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EXR 180 Introduction to Physical Education, Sport and Kinesiology (3 credits)

This course is an overview of the history and foundations of physical education, sport and kinesiology. The various dimensions of these fields, including motor behavior, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport sociology, health, fitness, sport psychology, teaching and coaching, are among the topics introduced. Students will develop a philosophy of the aims and objectives of physical education as a profession while beginning the process of personal career exploration and planning.

EXR 200 Fundamentals of Exercise Science (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the nature, scope, and scientific basis of exercise and sport science. The course is aimed at developing an understanding of the physiological adaptations to acute and long term physical training. An understanding of these adaptations is crucial for the physical educator, athletic trainer, coach, fitness expert, or exercise physiologist. Emphasis is placed on bioenergetics as well as circulatory, respiratory and neuromuscular responses during rest, steady state and exhaustive physical activity. An orientation to professional activities, opportunities, and professional competencies in the field will also be addressed. Prerequisite: BIO 172.

HFA 203 Responding to Emergencies (2 credits)

This course is designed to develop safety consciousness and train individuals in the skills and emergency procedures necessary to render assistance to others. It stresses the basic steps for handling cardiac emergencies with adults, infants and children, along with the first aid skills necessary for treating soft tissue injuries, bleeding control, and other sudden illnesses. All of these skills are taught under American Red Cross standards leading to certification in CPR, First Aid, and use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device. This course is appropriate for home and working environments, and is not intended for professional rescuers. This course does not meet the Health or Physical Education activity requirement.

HFA 204 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (1 credit)

Taught under American Red Cross standards leading to professional-rescuer certification in CPR, this course enables students to provide appropriate initial care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, infants and children. Included in the course: two-rescue CPR, use of a resuscitation mask and bag-valve mask, and special rescue situations. The course is intended for public safety personnel, athletic trainers, lifeguards, emergency response teams, and health care professionals. (This will not fulfill the Physical Education Health requirement.)

PEH 100 Lifetime Physical Wellness (1 credit)

This course will provide the student with an overview of wellness and physical fitness principles. Through course lectures and actual participation, the material covered will enable the student to initiate a healthy lifestyle change. Topics covered include: the four areas of physical fitness, proper nutrition for a healthy lifestyle, relaxation and stress management techniques, self-responsibility as it relates to personal health management, prevention and care of common injuries, and the use and misuse of supplements. There are no prerequisites for this course.

PEH 163 Basic Weight Training for Life (1 credit)

Designed to give students the necessary techniques and knowledge in the area of weight training so they will be able to pursue intelligently and safely a program of weight training that will fit each student's specific needs or desires. All areas of weight training will be covered, such as Olympic lifting, lifting for athletes, physical therapy, body building and physical fitness for enthusiasts. Use of free weights and weight machines will be implemented.

REC 102 Activity Planning I (3 credits)

This course provides students with opportunities to develop, lead, organize, and evaluate games and activities for elementary- to middle school-aged participants. Behavior management strategies are emphasized as they apply to the developmental stages of the population being served. Students are required to compose lesson plans with outcome objectives and develop safety plans based on risk assessment. On- and off-campus experiences in activity leadership are required. Prerequisite: REC majors, EXR majors, or Permission of Instructor.

REC 201 Team Sports: Teaching and Officiating (2 credits)

An in-depth study of individual skills, rules, strategy, and officiation in each of the following team sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, and softball. Prerequisite: REC majors or Permission of Instructor.