Exercise Science Master’s Program Requirements

The graduate program in exercise science is intended to provide the student with a well-rounded program of advanced study in the scientific aspects of exercise. Seventeen credits of specific courses are required and combined with a minimum of 15 elective credits for the degree.

Students must complete one of the following two options:

  1. submit two formal file papers to the School of Health and Human Performance (non-thesis option); or
  2. complete a 4-credit Research Thesis (ES 599).

 

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • ES 500 - Introduction to Research (2)
  • ES 511 - Statistics and Measurements (3)
  • ES 521 - Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
  • ES 540 - Advanced Mechanical Kinesiology (3)
  • ES 531 - Advanced Seminar in Exercise Science (3)
  • HN 516 – Sport Nutrition (3)

ELECTIVES:

Electives are designated, in consultation with an advisor, on the student’s graduate plan of study. The graduate plan of study is submitted during the semester in which the 12th credit of graduate level work is being completed. A minimum of 15 elective credits are required for the degree. These credits may be taken in a variety of areas (exercise science, health, nutrition, biology, chemistry).

  • ES 421 Physiology of training for sport (3)
  • ES 422 Sport biomechanics (2)
  • ES 470 Psychology of athletic performance (2)
  • ES 475 Theory of strength and conditioning (2)
  • ES 476 Exercise and fitness for special populations (2)
  • ES 501 Communications in Exercise Science (1)
  • ES 571 Laboratory procedures (various topics designated as a, b, c, etc.) (1)
  • ES 572 Internship in adult fitness/cardiac rehab. (1-2)
  • ES 595 Special topics in exercise science (var.)
  • ES 597/598 Directed study (must be arranged with specific instructor) (1-4)
  • ES 599 Thesis (requires consult with faculty and completion of form) (1-4)
  • HL 470 Electrocardiography (1)
  • HL 471 Exercise specialization (adult fitness/cardiac rehab.) (2)
  • HL 472 Health & exercise leadership skills (2)
  • HL 485 Drug use and abuse (3)
  • HN 415 Obesity and weight management (4)
  • HN 452 Clinical nutrition (4)
  • BI 425 Endocrinology (3)
  • BI 510 Advanced human physiology (4)
  • BI 511 Advanced animal physiology (3)
  • CH 450 Intro. Biochemistry I (4)
  • CH 452 Biochemistry II (4)
  • CH 454 Biochemical techniques (4)
    (Students should check the Graduate Bulletin regarding prerequisites for specific courses.)

Students who wish to complete a research Thesis must meet with an adviser and discuss the proposal process prior to beginning. ES 599 Thesis credits will count as part of the required total of 32 credits for the degree.  Thesis syllabus.

Contacts:

  • Phil Watts, Ph.D.
    Office: PEIF 213
    Phone: 906-227-1143
    E-mail: pwatts@nmu.edu
     
  • Randy Jensen, Ph.D.
    Office: PEIF 221
    Phone: 906-227-1184
    E-mail: rajensen@nmu.edu