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Exercise Science: Medical Emphasis

The Exercise Science with a Medical Emphasis degree is designed for future physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, orthopedists, and other professionals that want a medical emphasis in the exercise science field. A foundation for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries and issues are built. Additionally, students explore human movement and gain an in-depth understanding of the human body.


Carson-Newman’s Exercise Science program is unique as we provide undergraduates career experience as they can work with the varsity athletic teams in technique analysis, data collection, and performance support.


Our service learning classes partner exercise science students with local teams, fitness groups, and individuals needing coaching to integrate classroom learning into community support. Partnerships include high school FCAs, elderly fitness, and children’s workouts.


Degree Plan

  Liberal Arts Core  
 LA 101SL Carson-Newman Liberal Arts 2
REL 101 Introduction to the Old Testament
REL 102 Introduction to the New Testament 3
ENG 101 Writing and Literary Studies I
COMM 135 or COMM 230  COMM 135 Speech Fundamentals or COMM 230 Interpersonal Communication  3
Math 201 Statistical Concepts and Methods
BIOL 207 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
BIOL 208  Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Behavioral Science 3
ENG 201  Writing Literature Studies 2 3
ENG 301  Writing Literature Studies 3 3
 History 133, 134, or 135 133 World History I (World History 1 1500-1850)134 World History II (World History 2 1850 to present) 135 Early Civilizations (pre 1500)
  ART 104, ART 210, ENG 310, FA 301, music ensembles, MUS 133, or TH 110
  Content Core  
EXSC 104 Introduction for Exercise Science 2
FN 214 Science of Nutrition 3
EXSC 215 Testing and Prescription
EXSC 245SL Principles of Strength and Conditioning 4
EXSC 312SL Exercise For Special Populations 3
EXSC 331 Prevention & Treatment of Athletic Injuries 3
EXSC 449 Strength and Conditioning Program design
BIOL 403 Physiology of Exercise 4
BIOL 407 Kinesiology 4
EXSC 440SL Physical Activity Epidemiology 3
EXSC 469 Exercise Science Internship 6
  Medical Emphasis Requirements  
 CHEM 103  General Chemistry 1  4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II  4
NURS 203 Pharmacology  3
ID 208 Career Planning in Health Professions  1
NURS 418  Health Care Ethics   2

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