The science of health, wellness and sports performance is becoming more important and relevant in our daily lives. At the center of this is exercise and movement science. Exercise scientists work to maximize athletic performance while minimizing injury regardless of sport. Whether you’re interested in traditional sports, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or wellness activities like yoga, a degree in exercise and movement science will separate you from others and put you on a path to helping individuals stay fit, active and healthy.

St. Francis College is ranked at the top of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings in several categories:

                  • #12 in Best Value Schools
                  • #11 in Best Colleges for Veterans
                  • #4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
                  • #15 in Regional Colleges North

St. Francis College is ranked at the top of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings in several categories:

#12 in Best Value Schools

#11 in Best Colleges for Veterans

#4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

#15 in Regional Colleges North

Classes start January 24, 2022.

Application Deadline: January 10, 2021
Small Class Sizes
Tuition
$450 / credit hour
Program Length 121 Credit Hours

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Flexible, convenient 24/7 online learning platform

Transfer-friendly program (up to 98 credits)
Financial aid available to those who qualify

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Program Overview

Core Curriculum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
HS-1201 Community Health

How do you promote community wellness? Learn how healthy communities are created and what environmental factors impact health and wellness.

Community health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play.  This course will provide you with an introduction to the basic concepts of community health; an overview of government, foundations, private agencies, and voluntary health organizations; health care reform issues; the different aspects of community and health programming, such as chronic and communicable disease control measures, health promotion and health education.

Course Takeaways

  • Understanding of biological, environmental, psychological, and medical sciences
  • Skills to combine and apply learned material to various situations
  • Foundation to design, implement, and evaluate health programs in a variety of settings
3
HS-2151 Theory & Research in Health Promotion

Learn how to read research and the methods you’ll need for creating your own engaging and understandable research in the health promotion field.

The use of behavioral and social sciences to achieve health goals carries a long-standing tradition in community health practice and promotion.  This course will provide you with the skills to interpret elementary statistical tests and techniques, in addition to providing the skills to conduct a thorough critical review of current literature pertaining to the social and behavioral science concepts of behavior maintenance, adoption, change, and management theories.

Course Takeaways

  • Ability to formulate answers to questions that target every aspect of the concept or phenomena
  • Skills to understand the ideal audience and tailor explanations toward that target group
  • Communication skills to present research in nonacademic settings
3
HS-3250 Designing a Health Promotion Program

Get to know what it takes to create your own health promotion program, from planning to implementation.

This course will develop skills on how to plan and design broadly defined health programs of scientific theory based on real-world situations related to health communication, health education, policy advocacy, environmental change, and health service provision. This course will direct you through courses of study to include workshop planning and special program development for target groups with a focus on behavior change initiatives.

Course Takeaways

  • Understanding to critically assess current literature and research in terms of your theories
  • Ability to develop a vision, SMART goals, and program objectives to address identified goals
  • Skills to design program activities and structure
3
EXM-2208 Kinesiology

Learn the foundations of human movement, from dynamic anatomy to exercise physiology and the importance of lifelong physical activity.

Kinesiology is a deep dive into the musculoskeletal system including its innervation and its relation to the structural and functional aspects of movement and their clinical aspects.  This course will provide you with an introduction to the application of fundamental biomechanical principles to the human musculoskeletal system and human movement.

Course Takeaways

  • Understanding of high-level concepts like tissue biomechanics and musculoskeletal mechanics
  • Ability to dissect the quantitative and qualitative analysis of human movement
  • Skills to execute a rational evaluation, precise diagnosis, and effective treatment
3
EXM-3200 Biomechanics

Do you know the science behind your movement? In this course, you’ll learn how to apply the laws of motion, time, space, force, and flow to human movement.

Biomechanics is the driving force behind understanding human movement. Evidence from a biomechanical assessment provides you with information on how the brain is communicating with every aspect of the human body.  This course offers a balanced understanding of three key categories of biomechanics comprehension: experimental studies, theoretical studies, and applied research.

Course Takeaways

  • Skills to utilize evidence-based information regarding health, fitness, and sports performance
  • Ability to apply foundational concepts like rotation, hinge, and spinal stabilization.
  • Groundwork to communicate with members of multi-disciplinary teams specializing in various aspects of human performance
2
EXM-3304 Organization and Administration of Exercise and Movement Science

Get to know what it takes to become a fitness administrator from program development to delivering instruction in a digital environment.

