Jul 07, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

Exercise Physiology, BS Major in


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Professor Sell, Coordinator, Katie.Sell@hofstra.edu

This undergraduate major program gives students a background in the scientific concepts of disease risk reduction, nutrition, exercise programming, and the techniques used to evaluate fitness and health status. Students, in addition, are given an introductory background in the psychological, legal, and business aspects inherent in clinical, wellness, and fitness settings.

The practical component of this program includes a student fitness trainer practicum and a senior year field experience (internship) at one or two off-campus sites. In the practicum, course students develop and implement physical fitness programs in a one-on-one situation. Internship placements are designed to expose students to the myriad career positions and opportunities available for Exercise Physiology graduates and provide networking opportunities and valuable hands-on experience. The internship experience offers the opportunity to work with a variety of clinical practitioners, allied health professionals, and exercise specialists across a plethora of settings (e.g., strength and conditioning facilities, physical therapy and occupational settings, corporate fitness programs, medical practices, cardiac rehabilitation programs), and with populations across the lifespan. The program coordinator must approve the internship placement site.

The curriculum content also prepares students for certifications offered through recognized national organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

NOTES:

  1. This program does not lead to professional licensure in New York State and will not enable students to practice in a restricted scope of practice in New York State.
  2. Students in the Pre-Medical Studies Concentration of this program will have completed the undergraduate coursework that is strongly recommended by the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. However, enrollment in this concentration does not guarantee admission to the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell and should not be understood as favoring students from the Pre-Medical Studies Concentration of the B.S. Exercise Physiology program.

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 126


Candidates for graduation must successfully complete the following requirements.

1. The Successful Completion of at Least 126 Semester Hours


The successful completion of at least 126 semester hours, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in the following categories:

  1. All course work completed at Hofstra University;
  2. Required Exercise Physiology major course work (courses designated by *).

Grades in required Exercise Physiology major coursework lower than a C- must be retaken.  If a student does not maintain the aforementioned cumulative GPA, they will be placed on probation and allowed one additional semester in the program to raise their GPA. If at the end of that semester, their GPA does not meet the requirement, the student will be dropped from the program.

2. Liberal Arts


A minimum of 63 semester hours of liberal arts must be completed for the BS in Exercise Physiology. The distribution of these liberal arts across required and elective courses will vary across the concentrations within this major.

3. Residence Requirements**


There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization, including two field experiences, and the last 30 hours. The 15 hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. Concentration Area:


All students will complete the general requirements for this major listed below. Students must also select from one of three concentrations within the BS in Exercise Physiology major and complete the additional courses listed under the respective concentration:

  1. Exercise Science and Allied Health Concentration
  2. Pre-Medical Studies Concentration
  3. Strength and Conditioning Concentration

It is strongly advised that you meet with the Program Coordinator each semester to discuss course scheduling for upcoming semesters.

5. The following general requirements: 22-23 Semester Hours


a) WSC 001 and 002 (or placement examination – see University Degree Requirements) (6-7 s.h.)


b) Humanities: 6 s.h.


  1. Any Humanities-Literature (LT) Distribution course (Semester Hours: 3)
  2. One of the following humanities courses (Semester Hours: 3)

c) PSY 001, 089 (7 s.h.)


d) SOC elective (3 s.h.):


3 semester hours of any Sociology course .

6. The following natural science requirements (11 s.h.)


7. Required Exercise Physiology Major Coursework Semester Hours: 47 Semester Hours


b) At least 9 semester hours of practicum and internship courses*:


CONCENTRATIONS WITHIN THE BS IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY MAJOR


Students must complete one of the following three concentrations to fulfill the requirements for the BS in Exercise Physiology degree.

