University of Utah
Exercise and Sport Science
ESS Course Descriptions
ATHL Course Descriptions
Exercise and Sport Sciecne Pedagogy Track
Coaching Teaching Minor
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College of Health
Department Office: 259 Health Physical Education and Recreation North Building, 581-7558
Mailing Address: 250 S. 1850 E., Rm. 241, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 0920
Web Address: www.utah.edu/ess
Department Chair, Patricia A. Eisenman, Ph.D.

Faculty
Professors. P. Eisenman, K. Henschen.
Associate Professors. S. Beveridge, E. Hall, H. Henderson, M. Luetkemeier, B. Shultz.
Assistant Professors. J. Martin, J. Mattson, M. Newton, J. Shaw, D. Watson.
Assistant Research Professor. A. White.
Adjunct Professors. W. Askew, G. Chan, B. Dustman, L. Gerlach, H. Lawson.
Adjunct Associate Professors. T. Adams, P. Gillett, C. Hill.
Adjunct Assistant Professors. G. Brennan, R. Hicks, G. Marsden, J. Miner, D. Nicholson, J. Walker, C. Workman.
Adjunct Instructors. B. Bean, L. Fundesburk, T. Jameson, S. Oshito, B. Toth, D. Willardson.
Adjunct Clinical Instructors. K. Hart, S. Machia, T. Osaka.
Adviser: R. Schaffer.

Undergraduate Program

Degree. B.S.
The Department of Exercise and Sport Science has a rich tradition of preparing knowledgeable, caring professionals. The focus of the undergraduate program is on examining and understanding the phenomena associated with involvement in physical activity and the execution of sport skills. By better understanding these phenomena, teachers, coaches, athletic trainers, and fitness leaders will be able to help optimize sport skill learning experiences for children and adults, administer safe and effective fitness programs, and enhance the performance potential of athletes. The ultimate goal of the course work is to educate professionals skilled in the practical application of the sport and exercise sciences, including pedagogy, kinesiology, skill analysis, exercise physiology, motor learning, nutrition, and sports psychology.

Options
There are three major options available to students wishing to graduate with a bachelor of science in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science: (1) the basic degree, (2) physical education teacher education, and (3) athletic training. For students interested in a basic degree in the exercise sciences, the major requirements have been identified below in "Requirements for the Major." Students interested in pursuing a career as a public school educator, the physical education teacher education (PETE) program has been designed and can be found in the Education entry in the Colleges section of this catalog. Students wishing to become certified athletic trainers may apply for admission into this program, which is outlined below in "Athletic Training Emphasis." All required course work for the basic major and the PETE program must be completed with a C- or better. Required course work in athletic training must be completed with a C or better.

Teaching Major, Minor, Certification. Please refer to Education in the Colleges section for information on teaching major and minor course requirements and state secondary teacher certification.

Requirements for the Major
Students who complete the following requirements will receive a bachelor of science in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Entry into specific careers and other post-graduation opportunities that are related to exercise and sport science will necessitate consultation with advisers so that appropriate departmental and allied field course work may be elected. Some of these opportunities include: work-site health/fitness promotion, fitness leadership in commercial and hospital based health promotion programs, graduate study in the exercise and sports sciences, degree programs in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing or physical therapy.
H EDU 1950 First Aid (3)
ESS 2500 Exploration of the Movement Sciences (3)
ESS 2600 Perspectives on Sport and American Society (3)
ESS 3090 Kinesiology (5)
ESS 3091 Physiology of Fitness (3)
ESS 3340 Sport Psychology (3)
ESS 3551 Application of Human Motor Development Across the Lifespan (3)
ESS 3670 Exercise: Health and Cultural Perspectives (3)
ESS 4670 Active Lifestyles: Effects and Challenges (3)
ESS 4900 Exercise Programming in the Community (5)

Basic Program of Study

First Year
Fall Semester
General Education requirements
BIOL 1000
MATH 1040 or other QB
Spring Semester
General Education requirements
CHEM 1210
ESS 2500

Second Year
Fall Semester
General Education requirements
BIOL 2315
ESS 2600
Spring Semester
General Education requirements
BIOL 2320
H EDU 1950

Third Year
Fall Semester
General Education requirements
Division requirements
ESS 2790
ESS 3340
Spring Semester
General Education and upper-division requirements
ESS 2791
ESS 3550

Fourth Year
Fall Semester
General Education and upper-division requirements
ESS 3670
ESS 4670
Spring Semester
General Education and upper-division requirements
ESS 4900

Athletic Training Emphasis
The athletic training emphasis provides students with an integrated knowledge and clinical understanding of athletic training techniques and their application within sports medicine. Through a cooperative effort between the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and the Athletics Department, a curriculum has been designed that will provide a variety of learning opportunities leading to a mastery of athletic training skills. In addition, a variety of clinical experiences with University of Utah athletic teams and sports medicine clinics in the surrounding area will be provided to prepare the student for a career in athletic training.

