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Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Exercise and Movement Science
a. Mission Statement
b. Philosophy of the Program
2. Student Responsibilities and Expectations
3. Faculty
4. Career Areas
5. Certifications
6. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
a. General Education
b. Major Requirements
c. Core Curriculum



d. Senior Experience Sequence

e. Major Electives
f. Minors and General Electives
Grading Scale
Student Organizations
First-year Student
Transfer Student
Student evaluation
Additional Information

At Lewis University, the Department of Sport and
Exercise Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and
Movement Science that prepares students for a career within
movement-based fields. The program features elements of
exercise science, sport science, sport leadership and innovation,
coaching, fitness, health, nutrition, biomechanics and motor
behavior. The Exercise and Movement Science program

focusses on innovation, entrepreneurship, globalization,

engineering, and technology as it relates to the field.

Mission Statement:
Provide students with the necessary knowledge to succeed in
physical activity, exercise and health and sport related
professions through academic, practical and research
experience to discover, create and promote the knowledge of
human movement to improve the quality of life of individuals
and society.

Student Responsibilities and Expectations:

Exercise Science is a career that encompasses all of the
components in the total well-being of an individuals, exploring
various aspects of optimal health. The Exercise and Movement
Science program at Lewis University covers a wide spectrum
of issues involving health promotion.
Students will learn how to assess, analyze and enhance
human performance
Students will develop the hands-on and technological
skillset necessary to succeed in the rapidly growing world
of fitness, health and wellness, sport and human movement
Develop deep anatomical and physiological understandings
of the bodys response to exercise and movement
Understand the complex nature of nutrition and its variable
effects on human performance

Faculty and Staff:

Karen Lockyer
Professor and Chair
o 1989 M.Ed., University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
o 1978 M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
o 1973 B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Zachary Binkley
Assistant Professor and Director of Exercise and
Movement Science
o 2005 B.S., Millikin University
o 2006 M.S., California University of Pennsylvania

Cathy Bohlin
Associate Professor and Director of Athletic Training
o 1996 M.A., Central Michigan University
o 1994 Certified Athletic Trainer
o 1994 B.S., Northern Illinois University
Dr. Laura McDonald
Assistant Professor and Athletic Training Clinical
Education Coordinator
o 2012 Ph.D., University of Delaware
o 2008 M.S., University of Delaware
o 2004 Certified Athletic Trainer
o 2004 B.S, Canisius College

Dr. Ralph Miller

Assistant Professor and Director of Sport Management
o 1992 Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
o 1973 M.S., George Williams College
o 1965 B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Career Options in Exercise and Movement

Careers for graduates with a degree in Exercise and
Movement Science exist everywhere, from medical to
recreational settings, such as personal training; health, wellness
and fitness, strength and conditioning and movement analysis.
Students can apply existing knowledge or assist in the creation
of new knowledge regarding human movement
1. An undergraduate degree in Exercise and Movement
Science prepares students for entry-level careers in four
main sectors:
2. An undergraduate Exercise and Movement Science
degree can also serve as a foundation for advanced
study in areas such as:
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Exercise Physiology
Physician Assistant
Exercise Physiology and other related fields.

The Exercise and Movement Science program at Lewis
University provides students with the knowledge necessary to
expand into various fields, this is made simpler with
certifications. Students can obtain certifications from various
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
National Strength and Conditioning Association
o International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

Each organization offers various types of certifications ranging

from personal training to clinical specialties. Each certification
has distinct requirements.
Most individuals prefer to obtain certifications from ASCM
and/or NASM.
American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM)
Health Fitness Certifications:

ASCM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) or Certified

Group Exercise Instructor (GEI)

Fitness professionals who develop and implement personalized

exercise programs for individuals across a diverse set of health
and fitness backgrounds, from professional athletes to
individuals only recently cleared to exercise.
o 18 years of Age or Older
o High School Diploma or the Equivalent
o Adult CPR/AED Certification
Clinical Certifications:

Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP)

Healthcare professionals with a minimum of a bachelors

degree in exercise science and practical experience who
provide exercise-related consulting for research, public health,
and other clinical and non-clinical services and programs. In
addition to prescribing exercise and lifestyle management,
ACSM CEPs are also qualified to manage cardiac and
pulmonary risks, training, and rehabilitation. While working
primarily with individuals facing health challenges, ACSM
Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists build better health
outcomes through a combination of assessing risk, managed
exercise implementation, and helping individuals attain
positive health outcomes while recovering and rehabilitating
from disease, injury, or other limiting factors
o Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, Exercise
Physiology or Kinesiology (click here to see the
details of an eligible program)

o Practical Experience in a clinical exercise

program (click here to see details).
o Minimum of 400 Hours if a graduate of a
CAAHEP Accredited program (through the
o Minimum of 500 Hours if a graduate of a nonCAAHEP Accredited program (through the
o Basic Life Support Provider or CPR for the
Professional Rescuer certification (with handson practical skills component)

Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP)

