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ACTIVITY COURSES

ESS majors are encouraged to enroll in three (3) different activity courses during their academic career. Only three hours credit can be applied to the total hours for the major and does not apply to the minor. Athletes will not be allowed to register for an activity course that is the same sport in which they have earned varsity participation credit.

 

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES  

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 fundamentals of archery. Emphasis is placed on basic skills, rules and etiquette of archery. Upon completion, students should be able to participate in recreational archery. In addition, ESS education majors will be equipped with the necessary skills to teach archery. Credit, 1 hour. Offered as needed.

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 Exercise and Sport Science
An introduction to exercise and sport science designed to cover historical foundations to its role in today’s society. By using the most current overview of the field available, this introduction will be a wide range of related topics, including physical and fitness education, professional and classroom ethics, careers and current issues. This course surveys both teaching and non-teaching professions and disciplines, as well as examining current and future trends. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

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. Sports Skills
The study of the rules, teaching techniques and acquisition of basic skills of various sports at the elementary and secondary level. Prerequisite: ESS 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

ESS 233. Physical Education in the Elementary School
A study and planning of fundamental activities for use in elementary instruction. An emphasis on the need for a reflective approach to teaching. Credit, 3 hours Offered fall semesters.

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
A study of basic anatomy and human motion as a basis for a professional understanding of human movement and the ability to analyze that movement in daily life, physical education and sports. Prerequisite: HESS 233 or Department Chair approval. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

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 spring semesters.

ESS 332. Techniques of Teaching Rhythmic Activities
Skills in various forms of rhythmic activities, methods and materials, evaluative procedures, experiences in teaching all forms of rhythmic activities to students at the K-12 level. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

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 fall semesters.

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. History and Principles of Exercise and Sport Science
An in-depth study of the history, philosophy and objectives of exercise and sport science. Emphasis on the role of philosophical, sociological and psychological values on exercise and sport science programs. Prerequisite: ESS 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters. 

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 fall semesters.

ESS 435. Physiology of Exercise
A course concerned with the details of physiology of exercise relating to the activities of physical fitness and sport. Although not required, HESS 233 or BIOL 244 is highly recommended as a prerequisite to this course. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

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 spring semesters.

ESS 437. Tests and Measurements
The study of tests and measurements used in the fields of physical education and exercise and sport science programs. Construction, application and interpretation of tests and measurements pertaining to health, physical education and exercise and sport science will be addressed. An emphasis will be placed on reliability, objectivity and validity of tests. 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 spring semesters. 

ESS 439. Senior Seminar –Capstone Course
Anintegration of various topics and a demonstration of competencies in fitness and sport management will be addressed. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to take an optional national certification examination in the area of strength and conditioning coaching, personal training, corporate fitness, or fitness instruction. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters. 

ESS 469. Senior Seminar –Capstone Course
An integration of various topics and a demonstration of competencies in fitness and sport management will be addressed. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to take an optional national certification examination in the area of strength and conditioning coaching, personal training, corporate fitness, or fitness instruction. Credit, 6 hours. Offered spring semesters.

ESS 491. Special Topics in Exercise and Sport Science
This course is designed to provide information that is of particular interest to the Exercise and Sport Science field. Topics will vary according to the needs and interest of the students and the professional field of Exercise and Sport Science. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

 


 

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 as needed. 

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
A scientific study of the essential nutrients and their application in meeting nutritional needs. Emphasis is on diet application, nutrition misinformation, eating disorders and nutrition related health issues. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring 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 taught by a certified Prime for Life instructor. 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.

 


 

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