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Department of Health and Sports Science

  • The Department of Health and Sports Science mission statement is, “Professionals devoted to developing, increasing and maintaining the span of healthy life through education, programs and services.” Aligned with its role in liberal education, the department offers professional education for individuals wishing to pursue careers in athletic training, exercise science, health education, physical education, pre-physical therapy, and health and fitness management. In addition, the department offers physical education and fitness activities as well as a variety of health-related topics designed to improve the quality of life of the participants.

    The major curricula of the department are multifaceted and programs of study can be designed to meet individual interests. A student may prepare for commercial or community service positions in health and fitness management and be eligible for certification in numerous health and fitness areas, or a student may pursue one of the programs that leads to licensure to teach health and/or physical education. The athletic training major, which is accredited by the CAATE (Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs), is offered to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers. Through the exercise science majors students can prepare themselves for advanced studies in the exercise and health science fields. In addition, minors in coaching and health are available.

    In addition to professional preparation for specific occupations, the major in health and sport sciences is an excellent background for graduate studies in related fields of business, recreation, guidance and counseling, administration, exercise physiology, research and sports medicine. Instruction in physical education activities provides an opportunity for all students to learn about, and to participate in, a variety of individual and team sports, dance, and conditioning activities, and to achieve a level of proficiency in these activities that will encourage satisfaction and enjoyment from participation throughout life.


    Athletic Training Major
    Exercise Science Major
    Health and Fitness Management Major
    Health Education/Teacher Education Major
    Physical Education/Teacher Education Major 


    Coaching Minor
    Health Minor  


    Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration  

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