Exercise Science and Health

Joe Bell, Chair     
ACU Box 28084
Abilene, Texas 79699-8084
Hardin Administration Building, Room 110 

Phone: 325-674-2338
Fax: 325-674-6788
Email: bellj@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/exercisescience

Faculty
Joe D. Bell, Associate Professor
Laura Dillman, Instructor
Kerri Hart, Assistant Professor
Dickie L. Hill, Professor
Sheila Jones, Assistant Professor
Lynn Luttrell, Associate Professor
Nicki Rippee, Professor
Elizabeth Rotenberry, Assistant Professor
Deonna Shake, Instructor
Lorraine Wilson, Associate Professor
Odies L. Wright, Associate Professor

Majors: Exercise Science(BS)
              Physical Education Teacher Education (BS) 
              Nutrition (BS)

Minors: Coaching
               Nutrition

The Department of Exercise Science and Health offers the Bachelor of Science degree in  Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE/all level certification for teaching), Exercise Science (health promotions, pre-physical therapy, or pre-occupational therapy) and Nutrition. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should refer to the Teacher Education section of this catalog and then the department chair of Exercise Science and Health. The department works with the Department of Teacher Education to offer teacher certification in physical education. See the Teacher Education section of this catalog to view education requirements.  

Introduction
The departmental mission is to prepare students to serve and lead through the development of healthy lifestyles. Students selecting Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) as their course of study will be preparing to teach physical education. Students selecting Exercise Science (EXSC) as their course of study will be preparing to work in health and wellness in a corporate, hospital, or private setting; or they will prepare for future study in physical or occupational therapy. Students selecting Nutrition (NUTR) as their course of study will be preparing to work as registered dietitians or nutritionists in a management setting. Students who excel in these degrees are well-prepared for entry to graduate study in areas of human performance, wellness, and nutrition.

The nature of all these occupations requires professionals who enjoy working with people.

The coaching minor is designed to prepare more knowledgeable and competent coaches. Course work addresses the suggested requirements in existing national coaching standards.

The nutrition minor affords students the opportunity to study nutrients and their physiological functions, normal nutrition requirements throughout the life cycle and for various activities, and socioeconomic influences on food choices. It also provides opportunities to learn how to assess adequacy of nutrition, how to develop nutrition education programs, and how to effectively educate populations.

The academic program is supported by access to facilities in the Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center where the department is housed. These facilities serve as both a laboratory for our majors and a recreation/fitness facility for the entire campus. There are five classrooms in the Center, three of which are smart classrooms, and a computer laboratory available for student use. The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is a resource for our majors to learn to analyze body composition, cardiovascular function, blood chemistry, respiratory function, muscular strength and flexibility. These analyses are also available for faculty, staff, and students who wish to assess their personal health status. Computer assisted nutrition, stress profiles and personal evaluations are also available in the HPL. The nutrition program has access to a fully equipped food science laboratory.

Recreational and fitness facilities include four gyms for court games; three racquetball courts; two group exercise areas; a large exercise area with strength training equipment, stair climbers, elliptical machines and treadmills for aerobic workouts; a free-weight area; an indoor swimming pool; and men’s and women’s dressing rooms. Lighted tennis courts are adjacent to the center and six bowling lanes are located in the nearby McGlothlin Campus Center.

Undergraduate students at Abilene Christian University are required to take 3 semester hours of exercise science (EXSC 100 and two activity courses). PETE majors must meet this requirement by taking EXSC 121, 122, 244 and 245. Exercise Science majors meet this requirement by taking EXSC 100, 206, one of EXSC 211, 214, 215, 216, or 226, and one other activity. Transfers must take EXSC 100 at ACU if they have not already completed four exercise science (physical education) activity courses or have completed a course that is determined to be enough like the one at ACU. Students seeking medical exemption must do so through the chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Health. Most often, students seeking exemption are given adaptive or modified physical activities rather than exemption. The Department of Exercise Science and Health provides a well balanced activity program with an emphasis on health and wellness. Departmental objectives for each activity class include providing activity for recreation (enjoyment), fitness and stress release, while teaching knowledge and performance skills needed to maintain a healthful, enjoyable lifestyle in the future. Students are permitted to take up to two activity classes in addition to the requirements for elective credit. 

