How have you used your degree after college?
"Using knowledge from my major, I can help improve the conditioning of the 1st team players, helping them to perform at their highest level."
Human Performance and Health Promotion B.S.
The HPHP B.S. degree prepares students for fitness positions in wellness facilities, general fitness facilities, as well as for graduate education in many medical and coaching-related fields – Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning. The curriculum includes a strong foundation in math, basic sciences and exercise sciences. Students also receive instruction in sport psychology, strength and conditioning, clinical exercise testing, exercise prescription and fitness program administration. Specialized classes include Kinesiology, Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Exercise Physiology for Special Populations.
The program culminates in two internships designed to provide the student with significant hands-on training and experience in the field of Human Performance and Health Promotion. The first internship involves direct participation in the daily operations of the college-run Wellness Center. The students will be responsible for all aspects of the operation including administration, management and exercise programming. The capstone internship involves a practical off-campus learning experience immersing students in the day-to-day operations of approved agencies. Sites for internships will include corporate fitness centers, children’s centers and collegiate and professional strength and conditioning centers.
The goal of the program is to produce well-rounded, skilled and confident graduates who are able to positively and effectively design and implement scientifically-based exercise programs, and are very well prepared to successfully complete any rigorous graduate program.
Upon completion of their degree, students will be able to:
- Lead, supervise, and effectively guide and motivate individuals in an exercise program.
- Administer Fitness Appraisals in all five core components of physical fitness.
- Conduct appropriate measurements and collect data related to exercise science.
- Develop, plan and implement effective exercise programs.
- Demonstrate ethical personal and professional behavior in all aspects of practice.