Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Exercise Science – Human Performance


The Human Performance major is designed for the study of the practical applications of fitness. This includes health, wellness and sports-related disciplines such as personal training, strength and conditioning and fitness instruction.

Human Performance Learning Objectives

Upon completing the requirements and training for this major, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of:
    • Normal structural anatomy and function of the human body
    • Typical acute and chronic adaptations of the body to exercise
    • Nutritional concepts as they effect the exercising human
    • Administrative principles associated with health and fitness organizations, including facility design, human resources, budgeting, and risk management
    • Principles of biomechanics as applied to the human body
    • Appropriate exercise prescription based on client objectives, physical condition, and available resources
    • Appropriate techniques for teaching of exercises designed to enhance fitness 
  • Demonstrate skill in:
    • Accurate measurement of various physiological parameters (e.g. oxygen consumption, body composition, blood pressure)
    • Performing accurate biomechanical analysis of human movement
    • Prescribing appropriate exercise based on client objectives, physical condition, and available resources, including progression or regression of intensity, frequency, duration, and mode of exercise
    • Teaching appropriate exercise techniques to clients
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