Senate Document Number 8410S


Date of Senate Approval 05/06/10


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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:


APC Document 69: Change title, description and credit hours for HWP 420


Effective Date: Fall 2010



1.       Delete: On page158, the entry for HWP 420:


420 Exercise Physiology (3)

Study of the physiological reactions to exercise. Emphasis will be placed on muscle metabolism and neurologic stimulation and contraction. Cardiorespiratory responses to exercise as well as the development of nutritional and training programs to enhance these systems will be discussed. Course includes American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, training on the proper use of Biometrics Lab equipment, and interpretation of assessment data collected. Prerequisites: BIOL 223. Spring.


Add: On page 158, in place of deleted entry:


420 Exercise and Sport Physiology (4)

Study of the physiological reactions to exercise. Topics include muscle ultrastructure, neuro-endocrinology, and bioenergetics of movement as it pertains to various physical activities. Additionally, physiological adjustments as the result of cardiovascular and strength and power training at the acute and chronic levels will be discussed. Students will become familiar with safe and effective exercise modalities for a variety of healthy and at-risk populations. The laboratory section of the course introduces human performance evaluation and tracking. Its focus will be maximal exercise testing, assessments for anaerobic power, aerobic capacity, hydration status, and body composition. Emphasis will be placed on data collection, analysis, interpretation, and resultant program design. Prerequisites: BIOL 223 or HWP 284; BIOL 338 or HWP 294. Spring.




One or two sections of this course have been offered by the Health and Wellness Department for the last 4 years. Because it is no longer a core requirement, it will be now be offered only once a year, which will allow freedom in the curriculum to offer human physiology and other courses in the specialization of sport and exercise science. The change in prerequisites will likely reduce the number of non-majors and minors who might have selected this course as an elective.



Due to the creation of a core with strong fundamental health science courses, the department agrees to make this course an elective choice for those students interested in focusing on exercise and sport science. The course is not necessary for those students interested in public or community health careers. The change in title reflects a growing number of students interested in pursuing sport science as part of the major. The increase in credit hours reflects the need to include a laboratory component for the course in order to provide students with experiential activities that lead to knowledge and skill development in exercise and sport science.