A student may elect to take any exercise science activity class, excluding EXSC 100, on a Pass/Fail basis. Students must make this decision during the first two weeks of the fall and spring terms or the first two days of the summer term. During this time, the Pass/Fail form is available on the Registrar’s website at www.acu.edu/registrar. (Students should be aware that some graduate schools will not accept Pass/Fail grades and/or will automatically count them as a grade of “C.” Some schools will not transfer Pass/Fail grades.)

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Bachelor of Science Degrees (BS)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER EDUCATION (BS)   

(Teacher Certification)
This degree leads to certification to teach physical education in grades kindergarten through high school (all-level certification)

BS: PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER EDUCATION (ALL-LEVEL TEACHER CERTIFICATION) DEGREE PLAN (PETE)
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Exercise Science

    EXSC 100 Lifetime Wellness (majors only section)  

    EXSC 110 Introduction to Exercise Science  

    EXSC 121 Theory and Practice  

    EXSC 122 Theory and Practice  

    EXSC 232 Kinesiology  

    EXSC 241 First Aid/CPR  

    EXSC 244 Theory and Practice  

    EXSC 245 Theory and Practice  

    EXSC 333 Elementary School Physical Education  

    EXSC 334 Elementary Physical Education Design  

    EXSC 361 Health Fitness Evaluation  

    EXSC 464 Advanced Theory and Practice 
              (one credit course – repeat 3 times)  

    EXSC 470 Organization and Administration of Secondary Physical Education  

    EXSC 476 Application and Evaluation of Secondary Physical Education  

    EXSC 490 Adapted Physical Education (writing-intensive course)  

    EXSC 498 Biomechanics  

    Advanced Exercise Science Elective 

Supplement for Major

    BIOL 291 Anatomy and Physiology I 

    BIOL 293 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(1)¹

2

(1)¹

(1)¹

3

1

1

1

3

3

1

 
3

 3

 3

 3

3

3

 

(3)¹

1

34

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  

EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and

    Multicultural Perspectives  

EDUC 221 Educational Psychology 

EDUC 413 Professional Practice  

EDUC 433 Introduction to the Reading Process  

EDUC 490 Student Teaching 

SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

3

(3)¹

2

1

6

3

15

ELECTIVES  
Minimum   23          
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 72          
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  

Before taking In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field;
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required  English courses.);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test, with a score on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher; Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration. Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. A declared major that includes certification;
  11. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.75). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of C or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the THEA and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program during their first semester at Abilene Christian University to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the THEA should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the Office of Career and Academic Development.

Note:

A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee
 
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

2.75

33

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EXERCISE SCIENCE (BS)            

This track is interdisciplinary by design with required courses, electives and laboratory experiences to prepare the student for entry into commercial fitness, hospital-based fitness, wellness or cardiac rehabilitation. This degree can also be modified specifically for entrance into graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology or wellness promotion.

BS: EXERCISE SCIENCE DEGREE PLAN (EXSC)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Exercise Science

    EXSC 100 Lifetime Wellness  

    EXSC 206 Strength Training  

    EXSC 211 Cross- Training (EXHP and EXPT Tracks) 

    Choose one: 211, 214, 215, or 216 (EXOT Track) 

    EXSC 232 Kinesiology  

    EXSC 241 First Aid/CPR  

    EXSC 360 Leadership and Management for Health Promotion 
         (writing-intensive course)  

    EXSC 372 Exercise Physiology  

    EXSC 373 Exercise Physiology Lab  

    EXSC 420 Exercise Science Internship (capstone experience)  

    EXSC 421 Laboratory III  

    EXSC 460 Program Planning for Health Promotion  

    EXSC 473 Cardiovascular Physiology  

    EXSC 498 Biomechanics  

    HED 112 Personal Health and Human Disease  

    HED 324 Drug Education  

    MATH 124 or MATH 185 (must meet prerequisite) (EXPT and EXOT Tracks) 

    PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(1)¹

(1)¹

(1)¹

(1)¹

3

1

   
3

3

1

6

1

3

3

3

3

3

 (3)¹

(3)¹

33

TRACKS  

Health Promotion (EXHP)

    BIOL 291 Anatomy and Physiology I  

    BIOL 293 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab  

    BIOL 292/294 Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab 

    CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry 

    CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry Lab  

    CHEM 112/114 Intro. Organic and Biological Chemistry Lecture/Lab  

    EXSC 322 Lab II  

    EXSC 440 Special Topic 

    EXSC 450 Personal Training  

    EXSC 480 Training Program Design  

    MGMT 330 Management and Organizational Behavior  

    NUTR 221 Introductory Nutrition  

    NUTR 224 Nutrition for Exercise and Sport  

TOTAL: Health Promotion  

Pre-Physical Therapy (EXPT)

