Our Bachelor of Science in Sports and Health Sciences is a scientific study of human movement and human behavior relative to exercise, fitness, nutrition, health, and wellness. This degree is designed to prepare you to meet challenges in these dynamic and emerging fields of study. You will engage in core issues and concepts in areas such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, kinesiology, and exercise programming and testing. The degree prepares students for entry-level positions in the fitness industry, corporate wellness programs, and strength and conditioning of athletes.

 This B.S. degree in Sports and Health Sciences is affiliated with the guidelines of the American Sport Education Program (ASEP).

Note: Material for lab courses will only be provided once. If you need replacement lab equipment for any reason or need to retake the course later, you will need to purchase your own lab refills.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this program also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of sports and health sciences, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental concepts of human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health, and kinesiology to applications in sports and fitness.
  • Perform motivational strategies and tactics designed to guide practice and performance in physical activity.
  • Design a healthful diet for varying populations based off sound nutritional principles and concepts generated from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Critically analyze steroids usage on athletic performance including associated muscle reaction and medical risks.
  • Illustrate appropriate procedures for treating upper and lower body sport injuries.
  • Construct exercise programs applicable in fitness, rehabilitation, and athletic training settings.
  • Evaluate suitability of common exercises based on muscle action for exercise program design.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required37
Select one of the following concentrations:18
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements32
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following: 16
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following: 16
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
BIOL133General Biology I with Lab4
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (37 semester hours)

CHEM133General Chemistry I with Lab4
PHYS133Elements of Physics I with Lab (Prerequisites: MATH110 - College Algebra, MATH111 - College Trigonometry, or MATH225 - Calculus)4
BIOL250Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I4
BIOL251Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II4
SPHE295Foundations of Nutrition3
SPHE421Kinesiology (Prerequisite: BIOL251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II)3
SPHE314Exercise Physiology3
PSYC460Sports Psychology3
SPHE405Sports First Aid3
SPHE320Nutrition (Prerequisite: SPHE295 - Foundations of Nutrition)3
SPHE420Exercise Programming and Testing (Prerequisite: BIOL251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II)3
Total Semester Hours37

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a General Concentration, Coaching Studies, Exercise Science, or Fitness and Wellness Professional Studies Concentrations.

General Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study.

Select 6 courses from the following:18
Sports Law, Risk, and Regulation
Statistics (Prerequisite: MATH110 - College Algebra, MATH111 - College Trigonometry or MATH225 - Calculus)
Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Health Economics and Finance
Epidemiology
Training and Conditioning
Sports and Recreation Facility Management
Sports Medicine (Prerequisite: BIOL251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
Coaching Theory and Methodology
Sports Conditioning
Biomechanics (Prerequisites: BIOL250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology and BIOL251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills
Coaching Basketball Technical and Tactical Skills
Coaching Football Technical and Tactical Skills
Athletic Programs Administration
Leadership Concepts in Coaching
Therapeutic Exercise (Prerequisite: SPHE317 - Sports Medicine)
Business Aspects of Fitness and Wellness
Current Issues and Trends in Fitness and Wellness
Total Semester Hours18

Concentration in Coaching Studies (18 semester hours)

Explores strategies of effective communication with athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, and parents. The curriculum evaluates technical and tactical sport skills, as well as leadership strategies and their application to coaching principles. A focus on coaching leadership can also be applied to other business endeavors and personal life.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify strategies to effectively communicate athletes, fellow coaches, officials, school administrators, and parents.
  • Examine methods for teaching and evaluating technical and tactical sport skills.
  • Analyze and evaluate leadership strategies and apply them to coaching principles.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

LSTD209Sports Law, Risk, and Regulation3
SPHE318Coaching Theory and Methodology3
SPHE323Sports Conditioning3
SPHE416Athletic Programs Administration3
SPHE417Leadership Concepts in Coaching3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills
Coaching Basketball Technical and Tactical Skills
Coaching Football Technical and Tactical Skills
Total Semester Hours18

Concentration in Exercise Science (18 semester hours)

Offers scientific knowledge used to train athletes and clients in fitness and athletic performance, including exercise prescription principles for training variation, injury prevention, and reconditioning. Examines sports nutrition and supplementation, lower and upper extremities function during exercise, and mental training strategies aimed at improving athletic performance.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Apply scientific knowledge to train athletes and clients for the primary goals of improving athletic performance and fitness.
  • Apply exercise prescription principles for training variation, injury prevention, and reconditioning.
  • Analyze sport movements and design movement-oriented exercise prescriptions.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

MATH302Statistics (Prerequisite: MATH110 - College Algebra, MATH111 - College Trigonometry or MATH225 - Calculus)3
SPHE315Training and Conditioning3
SPHE317Sports Medicine (Prerequisites: BIOL250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology and BIOL251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II)3
SPHE323Sports Conditioning3
SPHE324Biomechanics (Prerequisites: BIOL250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology and BIOL251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II)3
SPHE425Therapeutic Exercise (Prerequisite: SPHE317 - Sports Medicine)3
Total Semester Hours18

Concentration in Fitness and Wellness Professional Studies (18 semester hours)

Examines health care financing and economic principles, as well as environmental, sociocultural, and other factors that influence fitness and wellness practices. Topics include the physical, intellectual, and social components of wellness, as well as sports facility and event management and other business aspects, including risk management, marketing, leadership, and personnel.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze the structure of healthcare financing and economic principles.
  • Evaluate environmental, sociocultural, and economic factors that influence fitness and wellness professional practices throughout society.
  • Integrate healthy lifestyle and behavior practices for improving overall well-being.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

PBHE209Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
PBHE315Health Economics and Finance3
PBHE427Epidemiology3
SPHE316Sports and Recreation Facility Management3
SPHE460Business Aspects of Fitness and Wellness3
SPHE461Current Issues and Trends in Fitness and Wellness3
Total Semester Hours18

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

SPHE490Senior Seminar in Sports and Health Science (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (32 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.