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2003-2004 Springfield College Graduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Springfield College Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Exercise Science

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Applied Exercise Science focuses on the applied aspects of exercise science and related areas. Applied Exercise Science offers two tracks of study: (1) Exercise Science and Health prepares students to work in corporate, community, clinical, university, or commercial settings in which exercise programming is a primary focus; and (2) Strength and Conditioning prepares students to work with secondary school, collegiate, professional, and/or elite athletes. Both tracks prepare students to work as personal trainers. Course work 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 of America.

Advanced study in exercise science provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the scientific foundations of physical activity, fitness, and athletic performance. A master’s degree in an applied exercise sciences program equips students for vocational sport- and exerciseoriented careers, research, and teaching in higher education. It may also serve as preparation for doctoral work.

The research requirement may be pursued in a variety of areas that examine sport performance, health, athletic injury prevention and management, and other applications of exercise.

Undergraduate Prerequisites/competencies:

  • Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Sports First Aid and Injury Prevention
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Statistics or Assessment in Movement and Sport
  • Management of Health Fitness Programs
  • History or Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport
  • Skills and Techniques

Exercise Science and Sport Studies

Application for admission for graduate study in Exercise Science and Sport Studies Programs is highly competitive. Even though Springfield College has a rolling admission policy for graduate school, completion of the application process as early as possible is encouraged. All applications must include the following: undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, three references, and a personal statement relative to professional goals. Any and all other materials required by graduate admissions must be included.

Contact Person:
Charles J. Redmond
Chair, Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Telephone: (413) 748-3178

Basic Program

(Minimum of thirty-six to forty-one semester hours of graduate credit)

Core Requirement: Total 3 s.h.

Research Requirements: Total 4-11 s.h.


Program Requirements:

Exercise Science and Health Electives

(Minimum of six semester hours, selected from the lists below)

Holistic/Complementary Medicine

  • Skills course in Relaxation, Tai chi, or Yoga (1 nongraduate credit)

Strength and Conditioning Electives

(Minimum of  six semester hourse, selected from the lists below)

Degree Options

Candidates in Applied Exercise Science are eligible for the M.S., M.Ed., or M.P.E. with completion of a thesis. Students who complete a non-thesis option are eligible for the M.Ed. or M.P.E.

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