 Organization and Administration of Exercise Movement Science provides a dynamic overview of organization and administration including leadership, program planning and implementation, risk management, organizational behavior and structure, facility design and management. Not only does this course address the operational components of exercise and movement science, but this is also the area where your creativity can flourish so your dream business can become reality.

Course Takeaways

  • Familiarization with the various aspects of facility design and management
  • Ability to determine appropriate steps in planning, marketing, and promotion of your facility
  • Understanding of organizational design and hiring process of personnel management
3
EXM-3305 Physiology of Exercise

Explore what really happens in the body when we exercise, and gain experience developing personal fitness programs to benefit the mind, body and mood. 

 The overarching purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction to exercise and physiology, combined with an introduction to theories, principles, and applications of the physiological processes of human performance. This course explores physiological responses that occur with physical stress and investigates the mechanisms their effects on human health performance. Understanding how these processes work empowers you to design programs tailored specifically to your client’s or athlete’s needs.

Course Takeaways

  • Knowledge of energy sources and nutritional concepts available during exercise and rest
  • Understanding of how to optimize work to rest ratios to maximize training benefits
  • Ability to calibrate training to benefit from the changes related to exercise on skeletal muscle and cardiorespiratory systems
3
EXM-3308 Motor Learning

Learn how to develop activities that help build motor skills in individuals, and which activities are best for which levels of development, from hula hooping to complex sports.

An introduction to teaching and learning sport skills from a motor learning perspective. Open and closed loop information processing systems are used to describe and explain sports skill, reaction time, and motor skills. Theory and concepts learned will be applied to the everyday practical aspects of teaching and coaching sport.

3
EXM-3322 Legal Aspects of Exercise and Movement Science

Gain knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to physical education, including Title IX rights and ways to ensure equity and professionalism in your physical education programs.

 Legal Aspects of Exercise and Movement Science will examine the unique role the law plays in the movement industry and how the law applies to relationships in the sports. This course will prepare you for the various types of legal liability you may encounter as a movement professional as well as major theories related to business ethics and decision-making in the realm of movement and exercise. An emphasis is placed on the theoretical approach to legalities surrounding risk management.

Course Takeaways

  • Foundation to understand and apply law to business practices to boost risk management
  • Understanding of unique legal concepts connected with exercise and movement science
  • Ability to prioritize safety of participants and appropriate ethical behavior of providers.
3
EXM-4616 Psychology of Sport

Dive into the mental aspect of sports and learn from a psychological perspective how to improve the performance of your athletes through understanding common thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of athletes.

The purpose of this course is to provide a basic overview of the psychological principles in theories that influence human behavior in exercise and movement. The application of psychology to movement, sport, and exercise science has fostered dynamic changes to the lives of coaches, athletes, and other movement professionals. The study of human behavior is robust and complex, and thus, incredibly important.

Course Takeaways

  • Introduction to the effects of thoughts, feelings, and beliefs on athletic performance
  • Skills to implement various behavioral interventions for performance enhancement
  • Ability to leverage psychological principles to improve performance, growth, and health
3
EXM-4302 Exercise Programming for Special Populations

Learn how to help your clients and athletes who are differently abled overcome challenges to fitness and learn how to build their confidence and abilities through modifications.

The purpose of this course is largely focused on cultivating a nurturing environment to enable you to create lifetime recreational activities that build self-esteem and confidence in your clients, athletes, and patients with disabilities or limitations. Exercise programming for special populations will provide you a solid foundation in addressing programming considerations for individuals with disabling conditions.

Course Takeaways

  • Understanding of human development motor behavior and motor skill acquisition
  • Skills how to gather and assess data to make specific adaptations for clients and patients
  • Knowledge to modify exercise principles to individualize instruction for individuals with disabling conditions in games and activities
3
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Communication 3
Humanities 24
Mathematics 6
Sciences 18
Religion 6
Fine Arts 3
Electives
Elective Coursework 28
  • $450 per credit hour
  • Military: $400 per credit hour
  • 121 credit hours
  • Transfer up to 98 credit hours

Freshman Admissions Requirements
Applicants seeking a bachelor’s degree must present an official transcript from an approved secondary school.

