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Life Sciences Concentrations

In addition to the core classes in the Life Sciences degree, students can choose a Biology or a Fitness Science concentration.

Biology Concentration Classes

General Chemistry II
The continuation of General Chemistry I is an introduction to chemistry, including gas laws, solutions, acids, bases, salts, kinetics, electrochemistry, and other related topics. The laboratory portion emphasizes proper technique in measuring, calculations, and analysis and interpretation of quantitative data. Includes a 3-hour weekly lab.

Calculus I
Introduction to the basic concepts of differential and integral calculus and their applications. Limits, continuity and derivatives, the definite integral and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

A Biology elective, 3000 level or higher

Fitness Science Concentration Classes

Students will examine how physical activity permeates all aspects of life. A strong emphasis will be placed on career exploration, career opportunities, and professional development. This will entail the creation of resumes and cover letters, bringing in guest speakers from the field of kinesiology, and enhancing student professionalism and leadership skills.

Motor Learning
This course focuses on motor skill acquisition; variables that influence learning and performance of motor skills; and the relationship between skill acquisition, growth, development, and adaptation. Students apply these principles in teaching and coaching motor skills.

Essentials of Strength Training & Conditioning
This course focuses on theories, organization, methods, and techniques involved in the teaching and coaching of strength training, physical conditioning, and personal training. It includes an introduction to biomechanical principles and their application.

Health & Fitness Testing, Evaluation, & Prescription
This course provides practical experience in using laboratory instruments and methodologies to evaluate health-related components of physical fitness. Special emphasis is placed on testing protocols, interpretation, risk identification, and stratification, and the application of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines in prescribing a health and fitness regimen.