Exercise Science and Sport Management - Exercise Physiology Concentration A

Composite Major

Department Chair: Diane Burr, diane.burr@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7242
Faculty Contact: Diane Burr, diane.burr@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7242
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 program of study in the Exercise Physiology concentration seeks to develop knowledge about the profession of Exercise Physiology and to encourage students toward acquiring subject matter knowledge for preparation in both the clinical and non-clinical settings. The Exercise Science curriculum 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 to prepare students academically to pursue advanced studies in Exercise Physiology and related fields. Students will utilize a metabolic cart and conduct VO2max and submax tests on subjects of all abilities.  

Students who choose Exercise Physiology will be able to engage in hands-on learning experiences that will prepare them for successful graduate studies in such fields as Exercise Physiology, Sport Biomechanics, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. 


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. 

“VCSU’s Exercise Science Department has helped me prepare in numerous ways for my future. After my graduation from VCSU I am pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy and working 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 what ever route you wish to pursue in the field.” —Jenna Coghlan ’15, Valley City, N.D.; physical therapy graduate school, University of Minnesota

“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 Regester ’14, Jamestown, N.D.; exercise physiology graduate student, University of Mary


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 A - Exercise Physiology

Required Courses
CHEM 121General Chemistry I5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II5
HPER 109Exercise Techniques and Program Design3
HPER 207Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries2
HPER 258Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 259Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 300Drug Education and Information2
HPER 315Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases3
HPER 384Fitness Assessment and Prescription3
HPER 400Current Issues in Community Health2
HPER 444Exercise Physiology of Peak Performances3
MATH 321Applied Probability and Statistics3
PHYS 161Introductory College Physics I4
PHYS 162Introductory College Physics II4
BIOL 220Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 221Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Directed Electives
Courses accepted only with the approval of program advisor and/or Department Chair20
Total Credits73
Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 8 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirements 73 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs
Optional Coursework
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

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


Plan of Study

First Year
BIOL 150 (Gen Ed)4BIOL 151 (Gen Ed)4
English Composition (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2HPER 2072
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3
Technology (Gen Ed)3Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 16 15
Second Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3HPER 1093
Directed Elective3HPER 2082
HPER 2583HPER 2593
Literacities (Gen Ed)3PHYS 1624
PHYS 1614Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 16 15
Third Year
HPER 3502CHEM 1225
HPER 3002HPER 2101
CHEM 1215HPER 3093
Directed Elective3HPER 3843
Directed Elective 3MATH 3213
 15 15
Fourth Year
BIOL 2204Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
Directed Elective3BIOL 2214
Directed Elective3Directed Elective2
HPER 4002Directed Elective3
HPER 4443HPER 3153
 15 14
Total Credits 121

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

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 communicable and non-communicable diseases and overall wellness.
  3. Students (when applicable) will apply and gain admission to professional or graduate school.