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Undergraduate Degree Programs

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation offers several programs at the undergraduate level. Below are the descriptions for those programs.


Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

The HHPR Department offers courses in the theory and practice of physical education for the preparation of teachers and athletic coaches. Students earning a major in physical education will complete courses in the theory and practice of physical education to be prepared to teach physical education pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. In addition to the core, students complete either an emphasis area or a minor. Emphasis areas include: Coaching, Group Fitness, Dance and Rhythms, and Strength and Conditioning. Students choosing to complete a minor must select one from a discipline appropriate to teacher preparation. Professional Education courses are required for all students.

Areas of Emphases

In addition to the core, students must complete either an emphasis area or a minor.

Coaching Emphasis

    This emphasis prepares students to serve as athletic coaches in K-12 and college settings.

Group Fitness, Dance and Rhythms

    This emphasis prepares the physical education teacher to deliver rhythm and dance to students. Upon completion of the program, students are encouraged to take the Primary Group Exercise Certification Exam offered by the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America

Strength and Conditioning Emphasis

    This emphasis prepares students to serve as strength and conditioning specialists in private, education and athletic settings. Students completing the Strength and Conditioning emphasis will be encouraged to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Exam offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Bachelor of Science with a Major in Exercise Science

Those students pursuing the degree Bachelor of Science with a major in Exercise Science will complete courses in theory and practice of exercise testing and prescription. In addition to the core and recommended electives, students may pursue a suggested minor in Interdisciplinary Gerontology or Public Health. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required within the Exercise Science program.

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Bachelor of Science with a Major in Recreation

The curriculum satisfies requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Recreation.

Areas of Emphases

In addition to the core, students must complete an emphasis area as well a minor.

Recreation Administration Emphasis

    The Recreation Administration emphasis provides students with the skills needed to serve leadership, supervisory, and management roles in city park and recreation capacities and other leisure service agencies. Upon completion of the program, students are encouraged to take the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Exam offered by the National Recreation and Park Association.

    Recreation Administration Emphasis requires a minor in Business Administration, Marketing, or Leadership Studies (21 hours).

Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis

    This emphasis prepares students for supervisory and leadership positions in various private and community-based health care facilities delivering care to individuals with various disabilities. Students completing the Therapeutic Recreation emphasis qualifies them to sit for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) Exam.

    Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis requires a minor in Psychology or Leadership Studies. (21 hours).

Community, Corporate & Hospital Wellness Emphasis

    This emphasis prepares students for supervisory and leadership positions in the wellness field in community, corporate (private), and hospital-based settings. Students completing the emphasis will be encouraged to take the Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) Exam offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

    Community, Corporate & Hospital Wellness Emphasis requires a minor in Business Administration or Marketing. (21 hours).

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Undergraduate Minors

The Health, Human Performance and Recreation Department offers four minors for students majoring in another field. Minors include:

  • Coaching
  • Exercise Science
  • Physical Education
  • Recreation

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