Apr 01, 2023
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(132 Semester Hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The applied exercise science major is designed as a professional preparation
program, leading toward professional roles as directors and leaders in the health/fitness
field in corporate, community, university, or commercial settings in which exercise
programming is a primary focus. Our graduates are knowledgeable in both health
and exercise science and are well prepared to be practitioners in a field that
is expanding and taking on new dimensions. Coursework is designed to aid students
in their preparation for nationally recognized certifications, including those
offered through the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength
and Conditioning Association, the YMCA, and the Aerobics and Fitness Association
The program of study comprising the applied exercise science major is designed
to develop knowledge and skills that will enable the graduate to:
- Initiate and develop physical fitness/health assessment and exercise programs.
- Interpret physical fitness/health assessment data.
- Prescribe appropriate activities for individual and group programs.
- Educate program participants in the safe conduct and benefits of exercise activities.
- Organize and administer exercise/fitness programs and facilities.
- Intervene in the practice of harmful health practices and effect attitudinal
change toward the adoption of healthful activities.
- Develop and implement strength and conditioning programs for athletes.
To support their professional development, all students majoring in applied exercise
science are required to complete a 15-week fieldwork experience during their senior
For more information about the applied exercise science major, contact Professor
Charles Redmond of the Exercise Science and Sports Studies Department at (413)
748-3231 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program (33 s.h. in addition to courses taken for the major)
To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students
engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values
through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those
General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
(WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked with a “W”.
II. Applied Exercise Science Core (41-44 s.h.)
III. Related Requirements (45 s.h.)
- 2.5 s.h. of PEAC, PEPC, or approved PEAI selectives, as follows:
- Aerobic skill selective (.5 s.h.)
- Team skill selective (.5 s.h.)
- Aquatic skill selective (.5 s.h.)
- Racquet skill selective (.5 s.h.)
- Skill elective (.5 s.h.; may include PEAI credit)
IV. Electives (6-11 s.h. to complete 132 s.h.)
V. Program Standards
Applied exercise science majors must qualify for advanced standing in order to
register for the third- and fourth-year sequences of required courses (including
Pre-Practicum and Fieldwork). To qualify for advanced standing, the student must
achieve and maintain the following standards by the conclusion of his or her sophomore
- The student must have completed AEXS 284; BIOL 130, 131,132, and 133; CHEM 101
and 102; HLTH 103 and 106; PHYS 205 and 207; and PEAC 100.
- An overall GPA (all courses) of 2.500 or higher.
- A grade of C- or better in all AEXS courses and MSCI 313. (Grades of D+ or less
are unacceptable and courses will need to be retaken).
- Proper professional and responsible behavior is expected of each applied exercise
science student. This includes behavior while a student (on- and off-campus) and
as a member of the college community.
After achieving the minimum GPA and grade standards listed above, the student
must maintain those standards through the remainder of the program. If the student
fails to meet or maintain those standards, the applied exercise science faculty
will review the student’s record and recommend departmental probation (with appropriate
prescription to overcome the deficiency) or dismissal from the program.
A student may appeal any action taken by the department regarding his or her
probation or dismissal from the major. In order to appeal, the student must submit
a letter to the department chairperson requesting a review of their status. This
appeal must be submitted within two weeks of the student being notified of his
or her probation or dismissal. The department chairperson will call a meeting
of the appropriate faculty. The student will be notified within ten days of the
meeting regarding the outcome of their appeal.
VI. Sample Program By Year
The program listed below is a sample—courses are not guaranteed to be offered
during the semester or year listed. It is the student’s responsibility to insure
that all requirements are met on a timely basis and that needed prerequisite courses
are completed before taking upper-level requirements; therefore, they should consult
carefully with an advisor when planning their program. Students must average a
minimum of 16.50 s.h. a semester to complete this program in four years.
In addition to the courses identified below, the following General Education
categories need to be fulfilled for this major: Computer Science, Literature,
Second Language/Culture, Visual and Performing Arts, History, Social Science,
Social Justice, Philosophy, and Religion. 6–11 s.h. of electives will be required
to complete 132 s.h. Courses marked with an * fulfill or partially fulfill a General
Courses marked with a W may fulfill a WAC requirement, depending on the year
A. First Year - Fall Semester
First Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
First Year - Spring Semester
B. Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
Second Year - Spring Semester
C. Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
Third Year - Spring Semester
D. Fourth Year Fall Semester
Fourth Year - Spring Semester
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