Exercise Science

The exercise science major consists of a science-based curriculum with specific emphasis on applications to exercise and health. This major is intended primarily for students who are interested in non-teaching careers in exercise science, health, wellness and fitness, and for those who wish to  pursue graduate studies in an exercise science-related field. You will study under highly credentialed faculty who will mentor you, and have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment in our human performance lab.

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Major requirements

KIN 180 - Introduction to Kinesiology
Introduction to the field of kinesiology including aims, objectives, history, philosophy, programs, principles, basic concepts of organization and administration, professional organizations, and the relationship of Christian commitment to the field.(3 credits)
KIN 233 - Anatomical Kinesiology
The study of human movement based on anatomical and mechanical principles. Emphasis is placed on the application of these principles in the analysis of human sports performance. Prerequisite: BIO102, 115, 121 or permission of the instructor. (3 credits)
KIN 234 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
(3 credits)An introduction to athletic injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, care and rehabilitation: including basic wrapping and taping techniques.Prerequisite: BIO102, 115, 121 or permission of instructor. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
KIN 241 - Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology I
Provides exposure to a variety of careers related to fitness, therapy, or sport management. Prerequisite: KIN180 or 182. (1 credit)
KIN 325WI - Physiology of Exercise
(4 credits)(Writing intensive) The study of the physiological effect of exercise on the human body. Emphasis will be given to metabolism, neuromuscular physiology, cardiopulmonary physiology, and the integration of all physiology systems.Note: Course includes one 90-minute laboratory period per week.Prerequisites: BIO121 and 122 or BIO221 and 222, CHE101 and 102 or CHE111 and 112, or permission of instructor.
KIN 330 - Exercise Testing and Prescription
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)Provides knowledge and practical experience in physical fitness assessments, interpretation of assessment results, and exercise prescription. Emphasis is placed on assessments within a clinical or research setting.Prerequisite: KIN325 or permission of instructor. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
KIN 333 - Mechanical Analysis of Human Movement
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)Mechanical principles and concepts governing human movement are examined, with an emphasis on analyzing sport skills. Prerequisite: KIN233. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
KIN 403 - Motor Learning
Understanding of theoretical constructs of learning and knowledge of motor learning principles relating to response mechanisms, feedback, motivation, stress anxiety factors, and the influence of psycho-social elements in the acquisition of complex movements. (3 credits)
KIN 417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
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KIN 341 - Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology II
Provides practical work experience in fitness, therapy, or sport management settings. Prerequisite: KIN241. (1 credit)
KIN 381 - Practicum in Strength and Conditioning II
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KIN 370 - Nutrition for Health Care Professions
The study of the fundamental principles of normal nutrition and the importance of nutrition in promoting growth and health. Emphasis will be given to the basic food constituents and their physiological relationships within the body. Consideration will also be given to family and community needs across the lifespan.Prerequisites: CHE101/102 or CHE111/112, BIO121/122 or BIO221/222.(3 credits)
KIN 371 - Sports Nutrition
No course description available.

Competency requirements:

Pass physical fitness competency examination
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Pass first aid competency with current CPR and first aid certification
KIN 104 - First Aid
An intensive course in first aid, including lectures, demonstrations and practice in accident prevention and treatment of injuries. First aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification will be secured upon successful completion of the course.(1 credit)

Cognate requirements:

CHE 101 - College Chemistry
(4 credits)An introductory course in inorganic chemistry. The treatment of topics is predominantly descriptive and the content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
CHE 102 - College Chemistry
(4 credits)An introductory course in organic and biological chemistry. The content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry.Prerequisite: CHE101. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
Choose one option:
Option 1: 8
BIO 121 - Introduction to Human Anatomy
(4 credits) An introduction to the anatomical structures of the human body. The focus of the course will be on structures of: cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. The systems studied will include (but not necessarily limited to) integument, bone, skeletal system (including joints), muscle, cardiovascular, nervous, lymphatic, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal.Concurrent requisite: CHE101 or 111.A fee is associated with this course.
BIO 122 - Introduction to Human Physiology
(4 credits) An introduction to the physiology of the human body. The focus of the course will be on homeostasis and the function of: biomolecules, cells and tissues, organs and organ systems. The contribution of each of the following organ systems to physiologic homeostasis will be examined: nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal. Prerequisite: CHE101 or 111; Concurrent requisite: CHE102 or 112.There is a fee associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
Option 2: 12
BIO 221 - Human Anatomy
(4 credits)A study of the gross structure of the systems of the human body.Prerequisite: BIO102, 115 or permission of instructor. A fee is associate with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees)
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
(4 credits)A study of the mechanisms by which the human body functions. Emphasis will be given to nerve and muscle function, and thereafter to hormonal control and the integrated systems that allow for respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive activities.Prerequisites: BIO102 or 115 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112 or permission of instructor. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees)
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BIO 102SN - Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Science and the Natural World) An introduction to the structure and function of the human body. Note: Includes 1 1/2 hours of lab per week. Does not count toward a biology major or minor. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
BIO 115 - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
(4 credits) General Biology I emphasizes the unity of life, examining the processes common to living organisms, and introduce the diversity of life, examining unicellular organisms. This introduction will provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle, meiosis, the relationship between gene structure and function, mechanisms of evolutionary change and Christian perspectives on evolutionary biology.A fee is associated with this course.(http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees)

Total credits required: 47-53

Note: Internships range from 2-12 credits. The maximum credits applied to the major is noted under the 417 course designation.

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