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Exercise Science

Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

School of Public Health and Health Professions
405 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Phone: 716.829.2941
Fax: 716.829.2428
Web: sphhp.buffalo.edu/ens/

John X. Wilson
Chair

About the Program

The undergraduate program in exercise science (ES)is designed to give students a strong knowledge base in physiological, biomechanical, and nutritional aspects of human physical activity. Students can choose tracks in general ES, exercise nutrition or pre-physical therapy. The formal lecture/laboratory sequence of courses in the four-year program, coupled with a one-semester internship experience, prepares graduates for entry-level positions focusing on rehabilitation, prevention of injury and disease, and/or performance enhancement. Many students find employment as a direct result of the internship experience. The exercise science program is also excellent preparation for entry into professional courses of study in other health professions, such as medicine, chiropractic, or physician�s assistant. The ES program is also the entry point for the doctorate in physical therapy (DPT). Students complete one year of the upper-level professional sequence in the ES program before entering the DPT. In addition, a five-year combined BS in exercise science/MS in nutrition science is available.

Acceptance Information

Students can enter the exercise science program as freshmen or transfer directly into the program from another institution; any student who meets the minimum requirements for admission into the University at Buffalo is qualified for provisional acceptance into the ES program. Students complete the ES prerequisite courses in the first two years, then undergo an academic review in the second semester of the sophomore year. To remain in ES and be permitted to take the professional sequence of courses, students must: (1) have a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall; (2) have completed all prerequisite courses with a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5 (this normally takes two years); and (3) submit a Promotion to Professional Sequence form. Promotion to professional sequence is competitive and is limited to 120 students.

To be eligible for the pre-PT track and BS/MS program, students must have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.8 and no grade in prerequisite courses below C. Students can also be accepted into the BS/MS program in exercise and nutrition sciences as freshmen if they enter UB either in the honors or academic excellence programs.

Exercise Science - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Four-Year Program
Minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses (44-46 credit hours).

Pre-PT
Completion of general education requirements.
Minimum GPA of 2.8 in prerequisite courses.
Minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Students are encouraged to see an academic advisor for more specific information regarding BS/MS and DPT programs.

Graduation Requirements for B.S.
Completion of all general education requirements.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in ES courses plus 9 credits of approved electives.
A minimum grade of C in ES 310 and in ES 410.

Prerequisite Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy; or APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy and APY 346 Dissections in Comparative Primate Anatomy
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
ES 200 Science of Human Movement
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
PHY 102 College Physics II
PHY 152 College Physics II Lab
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
One statistics course (one of the following: STA 119, CEP 207, PSY 207)

Required Courses

ANA 407 Gross Human Anatomy
ES 300 Theory of Athletic Injury I
ES 310 Exercise Assessment, Prescription, and Programming I
ES 330 Life Span Physiology
ES 340 Physical Activity for Special Cases
ES 342 Neuroscience I
ES 343 Neuroscience II
ES 370 Biomechanics I
ES 380 Exercise Physiology
ES 402 Exercise Nutrition
ES 410 Exercise Assessment, Prescription, and Programming II
ES 429 Internship (must be taken for a total of 12 credit hours)
ES 441 Critical Inquiry I
ES 442 Applications in Exercise Science
ES 443 Critical Inquiry II
ES 450 Professional Development
Electives

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major...107

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Four-Year Program
Note: Students are not required to follow this specific sequence. Sequencing of courses should be based on the student�s strengths and individual preferences.

FIRST YEAR
Fall�CHE 101; MTH 121 or MTH 141; PSY 101
Spring�CHE 102, NTR 108, STA 119

SECOND YEAR
Fall�ANA 113*, PHY 101/PHY 151
Spring� PGY 300, PHY 102/PHY 152, ES 200

*Anatomy requirement can instead be satisfied by taking APY 345/APY 346 in the spring of the sophomore year.

