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SS 101 Introduction to Sports Science. (3)
The history, development and scientific foundation and principles underlying the advancement of exercise and sport sciences.. I, II

SS 180, 280, 380, 480. Topics in Sports Science. (1-3)
Selected topics in sports science based on student/faculty interest and current issues in sports science. Prerequisite: SS 101. I, II.

SS 201 Concepts in Health and Fitness (3)
An exploration of strategies to maintain health and to improve fitness and personal wellness. Health issues such as cardiovascular disease, weight management, immunity and infection, stress management, and the effects of aging will be examined. In addition, fitness related concepts such as the benefits of aerobic exercise, as well as guidelines for developing appropriate stretching, and strengthening programs to increase fitness will be explored. II.

SS 211 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries. (3)
Exploration of techniques for prevention, evaluation, management of exercise and sport induced injuries. Topical discussions and skill instruction in surface anatomy palpation, manual muscle examination, flexibility and strengthening exercises, and pathology of athletic injuries. Prerequisite: SS 101 with a grade of “C” or better. II.

SS 318. Kinesiology. (3)
Kinesiology is the study of the human body during movement. This course will explore the functional anatomy, biomechanics, and motor control of human movement. Meets the communication
intensive course requirement in the major
. Prerequisite: BI 220, with “C” or higher. I.

SS 319 Biomechanics of Human Movement. (3)
Evaluation of human movement relative to the effects of directional force. Biomechanics is both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of human movement through parameters such as speed, direction, force and resistance. Prerequisite: BI 220, PH 231, II

SS 381. Exercise Physiology. (3)
This course will provide an overview of how the physiological functioning of the human body is modified by exercise and the mechanisms that bring about such changes. Prerequisite: BI 220. II.

SS/PY 393. Sport Psychology. (3)
Sport psychology seeks to explain sport and exercise behavior in terms of the major psychological principles related to participation, adherence, and excellence in sport and physical activity. Prerequisite: SS 101, PY 101. II

SS 401. Sports Administration. (4)
An introduction to various aspects of sports administration. Topics will include strategic planning, budgeting and finance, writing policies and procedures, insurance systems, and facility management. Prerequisite: SS 101, BU 305. I

SS 452. Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription. (3)
Training in the development of physical fitness programs for the maintenance of health related fitness and the improvement of sport conditioning and performance. Prerequisite: SS 201, SS 381. I.

SS 460. Principles of Rehabilitation. (4)
The purpose of this course is to enhance the student’s understanding of the etiology and pathology involved in various musculoskeletal injuries. Emphasis is placed on development of the student’s ability to design and implement rehabilitation protocols and progressions to apply to athletes in all sports populations. Prerequisite: SS 101, SS 211, SS 318 and one other Sports Science source at 200 level or higher. Odd years, I.

SS 461. Exercise and the Cardiovascular System. (3)
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of exercise and the cardiovascular system. Topics covered include the basic structure and function of the cardiovascular system, the physiological response to exercise, the electrical activity of the heart and its relationship to cardiac function, and specific common cardiovascular medications used in health car today. The course will focus on the use of the electrocardiogram as a diagnostic tool during exercise. Prerequisite: Sports Science major with Senior status. I, II

SS 482. Internship in Sports Science. (3-6)
A carefully monitored work or service experience, occurring off-campus at an institution or agency specializing in an area relevant to the student’s ultimate career goals. The student will meet the intended learning outcomes for the experience.. Prerequisite: Sports Science major with Senior Status. I, II

SS 499. Research Seminar. (1)
This course will allow students to demonstrate a basic understanding of the design and methods of sports science research. Students will participate in research article discussions and presentations. The course will help students develop skills in research design, research methods, and communication. Students will be required to complete a research paper and presentation on their topic of choice. Meets the communication intensive course requirement in the major. Prerequisite: MA 155 or SO 230. Corequisite: SO 230. II