Exercise Science and Rehabilitative Studies

Department Chair: Diane Burr, diane.burr@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7242
Faculty Contact: Rachelle Hunt, rachelle.hunt@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7260
Department Office: 149 Gaukler Wellness Center, (701) 845-7580
Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


The Exercise Science and Rehabilitative major seeks to prepare students for graduate studies in athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical therapy as well as other allied health professions.  The major is enhanced by exposure to state of the art equipment and a new exercise physiology lab housed in the new Valley City Health, Wellness and Physical Education Center, that will help students academically to prepare for careers in both the clinical and non-clinical setting.

Students who choose the Exercise Science and Rehabilitative major will be able to engage in hands-on learning experiences that will prepare them for successful graduate studies.

Get Involves in Your Major

The Exercise Science Club provides students opportunities to discuss current topics in the profession and provide community outreach programs.  The club also works to provide opportunities for attendance at professional conferences in the region.

"VCSU's Exercise Science Department has helped me prepare in numerous ways for my future.  After my graduation from VCSU I pursued a doctorate in physical therapy and worked as a Certified Personal Trainer.  The smaller class sizes and supportive faculty have helped me in reaching my goals.  The program allowed me to grow in knowledge pertaining to all areas of exercise science.  You will feel prepared for whatever route you wish to pursue in the field." --Jenna Coghlan, Valley City, N.D.; Physical Therapist.

"The Exercise Science major at VCSU provided me with excellent background and preparation for graduate studies in clinical exercise physiology.  The major courses are practical and highly applicable to understanding and practicing in all aspects of health, fitness, and strength training.  The Exercise Science professors at VCSU have real world experience in the field and focus on relating learning concepts in class to real world situations that students will face upon graduation." --Doug Regster-, Jamestown, N.D.; exercise physiology graduate students, University of Mary.

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 1
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

 Major Requirements

BIOL 220Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 221Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 121General Chemistry I5
HPER 109Exercise Techniques and Program Design3
HPER 128Communication for Health Care Professionals3
HPER 207Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries2
HPER 226Injury Recognition and Evaluation of the Lower Extremity3
or HPER 227 Injury Recognition and Evaluation of the Upper Extremity
HPER 258Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 259Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 326Therapeutic Modalities3
HPER 328Therapeutic Exercise3
HPER 384Fitness Assessment and Prescription3
HPER 444Exercise Physiology of Peak Performances3
HPER 454Evidence-Based Practice3
MATH 321Applied Probability and Statistics3
or PSYC 330 Understanding Statistics
PHYS 211College Physics I4
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Directed Electives26-29
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Chemistry II
Applications for Taping, Protective Devices, and Equipment ((If needed))
Introduction to Physical Education
First Aid & CPR
Field Experience
Sport Nutrition Concepts
Emergency Response Management
Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
Injury Recognition and Evaluation of Head, Neck, and Spine
General Medical Conditions
Sport Ethics
Field Experience
Current Issues in Community Health
College Physics II
Abnormal Psychology
Total Credits81-84

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement  81-84 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

First Year
BIOL 1504BIOL 1514
CIS 1703COMM 1103
ENGL 1103ENGL 1253
HPER 1002HPER 1283
MATH 1043General Education3
UNIV 1501 
 16 16
Second Year
HPER 2072Directed Elective3
HPER 2263Directed Elective3
HPER 2583HPER 2593
PHYS 2114HPER 1093
PSYC 1113PSYC 2503
Directed Elective3 
 18 15
Third Year
BIOL 2204BIOL 2214
Directed Elective3Directed Elective3
Directed Elective3HPER 3263
General Education3HPER 3843
HPER 3283Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 16 16
Fourth Year
Add'l Gen Ed2Directed Elective1-5
Directed Elective3Directed Elective1-5
Directed Elective3HPER 4543
CHEM 1215MATH 3213
HPER 4443 
 16 8-16
Total Credits 121-129

Learning Outcomes

1.  The student will demonstrate the ability to relate concepts of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics.

2.  The student will formulate relationships between proper nutrition, physical activity, prevention of common diseases and overall wellness.

3.  Students (when applicable) will apply and gain admission to professional or graduate school.