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Exercise & Sports 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. The minor provides coursework in biomechanical principles, prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, exercise leadership, and health behavior.

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Currently working with NASA, CASIS and ISS to send off our a project into space for the Space Station National Design Challenge.

Coming up this academic year:

  • Halloween Extravaganza
  • Society for Neuroscience Conference
  • Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy Conference
  • Pittcon Conference
  • Big Bang Theory Night
  • Guest Speakers
  • CCSJ STEAM poster session
  • Game Night
  • Fund raising events
  • Just to mention a few.
Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers
Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers

Director of the Biophysical Chemistry & Mathematics Program and Associate Professor
Room 335
(219) 473-4268

Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers obtained her Ph.D. in Bio-Analytical Chemistry from the University of Illinois. She has brought her Alzheimer’s disease research to Calumet College of St. Joseph’s and is utilizing various high tech bio-analytical techniques and orthomolecular compounds to find a preventative. Her experience and passion includes encouraging students to present their research findings at various conferences from around the nation to around the world (from Brazil to France). During her last two years at DePaul she had 31 research students who presented over 120 posters and won various awards for their presentations and currently has 23 papers in progress and completion for publication. She has also published 1 laboratory manual and is currently working on 2 more (to be release in fall of 2016). Dr. Rogers would like to encourage our CCSJ students to part take in such research events to help motivate hands on research, confidence and understanding on what they do in the classroom does relate to real life. Over the past 2 years, Dr. Rogers has had over 30 students present posters at conferences in the Midwest and has had 4 of her students attend neuroscience presentation at the University of California. Also, one of her students was accepted into the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at IUN.

Dr. Rogers teaches General and Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Forensic Biology, Instrumental Chemistry, Research Methods and Nutrition. She previously taught as a Bio-Analytical Chemistry at DePaul University where she also was the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Chimon –Rogers has also taught at Prairie State College, National-Louis University and Elmhurst College. Dr. Rogers was also been nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching” at DePaul along with the various other research recognitions.

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Dr. Ahmed Lakhani
Dr. Ahmed Lakhani

Assistant Professor
Room 333
(219) 473-4275

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. in the area of Bio-Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. He is currently teaching the general science courses, physics, and anatomy and physiology with a few others here and there. Dr. Lakhani is also involved with our summer bridge program at CCSJ.

Dr. Fiona Groninger-Poe
Dr. Fiona Groninger-Poe

Assistant Professor

Dr. Fiona Poe completed her Ph.D in biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 2014. During her graduate studies, she earned the Robert L. Switzer teaching award and was an American Society for Microbiology Science Teaching Fellow. Her research interests include sugar metabolism in plant pathogens and agar degradation in marine bacteria. Dr. Poe teaches general biology, microbiology, biochemistry and biotechnology. She is also highly active with the Whiting Science Olympiads along with various other high school outreach programs.

We have well equipped biology, chemistry and physics labs along with top of the line instrumentation such as:

  • Ultra Violet/Visible Spectrometers
  • Infrared Spectrometers
  • Fourier Transform Infrared
  • Autoclaves
  • Inverted Microplate Reader
  • Lyophilizer
  • 96 Well Plate Reader
  • Analytical Balances
  • Visible Spectrometers
  • Cell Incubator
  • Sonic Dismembrator
  • -80 Fridge
  • Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Shakers
  • Bench Top Centrifuge
  • Vortex
  • Microvial Centrifuge
  • UV Trans Illuminator
  • Various Body Models
  • Adult and Child CPR
  • AED Trainer
  • Top of the Line Physics Experimental Kits

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Program Details

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Minor Requirements in the Sciences

Requirements:18 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 425 Individual Fitness (1)
EXSS 435 Kinesiology/Kinesiology Lab (4)
EXSS 496 Special Topics in Exercise and Sports Science (3)

Total credit hours: 18

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.

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Carlos Moreno
Carlos Moreno

Jordan Thome
Jordan Thome

Ellen Wilson
Ellen Wilson