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ESS 000. Intercollegiate Sports Participation
Credit earned by athletes for full season participation in a varsity sport. Credit is awarded on a one-time basis only. Credit, 1 hour. Offered fall and spring semesters.

ESS 001.Basketball
This course covers the fundamentals of basketball. Emphasis is placed on skill development, knowledge of the rules, and basic game strategy. Upon completion, students should be able to participate in recreational basketball. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 002. Beginning Swimming
This course is designed for non-swimmers and beginners. Emphasis is placed on developing confidence in the water, water safety, flotation skills and learning elementary strokes. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 003. Intermediate Swimming
This course is designed for individuals who have basic swimming skills. Emphasis is placed on refining basic skills and learning new swim strokes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the four basic strokes butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 004. Ballroom Dancing
This course introduces the fundamentals of ballroom dances. Emphasis is placed on basic dance techniques, dances and a brief history of ballroom dance. Upon completion students should be able to demonstrate specific dance skills and perform dances such as the swing, foxtrot, waltz and chacha. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 005. Soccer
Introduction to the basics of soccer. Emphasis is placed on rules, strategies and fundamental skills. Upon completion the student should be able to participate in recreational soccer. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 006. Tennis
This course emphasizes the fundamentals of tennis. Topics include basic strokes, rules, etiquette and court play. Upon completion, students should be able to play recreational tennis. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 007. Walking
This course emphasizes the physical, mental and social benefits of walking. Covers the basic concepts involved in safely and effectively improving cardiovascular fitness through walking. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 008. Weight Training
An introduction to the basics of weight training. Emphasis is placed on developing muscle strength, muscle endurance and muscle tone. Upon completion, students should be able to establish and implement a lifetime personal weight training program. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 009. Volleyball
This course covers the fundamentals of volleyball. Emphasis is placed on basic skills, rules and etiquette of volleyball. Upon completion, students should be able to participate in recreational volleyball. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 010. Whiffle Ball
This course introduces the fundamentals of the game of whiffle ball. Emphasis is placed on skill development, knowledge of the rules and basic game strategy. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 011. Water Aerobics
This course emphasizes the physical, mental and social benefits of water exercise. The course will address basic water skills and water safety. The exercises covered in this fitness class are low impact and easy to master. Upon completion, students should be able to participate in organized water aerobics. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 012. Golf
This course covers the fundamentals of golf. Emphasis is placed on basic skills, rules and etiquette of golf. Upon completion, students should be able to participate in recreational golf. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 013. Archery
This course covers the basic fundamentals of archery.  Emphasis is placed on safety guidelines, teaching/coaching techniques, and equipment up keep.  Upon successful completion, students will be BAI (Basic Archery Instructor) certified. Credit, 1 hour. Offered fall and spring semesters.

ESS 014. Yoga
This course covers the fundamentals of yoga including basic yoga poses, breathing and relaxation. It is designed for beginners as well as experienced students with modifications demonstrated for all poses. Yoga can be beneficial for “any body” in areas such as stress management, flexibility, focus, strength, endurance, and for one’s overall health. Upon completion, the student will be able to continue a yoga practice on his/her own. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

ESS 015. Jogging/Running
This course emphasizes the physical, mental and social benefits of jogging and running. Covers the basic concepts involved in safely and effectively improving cardiovascular fitness through jogging and running. Credit 1, Offered as needed.

ESS 016- Lifetime Fitness Activities
This course is designed to provide opportunities for group and individual fitness activities with the emphasis on understanding the principles and techniques of fitness activities. Upon completion, students should have the knowledge and basic skills to participate in a variety of activities that can be continued for a lifetime of healthy physical activity. Credit 1, Offered as needed.

ESS 131. Introduction to Health, Exercise and Sport Science       
By using a wide range of topics, the breadth of the field is examined through the investigation of historical influences to current and future issues. This course surveys both teaching and non-teaching professions and disciplines within the field. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

ESS 221 – Growth and Movement Development
Theoretical and practical application of movement development from reflexive to movement acquisition will be explored by way of growth and movement education. This course will also investigate the influence of biological and environmental constraints on growth and movement development for diverse populations. Recommended – HESS 233. Credit, 2 hours. Offered spring semester.

ESS 224. Lifeguard Certification
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training provides students with basic life guarding skills to work at pools and non-surf beaches. CPR for the professional rescuer is included as a requirement for completion for lifeguard certification. Credit 2 hours. Offered as needed.

