High School

Exercise Science

0.5 Credits
1 segment / 18 weeks
Digital Badge

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 design 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.

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


Physical Fitness History

Students will demonstrate an understanding of physical fitness history by summarizing the history of physical fitness and describing careers in the health profession.

Body Systems

Students will demonstrate an understanding of body systems by describing the skeletal system, describing the muscular system, describing the respiratory system, and describing the cardiovascular system.

Exercise Physiology

Students will demonstrate an understanding of exercise physiology by describing energy systems, explaining muscle physiology, and describing gender differences in physical activity.

Biomechanics and Exercise Safety

Students will demonstrate an understanding of biomechanics and exercise safety by explaining biomechanics and describing exercise safety.

Exercise Programs

Students will demonstrate an understanding of exercise programs by explaining elements of an exercise program and describing components of physical fitness.

Exercise Psychology

Students will demonstrate an understanding of exercise psychology by explaining exercise psychology and describing sports nutrition.

Exercise Program Design

Students will demonstrate an understanding of exercise program design by describing exercise program design factors and describing exercise program considerations.

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


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