Students who do not possess a high school diploma must present a recognized High School Equivalency Diploma transcript of their NY State (or other) General Education test scores and a copy of their GED certificate. The total score must be a minimum 2250, with a recommended minimum score of 450 on each individual part of the test.

Transfer Students
Transfer students seeking a bachelor’s degree must present an official transcript of all previous undergraduate course work.

Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below a 2.0 can be conditionally admitted on a case by case basis.

There are a variety of careers available for those who achieve their Bachelors of Science in Exercise & Movement Science. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for fitness trainers and instructors are expected to grow 15% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for other industries.

Within the exercise science field, graduates can pursue careers as:

While some may require extra certification or experience, a Bachelors of Science in Exercise & Movement Science will put you on the right track to meeting your goals.

At St. Francis College, we make it easy for you to see what credits you can earn from past college credit, work experience, specialized skills and training, and military service. You’ll have your own personal counselor to guide you through the process and uncover opportunities to maximize transfer credit.

We accept up to 98 credit hours of transfer credit toward a bachelor’s degree. That’s 77% of the credit you need! You could be just 30 credits away from graduation. Transfer student scholarships are also available.

Tuition Discount
Active duty military and veterans are eligible to receive a $50/credit-hour tuition discount, lowering their tuition to $400/credit hour.

Military Experience Credit
All branches of the military can receive credits for training, whether active duty, reserve or National Guard: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army, and Air National Guard.

  • 5 credits: Honorably discharged veterans or active duty service members who have completed six to eighteen months of active service in either the U.S. Armed Forces or those of another country may be granted five (5) credits of elective requirements toward a degree.
  • 10 credits: Those who have completed more than 18 months of service may be awarded 10 credits of electives.

Additionally, ACE equivalency credits may be granted with the submission of an official military (JST, AARTS, SMART, CGI) transcript.

Spring 2 Start Date: March 21, 2022

Application Deadline: March 7, 2022

Core Curriculum

HS-1201
Community Health

How do you promote community wellness? Learn how healthy communities are created and what environmental factors impact health and wellness.

Community health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play.  This course will provide you with an introduction to the basic concepts of community health; an overview of government, foundations, private agencies, and voluntary health organizations; health care reform issues; the different aspects of community and health programming, such as chronic and communicable disease control measures, health promotion and health education.

Course Takeaways

  • Understanding of biological, environmental, psychological, and medical sciences
  • Skills to combine and apply learned material to various situations
  • Foundation to design, implement, and evaluate health programs in a variety of settings

HS-2151
Theory & Research in Health Promotion

Learn how to read research and the methods you’ll need for creating your own engaging and understandable research in the health promotion field.

The use of behavioral and social sciences to achieve health goals carries a long-standing tradition in community health practice and promotion.  This course will provide you with the skills to interpret elementary statistical tests and techniques, in addition to providing the skills to conduct a thorough critical review of current literature pertaining to the social and behavioral science concepts of behavior maintenance, adoption, change, and management theories.

Course Takeaways

  • Ability to formulate answers to questions that target every aspect of the concept or phenomena
  • Skills to understand the ideal audience and tailor explanations toward that target group
  • Communication skills to present research in nonacademic settings

HS-3250
Designing a Health Promotion Program

Get to know what it takes to create your own health promotion program, from planning to implementation.

This course will develop skills on how to plan and design broadly defined health programs of scientific theory based on real-world situations related to health communication, health education, policy advocacy, environmental change, and health service provision. This course will direct you through courses of study to include workshop planning and special program development for target groups with a focus on behavior change initiatives.

Course Takeaways

  • Understanding to critically assess current literature and research in terms of your theories
  • Ability to develop a vision, SMART goals, and program objectives to address identified goals
  • Skills to design program activities and structure

EXM-2208
Kinesiology

Learn the foundations of human movement, from dynamic anatomy to exercise physiology and the importance of lifelong physical activity.

Kinesiology is a deep dive into the musculoskeletal system including its innervation and its relation to the structural and functional aspects of movement and their clinical aspects.  This course will provide you with an introduction to the application of fundamental biomechanical principles to the human musculoskeletal system and human movement.