ESS 227. Officiating Games
A course outlined for preparing basketball, softball and baseball officials. Field work in officiating required. Optional state examinations in basketball, baseball and softball for certification. Credit, 2 hours. Offered as needed.

ESS 231. Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
This course is designed to develop awareness of the injury problems associated with physical activity and sports participation. There will be a concentrated study of methods for prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Prerequisite: HESS 233. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

ESS 232. Physical Education for the Middle and Secondary School
The course emphasis is on planning and application of teaching strategies and evaluating movement in middle and secondary levels. Focus is on constructing and implementing developmentally appropriate movement and fitness experiences for learners from various backgrounds. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

ESS 233. Physical Education for the Elementary School
The course emphasis is on planning and application of teaching strategies and evaluating fundamental movement for the elementary level. Focus is on constructing and implementing developmentally appropriate movement and fitness experiences for learners from various backgrounds. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester.

ESS 235. Fitness and Sport Management
This course will provide students with understanding of administrative and organizational procedures related to current trends in fitness, sports, and athletic management. Prerequisite: ESS 131 or Department Chair approval. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

ESS 330. Kinesiology
This course will study basic anatomy and human motion as a foundation for an understanding of movement and the ability to analyze it in daily life, physical education, and sport contexts. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester.

ESS 331. Psychosocial Aspects of Sports
This is a survey course of the psychosocial foundation of sport. Emphasis will be on the study of the sociological and psychological concepts relevant in understanding teaching, coaching, participation and performance of sport in this country and the world. The course will review methods and factors, which influence motor skill acquisition and performance, as well as, psychological benefits of exercise and sport. Prerequisite: ESS 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

ESS 332. Techniques of Teaching Rhythmic Activities
Various forms of rhythmic activities will be addressed through the hands-on application of methods, teaching strategies, and evaluative procedures with introduction of multicultural and diverse activities to improve coordination and movement skills at the P-12 level. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester.

ESS 333. Adapted Physical Education
The course will offer content on providing physical activities for persons with varying needs. It will also provide basic information concerning selected disabilities; federal and state laws for persons with disabilities; appropriate teaching and coaching strategies; equipment and behavior management strategies; and disability simulations. Prerequisites: ESS 131 or Department Chair approval. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

ESS 334-Methods of Group Exercise
Students will develop a fundamental knowledge of how to design and lead group exercise classes. This course will emphasis techniques and processes for building group exercise classes that are appropriate for all fitness levels and abilities.  Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester.

ESS 336. Exercise Prescription
Students will develop an understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of the components of fitness along with assessment of overall fitness levels, design and implement fitness programs and monitor these programs. Prerequisites: HESS 233. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

ESS 337. Historical and Contemporary Influences on Health, Physical Education, and Sport
An in-depth study of the historical, sociological, and psychological concepts that have influenced attitudes, beliefs, and policy in health, physical education, and sport. Emphasis will be placed on issues, events, and controversies related to race, gender, culture, diversity, economics, religion, and politics. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester.

ESS 338. Materials and Methods of Exercise and Sport Science
A study of methods and available materials for assistance in teaching physical education and recreation and the correlation of physical education and recreation to the total school program. Prerequisite: ESS 232. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

ESS 435. Physiology of Exercise
The course focus is with the human body’s physiological responses and adaptations to both acute and chronic physical activity. Emphasis will be placed on the cardiorespiratory system, exercise metabolism, physiology of training, and body composition. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester.

ESS 436. Outdoor Recreation
A study of the trends, opportunities, agencies, activities and resources related to the recreational use of the outdoors. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

ESS 437. Tests and Measurements
This course will focus on the practical application of tests and measurements used in the fields of physical education, exercise, fitness, and sport. Application, interpretation, and synthesis of testing and the resulting information will be addressed. Prerequisite – ESS 131. Recommended for juniors and seniors. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

ESS 438. Movement Fundamentals
Theory and background of principles and practices of movement fundamentals including movement education and forms will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on the Elementary level. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

ESS 439. Senior Seminar – Capstone Course
By integration and demonstration of topics from the Fitness and Sport Management core classes, competencies in fitness and health promotion will be applied through the design and implementation of various hands-on opportunities. Upon completion, students will have had practical experiences that develop skills for their professional careers. Students must complete all Fitness and Sport Management core courses before registering or with Department Chair approval. Credits, 3 hours. Offered spring semester.

