The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being. For specific requirements, see the General Education Program section or the Program Checksheet for this major.
PEAC XXX - Aerobics Selective Credits: .5
PEAC XXX - PEAC Elective Credits: .5
Interest in conditioning athletes across the life span from youth to seniors to improve performance continues to grow. Strength training, speed training and specific sport skill training are examples of performance areas graduates could work with. Employment opportunities continue to be good in professional and college’s and universities athletics with oppotunities working with high school athletes increasing significantly.
The Sport Performance Specialization builds on the strong science based undergraduate Applied Exercise Science program. The specialization is an interdisciplinary program including courses from the Movement and Sports Studies and Physical Education/Coaching programs.
Students who choose this specialization will be encouraged to complete their final Internship (minimum of 450 hours) at one of the many Sport Performance settings Springfield College has agreements with locally, nationally and internationally.
Many applied exercise science and wellness graduates who enter the work force in the traditional commercial, agency and corporate fitness areas are finding opportunities to work with clients interested in personal one-on-one training. Exercise science professionals who have the technical skills and entrepreneurial interest and want to be their own ‘boss’ are starting their own Personal Training businesses. Trends in the Fitness Industry support that personal training, ranging from those interested in general fitness to elite athletes, are looking for qualified and skilled personal trainers.
The Personal Training Specialization builds on the strong science based undergraduate applied science exercise program. The specialization is an interdisciplinary program including courses from the Management, Sport Management and Physical Education programs.
Students who choose this specialization will be encouraged to complete their final Internship (minimum of 450 hours) in a setting that supports use of their exercise and fitness skills as well as exposure to the business side of personal training.
Within the fields of health promotion, wellness and exercise science, one of the fastest growing areas of interest for both consumers and practitioners is Alternative and Complimentary Wellness. The Spa and Wellness Management concentration has been developed to prepare graduates for entry-level careers in the Spa Industry which has been very successful in integrating Alternative and Complimentary Wellness into their programming.
Many of the positions in the Spa Industry require skills in the business and management areas as well as the applied exercise sciences. This concentration is an interdisciplinary program which integrates coursework and field based experiences in the Exercise Sciences, Sport Management and Business Administration areas. Students who choose and achieve in completing this concentration will be well prepared for an entry-level career in the rapidly expanding spa industry.
In addition to the coursework, it is expected that the student will complete their ‘Capstone’ minimum 450 hour (15 credit) Internship at a facility which utilizes and integrates Alternative and Complimentary Wellness theory, strategies, and techniques into their programming.
and choose one of the following two courses:
Applied exercise science majors must qualify for advanced standing in order to register for the third- and fourth-year sequences of required courses (including Internship I and II). To qualify for advanced standing, the student must achieve and maintain the following standards by the conclusion of his or her sophomore year.
After achieving the minimum GPA and grade standards listed above, the student must maintain those standards through the remainder of the program. If the student fails to meet or maintain those standards, the applied exercise science faculty will review the student’s record and recommend departmental probation (with appropriate prescription) or dismissal from the program.
A student may appeal any action taken by the department regarding his or her probation or dismissal from the major. In order to appeal, the student must submit a letter to the department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies (ESSS) chairperson requesting a review of their status. This appeal must be submitted within two weeks of the student being notified of his or her probation or dismissal. The department chairperson will call a meeting of the appropriate faculty. The student will be notified within ten days of the meeting regarding the outcome of their appeal.