    BIBD 352 Biomedical Ethics 

    BIOL 112 General Biology I 

    BIOL 113/115, 114, 491/493, 492/495  

    CHEM 133 General Chemistry I 

    CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lab  

    CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing 

    PHYS 110/111 General Physics I Lecture/Lab  

    PHYS 112/113 General Physics II Lecture/Lab  

    PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology 

    PSYC 311 Elementary Statistics 

    SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology 

TOTAL: Pre-Physical Therapy  

Pre-Occupational Therapy (EXOT)

    BIOL 112 General Biology I 

    BIOL 114 General Biology I Laboratory  

    BIOL 291/293 Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture/Lab  

    BIOL 292/294 Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 133 General Chemistry I 

    CHEM 131 General Chemistry Laboratory  

    EXSC 440 Special Topic 

    EXSC 450 Personal Training  

    EXSC 499 Capstone 

    PHYS 110/111 General Physics I Lecture/Lab  

    PSYC 311 Elementary Statistics 

    PYSC 382 Abnormal Psychology 

    SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology 

TOTAL: Pre-Occupational Therapy  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

1

4

(3)¹

1

 4

1

3

3

3

3

3

3

29

 

(3)¹

(3)¹

13

(3)¹

1

4

3

4

4

3

3

(3)¹

35

 

(3)¹

1

4

4

(3)¹

1

3

3

1

4

3

3

(3)¹

27

 

ELECTIVES  

Minimum

    Health Promotion (EXHP)  

    Pre-Physical Therapy (EXPT)  

    Pre-Occupational Therapy (EXOT)  

 

10

4

12

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

2.70

33

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NUTRITION (BS)      

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition prepares students to serve and lead others through living and teaching healthful nutrition practices and wellness lifestyles. Christian values and ethics are encouraged in any area of nutrition the student chooses. Students may declare Nutrition as a major with a concentration in Exercise Science, Community, Food Service, or the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Entry into the DPD requires a formal application process as described below. The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE, a division of the American Dietetic Association). CADE’s address and phone number are: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400. Below are details concerning the concentrations in Nutrition.

·   Community concentration (NUCO). Nutrition professionals are in demand to educate the public in various settings. Graduates of the Community concentration are trained to effectively communicate nutrition messages to individuals and the public. They may find employment with the AgriLife Extension, school nutrition programs, supermarkets, or in public health/government nutrition programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

·   Didactic Program in Dietetics concentration (NDPD). Students who are interested in becoming Registered Dietitians may apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) after passing 60 hours through a formal application and interview process. Transfer students or current students wishing to change their major may also apply to the DPD after passing 60 hours and after taking at least 6 hours of nutrition courses at ACU and having been a nutrition major at ACU for at least two semesters. A GPA of 3.2 is required for entrance into the DPD. Graduates of the DPD are prepared to enter dietetic internships, after which they may sit for the Registered Dietitian examination. Registered Dietitians may find employment in healthcare facilities, community and public health nutrition programs, other government entities, private practice, school nutrition programs, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, university education, research, sales, marketing, restaurant management, and food companies.

·   Exercise Science concentration (NUEX). An increased emphasis is placed on health promotion in our society today. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity on most days. Other national organizations have similar recommendations. As a result, proper nutrition for exercise and sport has increased in importance for individuals to stay healthy before, during, and after exercise. Graduates with the Exercise Science concentration are trained to counsel individuals concerning proper nutrition practices in wellness centers or other exercise-related settings such as gyms or sport facilities. They also receive baseline preparation for personal training.

·   Food Service concentration (NUFS). The food service industry affects virtually every person living in the U.S., and employment opportunities are expected to increase. Graduates of the Food Service concentration are trained in food management, food marketing principles, and food safety. They may find employment in school nutrition programs, food service facilities or restaurants as managers, or health departments as food inspectors.

