Exercise Your Influence

Our Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science prepares you with the knowledge to promote health, prevent disease, and ultimately improve the quality of life of individuals and communities. Students pursuing a degree in Health and Exercise Science apply through Regis College and complete two years of core study requirements, prior to completing the major requirements offered by the School of Physical Therapy in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.
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B.S. in Health & Exercise Science

Degree Overview

Health status has been shown to be related to many factors including illness and disease, but it’s also related to lifestyle, environmental exposures, social status, cultural affiliation, spiritual belief and access to health services. Our Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science offers the foundation for you to use strategies to help others reduce health risks and increase overall health, as well as evaluate and advocate for policies that influence public health for the common good. In Jesuit education it’s known as Cura Personalis. To our students it means looking at all aspects that affect individuals’ and communities’ health including social justice issues along with each individual’s unique circumstances, challenges and gifts. Be a change agent; help others make the most of their health by improving their well-being physically, mentally and socially.

Our Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science combines the following principles to optimize physical, mental and social wellbeing: behavioral health, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, nutrition, and psychology of sport.

Within the major, you will be taught by our 100% doctoral prepared School of Physical Therapy faculty; our professors are not just health care experts – they are compassionate, influential teachers, health care providers and policy makers.

The HES degree lays the foundation for careers in health and wellness, personal training or community health.  Careers include Exercise Physiologists, Exercise Specialists, Personal Trainers, Fitness Center Managers, Health Coaches, and Wellness Directors.  In addition to the course work included in this degree, there’s an optional internship for you to gain practical experience in community health, individual fitness or health policy settings.

Degree: Four-year degree including 128 semester hours includes preparation for the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) exercise specialist certification. With specific advising and use of electives, you can fulfill specific prerequisite coursework to enter professional post-baccalaureate programs in Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology and a variety of other health care fields.

Format: Full-time study on our campus in Denver, Colorado with classes Monday-Friday.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Health and Exercise Science Core Requirements

BL 260 - Principles of Bio: Molecular & Cellular

Introduces students to natural science, particularly the hypothesis testing and data analysis used in contemporary molecular and cellular biology. Develops student knowledge of the terms and concepts of cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. Highlights social and ethical issues. NOTE: Designed for Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies, and Neuroscience majors, as well as for pre-medical and other pre-health-science students. This course has been approved to satisfy the core natural science with laboratory requirement when taken with BL 261 or BL 261H. Offered every Spring Semester. Corequisite(s): BL 261 or BL 261H.

BL 261 - Molecular/Cellular Biology Laboratory

Introduces students to scientific study design, primary literature, basic laboratory skills, data interpretation, and presentation of scientific results. Involves exercises reinforcing lecture content and includes work with recombinant DNA. NOTE: One three-hour laboratory per week. Co-requisite(s): BL 260 except for students with AP high school credit for BL 260.

English Composition

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Take 3 semester hours of English Composition

HCE 445 - Ethics and Health

Examines ethical issues in the promotion of human health. Topics include bioethical issues across the lifespan as well as contemporary challenges related to community health, health policy, health research, emerging technologies and global health.

HES 210 - Intro to Health & Exercise Science

Examines models of health and explores social, economic, cultural, political, and environmental factors that impact health. Introduces principles of exercise across the lifespan from a biomechanical, motor behavior, physiological, nutritional and psychological perspective.

HES 311 - Research Design & Statistics

Introduces research theory, concepts, inferential and descriptive statistical analysis, and study design. Analyzes relevant literature and applies qualitative and quantitative design, methodology, and interpretation.

HES 374 - Applied Human Anatomy

Examines the relationships of the musculoskeletal, nervous, integumentary, cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, renal and reproductive systems of the human body. Integrates cellular and structural factors with clinical application at regional and systemic levels.

Pre-requisite: TAKE BL*260 AND BL*261;

HES 375 - Applied Human Anatomy Lab

Demonstrates specific regional and systemic relationships of the human body systems as they relate to a clinical model. Incorporates the use of human cadaveric preparations and models

HES 376 - Applied Human Physiology

Examines metabolic, neuromusculoskeletal, cardiac, respiratory, renal, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems, including membrane function, electrical activity of cells, neurophysiology, muscle physiology, blood and immune responses, and cellular endocrinology. Includes applicable cellular chemical concepts.

Pre-requisite: TAKE BL*260 BL*261 HES*374 AND HES*375;

HES 377 - Applied Human Physiology Lab

Integrates current physiological tests of the human body systems designed to interpret normal and abnormal physiological values in the clinical model.

Lit/Humanities

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Take 6 semester hours from Literature, Humanities, or
Oral and Written Communication

MT 260 - Pre-Calculus

Reviews the fundamental topics from Algebra and Trigonometry that are necessary for success in calculus. Topics include graphs, polynominals, rational functions, trigonometric functions, exponentials, logs, and vectors.

NR 350 - Normal & Therapeutic Nutrition

Studies the science of nutrition. Presents the nutritional requirements of humans as the basis for planning an adequate diet with consideration giving to variation in food choices due to a variety of social, economic, cultural and psychological factors. Emphasizes the integration of nutritional needs in the care of self and others throughout the life cycle in health and disease.

NS 260 - Introduction to Brain and Behavior

Introduces the scientific study of how the brain relates to behavior. Explores how brain structure and function are involved in sensorimotor functions, motivation and emotion, cognition, and neurological disorders.

NS 261 - Intro to Brain and Behavior Laboratory

Introduces scientific methods used to study brain- behavior relationships such as sensorimotor, emotional, and cognitive functions as well as neurological disorders and the effects of drugs on behavior.

PH 202A - Gen Physics w/Trigonometry I

Discusses fundamental concepts of motion, including Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MT*260;

PH 202B - Gen Physics w/Trigonometry II

A continuation of PH 202A,focusing on electricity, magnetism, and waves. Includes and introduction to quantum mechanics.