Course Takeaways

  • Understanding of high-level concepts like tissue biomechanics and musculoskeletal mechanics
  • Ability to dissect the quantitative and qualitative analysis of human movement
  • Skills to execute a rational evaluation, precise diagnosis, and effective treatment

EXM-3200
Biomechanics

Do you know the science behind your movement? In this course, you’ll learn how to apply the laws of motion, time, space, force, and flow to human movement.

Biomechanics is the driving force behind understanding human movement. Evidence from a biomechanical assessment provides you with information on how the brain is communicating with every aspect of the human body.  This course will provide you with a balanced understanding of three key categories of biomechanics comprehension: experimental studies, theoretical studies, and applied research.

Course Takeaways

  • Skills to utilize evidence-based information regarding health, fitness, and sports performance
  • Ability to apply foundational concepts like rotation, hinge, and spinal stabilization.
  • Groundwork to communicate with members of multi-disciplinary teams specializing in various aspects of human performance

EXM-3304
Organization and Administration of Exercise and Movement Science

Get to know what it takes to become a fitness administrator from program development to delivering instruction in a digital environment.

 Organization and Administration of Exercise Movement Science provides a dynamic overview of organization and administration including leadership, program planning and implementation, risk management, organizational behavior and structure, facility design and management. Not only does this course address the operational components of exercise and movement science, but this is also the area where your creativity can flourish so your dream business can become reality.

Course Takeaways

  • Familiarization with the various aspects of facility design and management
  • Ability to determine appropriate steps in planning, marketing, and promotion of your facility
  • Understanding of organizational design and hiring process of personnel management

EXM-3305
Physiology of Exercise

Explore what really happens in the body when we exercise, and gain experience developing personal fitness programs to benefit the mind, body and mood. 

The overarching purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction to exercise and physiology, combined with an introduction to theories, principles, and applications of the physiological processes of human performance. This course explores physiological responses that occur with physical stress and investigates the mechanisms their effects on human health performance. Understanding how these processes work empowers you to design programs tailored specifically to your client’s or athlete’s needs.

Course Takeaways

  • Knowledge of energy sources and nutritional concepts available during exercise and rest
  • Understanding of how to optimize work to rest ratios to maximize training benefits
  • Ability to calibrate training to benefit from the changes related to exercise on skeletal muscle and cardiorespiratory systems

EXM-3308
Motor Learning

Learn how to develop activities that help build motor skills in individuals, and which activities are best for which levels of development, from hula hooping to complex sports.

An introduction to teaching and learning sport skills from a motor learning perspective. Open and closed loop information processing systems are used to describe and explain sports skill, reaction time, and motor skills. Theory and concepts learned will be applied to the everyday practical aspects of teaching and coaching sport.

EXM-3322
Legal Aspects of Exercise and Movement Science

Gain knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to physical education, including Title IX rights and ways to ensure equity and professionalism in your physical education programs.

 Legal Aspects of Exercise and Movement Science will examine the unique role the law plays in the movement industry and how the law applies to relationships in the sports. This course will prepare you for the various types of legal liability you may encounter as a movement professional as well as major theories related to business ethics and decision-making in the realm of movement and exercise. An emphasis is placed on the theoretical approach to legalities surrounding risk management.

Course Takeaways

  • Foundation to understand and apply law to business practices to boost risk management
  • Understanding of unique legal concepts connected with exercise and movement science
  • Ability to prioritize safety of participants and appropriate ethical behavior of providers.

EXM-4616
Psychology of Sport

Dive into the mental aspect of sports and learn from a psychological perspective how to improve the performance of your athletes through understanding common thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of athletes.

The purpose of this course is to provide a basic overview of the psychological principles in theories that influence human behavior in exercise and movement. The application of psychology to movement, sport, and exercise science has fostered dynamic changes to the lives of coaches, athletes, and other movement professionals. The study of human behavior is robust and complex, and thus, incredibly important.

Course Takeaways

  • Introduction to the effects of thoughts, feelings, and beliefs on athletic performance
  • Skills to implement various behavioral interventions for performance enhancement
  • Ability to leverage psychological principles to improve performance, growth, and health

EXM-4302 Exercise Programming for Special Populations

Learn how to help your clients and athletes who are differently abled overcome challenges to fitness and learn how to build their confidence and abilities through modifications.

