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2004-2005 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
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Applied Exercise Science

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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 of America.

The program of study comprising the applied exercise science major is designed to develop knowledge and skills that will enable the graduate to:

  1. Initiate and develop physical fitness/health assessment and exercise programs.
  2. Interpret physical fitness/health assessment data.
  3. Prescribe appropriate activities for individual and group programs.
  4. Educate program participants in the safe conduct and benefits of exercise activities.
  5. Organize and administer exercise/fitness programs and facilities.
  6. Intervene in the practice of harmful health practices and effect attitudinal change toward the adoption of healthful activities.
  7. 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 year.

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.

Download an Applied Exercise Science Program Checksheet


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”.

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 year.

  1. 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.
  2. An overall GPA (all courses) of 2.500 or higher.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

Appeal Process
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 Education category.

Courses marked with a W may fulfill a WAC requirement, depending on the year taken.

First Year - Fall or Spring Semesters

B. Second Year - Fall Semester

Second Year - Fall or Spring Semesters

C. Third Year - Fall Semester

Third Year - Fall or Spring Semesters

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

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