Lab Classes



Lab Classes

The WHIR Center engages students in hands-on learning through lab classes in a variety of different disciplines.  Departments that regularly use the WHIR Center are: Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Biology, and the Music Department, along with many other visitors.  In lab classes, students learn to conduct health assessments, design independent research experiments, and replicate seminal research studies.   If your department is interested in learning more about how to schedule classes in the WHIR Center lab, please contact:  For a list of equipment, please visit the Equipment page.

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   WHIR Center Lab Classes:

 Physical Therapy (Graduate-Level):    

DPT 7121 - Outpatient Physical Therapy I

This course will continue to build on the knowledge from the previous Outpatient PT courses. The course will introduce the student to the physical therapy management of patients who have cumulative trauma/stress injuries, especially related to occupational injuries with emphasis on ergonomics, Workman’s Compensation rules/regulations, and psychophysiological responses to stress. In addition, further specific musculoskeletal topics will be covered including hand examination and rehabilitation with fabrication of thermoplastic splints, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and women’s health. The principles of community work and learning (service learning) will be introduced in preparation for the implementation of this component of the DPT curriculum in the following spring semester. Prerequisite: Successful completion of second-year DPT courses.

DPT 6000 - Acute Care II

This course will review and expand on the gross and microscopic anatomy and physiology of the heart, lungs, kidney, liver and immune systems. Selected cardiac, renal, hepatic and immune system pathologies will be covered. Physical therapy, for patients with the above conditions involving advanced acute care management/intervention issues will be the focus of the course. Cardiac rehabilitation is covered in depth. Concepts of wellness and health promotion will be introduced and a community based health and wellness event will be planned. Management concepts including organizational structure and outcomes measurement will be addressed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of first-year DPT courses.

Occupational Therapy (Graduate-Level):

OSOT 5450 - Pediatric Practice

This course integrates evidence and theory in contemporary applications of occupational therapy in multiple pediatric/adolescent service delivery models. Cases will include increasingly complex psychosocial, physical and contextual barriers to occupational performance for children and adolescents using active and problem-based learning approaches. A significant emphasis is put on evaluation, intervention, outcomes and documentation related to the various cases presented. Evidence based practice, clinical reasoning and ethical decision making will be emphasized throughout the course.  Prerequisite: OSOT 5410.

Biology (Undergraduate-Level):

BIOL 1120 - Biology of Women

A study of the nature of scientific inquiry and basic biological principles in the context of issues relevant to women. Areas of study include reproductive anatomy and physiology, the cardiovascular system, genetics and sexual differentiation, women and cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, infertility, contraception, menopause, women and exercise, women and nutrition, and women and aging. Three hours of class and two hours of laboratory per week. Designed for non-majors. Also offered as WOST. Also offered in Evening/Weekend/Online Program and during the summer. Some sections are writing intensive.

BIOL 1720 - Foundations of Biology II

This course is the second course in a three-semester sequence of introductory biology courses. It is required of all biology majors and designed for students majoring in the sciences as well as those preparing for graduate school in the sciences or professional programs such as medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or psychology. BIOL 1720 is an introduction to biology from the perspective of cells---how molecules interact to organize the structure and function of cells and how the resulting specialization of cells produces functional organs and well-regulated organisms. The concepts will be constructed through analysis of biological processes such as cellular respiration, photosynthesis, signal transduction, plant protective mechanisms, basic inheritance of traits, and plasticity of organisms within environments, epigenetics, gene expression, and regulatory mechanisms. Broad questions and scenarios will highlight various aspects of biology, including medicine, evolutionary paths/adaptations, environmental connections, and structure-function relationships. Students will become proficient in a variety of cellular, molecular and physiological techniques and will learn how and when to apply them to answer biological questions. Class meets three hours a week for an exploration of biological concepts and three hours a week for laboratory experiences. Prerequisites: Grade of C- or above in BIOL 1710.

HNRS 4990 - D01 - “You throw like a girl!”:  Women and Sports in the U.S. Before and After Title IX

For males and females alike, being told that “you throw (or run or hit or play) like a girl” has been the height of athletic insult in U.S. sports culture.  Underlying the insult are two assumptions: first, that there is a particular way that girls throw, and second, that it is naturally inferior to boys’ throwing ability. This course examines the historical and biological underpinnings of such an assumption.  Historically, the course is organized around the passage of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. We will begin by examining the context out of which Title IX arose: the post-World War II era’s emphasis on white, middle-class, domestic femininity and the emergence of the women’s movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  We will then study the crafting, passage, and implementation of Title IX itself, situating it squarely within the prime of the women’s movement.  The final section of the course revolves around the long-term impact of Title IX on women’s participation in sports and the attendant relationship between sports and changing roles for women from the 1980s to the 21st century.  Throughout the course we will explore the ways in which race, class, and sexuality intersect with gender in the relationship between women and sports, as well as the interaction between major historical events and specific individual (and groups of) women.  Because sport is defined through physicality, and because so much of the discourse about women’s ability to participate in athletic endeavors has centered on biological arguments – ranging from the idea that women’s shoulders are “hinged differently” and thus unable to replicate the throwing motion of men to the assertion that a woman’s uterus would fall out were she to engage in long-distance running – we will also explore the topic of women and sports through the lens of biology.  In lab, students will experience the iterations of the scientific process as they design experiments involving each other and other groups of interest. Through discussion and team projects we will develop a biological grounding to inform the historical, political, and cultural questions that will emerge from our explorations of sex, sport, and society.

Music (Undergraduate-Level):

MUS 4994 - Topics: Music and Healing

This 4-credit course, open to both majors and non-majors, explores the way people across the globe use music to heal, maintain health, and prepare for death.  Of particular interest is the relationship of music to spirituality, memory, and emotion; and new findings in neuroscience about music. Learning will be accomplished through listening to music, reading, video-viewing, and a variety of field trips.

Exercise and Sports Science (Undergraduate-Level):

EXSS 4300 - Advanced Biomechanics
This course is designed to give experience in the equipment and methodologies used in the field of biomechanics and kinesiology. Topic areas include the use of video data collection and reduction methods, force platform, electromyography, gait studies, anthropometric studies and other research in the field. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered winter semester every year.
Prerequisites: EXSS 3350.

EXSS 3550 - Exercise Testing and Prescription
This course gives you experience with the equipment and procedures used for assessment, design and implementation of fitness programs. Procedures include: physical work capacity (V02/stress test), EKG, blood pressure, body composition (skin fold calipers, bioelectrical, and impedance), muscular strength and muscular endurance. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered winter semester every year.
Prerequisites: EXSS 3350, EXSS 3450.

EXSS 3450 - Exercise Physiology
This is a lecture/laboratory course covering the theory and analysis of physiological responses and adaptations to exercise for fitness and human performance. Course topics include energy systems, exercise metabolism, circulatory and respiratory adaptations, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, acid-base balance, temperature regulation, body composition and nutrition, ergogenic aids. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered fall semester every year.
Prerequisites: BIOL 2510, BIOL 2520.

EXSS 3350 -  Kinesiology And Biomechanics
This is a lecture/laboratory course on the study of human motion including anatomical foundations of the skeletal and muscle systems and the application of mechanical principles to the analysis of human motion in physical education, fitness activities, sport and activities of daily life. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered winter semester every year.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2510.

EXSS 2800W - Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise and Sport Science
Methods and principles of testing and measurement in exercise science. Includes basic statistical methods, test construction, evaluation and measurement of anthropometrics, fitness, motor performance, skill levels and related functions. Does not meet the health and fitness liberal arts core requirement. Offered spring semester every year.