Exercise Science and Sport Management - Applied Kinesiology Concentration C

Department Chair: Diane Burr, diane.burr@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7242
Faculty Contact: Sarah Milner, sarah.milner@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7162
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 Applied Kinesiology concentration is designed for the student who is interested in attaining entry-level positions in health and fitness related fields. The program is housed in the new state-of-the-art VCSU Health, Wellness and Physical Education Center. Students enrolled in the program will develop an understanding of the various components of health and fitness related services by providing students with field experiences where they will be mentored by professionals from their chosen field. 

The program of study aims to develop an understanding of the concepts and theories of sport activities, along with health and wellness behaviors of the general public. Students will acquire the skills needed to develop and/or assist other health and fitness professionals in publicly or privately owned and operated businesses in the community.


The Exercise Science Club provides students in the fitness, exercise science, and wellness fields opportunities to discuss current topics in the profession and provide community outreach programs. 

“Valley City State University provides an excellent learning environment and friendly faculty focused on the student’s success.”  —Micah Hoy ’10, Sharon, N.D.; Certified Personal Trainer

“VCSU gave me the professional tools to effectively design and implement functional, sport-specific performance enhancement and injury prevention programs. I am thankful for the leadership qualities and exercise science knowledge I obtained at VCSU to coach athletes of all ages, skills sets, and abilities!” —Kyle Skinner ’13, Seattle, Wash.

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
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
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab 3
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
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 two of 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 2
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 Requirement

Required Courses
HPER 208Introduction to Physical Education2
HPER 210First Aid & CPR1
HPER 350Sport Ethics2
HPER 309Sport Nutrition Concepts3
Total Credits8

Concentration C - Applied Kinesiology

Students must choose one of the following Cognates

Sport Medicine Cognate

Required Courses
BIOL 220Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 221Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
HPER 109Exercise Techniques and Program Design3
HPER 126Applications for Taping, Protective Devices, and Equipment3
HPER 127Introduction to Athletic Training3
HPER 128Communication for Health Care Professionals3
HPER 226Injury Recognition and Evaluation of the Lower Extremity3
HPER 227Injury Recognition and Evaluation of the Upper Extremity3
HPER 258Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 259Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 326Therapeutic Modalities3
HPER 328Therapeutic Exercise3
HPER 331Injury Recognition and Evaluation of Head, Neck, and Spine3
HPER 384Fitness Assessment and Prescription3
HPER 444Exercise Physiology of Peak Performances3
HPER 487Field Experience2-4
MATH 321Applied Probability and Statistics3
Directed Electives:
Additional electives with consent from advisor (minimum of 10 credits must be 300 or higher)22
Total Credits74-76

Non-Teaching Physical Education Cognate

Required Courses
HPER 109Exercise Techniques and Program Design3
HPER 207Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries2
HPER 212Introduction to Stress Management2
HPER 220Practical Application of Fitness Education3
HPER 258Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 259Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 300Drug Education and Information2
HPER 306Fundamentals of Teaching Health and Physical Education3
HPER 314Activities for the Physical Educator3
HPER 315Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases3
HPER 325Instructional Methods in the Elementary Physical Education Classroom3
HPER 380Human Sexuality3
HPER 385Introduction to Adapted Physical Education3
HPER 388Outdoor Pursuits for the Physical Educator2
HPER 400Current Issues in Community Health2
HPER 410Organization and Adminstration of Physical Education and Sport2
SOC 220The Family3
Directed Electives
Additional Electives with consent from advisor (minimum of 2 credits must be 300 or higher)28
Total Credits73

Total General Education  39 Hrs
Total Major Requirements  8 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirements 73-76 Hrs

Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Optional Coursework
students may add the following Spanish concentration as additional coursework for the major
SPAN 1011st Year Spanish I3
SPAN 1021st Year Spanish II3
SPAN 2012nd Year Spanish I3
SPAN 2022nd Year Spanish II3
SPAN 215Spanish Conversation2
Total Credits14

Plan of Study

First Year
English Composition (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2HPER 2072
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4HPER 2203
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Technology (Gen Ed)3Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 16 15
Second Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3BUSI 2143
Directed Elective2Directed Elective3
Graduation Elective3HPER 1093
HPER 2082HPER 2222
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3 
 16 14
Third Year
Directed Elective3Directed Elective2
Directed Elective2Directed Elective3
Graduation Elective3Graduation Elective3
Graduation Elective3Graduation Elective3
HPER 3502HPER 2101
HPER 3803HPER 3093
 16 15
Fourth Year
Directed Elective2Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
Directed Elective3Directed Elective2
Graduation Elective3Directed Elective2
Graduation Elective3Directed Elective2
Graduation Elective2Graduation Elective3
HPER 4002HPER 4872-4
 15 13-15
Total Credits 120-122

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to use content principles in practical applications concerning aspects of fitness and/or wellness.
  2. Students will be able to related evolving patterns in the American Society and the need for physical activities.
  3. Students will be able to articulate and defend personal perspectives as related to sport.