 


 

HESS 233. Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology
This course will provide the principles of structure and function necessary for understanding the systems of the human body. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HESS 234. First Aid and Safety
Designed to recognize, understand, and treat emergency situations prior to transportation to a hospital. Emphasis is placed on life-threatening situations as well as aid to the injured at home, on the job, and at leisure activities. Practical demonstrations included. No prerequisite necessary. National Red Cross Certification possible. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HESS 333. Nutrition
This course is designed to study the impact of nutrition on health and human performance by addressing contemporary issues of nutritional needs throughout the life span and dietary diversity that can include cultural, ethical, and religious preferences. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HESS 336. Nature Connection for Health and Wellness
This course will provide an opportunity for students to gain knowledge of encounters with nature to enhance physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It is intended to explain how nature can aid in health, healing and stress reduction. Students will become knowledgeable about the theories related to the use of nature to help improve self-confidence, creativity, attention span, emotional balance, pro-social behavior and spiritual growth. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

HESS 401. Sports Psychology
This course, taught in tandem with PSYC 401, provides an overview of psychological theory and research as it relates to sport and exercise at the individual and group levels. Topics of study include personal influences on performance such as motivation, arousal, stress, and anxiety; situational influences on performance such as competition and reinforcement; and strategies for performance enhancement such as imagery and increasing confidence. This Integrated Studies course fulfills a requirement for Section VI of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

HESS 430. Substance Abuse
A study of problems related to the use and abuse of substances potentially harmful to health and wellness. Particular attention is given to a research based risk-reduction program designed to prevent alcohol and drug-related health problems. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HESS 439. Facilities Development and Management
An introduction to the necessary skills needed for planning, design and implementation of health, physical education, recreation and park areas. A study of facilities, equipment, leadership techniques and programs. The course will focus on site planning, construction, program design, environmental issues and maintaining facility operation for the present and future. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

HESS 491. Special Topics in Health, Exercise and Sport Science
This course is designed to provide information that is of particular interest to the fields of Health, Exercise and Sport Science fields. Topics will vary. Course may be repeated with different topics. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

 


HLTH 130. Foundations of Health Science
This course includes an overview of the health education content areas as well as the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) standards. Emphasis will be placed on health application of behaviors to influence our everyday life. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 236. Health and Wellness
This course is designed to provide information necessary for a holistic approach to health and wellness. Strategies include decision making skills and promoting lifestyle choices for optimal health. Strong emphasis is placed on individual responsibility for personal health promotion. General Education Requirement. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 335. Introduction to the Study of Disease
A study of the clinical aspects of disease in relationship to pathology geared toward determining the biological, physical or chemical variables in regard to disease development. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 336. Epidemiology
The study of the nature, cause, control and determinants of the frequency and distribution of disease, disability and death in human populations. Emphasis on: agents, hosts and environment. Prerequisite: HLTH 130. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 338. Relationships and Human Behaviors
This course will emphasize family and social relationships, as well as mental and emotional health. A comprehensive examination of health goals from these content areas will be discussed. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters. 

HLTH 431. Public Health Administration
A study of the financial and personnel management concepts and practices applied to health programs. Fundamentals of budgeting, public health laws, cost-containment, grant writing, marketing and leadership qualities are addressed. Students are required to design a community health program and a budget to demonstrate effective program implementation. HLTH 230 is recommended but not required. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

HLTH 432. Community and Environmental Health
This course will investigate how the environment can influence our health. By studying the repercussions of population expansion and natural disasters and/or bioterrorism, natural resources, pollution, and economics will be explored. Through investigation of these environmental issues, ways to manage or reduce health risk and ecological impact will be discussed. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

HLTH 436. Death and Dying
The course includes a study of death, dying and bereavement. Emphasis will be placed on attitudes and behaviors, theology and death, postmortem care,consumerism and the legal aspects of dying and death. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

HLTH 437 Secondary and Lifespan Health Education
This course examines instructional methods and strategies relevant to implementing comprehensive health education content for the secondary school and community. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

HLTH 438. School Health Education
This course examines instructional methods and strategies relevant to implementing comprehensive health education content for grades P-8. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 462. Public Health Internship
This course provides public health students the opportunity to work with individuals, agencies, and community organizations under the supervision of public health professionals. Specific policies and procedures are established to facilitate the field experiences which are systematically selected and provide opportunity for practice in a variety of public health settings. Students must make application to the department for approval one semester before registering for the internship program. Students cannot receive remuneration while receiving credit for the internship. Students are required to complete a minimum of 250 clock hours of field experience with an additional two hour weekly campus-based seminar. Prerequisite: A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above (4.0 scale), no grades below C within the 27 credit hours of core courses for the Public Health major. Credit, 6 hours. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.