Healthcare professionals that utilize scientific rationale to

design, implement and supervise exercise programming for
those with chronic diseases, conditions or physical limitations.
In addition to performing clinical assessments, ACSM RCEPs
may oversee programs and departments related to exercise
testing, prescription, and training, such as exercise
rehabilitation, weight management, and more.
o Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise
Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology.
Candidates are eligible to take the exam in the
last semester of their degree program.
o Adult CPR/AED Certification (with hands-on
practical skills component)
Specialty Certifications:

ACSM Exercise is Medicine

Certified or degreed exercise professionals who work closely

with the health care community to promote collaboration
between health care providers and exercise professionals. The
outcome of this partnership is a closer relationship with clients
who need fitness programming in order to change behaviors
and reach stronger health outcomes.
o The Exercise is Medicine Credential contains three
(3) levels, designed to serve clients and patients
depending upon their health status. The eligibility
requirements for the three credential levels vary
o Level 1 & Level 2 require at least a Bachelors in
Exercise Science
o Level 3 requires a Masters

ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET)

An ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer is a fitness

professional who utilizes a well-rounded understanding of
cancer to develop exercise programs for specifically suited for
survivors. ACSM/ACS CETs empower cancer survivors to
display their significant inner strength by improving their own
physical fitness.
o ACSM or NCCA-accredited health/fitness
o Adult CPR/AED certified (with hands-on
practical skills component)
o Bachelor's Degree (in any field) with 500 hours
of experience training older adults or individuals
with chronic conditions OR
o 10,000 hours of experience training older adults
or individuals with chronic conditions

ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT)

Fitness professional who assesses, develops and implements
individualized exercise programming for healthy or medicallycleared persons with a physical, sensory or cognitive disability.
ACSM/NCHPAD CIFTs make exercise accessible for all
empowering individuals to achieve fitness goals that previously
seemed beyond their own limitations.
o Current ACSM or NCCA-accredited
health/fitness-related certification
Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science,
Recreation Therapy or Adapted Physical
o Adult CPR/AED certified (with hands-on
practical skills component)

ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in public health Specialist


Health professional who is passionate about promoting

physical activity in all avenues of public health, whether
locally, regionally, or nationally. An ACSM/NPA PAPHS
advocates for policies, programs, legislation, and more all of
which create equitable opportunities for all individuals to
benefit from increased physical activity no matter where they

physical activity, healthy lifestyle management

or other health promotion.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements:

The curriculum is divided into three parts: general education
requirements, requirements for the major and elective
courses. The general education requirements specify courses in
the fine arts/humanities, social studies and natural sciences,
communication and mathematics, designed to introduce the
student to the various fields of liberal culture. Mission-related
courses are also required.
Requirements for the major provide the opportunity for a
greater depth of study in one academic field. Electives allow
the student to select additional courses suited to educational
needs. Elective courses should be chosen with a definite
purpose, such as providing additional support for the students
future profession or overcoming an educational deficiency.
To meet University requirements, all students must:
1. Complete the General Education Requirements.
2. Achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at
least 2.00 and at least a 2.00 GPA in the major.
3. Complete the requirements of an approved major.

o Bachelor's degree in a health-related field from a

regionally accredited college or university
o Bachelor's degree in any subject with 1,200
hours of experience in settings promoting

4. Earn 128 credit hours in courses acceptable for

5. Complete the last year of coursework at Lewis
University (at least 32 hours), as well as at least four

upper-division courses in the major and at least two

upper-division courses in any minor.
6. Complete any special requirements of their respective
college and the major taken within the college.

General Education
Students must complete general education courses in order to
fulfill credit hour requirement for graduation.
For Bachelor of Science:
o 06-111 College Writing 1 (3)
o 06-112 College Writing 2 (3)
o 10-112 Intro to Human Com (3)
Fine Arts / Humanities

Fine Arts course (3)

Literature course (3)
09-101 Culture & Civ. I (3)
09-102 Culture & Civ. II (3)
15-110 Intro. Philosophy (3)

Social Science
o Social Science course (3)
o Economics course (3)

Mathematics / Science
o Mathematics course (3)
o Science course (3)
o Science course (3)
Mission Related Courses
o 20-290 Cultural Diversity (3)
o Theology
o 100-Level course (3)
o 200-Level course (3)
o Action & Values course (3)

Major Requirements
In order for students to earn a degree in Exercise and
Movement Science, students must complete a total of 128
credit hours, with 66 credit hours being from the Exercise and
Movement Science program.
Core Curriculum
The Exercise and Movement Science program core content
consists of 48 credit hours that will allow students to learn the
basic knowledge necessary to succeed.
o 02-101 Anatomy and Physiology I
o 02-102 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
o 02-103 Anatomy and Physiology II
o 02-104 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
o 16-203 Introduction to Exercise and Movement