The purpose of this course is largely focused on cultivating a nurturing environment to enable you to create lifetime recreational activities that build self-esteem and confidence in your clients, athletes, and patients with disabilities or limitations. Exercise programming for special populations will provide you a solid foundation in addressing programming considerations for individuals with disabling conditions.

Course Takeaways

  • Understanding of human development motor behavior and motor skill acquisition
  • Skills how to gather and assess data to make specific adaptations for clients and patients
  • Knowledge to modify exercise principles to individualize instruction for individuals with disabling conditions in games and activities

Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum

  • Communication: 3 Credit Hours
  • Humanities: 24 Credit Hours
  • Mathematics: 6 Credit Hours
  • Sciences: 18 Credit Hours
  • Religion: 6 Credit Hours
  • Fine Arts: 3 Credit Hours

Electives

Elective Coursework: 28 Credit Hours

  • $450 per credit hour
  • Military at an level: $400 per credit hour
  • 121 credit hours
  • Transfer up to 98 credit hours

Freshman Admissions Requirements
Applicants seeking a bachelor’s degree must present an official transcript from an approved secondary school.

Students who do not possess a high school diploma must present a recognized High School Equivalency Diploma transcript of their NY State (or other) General Education test scores and a copy of their GED certificate. The total score must be a minimum 2250, with a recommended minimum score of 450 on each individual part of the test.

Transfer Students
Transfer students seeking a bachelor’s degree must present an official transcript of all previous undergraduate course work.

Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below a 2.0 can be conditionally admitted on a case by case basis.

At St. Francis College, we make it easy for you to see what credits you can earn from past college credit, work experience, specialized skills and training, and military service. You’ll have your own personal counselor to guide you through the process and uncover opportunities to maximize transfer credit.

We accept up to 98 credit hours of transfer credit toward a bachelor’s degree. That’s 77% of the credit you need! You could be just 30 credits away from graduation. Transfer student scholarships are also available.

Military Experience Credit
All branches of the military can receive credits for training, whether active duty, reserve or National Guard: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army, and Air National Guard.

  • 5 credits: Honorably discharged veterans or active duty service members who have completed six to eighteen months of active service in either the U.S. Armed Forces or those of another country may be granted five (5) credits of elective requirements toward a degree.
  • 10 credits: Those who have completed more than 18 months of service may be awarded 10 credits of electives.

Additionally, ACE equivalency credits may be granted with the submission of an official military (JST, AARTS, SMART, CGI) transcript.

Spring 2 Start Date: March 21, 2022

Application Deadline: March 7, 2022

Multiple Areas of Study in One Curriculum

Our online Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Movement Science will provide you with a well-rounded curriculum covering topics like:

Kinesiology

Course No. EXM-2208
An introduction to the study of human movement. Sub-disciplines of musculoskeletal system; exercise physiology; implications for physical education teaching and sport performance training; movement issues across the life span.

Biomechanics

Course No. EXM-3200
An introduction to kinetic and kinematic principles applied to sports and human movement. Topics include the study of the structure and functions of the body using the principles of physics and engineering.

Physiology of Exercise

Course No. EXM-3305
This course provides students with an overview of how physical training affects the human body. Topics include weight training, principles of training, as well as aerobic and anaerobic changes that occur from a training stimulus.

Psychology of Sport

Course No. EXM-4616
Introduction to psychological concepts applied to sport and physical activity. The effects of thoughts, feelings, and beliefs on athletic performance; various behavioral interventions for performance enhancement; peak performance state; team dynamics; team cohesion; coach leadership style and decision making; motivation; arousal control; concentration and attention control; anxiety-performance relationship.

Meet Some of Your Instructors

John McNamara, PhD
John McNamara, PhDProfessor
Dr. John McNamara received his doctorate in kinesiology from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a Level One Certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach and holds NSCA CSCS and CPT certifications. His areas of research include…

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Gerard Shaw, EdD
Gerard Shaw, EdDAssociate Professor
Professor Shaw’s background is in athletics and physical education. He earned both a doctorate in sport psychology and master’s degree in exercise physiology from Columbia University, Teacher’s…

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