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Sports Science


Bachelor of Science

The sports science degree is an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree with required course work from three disciplines: HPER, Biology and Chemistry. In addition to these courses, there will be three additional supporting courses from two different disciplines.

Upon graduation, students majoring in sports science will be able to recognize and explain the mechanical, anatomical, nutritional, chemical and physiological limitations of human motion, prescribe a safe and effective exercise plan for a wide variety of ages and body types, understand the interrelationship of physical fitness to complete and total health, properly select, safely administer and interpret a variety of physical fitness measures.

Core Sports Science Courses

BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy

A study of the structure of the human body at the four structural levels (cells, tissues, organs and systems) and the relationship of its parts. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 222 - Human Physiology

A study of the functions of the cells and organ systems of the human body. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 240 - Nutrition

A survey of the principles of nutrition and their application to normal conditions of growth and development. Includes food groups, nutrient requirements, energy metabolism, composition and safety of foods, nutritional needs for the different life stages, and application of nutrition to health care and sports. Read more »

BUAD 225 - Principles of Management

A study of the concepts, principles and philosophy of management. The four functions of management—planning, organizing, leading and controlling - are examined with respect to various management styles. Read more »

CHEM 109 - Chemistry for the Health Sciences I

A study of the principles of general chemistry with emphasis on those topics of interest to students of the health sciences. The course includes a lab component with experiments that complement topics covered in lecture. This course is not a preparation for higher level courses in chemistry, other than CHEM 110. Read more »

CHEM 110 - Chemistry for the Health Sciences II

A study of the basic principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry, including metabolism. The course includes a lab component with experiments that complement topics covered in lecture. This course is not a preparation for higher level courses in chemistry. Read more »

HPER 280 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Prevention, protection and first aid care of injuries occurring in athletics. Evaluation of protective devices, diets and conditioning. Lab work includes taping and rehabilitation of the injured. Read more »

HPER 384 - Human Performance and Skill Learning

A study of the scientific foundations of high-level performance and skill learning. Incorporates findings of exercise physiology, psychology and physical education in the area of human movement. Stresses application for the practitioner. Prerequisite: junior standing Read more »

HPER 4(x) - HPER Activity Courses

HPER Activity courses are designed to develop attitudes, appreciation, personal skills and applied techniques in all types of activities included in the physical education program. Minimum standards of skill and knowledge are required for satisfactory completion of each activity unit. See program director for a list. Read more »

HPER 439 - Kinesiology

Study of the basic mechanics involved in human motion, emphasis on the application of anatomy and elementary physics to the teaching of physical activities and sports skills. Prerequisite:junior standing Read more »

HPER 490 - HPER Internship

To be arranged. Permission of the department is required. With departmental approval Read more »

MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read more »

SPTS 64 IS - Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription

Basic skills and understanding are developed in the art and science of fitness testing and exercise prescription. The conducting of individualized fitness programs for all age groups will be examine. Read more »

SPTS 65 IS - First Aid and CPR Instructors Course

This course is designed to certify the student as an American Red Cross First Aid and/or CPR Instructor. Current basic certification in first aid and CPR are required. Read more »

SPTS 70 IS - Cardiovascular Physiology

A study of circulatory physiology and pathophysiology, including the function of cardiac muscle, cardiac control, vascular smooth muscle and common disease processes of the cardiovascular system. One lecture, one lab per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 222 Read more »

SPTS 71 IS - Advanced Human Anatomy

Advanced study of the major systems of the body with emphasis on the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. One lecture, one lab per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 221 Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

A sports science major must complete one approved elective from upper-level HPER or BIOL, and must take these four HPER mini-courses: HPER 7, 8, 21 & 28.