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.

View Degree Programs

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...

                                       Dr. Tim Jones
                  Associate Professor & Aquatic Specialist

HPSS NSCA participants 2018

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Students Rock with the Nashville Dolphins

 Belmont University students from the Schools of Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) performed aquatic exercises with the Nashville Dolphins under the direction of Dr. Natalie Michaels, Professor in the both the Schools of PT and OT at Belmont University, and Dr. Timothy Jones, Associate Professor and Aquatic Specialist in the Department of Human Performance and Sports Science at TSU. The Nashville Dolphins, under the direction of Megan Kelly, is a group of children, teens, and young adults, many with Down Syndrome, who enjoy swimming. Dr. Michaels started the Aquifit program nine years ago to provide aquatic exercises for wellness, socialization, and enjoyment to members of the community. Exercises are performed to music, pool-side by physical therapists, occupational therapists, aquatic specialists, OT students, and PT students while community members exercise in the water. Michaels said that, once again, the community was “extremely impressed by the professionalism, kindness, and intellect of the Belmont students.”

      Students from the DPT program included Hunter Pickens, Mallorie Sweat, Emily Averitt, and Courtney Alama. Students from the OTD program included Emma Mace and Sally Widmann. Hunter Pickens and Mallorie Sweat also served as song leaders. Approximately 12 members of the Dolphins participated. They reported that they “had a blast,” and really seemed to enjoy their interactions with the Belmont students. 


        Dickson headshot







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