  

BS: NUTRITION DEGREE PLAN (NUTR)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Nutrition

    NUTR 221 Introductory Nutrition  

    NUTR 222 Food Selection and Preparation  

    NUTR 224 Nutrition for Exercise and Sport  

    NUTR 325 Quantity Food Production and Service  

    NUTR 327 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle  

    NUTR 328 Community Nutrition  

    NUTR 421 Nutrition Assessment and Education (writing-intensive course)  

    NUTR 423 Food Safety  

    NUTR 426 Food Science  

    NUTR 427 Food System Organization and Administration  

Note: Some major courses offered in alternate years

TOTAL  

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

 3

1

3

3

 

28

CONCENTRATION (CHOOSE ONE)  

Community Concentration (NUCO)

    COMS 236 General Communication Theory  

    COMS 343 Business and Professional Communication  

    COMS 345 Intercultural Communication  

    COMS 483 Advanced Public Speaking  

    EXSC 360 Leadership and Management for Health Promotion  

    EXSC 499 Senior Capstone 

TOTAL  

Didactic Program in Dietetics (NDPD)

    BIOL 353/357 General Microbiology  

    EXSC 360 Leadership and Management for Health Promotion  

    NUTR 324 Advanced Nutrition  

    NUTR 401 Nutrition Seminar  

    NUTR 425 Clinical Dietetics I  

    NUTR 428 Clinical Dietetics II  

    NUTR 450 Capstone in Dietetics  

TOTAL  

Exercise Science (NUEX)

    BIOL 448 Biology of Aging  

    EXSC 206 Strength Training 

    EXSC 211 Cross-Training 

    EXSC 232 Kinesiology  

    EXSC 360 Leadership and Management for Health Promotion  

    EXSC 372/373 Exercise Physiology Lecture/Lab  

    EXSC 450 Personal Training 

    EXSC 499 Senior Capstone 

TOTAL  

Food Service (NUFS)

    ACCT 210 Financial Accounting  

    EXSC 499 Senior Capstone 

    MGMT 330 Management and Organizational Behavior  

    MGMT 332 Human Resource Management  

    MGMT 335 Leadership in Organizations  

    MKTG 320 Principles of Marketing  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements
and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

3

3

3

1

16

 

4

3

3

1

3

3

2

19

 

3

(1)¹

(1)¹

3

3

4

3

1

17

 

3

1

3

3

3

3

16

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Math

    MATH 123 

Sciences

    BIOL 291 Anatomy and Physiology I  

    BIOL 293 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab  

    BIOL 292/294 Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry  

    CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry Lab  

    CHEM 112/114 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry Lecture/Lab  

Other Required Courses

    HED 241 First Aid/CPR  

    PSYC 311 Elementary Statistics (if MATH 123 not taken in University    
          Requirements)  

TOTAL 

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

 

(3)¹

1

4

(3)¹

1

 4

 

1

 
0-3

11-14

ELECTIVES  

Minimum (NDPD)  

Minimum (NUEX) 

Minimum (NUCO, NUFS)  

11-14

13-16

14-17

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation (NDPD)  

Minimum GPA for graduation (NUCO, NUEX, NUFS)  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

3.20

2.50

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Minor in Coaching      

The 18-credit minor may be added to any major. Education majors who wish to teach in a field other than physical education will want to add this minor in order to increase their coaching knowledge and competence.

MINOR: COACHING (EXCO)  

Coaching Foundation

    EXSC 480 Training Program Design  

    EXSC 491 Principles of Coaching  

    EXSC 492 Coaching Internship  

    PSYC 342 Applied Sports Psychology  

    Select 6 hours from: EXSC 232, 241, 372498 and Basic Athletic Training  

TOTAL  

 

3

3

3

3

 6

18

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Minor in Nutrition    

The 19 credit nutrition minor is designed for students with an interest in nutrition or majoring in complementary disciplines. Students in related fields may find the exposure to nutrition pertinent to their field and enhance career opportunities by completing this minor.

MINOR: NUTRITION (NUTR)  

Nutrition Foundation

    NUTR 221 Introductory Nutrition  

    BIOL 291/293 Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture/Lab or

         BIOL 292/294 Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab or        

Choose four of the following five courses:

    NUTR 120 Nutrition and Wellness  

    NUTR 224 Sports Nutrition  

    NUTR 327 Nutrition Through the Lifecycle  

    NUTR 328 Community Nutrition  

    NUTR 421 Nutrition Education  

TOTAL  

 

3

 

4

 

3

3

3

3

3

19 

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Exercise Science and Health include those with the following designations: EXSC, HED, NUTR.

 

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