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Health and Human Performance

Health and Human Performance

B.S. Degree

The Health and Human Performance major prepares the student for a variety of fitness, educational and rehabilitation settings including local, state and federal agencies such as schools, non-profit organizations such as health department services as well as commercial enterprises such as fitness centers, the Health and Human Performance major will include four emphasis areas.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

HHP 499 Internship



Required Liberal Arts Core Courses (11 hours)  

   BIO 111 General Biology 4
   PSY 201 General Psychology 3
   BIO 254 Anatomy and Physiology 4

Required Common Courses (25 hours)

   BIO 320 Human Nutrition or HHP 348 Sports Nutrition 3
   PSY 345 Sports Psychology or HHP 345 Sports Psychology 3
   HHP 200 Health and Wellness 3
   HHP 252 Foundations of Health and Human Performance Professions 3
   HHP 300 Responding to Emergencies 3
   HHP 338 Motor Learning 3
   HHP 340 Kinesiology 3
   HHP 355 Physiology of Exercise 3
   Choose 1 HHP 100-199 1



I.  Physical and Health Education; Teaching Pre K-12 Emphasis (Teacher Education Minor required)

Students electing this program emphasis must also minor in the All-Level Teacher Education Minor and fulfill all the requirements and standards in both programs to become certified to teach Physical Education and Health at the elementary and secondary levels (Pre K-12). This licensure requires passing all state-mandated tests prior to enrollment into the Teacher Education program. This emphasis provides the scientific background and academic experience which will prepare students to be effective educators. (See Teacher Education Minor)

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) for this emphasis can be met by successfully completing EDU 402 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Field Experience and EDU 403 - The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. 

Degree Specific Requirements (8 hours)

   BIO 255 Anatomy and Physiology 4
   PSY 211 Human Growth and Development- Child and Adolescent 3
   PSY 291 Practicum and Child Development Lab 1
Required Courses (14 hours)   
   HHP 145 Rhythmics and Recreational Games 1
   DAN 105 or 106 or 110 or 111 1
   HHP 320 Health and Physical Education for Children (Pre K-6) 3
   HHP 321 The Physical Education Experience for Adolescents 3
   HHP 401 Methods for Teaching Health Education 3
   HHP 403 Physical Education Assessment Procedures 3

Total Hours Required in Major    39
 

II. Exercise and Sport Studies Emphasis

This option offers rigorous academic training to meet an increasing demand for well-educated professionals capable of delivering a broad range of exercise-based preventive, technical education and rehabilitative services. The specialists in this area develop individual exercise programs for a diverse population ranging from healthy individuals to individuals with known cardiovascular disease..

Degree Specific Requirements (7 hours)

   BIO 255 Anatomy and Physiology 4
   HHP 206 Introduction into Athletic Injuries 3
Required Courses (21 hours)
   BUS 230 Computer Applications 3
   REC 341 Program Planning and Leadership 4
   HHP 315 Exercise Assessment and Prescription 3
   HHP 316 Application of Exercise Assessment and Prescription 1
   HHP 332 Strength and Conditioning 3
   HHP 400 Advanced Exercise Assessment 3
   HHP 499 Internship 4
   (Suggested electives include HHP 305, REC 350, SCI 137)

Total Hours Required in Major    46

III. Exercise Science Emphasis

This emphasis is designed to serve as a pre-professional course of study for athletic training, sports medicine, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, or physiology of exercise. This option would be for individuals interested in specializing in preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to participating in sports and/or exercise, specifically the rotation or deformation of joints or muscles caused by engaging in such physical activities. An exercise physiology and science professional performs a variety of tasks and procedures to assists athletes of all ages, amateur or professional, in any sport.

Degree Specific Requirements (7 hours)

   BIO 255 Anatomy and Physiology 4
   HHP 206 Introduction into Athletic Injuries 3

Required Courses (32 hours)   
   CHM 101 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry or CHM 103 General Chemistry 4
   CHM 105 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry or CHM 301 Organic Chemistry 4
   HHP 305 Rehabilitative Techniques for Athletic Injuries 3
   HHP 315 Exercise Assessment and Prescription 3
   HHP 356 EKG Interpretation 3
   MTH 208 Introductory Statistics 3
   PHY 201 General Physics 4
   PHY 202 General Physics 4
   HHP 499 Internship 4
   (Suggested electives include: BIO 303, CHM 315, HHP 400)

Total Hours Required in Major    57

IV. Health Promotion Emphasis

This option provides an area of interest for those concerned in developing healthy public policy that addresses the process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health. Health promotion professional's duties may include; planning and coordinating health promotion programs for community groups, informing and involving other health professionals in community health issues, designing and developing public information campaigns using radio, television, newspapers, pamphlets, posters and websites and constructing school curriculum material.

Degree Specific Requirements (4 hours)

   BIO 255 Anatomy and Physiology 4
Required Courses (26 hours)   
   SCI 127 Human Sexual Reproduction, Pregnancy, Dev. and Birth 2
   SCI 128 The Healthy Human Body 2
   SCI 129 The Diseased Human Body 2
   SWK 350 Substance Abuse: Interventive Techniques 3
   HHP 358 Health Promotion Programming Development 3
   HHP 401 Methods for Teaching Health Education 3
   HHP 499 Internship 4
   PSY 328 Health Psychology 3
   REC 341 Program Planning and Leadership 4

Total Hours Required in Major    51