning the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training degree to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT).  Beginning Fall 2017, applications are no longer being accepted for the BS in Athletic Training major.  Prospective students who desire to attain the ATC credential through the Board of Certification are encouraged to pursue the BS degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy and Allied Health and complete all pre-requisite coursework for admission in the Master of Science in Athletic Training curriculum. The MSAT program is a six semester, sequential, cohort program consisting of 63 professional phase units in preparation of the Board of Certification Examination for the ATC credential. The program will accept its first cohort for the MSAT in the Summer 2018 term (class of 2020).  For more information regarding the MSAT, please refer to the CUI's Graduate Catalog.