SUMMER BEFORE THIRD YEAR
ANA 407

THIRD YEAR
(YEAR 1 OF EXERCISE SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE PROGRAM)

Fall�ES 300, ES 310, ES 342, ES 380, ES 441
Spring�ES 330, ES 343, ES 370, ES 442, electives

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�ES 340, ES 402, ES 410, ES 443, ES 450, electives
Spring�ES 429 (must be taken for a total of 12 credit hours; under exceptional circumstances petitions to substitute 6 credits of upper-level coursework will be considered)

Electives and Course Groupings

Students can choose 9 credits of electives from the following:
BCP 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 205/BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry/Laboratory
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry w/Lab or CHE 203 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry w/Lab or CHE 204 Organic Chemistry
ES 344 Neuroanatomy I
ES 345 Neuroanatomy II
ES 428 Health Promotion, Prevention and Wellness
ES 470 Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement
ES 496 Practicum (maximum of 3 cr)
ES 497 Honors Research
ES 499 Independent Study
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology
MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry
NTR 401 Nutrition and Health
NTR 402 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
PGY 412 Applied Physiology
PGY 451 Human Physiology I
PGY 452 Human Physiology II
PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
PSY 325 Health Psychology
PSY 351 Biopsychology
PSY 438 Sport and Exercise Psychology

Exercise Science and Nutrition - B.S./M.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Students must apply online for this program.
Minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses.
Minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.8.

Honors or UB scholars can be accepted as freshmen into the B.S./M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science. Students applying after attending UB must meet the following:
Completion of general education requirements
Minimum GPA of 2.8 in prerequisite courses
Minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses

Prerequisite Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy; or APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy and APY 346 Dissections in Comparative Primate Anatomy
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
ES 200 Science of Human Movement
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
PHY 102 College Physics II
PHY 152 College Physics II Lab
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
One statistics course (one of the following: STA 119, CEP 207, PSY 207)

Required Courses

ANA 407 Gross Human Anatomy
CHE 203 Organic Chemistry
CHE 204 Organic Chemistry
ES 310 Exercise Assessment and Prescription
ES 340 Physical Activity for Special Cases
ES 342 Neuroscience I
ES 343 Neuroscience II
ES 370 Biomechanics
ES 380 Exercise Physiology
ES 410 Exercise Assessment & Prescription II
ES 441 Critical Inquiry I
ES 496 Practicum
NTR 301 Dietary Assessment
NTR 402 Lifecycle Nutrition
NTR 500 Energy and Protein
NTR 501 Vitamins & Minerals
NTR 503 Nutrition and Health
NTR 505 Exercise Nutrition
NTR 600 Pathophysiology
NTR 630 Seminar (two semesters)
NTR 675 Research (2 credits for exam option) or NTR 680 Research (2 credits for exam option, 6 credits for thesis option)
Two semesters 500/600-level human physiology
One 500/600-level statistics course
One biochemistry course [one of the following: BCH 403, (BCH 503), BIO 205, MT 401]
Two 500/600-level electives

Summary
Total required credit hours for undergraduate portion...88
Total required credit hours for BS/MS...124

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School�s Policies and Procedures Manual for requirements for master�s degree candidates.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall�CHE 101; MTH 121 or MTH 141; PSY 101
Spring�one of the following: STA 119

SECOND YEAR
Fall�ANA 113*, CHE 203, PHY 101/PHY 151
Spring�CHE 204, PGY 300, PHY 102/PHY 152, ES 200

*Anatomy requirement can also be satisfied by taking APY 345/APY 346 in the spring of the sophomore year.

