The Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences prepares students for professional careers in the following areas of concentration:
- Physical Education
- Health Education
- Exercise Science
- Athletic Training
- Sport Administration
The department focuses on the development of competent leaders for our diverse society, who will promote the essentials of quality living, as well as excellence in teaching and serving.
1. Preparation of physical education teacher's pedagogical techniques in the design of program activities which would guide youth in becoming physically active for the rest of their lives.
2. Prepare health educators to promote wellness by instructing others in the way of proper diet, stress management, psychological wellbeing, human sexuality, exercise and play, as well as other fundamental behaviors that improve the quality of life for all individuals and communities.
3. Prepare exercise science students for careers in community physical fitness entities: public, private, corporate, commercial and clinical settings.
4. Provide opportunities for students to learn the scientific basis and fundamentals of athletic training to prepare them for success in graduate curriculums of advanced degree programs.
5. Prepare sport administrators to lead highly effective sport, recreation, and corporate programs.
The department of HPSS offers four undergraduate concentration (majors) and two graduate majors. The Graduate Catalog should be consulted for information on master degree programs in Sport Administration and Exercise Science. Completions of the undergraduate curriculums terminate in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree. Retention requires that students meet all specific minimum hours for graduation with a GPA of 2.00 or higher, in programs listed below. A Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better may qualify a major for graduation with only one D recorded in the Major Core.
Teacher Education Candidates are required to Pass Praxis I / Pre-Professional Skills Tests or achieve the state threshold score on the ACT or SAT; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 before applying for admission into the Teacher Education Program. Teacher education admission requirements are further specified in the introductory material included under the general heading: The College of Education.
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