16-256 Sport and Exercise Psychology

16-271 Nutrition and Exercise
16-285 Motor Behavior
16-315 Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise and
Movement Science
16-320 Third-Year Seminar in Exercise and
Movement Science
16-340 Kinesiology
16-345 Exercise Physiology
16-380 Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science
16-390 Testing and Programming in Exercise and
Movement Science
16-400 Strength Training and Conditioning
16-401 Exercise and Movement Science Senior
16-410 Research Methods in Sport and Exercise



o 16-206 Sport and Exercise Science Field Experience 1:

Job Shadowing Leader
o 16-207 Sport and Exercise Science Field Experience 2:
Job Shadowing Practitioner
o 16-471 Sport and Exercise Science Pre-Internship
o 16-472 Sport and Exercise Science Pre-Senior Project
o 16-480 Sport and Exercise Science Internship
o 16-482 Sport and Exercise Science Senior Project

Major Electives

There are numerous electives that are available for students to

take, Exercise and Movement Science majors are required to
select 12 credit hours from the available elective courses.
Elective courses can be combined to form a concentration
within the Exercise and Movement Science degree. A
concentration includes 12 credit hours of closely related
The available concentrations should be discussed with an
advisor in order for the student to select the concentration that
will best prepare the student for their career path. The
concentrations available are:


Senior Experience Sequence

Exercise and Movement Science majors are required to
complete a Senior Experience sequence for degree completion.
There are two paths within the Senior Experience sequence:
The internship track and the senior project track. Majors
choose their Senior Experience path in consultation with an
advisor after completing Introduction to Exercise and
Movement (16-203). Students may have the opportunity to
change their path during Third Year Seminar in Exercise and
Movement Science (16-320).

o Fitness Concentration
o Ergonomic Concentration
o Sport Performance Concentration



o Strength Training and Conditioning Concentration

Minors and General Electives

At Lewis University, the Exercise and Movement Science
program allows students to increase their marketability by
obtaining a minor:
o Athletic Coaching
Athletic coaching is the perfect minor for those who want
the opportunity to coach at the high school level. This
minor will prepare students to pass the ASEP Certification
Exam so the student can work as a coach at a school
without being a teacher.
Minor credit hour requirement: 26-32

I, and W do not enter into the calculation of the GPA. The

grade of F earned in a pass/fail course is included in the
calculation of the GPA. Grades earned at other colleges or
universities are not included in calculating the GPA.
in GPA

o Fitness Management
Fitness Management is the perfect minor for those
interested in working as a fitness trainer, personal trainer or
any position with a health and fitness organization.
Minor credit hour requirement: 28
o Sport Management
Sport Management is a popular minor for business majors
or any student looking to work with the sports industry.
Minor credit hour requirement: 24

Grading Scales
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is determined by dividing the
total number of credit hours a student has attempted into the
total number of quality points earned. The grades of P, AU,

in GPA




to Failing

Student Organizations

Quality Points
4.0 per credit hour
3.7 per credit hour
3.3 per credit hour
3.0 per credit hour
2.7 per credit hour
2.3 per credit hour
2.0 per credit hour
1.7 per credit hour
1.3 per credit hour
1.0 per credit hour
0.7 per credit hour
0.0 per credit hour
0.0 per credit hour

Students studying Exercise and Movement Science can interact

with fellow students with student organizations.
Sports Science Club
A student organization at Lewis University that
encourages healthy lifestyle choices and aids students that are
interested in the sport science field.

First Year Students / Freshman Students
Freshman students can be individuals completing high school
or those with first year college students with less than 29 credit
o Applicants must have graduated from an approved high
school with a combination grade point average, class rank,
and ACT or SAT score which indicates a strong likelihood
of success in university studies.
o Applicants must have accumulated 18 high school units.
Three of those units should be in English; the remaining 15
units should be chosen from a college preparatory
o Applicants for admission must complete an Admission
Application and have their high schools forward an official
student transcript. Students must have their ACT or SAT
scores sent to the Office of Admission. Veterans must
submit a DD214.

Transfer students

A transfer student applicant (traditional programs) is defined as

a degree-seeking student who has earned a minimum of 12
semester (18 quarter) hours of transferable credit at a
regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Transfer
student applicants need to have earned a minimum 2.0
cumulative transfer grade point average (higher for some
majors) based upon all transferable courses to be considered
for admission. (Transfer students are not required to submit
ACT or SAT scores or high school transcript.) Credits earned
through Prior Learning Assessment cannot be used to meet the
minimum credit hour requirement for admission.
Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must
be sent to the Office of Admission. Students must be in good
academic, disciplinary and financial standings at previous
colleges/universities attended. An evaluation of transfer credit
will be forwarded with the acceptance letter showing courses
accepted in transfer and courses/hours that still need to be
completed at Lewis.
The Office of Admission will consider applications only after
the following steps have been completed:
1. An application is submitted.
2. Official transcripts are received by the Office of
Admission from each college and/or university

Student evaluation

Exercise and Movement Science:

Additional Information
For additional information of Lewis University and/or the
Exercise and Movement Science program, please check the
provided websites.
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