Exercise Science Minor | Concordia University Irvine

Exercise Science Minor

School of Arts and Sciences



  • Exercise Science Minor
  • 18 Units
  • ESS 225: Principles of Weight Training and Cross Training
  • 3

A theory to practice approach to strength training and aerobic cross training methods will be examined in this course as students learn how to test, design, and implement strength training and aerobic cross training programs for sport and fitness. Prerequisite: ESS majors only; non-ESS majors must have consent of division chair.

  • ESS 304: Motor Learning and Control
  • 3

This course will give an overview of significant factors which influence and determine the learning of motor skills including basic principles of learning theory and motor control as they apply to motor performance.

  • ESS 320: Historical, Social, Cultural Foundations of Sport and P.E.
  • 3

This course will present and discuss the historical, sociological, and philosophical analyses of sport and physical education, including current challenges, relevant issues, controversies, and career opportunities in sport and physical education.

  • ESS 325: Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • 3

This is a National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) approved course for those who want advanced personal training certification. Topics will include functional anatomy; health and fitness screening and assessment; cardiovascular assessment and prescription; strength and power assessment and prescription; nutrition and weight management. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: ESS 225 or consent of division chair.

  • Choose two of the following courses:
  • ESS 306: Nutritional Sciences
  • 3

This course will explore issues pertinent to the study of health and nutrition for the active individual and will analyze concepts and controversies by illustrating the importance of research and clinical studies in the current nutritional literature. Students will also examine and discuss key concepts concerning the role of nutrition in overall health and well-being for a healthy lifestyle. Prerequisites: BIO 101 and sophomore standing.

  • ESS 365: Sport Psychology
  • 3

The role of psychomotor and cognitive factors in human movement settings are discussed in this course along with selected topics of arousal, attribution theory, achievement motivation, anxiety, interventions, goal setting, attention styles, aggression, social facilitation, social reinforcement, and imagery.

  • ESS 393: Practicum: ESS Exercise Science
  • 3

This course is a practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

  • SPMT 222: Introduction to Sport Management
  • 3

This course will provide knowledge about the broad field of sport management and the elements of managing people, operations, finance, and the work environment in a variety of occupational settings with insight into strategies for professional preparation and career opportunities being discussed. Special topics will include public relations, marketing, legal issues, interviewing, leadership, effective communication, sport ethics, and perspectives on international sports.

  • SPMT 350: Sport Law
  • 3

This course will examine the legal issues in sport and physical education and provide an explanation of key areas of the law such as negligence, contracts, civil rights, battery and defamation.

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this minor and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your minor. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.


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