Roanoke College

Exercise and Sport Studies (ESS) Program

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Areas of Emphasis:

Exercise and Sports Studies Program

Exercise and Sports Studies Mission Statement: The purpose of the Exercise and Sports Studies (ESS) program is to provide students with a solid core understanding of health and human performance and to prepare them to be competent and productive, purposeful leaders in a variety of physical activity professional roles within fitness, exercise and sports. This program was developed to meet the increasing demand of employment opportunities in the commercial fitness industry, major and minor league sports teams and health promotion for individuals of all ages. Specifically, the ESS program offers areas of emphasis in Exercise Science, Exercise and Sports Management, Physical Activity and Aging, and Sports Communication.

Regardless of the area of emphasis, all students are expected to obtain an understanding of personal health, human anatomy and physiology, the basic movements of the body, the appropriate use of various fitness and skill assessments, and exercise prescription for multiple populations. Each student in the program can choose an area of exercise and sport that most interests them and develop a foundation of their preferred area.

A student may choose to major in Health and Human Performance by completing the "Exercise and Sports Studies" program. In addition to the five core units for a Health and Human Performance major, students in this program must complete one of the following Exercise and Sports Studies emphasis options: Exercise and Sport Management, Exercise Science, Physical Activity and Aging, or Sports Communication.

Exercise and Sport Management

Core Course Requirements:

For a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Health and Human Performance either 11 or 12 units of work are required within the department.

The core courses are HHP 200, 207, 221, 223 or Equivalent, 301, 306, and 403.

Note that HHP 160 is prerequisite for HHP 207, HHP 201 is a prerequisite to HHP 302 and 404, HHP 221 is prereuisite for all courses above the HHP 301 level (except for independent study courses), and Biology 101 and 230 are prerequisites for HHP 306 and 403. This course may be taken as a n elective or through an external agency. Verification of external agency certification must be presented to the department chair.

Students must also complete the following:

CHEM 140 Nutritional Chemistry

BUAD 125 Accounting I

One of:

BUAD 233 Marketing Management
or
BUAD 254 Organizational Behavior and Management

HHP 224 Introduction to Athletic Training
or
any two chosen from HHP 203, 204, 205 and 206

HHP 411 Exercise Testing and Prescription

One of:

HHP 315 Behavioral Perspectives in Sport
or
HHP 305 Adapted and Developmental Physical Education

One unit tailored to apply to the program emphasis option of Exercise and Sport Management:

HHP 405-407 Independent Study and Research
or
HHP 418 Internship

Employment Opportunities: Exercise and Sport Management

  • Fitness Director
  • Sport Management/Administration

Exercise Science

Students must complete the following:

CHEM 140 Nutritional Chemistry

BIOL 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I **

HHP 224 Introduction to Athletic Training
or
any two chosen from HHP 203, 204, 205, and 206

HHP 411 Exercise Testing and Prescription

One of:

HHP 315 Behavioral Perspectives in Sport
or
HHP 305 Adapted and Developmental Physical Education

One unit tailored to apply to the program emphasis option of Exercise Science:

HHP 405-407 Independent Study and Research
or
HHP 418 Internship

** BIOL 101 is prerequisite to this course.

Employment Opportunities: Exercise Science

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Exercise Science/Physiology
  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy

Physical Activity and Aging

Students must complete the following:

CHEM 140 Nutritional Chemistry

Two of the following **

PSYC 212 Adult Development and Aging

SOCI 227 Medical Sociology

SOCI 239 Aging and Society

HHP 224 Introduction to Athletic Training
or
any two chosen from HHP 203, 204, 205 and 206

HHP 411 Exercise Testing and Prescription

One of:

HHP 315 Behavioral Perspectives in Sport
or
HHP 305 Adapted and Developmental Physical Education

One unit tailored to apply to the program emphasis option of Physical Activity & Aging:

HHP 405-407 Independent Study and Research
or
HHP 418 Internship

** PSYC 101 and SOCI 101 are prerequisite to these courses.

Employment Opportunities: Physical Activity and Aging

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Activity/Recreational Specialist
  • Health Promotion

Sports Communication

Students must complete the following:

Three units chosen from:

COMM 101 Introduction to Communications

COMM 202 Mass Media

COMM 220 Public Speaking

HHP 224 Introduction to Athletic Training
or
any two chosen from HHP 203, 204, 205, and 206

HHP 411 Exercise Testing and Prescription

One of:

HHP 315 Behavioral Perspectives in Sport
or
HHP 305 Adapted and Developmental Physical Education

One unit tailored to apply to the program emphasis option of Sports Communication:

HHP 405-407 Independent Study and Research
or
HHP 418 Internship

Employment Opportunities: Sports Communication

  • Sports Journalism
  • Sports Broadcasting