Human Performance and Sport Sciences

Our Aim and Direction

The Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences (HPSS) prepares students for professional careers in the following areas of concentration:

  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Exercise Science
  • 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.

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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 well-being, 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. Prepare sports administrators to lead highly effective sport, recreation, and corporate programs.

The Department of HPSS offers three undergraduate concentration (majors) and two graduate majors. The Graduate Catalog should be consulted for information on master degree programs in Sports 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.


spotlight                           HPSS's Spotlight is on...

                            Faculty members:
                             James Heimdal, Chair 
                             Robbie Cochrum
                             Vanessa Moreno 

HPSS NSCA participants 2018

 Attending the NSCA National Conference to gain the knowledge and networking needed to set your career path on fire! 

Held: July 11-14, 2018  |  Indianapolis, Indiana

 Whether your path has been paved with twists and turns, uphill climbs, or steady straightaways, this top educational event brought you together with colleagues and leaders for one common goal – strength and conditioning industry advancement.

There are no limits to what you can learn from the experiences of others. Researchers, students, trainers, coaches, teachers, and medical professionals alike will have the opportunity to take away something new from innovative presentations, dynamic hands-on sessions, and the most cutting-edge in athletic and exercise performance applications. This high-energy event guaranteed to stock your toolbox for the road(s) ahead. 


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Dr. Poliala Dickson 

From the American Public Health Association.

Dickson's Abstract, 415923, entitled "Identifying Perceived Barriers To Weight Management in Native Hawaiian Women" has been selected and confirmed for Roundtable presentation during the APHA's 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo (Nov. 10 - Nov. 14) in San Diego. Your abstract was selected from a large number of excellent submittals and was judged to be of high quality and interest.

Dickson presentation 2018