Pre-requisite: PH*202A

PH 205A - General Physics Lab w/Trigonometry I

Complements PH 202A, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

PH 205B - General Physics Lab w/Trigonometry II

Complements PH 202B, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to electricity, magnetism, and introductory modern physics.

Philosophy

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Take 3 semester hours of Philosophy

PY 250 - General Psychology

Introduces the science of behavior and mental processes through a systematic study of representative areas of psychology.

Cross listing(s): PY 250C.

PY 461 - Dev Psych:Adulthood/Aging

Studies biological, psychological and social factors in human development during adulthood and later years.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

Religious Studies

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Take 6 semester hours of Religious Studies

SO 200 - Introduction to Sociology

Studies sociological perspectives, focusing on social groups and social interaction. Presents basic sociological terms and concepts, and examines a variety of social institutions and processes.

Cross listing(s): SO 200C.

Soc Sci/Econ/Bus

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Take 3 semester hours from
Social Science, Economics, or Business

Health and Exercise Science Upper Division

HCA 432 - Ldrshp/Mgmt in Health Care Settings

Explores concepts of leadership and management functions and theories as they are applied in health care settings. Examines leadership versus management skills, team development, systems theory, organizational culture and the role of the managers and leaders in an organization.

Cross listing(s): HIM 432 MI 432.

HES 418 - Psychosocial Aspects of Health

Examines the influence of psychological and social variables on health and activity participation. Focuses on stress management, motivation, adherence, access, barriers, and support systems across the lifespan. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HES*210 AND PY*250;

Cross listing(s): PY 425.

HES 420 - Functional Anatomy

Examines anatomical concepts of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that form the basis of analysis of human movement. Analyzes joint movement, complex muscular activity, and integration of the nervous system. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HES*210 AND HES*374 AND HES*375;

HES 421 - Functional Anatomy Lab

Applies functional anatomy concepts to human movement. Examines anatomical relationships through cadaver prosection, models, and other modalities. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

HES 430 - Physiology of Exercise

Explores concepts of nutrition and energy production/expenditure during exercise. Examines adaptations of the pulmonary, cariovascular, skeletal muscle, nervous, urinary, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems to the stresses of exercise across the lifespan. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HES*210 HES*374 HES*375 HES*376 HES*377;

HES 431 - Physiology of Exercise Lab

Applies exercise physiology principles and methods to analysis of human movement. Examines theoretical concepts during performances assessment of various physiological systems. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

HES 434 - Exercise Prescription

Explores evidence based concepts for the design of exercise programs with special consideration for the normal aging process. Places emphasis on current professional guidelines for exercise prescription. Includes service learning. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HES*210 HES*376 HES*377 HES*430 AND HES*431;

HES 435 - Exercise Prescription Lab

Applies practical and theoretical concepts of exercise prescription across the lifespan with practice exercise prescription and progression of exercise programs for specific cases using current best evidence. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

HES 438 - Nutrition Across the Lifespan

Investigates sources and functions of nutrients in all stages of the life cycle. Emphasizes topics of dietary guidelines and nutritional assessment when considering eating disorders, weight loss, sports nutrition, food safety, and the diet-disease relationship. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HES*210 HES*376 HES*377 HES*430 HES*431 NR*350;

HES 440 - Concepts of Motor Behavior

Examines principles of human motor control, learning, and development. Explores learner and environmental factors influencing motor performance and long-term retention of motor skills. Includes application of theoretical principles and research findings to practical settings. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HES*210 PY*250 HES*374 HES*375;

HES 441 - Concepts of Motor Behavior Lab

Introduces motor behavior experimental methods for quantitative and qualitative analysis of human movement, learning and control during static and dynamic activities. Integrates theoretical concepts with practical applications. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

HES 450 - Biomechanics of Exercise

Evaluates internal and external forces acting on the human body. Performs quantitative and qualitative evaluations with the associated kinematic and kinetic variables to describe body movements. Includes the development and completion of a research project incorporating biomechanical principles. NOTE: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*202A PH*205A HES*210 HES*311 HES*374 HES*375;

HES 451 - Biomechanics of Exercise Lab

Applies biomechanical measurement methods using quantitative and qualitative analysis of kinematics and kinetics of human movement during static and dynamic activities. Note: Permission of instructors required for all non-majors.

Major Electives

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Option A: Community Health Coaching
Complete 12 credits from the following courses:
HES 439, HES 460, HES 465, HES 470, HES 472, HCA 440

Option B: Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Complete 12 credits from the following courses:
PY 459, PY 460, PY 471, BL 414/415, HES 490E-W, HES 498E-W

NS 485 - Func Neurophysiology/Neuroanatomy

Explores the functional significance of neural physiology and connectivity, including effects related to neural development, how nerve cells communicate with one another, how patterns of neural interconnections give rise to different perceptual, cognitive, and motor responses, and how neural communication is modified by experience.

Pre-requisite: NS*260 BL*260 BL*262

Cross listing(s): BL 485 PY 485.

NS 486 - Neurophys/Neuroanatomy Lab

Involves laboratory experiments and computer simulations of neural functions as well as gross dissection, and historical study of neuroanatomy.

Cross listing(s): BL 486 PY 486.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (Full Time, 12-18 semester hours) $16,230
Other Fees
Application Fee $40
Freshman Orientation Fee (first semester only) $200
Lab Fee (per year, junior and senior years only) $200
Student Activity Fee (per semester) $150
Student Support Fee (per semester) $150
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

$1,102
$1,102
Residence Hall Rates (per semester) $2,600-$3,900
Board Rates (per semester) $315-$2,320
Graduation Application Fee $50

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

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