Dr. Ron Mendel

Teaching Area(s): Exercise Science

I could list the typical clichés about what makes Mount Union unique, but I truly believe that what makes it unique cannot be put into words. It is just a unique feeling one has when they are part of Mount Union. 

Exercise Science Learning Objectives

At the University of Mount Union the exercise science degree offers students a life span approach to physical fitness, performance and health to prepare them for a career in the allied-health field. Exercise physiology courses are designed to expand upon information provided in the basic sciences of anatomy/physiology and chemistry. By design students learn about the effects of physical activity on children, then young adults, followed by geriatric populations.

Course work also includes basic pharmacology for the health professional, testing and measurements in fitness, and electrocardiography. Additionally, the curriculum is designed to provide students with the laboratory and personal experiences needed to complete certification examinations offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

The exercise science major prepares students for a variety of possible careers in athletic training, physical therapy, fitness and sport enterprises, education, sport science, coaching and other allied health occupations. Such occupations include, aerobics instructor, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, exercise physiologist, occupational physiologist, personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist and more.
Exercise Science Program Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound foundational knowledge and understanding of the principles of biology, chemistry, and nutrition, and an advanced understanding of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise.
  • Demonstrate basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting in the exercise sciences.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance and influence of physical activity, kinesiology, nutrition and exercise on health and be an advocate for physically active lifestyles as a means to improve quality of life and reduce the risk and prevalence of lifestyle related diseases.
  • Plan, administer, and evaluate wellness and fitness programs, nutrition projects, and exercise physiology tracks based in sport, clinical, industrial, and/or corporate environments.
  • Demonstrate requisite skills and abilities for meaningful employment in exercise science related areas or pursue graduate studies in an exercise science related area.

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