Admission Requirements. Students who desire to enter the athletic training curriculum must complete H EDU 1950 First Aid & Emergency Care (or comparable first aid course) and ESS 2700 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (or comparable introductory athletic training course) by the end of fall semester in their sophomore year. Students will then be evaluated for formal admission to the program based on the following:

     1. Overall GPA
    2. Grade in H EDU 1950
    3. Grade in ESS 2700
    4. Interview with the admission committee
    5. Demonstrated ability in an athletic training room
Admission to the program is competitive in nature with a maximum of 15 students accepted in any single academic year. Additionally, it is suggested that H EDU 1010 Healthy Lifestyles and BIOL 2315 Human Anatomy be completed at the time of application. Prospective athletic training majors must make application to the program  Spring semester of their sophomore year.

Degree Requirements for Emphasis. Students who wish to receive a bachelor of science with an emphasis in athletic training from the Department of Exercise and Sport Science must complete the following:

     1. Complete 1,500 hours of supervised athletic training experience over a minimum of a 2-year period.
    2. Maintain a 2.5 or better overall GPA.
    3. Maintain a 3.0 or better GPA in required athletic training courses.
    4. Clinical experience at pre-season football camp during both junior and senior years.
    5. Sophomore, juniors, and seniors cannot participate in intercollegiate sports.
    6. Completion of the following course work:
    H EDU 1010 Healthy Lifestyles
    H EDU 1030 Substance Use and Abuse
    H EDU 1950 First Aid & Emergency Care
    BIOL 2315 Human Anatomy
    BIOL 2320 Human Physiology
    PH TX 2700 Common Medicines
    FD NU 3320 Performance Nutrition
    ESS 2500 Exploration of the Movement Sci.
    ESS 2700 Prevention & Care of Athletic Inj.
    ESS 2790 Kinesiology
    ESS 2791 Physiology of Fitness
    ESS 3340 Sport Psychology
    ESS 3400 Athletic Training Fundamentals I
    ESS 3410 Practicum in Athletic Training I
    ESS 3550 Motor Behavior
    ESS 4000 Athletic Training Fundamentals II
    ESS 4010 Practicum in Athletic Training II
    ESS 4670 Active Lifestyles: Effects and Challenges
    ESS 4950 Advanced Aspects in Athletic Training
    ESS 5850 Selected Topics: Physical Agents
    ESS 5850 Selected Topics: Therapeutic Exercise
Athletic Training Certification. Completion of the requirements for the emphasis will allow the student to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Athletic Trainers Board of Certification.

 See www.utah.edu/ess for information regarding the program director and adviser, application and admission dates, and a model four-year program of study.

National Coaching Certification
All coaching minors must be at the Leader Level of the American Sport Education program. The ASEP Leader Level certification is completed by taking ESS 3200 "Introduction to Coaching." It is also recommended that courses be completed in the Master Series through University of Utah classes, ASEP Master Series Clinics, or ASEP self-study. Information on the classes, clinics, and other ASEP materials can be obtained from Director of Coaching Education.

Graduate Program

Degrees. M.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D.
For additional information, see the Graduate Information section of this catalog.

Areas of Specialization. Exercise physiology, psychosocial aspect of sports, special physical education, and sport pedagogy.

Admission. Applications for both the master's and the doctoral programs are considered February 1 for either summer or fall admission.

Master's Degrees. Two personal references, a 500-word statement on professional/research objectives and rationale for seeking the degree, resume, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and GRE are required. Applicants must have a major, minor, or equivalent degree in physical education or exercise science.

Doctoral Degrees. Evidence of completion of a master's degree and a thesis or their equivalents, three personal references, a 500-word statement on professional and research objectives and rationale for seeking the degree, resume, GRE score taken within the previous five years, a graduate GPA of at least 3.3, and (Ed.D. only) two years work experience relating to the area of specialization are recommended.

Degree Requirements.

Ed.D.: Two courses in statistics are required. For more detailed information regarding requirements for the Ed.D. degree, see the Graduate Information section of this catalog.

Ph.D.: A minimum of 10 graduate credit hours in statistics, computer science, or research design is required to fulfill the research-tool requirement. 

ESS Course Descriptions
ATHL Course Descriptions
Exercise and Sport Sciecne Pedagogy Track
Coaching Teaching Minor

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