SUMMER BEFORE THIRD YEAR
ANA 407

THIRD YEAR
Fall�ES 310, ES 342, ES 380, ES 441, NTR 301, CHE 203
Spring�ES 343, ES 370, CHE 204, NTR 402, ES 442 (recommended)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�ES 340, ES 410, NTR 503, NTR 505, one of the following: MT 401, BCH 403, BIO 205)
Spring�NTR 501, NTR 600, ES 496, 500/600 level elecitives

FIFTH YEAR
Fall�PGY 551, NTR 500, NTR 630, STA 527, 500/600 level electives
Spring�PGY 552, NTR 630, NTR 680, 500/600 level electives

Course Descriptions

ES 101 Taping and Wrapping Techniques

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ES 331
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides a hands-on learning experience for all taping and joint support wrappings in the profession of athletic training. Majors only. Last time course will be offered: Fall 2007

ES 102 Fundamentals of Wellness

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides information, theories, and practices, which support individual wellness and health promotion on college campuses. Students are participants in an interactive learning environment that addresses key campus health and wellness issues, including: building healthy relationships and healthy communities, alcohol and other drug use, sexual health, nutrition and physical activity, violence and sexual assault prevention, and stress management.

ES 200 Science of Human Movement

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  ES Major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Introduces the biological and physical bases of exercise responses and adaptations to chronic physical activity in humans. Emphasizes the integrated exercise responses of the body systems. Examination of appropriate exercise principles and concepts is accompanied by critical examination of misconceptions, fads, and myths that pervade exercise and fitness activities. Not recommended for students in their freshman year.

ES 201 Padding and Bracing Techniques

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ES 331
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides a hands-on learning experience for selecting, designing and/or constructing custom pads, splints and braces used in the profession of athletic training. Also provides the skills and knowledge necessary for wound care and introductory modalities such as ice, heat and whirlpool use. LAB - majors only. Last time course will be offered: Fall 2007

ES 300 Theory of Athletic Injury I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ANA 407
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies the theory and principles of athletic injury as associated with human performance. Emphasizes the application of scientific principles of human growth and development, physical conditioning, injury prevention, and emergency care, and the understanding of rehabilitative procedures.

ES 310 Exercise Assessment, Prescription, and Programming I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ES 200, ANA 407
Corequisites:  ES 380
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Two-semester course that examines theoretical and practical aspects of exercise testing, body composition, fitness evaluation, client interviews and education, exercise prescription, emergency procedures, program administration, and management.

ES 330 Lifespan Physiology

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  ES 200, ES 342, ES 380
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Focuses on motor development, neural control of movement, learning, and memory throughout the life span, with special reference to pediatrics and geriatrics.

ES 331 Introduction to Emergency Athletic Care

Credits:  1
Semester: Su
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Athletic Training students only Introduces emergency procedures for on-field injury care of athletes in competitive settings. Includes critical analysis of CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Responding to Emergencies first aid techniques emphasizing athletic care; medical terminology relevant to athletic training; preparation of formal injury reports and associated documentation. Last time course will be offered: Summer 2007

ES 340 Physical Activity for Special Cases

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ES 310, ES 380, ANA 407
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Analyzes exercise responses, testing and prescription, and adaptation to chronic physical activity in special populations, including cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, work hardening, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, pregnancy, and others.

ES 342 Neuroscience I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ANA 407
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers fundamental neurophysiology and clinical neuroanatomy of sensory systems.

ES 343 Neuroscience II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  ANA 407, ES 342
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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A continuation of Neuroscience I, focusing on clinical neuroanatomy of motor systems and integration of sensory, motor, and cognitive functions.

ES 344 Neuroanatomy I

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ANA 407
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Exposes the student to the anatomical structures associated with neurophysiological concepts discussed in ES 342 and ES 343.

ES 345 Neuroanatomy II

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  ANA 407
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Exposes the student to the anatomical structures associated with neurophysiological concepts discussed in ES 342 and ES 343.

ES 370 Biomechanics I

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  ANA 407, ES 380, MTH 121, PHY 107/PHY 151 or PHY 107
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Introduces the mechanical, neuromuscular, and anatomical bases of human movement. Analyzes quantitative and qualitative biomechanical analyses of multisegment motion from the perspective of joint and muscle mechanics, kinematics, and kinetics.

