Exercise Science Course Descriptions

ES 110 Skills Class
1 hour
Fulfills: Skl

Skills courses are designed to expose students to lifetime activities. The major emphasis of these courses is to acquire basic knowledge of the activity, enhance/improve skill performance, and develop health related fitness. Courses may be selected from aerobic fitness, archery, badminton, bowling, disc golf, fly fishing, golf, individual and dual sports, insanity, pilates, racquetball, racquet sports, rock climbing, ropes course, swim fitness, lifeguard instruction, soccer, team sports, tennis, strength training, yoga or other activity options provided based on staffing. A student may apply a maximum of three credits hours of skills (ES 110) plus one HP 100 toward the 128 hours required for graduation.

ES 180 Wellness and Fitness Abroad
4 hours
Fulfills: Skl
Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor

This course affords students a unique opportunity to explore wellness concepts and participate in fitness activities in an international setting. The course is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and increase the enjoyment of physical activity. The international setting, which may vary from year to year, exposes students to a different culture and unique fitness activities. (This course will fulfill 3 credits towards the exercise science skills requirement).

ES 250 Theory of Coaching
2 hours

An introductory course aimed at helping students develop coaching philosophies, objectives, and coaching style including communication and motivation skills, teaching methods, management skills with emphasis on relationships, and understand the responsibilities of being a coach.

ES 260 Adaptive Physical Activity
4 hours

A study of the physiological, cognitive, and behavioral factors affecting learning and development. The primary emphasis is on experiential learning. Luther students work individually with youth (ages 3-18) from area school districts to adapt activities to their specific needs.

ES 261 Applied Human Anatomy
4 hours
Fulfills: NWNL

A study of the essential structural features of human anatomy with special reference to applications related to activities of daily living, injury, and human movement associated with occupational and athletic activities.

ES 264 Kinesiology and Biomechanics
4 hours
Fulfills NWNL, S
Prerequisites: ES 261

Study of human movement and the mechanical principles, both kinetic and kinematic, as they apply to human motion. Identification of muscles, planes of movement, description of motion, levers, and internal and external forces as they apply to motion.

ES 323 Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning
4 hours
Prerequisites: ES 261 or PE 261 or BIO 115, ES 264 or PE 365

A study of the structural and functional factors related to training adaptations associated with various physically active populations. This course meets objectives for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification.

ES 324 Principles of Fitness Assessment
4 hours

Instruction of fundamental principles of fitness testing, development of practical assessment skills and interpretation of results based upon National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health-related fitness assessment protocols and recommendations, including pre-participation screenings, anthropometric measures, flexibility, anaerobic muscular fitness, proprioceptive capabilities, and aerobic capacity.

ES 340 Exercise Techniques
4 hours
Prerequisite: ES 264 or consent of instructor

The course will be taught in accordance with the principles recommended by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Course content will include principles of anaerobic and aerobic training techniques and experiential learning in technique assessment and development. Topics will include flexibility, strength, power, anaerobic capacity, aerobic capacity, speed, agility, balance and stability.

ES 343 Motor Learning
4 hours
Fulfills: HB, W, E

The principles of motor development over the lifespan including motor control and motor learning are presented with emphasis on examining how the interactions of the individual, environment, and task bring about changes in a person’s movements. Focus areas will address growth benchmarks, activities of daily living, gait, and influence of disease.

ES 366 Physiology of Exercise
4 hours
Fulfills: NWL, R
Prerequisites: ES 261 or BIO 115

Designed to provide scientific background and laboratory experience essential for understanding the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory system responses and adaptations to physical stress.

ES 375 Directed Readings
1,2,4 hours

An opportunity to pursue a specialized area of the discipline for which course offerings are limited by following a prescribed reading list under the direction of a faculty member.

ES 380 Internship
1,2,4 hours
Graded credit/no credit.

Supervised on-or off-campus work situations in public or private organizations.

ES 425 Program Design and Periodization
4 hours
Prerequisites: ES 323, ES 324, & ES 340

Didactic and applied application in the design and development of periodized exercise programs for athletic, occupational, and special populations.

ES 430 Exercise Science Practicum
1, 2, 4 hours
Prerequisites: ES 380

This experiential learning course is designed to give students the opportunity to apply knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired in the classroom. Students will serve as exercise specialists for members of the campus and local community; provide assessments, prescribe appropriate interventions, provide proper instruction, and design appropriate programs based on clients’ needs and abilities.

PE 490 Senior Project
1, 2, or 4 hours