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Exercise Science Pre-Advising Information

The Exercise Science Program (ES), is a major within the department of Human Performance & Sport and is designed for the student desiring a career in the allied health care field of Exercise Science. The objective of the MSU Denver Exercise Science major is the professional preparation of pre-service Exercise Science specialists, qualifying them to sit for established nationally recognized certification examinations.   Upon successful completion of a national certifying exam, the ES graduate may practice as a certified professional in areas such as:  Health Fitness Instructor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, or Performance Enhancement Specialist. 

The Exercise Science major does not encompass academic preparation for the professions Athletic Training (care and prevention of athletic injuries).  Students who pursue a degree in ES will not be eligible to take the National Athletic Trainer’s Board of Certification examination.   The preparation for this specialty is covered in the Athletic Training Education Program major within the department of Human Performance and Sport.

Please review the ES Pre-Advising Information document for extensive pre-advising information.


Exercise Science Faculty Adviors

Students are welcome to email faculty advisors directly to schedule an advising appointment.  You may also click "Full Profile" to view their walk-in office hours for the semester. 


Doctor Ben Thompson

Dr. Ben Thompson
Associate Professor, Exercise Science


303-615-1341



bthomp50@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217G

Office Hours:

SUMMER SEMESTER

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

9:45am - 11:00am

Campus Box Number:
25

Directory Profile

Bio:

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Human Performance and Sport at MSU Denver.  He teaches a wide variety of courses in the Department of Human Performance and Sports’ Exercise Science concentration.  They range from introductory courses like Physical Fitness Techniques and Programs to senior courses like Exercise Electrocardiology and Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription.  Prior to working in higher education, he was employed as an exercise professional for Johnson & Johnson as well as in hospital and community based fitness facilities.  Thompson is dedicated to his students and strives to provide them the foundations to become successful exercise professionals.

Professionally, he is an active member in the American Physiological Society (APS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  He currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB) Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) subcommittee for ACSM as well as a member-at-large for the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES).  Dr. Thompson was recently honored to be named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  He is one of approximately 1400 in the entire College.  He is also an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and has maintained this certification for over 16 years.

Dr. Thompson has published in well-known, peer-reviewed journals like the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology.  He has continued research interests in skeletal muscle blood flow as well as the efficacy of physician/exercise professional national initiatives.



Doctor Joe Quatrochi

Dr. Joe Quatrochi
Professor, Exercise Science


303-615-1319



quatrocj@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
209B

Office Hours:

SUMMER SEMESTER

TUESDAY

10:00am - 12:00pm

Campus Box Number:
25

Directory Profile

Bio:

Dr. Joe Quatrochi is a Professor of Human Performance and Sport at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is the coordinator for the Exercise Science major within the HPS department. His academic preparation includes an undergraduate degree in Physical Education, and post-graduate degrees in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion.

Dr. Quatrochi's primary research interest lies in the area of physical activity for the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. His professional experience includes extensive consulting activities for public and private entities in the areas of worksite health promotion and physical activity programs for adults, seniors/retirees, athletes and public service professionals (firefighters, security personnel). He has won numerous awards for his teaching and professional service. During the past 25 years, he has shared his expertise on numerous fitness and wellness-related topics in a variety of ways: through publication of several articles and chapters in books; delivery of dozens of presentations to various professional, private and public groups; and through many interviews for both print and electronic media. Most recently, Dr. Quatrochi has shared his experiences as a cancer survivor. Specifically, he has presented to various groups regarding the importance of self-responsibility to those being treated for cancer and other diseases.



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Dr. Tony Nunez
Assistant Professor, Exercise Science


303-615-1335



tnunez1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217F

Office Hours:

SUMMER SEMESTER

MONDAY

10:05am - 10:50am

TUESDAY

8:30am - 11:30am

 

Campus Box Number:
25

Directory Profile

Bio:

Dr. Tony Nuñez is an Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Sport at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He teaches in the Exercise Science major and specializes in resistance training and metabolic conditioning. During his time in the private sector, he has worked as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, business owner and personal training supervisor. Dr. Nuñez’s academic preparation includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach, as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy in Exercise Science/Physiology from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Dr. Nuñez’s research interest lies in the area of exercise programming for metabolic conditioning and the prevention of chronic diseases through the use of exercise, as well as resistance training programming for both athletic and general populations. He has presented his research at national and international conferences around the United States and plans to continue doing so throughout his career. Dr. Nuñez has published in peer-reviewed scientific and professional journals, most notably the IDEA Fitness Journal, who has a readership of over 300 thousand fitness professionals. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds his Exercise is Medicine credential from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Dr. Nuñez takes great pride in the success of his students and hopes to help all of them reach their academic and professional goals. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, exercising and taking part in outdoor activities.



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Summer Sides
Lecturer, Exercise Science


303-615-1318



ssides@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217J

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

MONDAY/WEDNESDAY

11am-12:30pm

TUESDAY

1:45pm-3:45pm

Campus Box Number:
25

Directory Profile


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