ES 374 Athletic Training Practicum I

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  ES 101, ES 201, ES 300
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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Gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on access with athletes in traditional athletic training settings. Students gain experience in the areas of upper and lower extremity taping and wrapping, brace-fitting and emergency/first aid care. Students also shadow physicians in the training room and in hospital emergency rooms to gain experience in dealing with sudden illness, wound care, general illness, and assessing vitals. Last time course will be offered: Spring 2008

ES 380 Exercise Physiology

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ANA 407, CHE 102, NTR 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Analyzes physiologic responses and adaptations of the various body systems and structures to acute and chronic physical activity and to environmental stress. Emphasizes cellular mechanisms that underlie these responses.

ES 400 Theory of Athletic Injury II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  ES 101, ES 201, ES 300
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Advanced aspects and clinical applications specific to athletic injury. Topics include organizational and administrative responsibilities, pharmacology, anatomical evaluations, integumentary disorders, athletic training room procedures, and National Athletic Training Association requirements. Last time course will be offered: Spring 2009

ES 402 Exercise Nutrition

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ANA 407, CHE 102, ES 380
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines nutrition for athletes, energy systems for different activities, weight control, ergogenic aids, osteoporosis, and selected health problems among athletes related to nutritional deficiencies.

ES 410 Exercise Assessment, Prescription, and Programming II

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ANA 407, ES 200
Corequisites:  ES 380
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Two-semester course that examines theoretical and practical aspects of exercise testing, body composition, fitness evaluation, client interviews and education, exercise prescription, emergency procedures, program administration, and management.

ES 428 Health Promotion, Prevention & Wellness

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines health promotion from a public health perspective, a community and corporate perspective, and in terms of individual behavior change.

ES 429 Internship

Credits:  1 - 12
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  completion of all other course and program requirements
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Conducted in settings conducive to the development/refinement of skills and abilities related to a professional role, under the guidance of an approved field supervisor and/or university personnel.

ES 441 Critical Inquiry I

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ANA 407
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Competency-based course; emphasizes basic skills in critical analysis and assessment of professional literature pertinent to the exercise sciences.

ES 442 Applications in Exercise Science

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  ANA 407, ES 310
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Develops basic competencies necessary for the evaluation and assessment of needs, interests, and performance in comprehensive health-related fitness programming in compliance with American College of Sports Medicine guidelines. Provides skills training in the administration and interpretation of standard testing/assessment protocols in both on and off-campus laboratory settings.

ES 443 Critical Inquiry

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ANA 407
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Competency-based course; emphasizes basic skills in critical analysis and assessment of professional literature pertinent to the exercise sciences.

ES 450 Professional Development

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ANA 407, ES 310
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Facilitates transition from student to intern to entry level professional. Addresses securing an internship, professional development, and searching for employment.

ES 470 Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ES 370
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Covers the integration of neurophysiological and mechanical factors that act on, and are controlled by, the musculoskeletal system. Emphasizes biophysical characteristics of the musculoskeletal system and electrophysiological factors involved in voluntary muscle control. Also presents musculoskeletal anthropometrics, joint and segment kinematics, and static and dynamic analyses via deterministic musculoskeletal modeling, as well as gait, postural control, and clinical and sport movement applications. The course includes weekly seminar or laboratory sessions.

ES 474 Athletic Training Practicum II

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  ES 374, ES 546, ES 570
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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Gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on access with athletes in lower extremity sports. Students gain experience in the areas of lower extremity injury evaluation and rehabilitation. Students also shadow physicians in the training room and in private practices to gain experience in dealing with viral infections and inflammations, dermatological problems and orthopedic evaluations. Last time course will be offered: Fall 2008

ES 496 Practicum

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  ANA 407, ES 200, ES 310, ES 380
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Provides an opportunity for the student to gain some practical experience in a field setting. Sites are selected based on the student�s career expectations. Arrangements must be made in conjunction with the clinical advisors on faculty.

ES 497 Honors Research

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  ANA 407, ES 200, ES 310, ES 380
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Honors research for undergraduates.

ES 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

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