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Exercise Physiology

Bachelor Degree in Exercise Physiology

(Formerly Health/Fitness Studies)

For more information contact:

Dr. Deborah Johnston
Undergraduate Exercise Physiology Program Director
Department of HHPR
One Bear Place #97313
76798-7313
(254) 710-4020

General Program Description

One of the fastest growing career areas in the country is that related to health, fitness, and exercise physiology in both the public and private sectors. Business and industry are becoming aware of the increased efficiency of a work force where the wellness level is high and medical costs and absenteeism are reduced. The wellness consciousness of the general population is at an all-time high, and health and fitness programs permeate our society through business and industry, hospitals and rehabilitation centers, fitness assessment clinics, fitness clubs, wellness programs projected through public and private recreation, along with efforts of schools and churches to serve the wellness needs of their constituencies. This degree program is designed especially to prepare practitioners for the myriad of career opportunities related to this emphasis. In addition to the concentration in health and fitness, which includes a full semester of supervised internship in a career setting chosen by the student, this program also provides preparation for the general environment which will house the professional function. Because these are "people jobs", there is also preparation in leadership skills.

The Degree Requirements for Exercise Physiology Majors:

I. Degree Requirements. ................................................................... minimum 127 sem. hrs.

A. Minimum .................................... 36 hrs. advanced total with at least 18 hrs. in residence
B. Minimum ...................................................... 60 hrs. in residence including the last 30 hrs.
C. Admission and Graduation Requirements – 2.0 GPA overall and in major
D. No course may be taken pass-fail.

II. Basic Studies...........................................................................................................61-62 hrs.

A. ENG 1302, 1304 or 3300, and 2301, 2304 or 2306 .................................................. 9 hrs.
B. History........................................................................................................................ 3 hrs.
C. PSY 1305 and Sociology 1305 .................................................................................. 6 hrs.
D. PSC 2302 .................................................................................................................. 3 hrs.
E. REL 1310 and 1350 ................................................................................................... 6 hrs.
F. Mathematics 1320 or 1321 ......................................................................................... 3 hrs.
G. CSI 3303 or MIS 1305 .............................................................................................. 3 hrs.
H. CSS 1301 or 1302 ..................................................................................................... 3 hrs.
I. HP 1420 and HP 1421 ................................................................................................. 8 hrs.
J. CHE 1300.................................................................................................................... 3 hrs.
K. PHY 1408................................................................................................................... 4 hrs.
L. PHY 1409................................................................................................................... 4 hrs.
M. Fine Arts–art, music, or theatre arts ......................................................................... 2-3 hrs.
N. Lifetime Fitness, including HED 1145 .................................................................4 semesters
O. Chapel–two semesters .......................................................................................... no credit

III. Major ..........................................................................................................................66 hrs.

A. Human Performance Required Courses ................................................................... 42 hrs.
    1. HP 2304, 2306, 2307, 2420, 3320, 3330, 4450, 4352, 4354, 4368, 4369,
    HP 4471, 4375
B. Health Education Required Courses .......................................................................... 6 hrs.
     1. HED 2331, HED 3313
C. Professional Field Experiences .................................................................................. 6 hrs.
    1. HED 4V80 or HP 4V79
Note: Must have current First Aid and CPR certifi cation to enroll in these courses.

D. HHPR Required Electives...........................................................................................9 hrs.
    1. Select any three credit hour course from the approved list of classes.
    2. "1000" level one hour activity courses may not be taken to meet this requirement.

IV. Restricted Electives ......................................................................................................3 hrs.

A. HP 4393 or BUS 3303