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SCI 39 — Exercise Theory and Design for Health and Fitness

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 29—Aug 26
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 31
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $455
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Limit: 80
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: This course includes an optional Q&A session on Thursday, September 2, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Jul 29—Aug 26
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 31
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Clyde Wilson
Please Note: This course includes an optional Q&A session on Thursday, September 2, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Human movement and exercise can increase quality of life through improved immunity, sleep, energy, metabolism, psychological state, longevity (meaning disease-risk reduction), and the improved function of tissues such as bone, nerve, joint, and muscle. This course highlights what the scientific literature says about the impact that human movement has on health and fitness parameters so that exercise can be targeted to specific goals. Students will learn a simple approach for applying this information to their lives, helping them to develop personalized exercise programs that benefit from an enhanced understanding of the fundamental processes involved. Topics covered will include anatomy, the neural control of movement, how muscles contract and become damaged during exercise, and the recovery and adaptation process. Homework will focus on applying course concepts to each person's individual life goals and lifestyle, combining what each person wants with the realities of their lives to strike the balance between what is simultaneously most effective and most sustainable.

Students should be comfortable hearing about scientific findings on the topics discussed in class, but no science background is required.

Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco

Clyde Wilson has taught movement and nutrition courses at Stanford for twenty years, including kinesiology in Stanford Human Biology, nutrition and exercise theory in Stanford’s Department of Athletics, and food pharmacology in both the Stanford and UCSF medical schools. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford and researches metabolism at UCSF.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.