Human Performance and Health Promotion B.S.
This degree prepares students for fitness positions in wellness facilities, general fitness facilities and gyms. The curriculum includes a strong foundation in math and science, along with basic fitness-related classes in general fitness and wellness, sport psychology, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, exercise appraisal and programming, biomechanics and fitness program administration. Specialized classes include Introduction to Exercise Field Work, Emergency Response Procedures, Cardiopulmonary Assessment, Exercise Physiology for Special Populations and Kinesiology.
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, wellness clinics and community-based health clubs.
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.
Upon completion of their degree, students will be able to:
- Obtain a client’s health history to discuss risk and exercise options
- Administer fitness appraisals in all five core components of physical fitness: body composition, cardio-respiratory endurance, muscle endurance, muscle strength and flexibility
- Respond to any emergencies that may arise during testing and exercise
- Create a scientifically-based exercise program
- Lead, supervise and effectively guide and motivate individuals in an exercise program
- Demonstrate ethical, personal and professional behavior in all aspects of practice