Exercise Physiology Concentration
The UAH Departments of Biological Sciences and Health & Physical Education have teamed up to offer Exercise Physiology as a concentration area within the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts Biological Sciences major.
The program is broad enough to permit students to meet a wide range of interests or career goals within the exercise science field or leading to graduate school. The curriculum may also be modified to create a Pre-Professional degree in Pre-medicine or Pre-physical therapy.
For more information, contact:
Health & Physical Education
256.824.6007 or 800.448.4031
College of Science Advising
What is Exercise Physiology?
Exercise Physiology is a broad discipline that includes clinical and applied exercise physiology. Applied Exercise Physiologists are trained to access, design, and implement individual group exercise fitness programs for healthy individuals or those with controlled disease. They are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments and writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health behaviors. Clinical Exercise Physiologists often work under the direction of a physician in the application of fitness and behavioral interventions within a clinical setting in order to provide a therapeutic or functional benefit. Exercise Physiologists work in university, medical, corporate, commercial, or community settings in which their clients participate in health and fitness activities.
119 Principles of Biology
HPE Courses200 Contemporary Nutrition
(2 hrs.) Basic principles of nutrition, how it relates to the growth, development, and maintenance of the human body, and how to apply these principles to the student's life or teach others.
205 First Aid & CPR
(1 hr.) Focusing on recognizing emergency situations and providing skills and knowledge necessary in caring for injuries or sudden illnesses.
210 Beginning Athletic Training
(3 hrs.) Sports medicine provides a major link between a sport program and the medical community for the implementation of injury prevention, emergency care, and rehabilitation procedures. Beginning Athletic Training is designed to engage students in the process of reviewing, analyzing, discussing, and synthesizing athletic training.
215 First Responder/Pro Rescuer
(2 hrs.) Learn the concepts and skills needed to function as a First Responder and Professional Rescuer. Emphasis is placed on preparing for, recognizing, and providing emergency care in various situations where needed. Additionally, this course fully addresses the objectives in the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Standards Curriculum.
240 Health and Wellness Concepts
(2 hrs.) Provides students with instruction on the role and importance of individual and societal health and wellness; laboratory experiences provide opportunity for assessment of individual health behaviors and physical fitness. Topics covered include: wellness, physical fitness, behavior modification, weight management, stress management, disease prevention, addictive behavior and sexual health.
250 Essentials of Personal Training
(2 hrs.) Theoretical knowledge and practical skills in preparation for a national certification exam in personal training. Learn guidelines for instructing safe, effective, and purposeful exercise, essentials of the client-trainer relationship, conducting health and fitness assessments, and designing and implementing appropriate exercise programming.
255 Group Fitness Instructor
(2 hrs.) Learn theoretical knowledge and practical skills in preparation for a national certification exam in group fitness instruction. Topics include guidelines for instructing safe, effective, and purposeful exercise, essentials of the instructor-participant relationship, the principles of motivation to encourage adherence in the group fitness setting, effective instructor-to-participant communication techniques, methods for enhancing group leadership, and the group fitness instructor's professional role.
300 Nutrition for Fitness and Sport
(3 hrs.) Theoretical and applied nutritional sciences as they relate to fitness and sport, practical skills in solving nutritional problems in exercising populations, and nutritional requirements and practices related to fitness and athletic performance.
Prerequisite: HPE 200 - Contemporary Nutrition or be admitted through consent of the instructor.
311 Advanced Athletic Training
(3 hrs.) In-depth study of prevention, rehabilitation, protective devices, therapeutic exercise, and physical therapy modalities as they relate to athletic injuries. A special emphasis will be placed on emergency procedures.
312 Athletic Training Practicum
(3 hrs.) Prevention of injury, injury evaluation, first aid, rehabilitation, organization, administration, education, and counseling, utilizing knowledge acquired through HPE 210 and 311.
315 Adv Strength Training & Conditioning
(3 hrs.) Learn the advanced concepts of strength training and athletic conditioning in this comprehensive overview. Emphasis is placed on the exercise sciences (including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics) and nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization and administration, and testing and evaluation. Additionally, this course is designed to prepare students for the nationally accredited Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam.
351 Exercise Testing & Prescription
(3 hrs.) Techniques evaluating aerobic capacity, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition, with emphasis on development of evaluation-based exercise/wellness programs.
450 Exercise Physiology Internship
(3 hrs.) Experience and understanding of wellness/fitness programs, the supervision and implementation of exercise programs, health education projects, and facility care and maintenance.