Exercise Science - VLACS
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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 18 weeks


This course takes an in-depth examination of the effects of exercise on the body. Through this course, students will learn basic anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology, as well as proper principles and techniques to designing an effective exercise program. The study of nutrition and human behavior will also be integrated into the course to enhance the students’ comprehension of this multifaceted subject.

This course is one of our Career Exploration offerings.


Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1:

  • Unit 1: Intro to Exercise Science
  • Unit 2: Body Systems
    • Terminology
    • Skeletal & Muscular Systems
    • Respiratory & Cardiovascular Systems
  • Unit 3: Exercise Physiology
    • Energy Systems
    • Muscle Physiology
    • Gender Differences
  • Unit 4: Biomechanics & Safety
    • Biomechanics
    • Exercise Safety & Injury Prevention
  • Unit 5: Exercise Programming
    • Exercise Programming
    • Components of Physical Fitness
  • Unit 6: Mind & Body
    • Exercise Psychology
    • Sports Nutrition
  • Unit 7: Exercise Considerations
    • Exercise Programming Considerations
    • Special Populations


Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets elective credit


  • Career Connections
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of various careers by researching careers and participating in and reflecting on sessions hosted by professionals working in these careers.
  • Body Systems
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of four of the major physiological systems in the body by examining the cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems and identifying the basic anatomy and defining the physiological principles related to each of these systems.
  • Principles of Exercise Physiology
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of exercise physiology by comparing the 3 major energy systems used during anaerobic and aerobic exercise and explaining the adaptations of the four major physiological systems through aerobic and anaerobic conditioning.
  • Biomechanics and Safety
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of human movement by defining and explaining key biomechanical and safety principles
  • Sport Nutrition and Psychology
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of sport nutrition and eating behaviors by describing the function of nutrients in the body and identifying the unique nutritional and psychological demands associated with fitness training and performance.
  • Exercise Programming and Assessment
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the components necessary to achieve physical fitness by defining training principles and applying those principles to exercise program design.



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