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Exercise & Sports Science

Exercise & Sports Science

Exercise Sport Science

The Exercise and Sports Science (EXSS) minor is designed for students who desire a greater understanding of the physiological and biomechanical principles of exercise and fitness.

Department Chair: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D

Program Director: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Faculty: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Musser, BSHA; Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS.; Karen Dade

Mission Statement

The Exercise and Sports Science (EXSS) minor is designed for students who desire a greater understanding of the physiological and biomechanical principles of exercise and fitness. The minor provides coursework in biomechanical principles, prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, exercise leadership, and health behavior.


Full-Time Faculty:

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sport Science, and Kinesiology
Interim Program Director for Forensic Biotechnology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Room 512
(219) 473-4275
Dr. Lakhani's Faculty Member Page

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) in 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2011. His primary expertise is in chemistry, although he teaches across the curriculum at CCSJ in three science programs and is the Program Director for Bachelor of Science programs in Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Kinesiology.

Carrie Hutton

Dr. Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E., Ed.D

Program Director, Mathematics; Program Director, General Education
Assistant Professor
Office: Room 302
(219) 473-4284

Dr. Hutton earned a M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Purdue University, a M.S.E. in Engineering from Purdue University, and an Ed.D in Leadership from American College of Education.

Dr. Hutton teaches developmental mathematics courses, Statistics, and Calculus courses at CCSJ. She previously taught dual credit engineering technology courses and mathematics courses in K-12 schools. Her research interests include quality and competitive K-16 STEM education for underrepresented populations in STEM careers, the successful implementation of inquiry K-16 STEM learning, and the successful implementation of project-based integrated K-16 STEM learning.

Dr. Hutton is an active member of the community as a City of Hammond Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission. She is also an active member of the CCSJ community as the General Education Director, the Student Government faculty sponsor, and the Chair of faculty Senate.

Br. Benjamin Basile

Br. Benjamin Basile, C.P.P.S, M.S.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office: Room 303
(219) 473-4280

Brother Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S. is a member of the Precious Blood Missionaries, the founding religious order of Calumet College of St. Joseph. A native of New Jersey, Brother Ben joined the Missionaries in 1969. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He also has done graduate study in Education at the University of Akron and in Computer Science at DePaul University. After 8 years in high school teaching and 3 years as a high school principal, he was appointed to the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in 1981, teaching computer science and mathematics. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Registrar of the College, and as Mathematics Coordinator from 2003 to 2015. Currently, he enjoys teaching "all math, all the time." In 2015 he oversaw the installation, in the Bernard Gallery of the College, of a Kimball pipe organ from 1898, which he had saved from destruction.

Doctor Draper

Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Room 514
Phone: (219) 473-4268

Dr. Draper received his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University, an M.S. in Biology from Purdue University, and a PhD. in Biology from The University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Draper is most interested in molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetics. He will be teaching courses throughout the biology curriculum. Dr. Draper uses the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study how cells detect and respond to extracellular signals.

Tracy Stone

Tracy Stone, M.S.

Faculty Instructor of Kinesiology
Office: Room 520
(219) 473-4357

Tracy started her career in fitness in 1997 as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her love of health and wellness led her to earn a B.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Mrs. Stone is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2003, she was given her first opportunity to teach in the classroom setting as a Graduate Assistant at UIC. From there she went on to serve as the Lead Instructor for the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Chicago for 12 years.

Adjunct Faculty:

Michael Keiderling

Dr. Michael Keiderling, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty of Physics

Dr. Michael Keiderling is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary expertise is in Physics though he also teaches general science.

Nicole Griffin

Nicole Griffin, M.L.S., ASCP, SM

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Nicole Griffin is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. She received her B.S. in Biology from Purdue University in 2002. She is currently pursuing her M.A. degree in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University. Nicole has over 15 year’s clinical experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Her primary expertise is in clinical Microbiology.​

Mary Wallace

Mary Wallace, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Mary Wallace is Program Director of the Community Healthcare System School of Medical Laboratory Science. She received her B.S. in biology at Purdue University West Lafayette, IN. She completed the School of Medical Technology at St. Mary Medical Center in Gary IN and has worked at Community Hospital Laboratory for many years. She taught in the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Indiana University Northwest for three years before participating in the establishment of the MLS program at CHS. She achieved her MS in Biology at Purdue Calumet and more recently a Specialist in Hematology from ASCP. Mary teaches Hematology, Blood Bank, Immunology, Urinalysis and Body Fluids.

Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a sound foundational knowledge and understanding of kinesiology as it relates to responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise.
  2. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, and sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting in the exercise sciences.
  3. 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.
  4. Plan, administer, and evaluate wellness and fitness programs, nutrition projects, and exercise physiology tracks based in sport, clinical, industrial, and/or corporate environments.
  5. Demonstrate requisite skills and abilities for meaningful employment in exercise science related areas or pursue graduate studies in an exercise science related area.

Career Options

Career options with this minor include but are not limited to:

  • Fitness Industry: Fitness leader, personal trainer, fitness equipment, salesperson, or center manager.
  • Corporate/Employee Wellness: Wellness coordinator, exercise physiologist or fitness director.
  • University/College: Strength and conditioning coach, campus fitness director or laboratory coordinator.

Program Director

Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

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Program Requirements

Minor in Exercise & Sports Science

Requirements:19 credit hours

EXSS 200 Certified Personal Trainer (2)
EXSS 400 Principles of Conditioning (3)
EXSS 410 First Responder (2)
EXSS 415 Fitness Assessment (3)
EXSS 420 Techniques & Practices of Strength and Conditioning (1)
EXSS 425 Techniques & Practices of Exercise Instruction (1)
EXSS 435 Kinesiology/Kinesiology Lab (4)
EXSS 496 Special Topics in Exercise and Sports Science (3)

Total credit hours: 19


To see the list of courses related to this program, check out the course descriptions on the Biophysical Chemistry and Math Department Courses page.

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