Exercise Science and Allied Health concentration: 46 s.h. minimum


The Exercise Science and Allied Health concentration is designed for students looking to pursue careers in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Nursing, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Personal Training, and other allied health and wellness professions or sport-related careers (e.g., Sport/Business Management). For graduate programs in the aforementioned fields, the required pre-requisite coursework needed (e.g., the general biology, chemistry, and physics series) can be incorporated into the liberal arts and/or health professions elective classes through advisement with the program coordinator.

Students completing the Exercise Science and Allied Health concentration must complete the following additional requirements:

1. The following natural science, mathematics, and liberal arts requirements: 31-33 semester hours


a) Natural science elective (3-4 s.h.)

Select 3-4 semester hours from the following courses under advisement:

b) Basic statistics, computer, or microcomputer course (3-4 s.h.)

Select 3-4 semester hours from the following courses under advisement:

c) Liberal arts electives (25 s.h.)

Taken under advisement.

2. Two business courses (6 s.h.)


Select 6 semester hours from any of the following under advisement: HPR 131, ACCT, BAN, ECO, ENTR, FIN, GBUS, IB, IT, LEGL, MGT, MKT.

3. Additional required HPR coursework* (9-10 s.h.)


Pre-Medical Studies concentration: 46 semester hours minimum


The Pre-Medical Studies concentration is designed for students who wish to concentrate their undergraduate studies in the field of exercise physiology and continue post-graduate studies in Medicine, Dentistry, Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physician’s Assistant, Chiropractic, or other allied health-related professions. It provides students with a foundational background in basic biomedical science courses and fulfillment of pre-requisite science and mathematics requirements for admission to many medical and health-related graduate programs of study, with ongoing coursework in the scientific areas of human anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, nutrition, and biomechanics/analysis of movement.

Students completing the Pre-Medical Studies concentration must complete the following requirements:

1. The following natural science and mathematics requirements: 39-42 semester hours


a) Biology courses (8 s.h.)

b) Chemistry and Biochemistry courses (16 s.h.)

d) Mathematics course (4 s.h.)

e) Basic statistics course (3-4 s.h.)

Select one course from the following under advisement:

2. Elective natural science or business course (3-4 s.h.)


Select a 3 semester hours business course or elective biology courses from the following under advisement:

3. Additional required HPR coursework* (4-5 s.h.)


Strength and Conditioning Concentration: 46 s.h. minimum


The Strength and Conditioning concentration provides students with a thorough understanding of the theory and application of evidence-based training approaches associated with conditioning to enhance physical performance. The curriculum incorporates exercise prescription and performance training approaches for athletes across the lifespan and various levels of competitive standing (youth, high school, college, amateur, and professional athletes) and training goals (competitive athletes as well as tactical athletes – military, law enforcement, fire, and other emergency personnel), including the logistical, psychological, and physiological (e.g., nutrition) factors that influence program development. This concentration will help students prepare for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential and provide students an opportunity to work under the mentorship of Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) credentialed strength and conditioning coach through the Hofstra Athletics Department.

Students completing the Strength and Conditioning concentration must complete the following additional requirements:

1. The following natural science, mathematics, and liberal arts requirements:


a) Natural science elective (3-4 s.h.)

Select 3-4 semester hours. from the following courses under advisement:

b) Basic statistics, computer, or microcomputer course (3-4 s.h.)

Select 3-4 semester hours from the following courses under advisement:

c) Liberal arts electives (22 s.h.)

Taken under advisement.

2. Two business courses: 6 semester hours


a) Economics Course:

b) Business Elective:

Select 3 semester hours from any of the following under advisement: HPR 131, ACCT, BAN, ECO, ENTR, FIN, GBUS, IB, IT, LEGL, MGT, MKT.

3. Additional required HPR coursework*: 12 semester hours


Footnotes(*/**/***/^)


* Required Exercise Physiology major course work (C- or better required).

** See University Degree Requirements.

*** Additional biology electives needed for medical school can be taken in the summer sessions if needed.

^If students are currently First Aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) certified they may be able to test out of HPR 10 (at the discretion of the program advisor and the primary HPR 10 instructor.)

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