Mission Statement

The Sports and Exercise Studies curriculum will provide students with an opportunity to study Sport and Physical Fitness without seeking teacher certification. This major will allow students to pursue career goals related to fitness center operations or in the marketing of sport/exercise products. The capstone activity for Sport and Exercise Studies majors is a 100 hour internship that requires the student to perform as an entry level employee in either a fitness center or a retail marketing placement.

Opportunity for Certification

The demand for qualified and knowledgeable fitness professionals is and will continue to be on the rise due to an aging population and rising obesity rates. Our students have an opportunity to graduate with a certification whereas most other programs require the student to seek certification on their own after graduation. This allows our students to enter the job market immediately once certification is obtained.

For students who are looking to continue on to a graduate program securing a certification will help to build a resume and allow opportunity to obtain professional work experience.

Hands-on Work Experience

Students who work with the Rio Grande Risk Reduction Program are able to put the knowledge, skills and abilities that have been learned in the classroom into practice with “real-life” clients and gain valuable experience in working with individuals of the general population that they will likely encounter in the job market.

Small class size

This allows students to get a lot of individual instruction and experience working with the equipment used in laboratory activities.

Bachelor of Science – Sports and Exercise Studies (7441)

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology4
CHM 10404 (TM) Principles of Chemistry4
IT 10203 MS Office and the Internet I3
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Total General Education hours42

DescriptionCredits
Major area required courses:
BIO 10104 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
PSY 21103 Human Growth and Development3
HPE 10403 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Professions3
HPE 16203 Nutrition3
HPE 24103 Concepts in Exercise Science I3
HPE 24203 Concepts in Exercise Science II3
HPE 24003 Essentials in Strength & Conditioning3
HPE 28801-02 Selected Topics in HPE2
HPE 24302 Safety & First Aid2
HPE 25201 Treatment of Athletic Injuries1
HPE 20303 Administration of Physical Activity Programs3
HPE 29901-02 Directed Studies in HPE2
HPE 32403 Evaluation of Human Physical Performance3
HPE 36203 Nutrition for Sports & Exercise3
HPE 34403 Introduction to Biomechanics3
HPE 40403 Exercise Physiology3
HPE 43403 Motor Learning3
HPE 41103 Special Populations3
HPE 41203 Strength & Conditioning for Athletic Performance3
HPE 48801-02 Selected Topics in HPE2
HPE 49804 Sports and Exercise Internship4
Select one from the following:
HPE 25302 Coaching Football
HPE 25402 Coaching Basketball
HPE 25502 Coaching Track & Field
HPE 25602 Coaching Baseball & Softball
HPE 25702 Coaching Volleyball
2
Select two activity courses (NOT weight training)
HPE 11601 Golf
HPE 12401 Badminton
HPE 13301 Racquetball
HPE 19801 Walking for Physical Fitness
HPE 11101 Archery
HPE 11201 Beginning Swimming
HPE 11301 Intermediate Swimming
HPE 11701 Swimming for Physical Fitness
HPE 11901 Folk and Social Dance
HPE 11401 Lifeguard Training
HPE 12301 Tennis
2-3
Personal Electives21
Total Major Hours62
Total Hours Required For Degree125

Associate of Science – Sports and Exercise Studies (74410)

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology4
IT 10203 MS Office and the Internet I3
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Total General Education hours38

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