College of Health and Human Sciences Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies

Mission

To prepare sport science professionals and recreation administrators who serve as: (1) catalysts for learning, with a comprehensive knowledge base; (2) decision-makers able to choose and use the most effective strategies to meet candidates’ or clients’ needs; (3) practitioners able to apply their theoretical knowledge in a variety of practical settings. In addition, the Department of HPLS provides a variety of lifetime activities for the general education program.

 

Overview of the Bachelors of Science Degree in Sport Science and Fitness Management (SSFM)

The Sport Science and Fitness Management degree will prepare undergraduate students for careers in a variety of sport, fitness or recreation environments. Graduating seniors apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems through internships in a variety of health, wellness, sports and other recreational settings. Graduates of the program possess the knowledge and skills needed to conduct and interpret assessments of health and fitness, as well as to determine safe and effective exercise programs.  Employment opportunities for the SSFM major may include:

  • Personal training                             
  • Fitness instruction
  • Wellness coaching
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Fitness specialists in cardiac rehabilitation facilities
  • Sales representatives in pharmaceuticals and medical and fitness supplies

Certifications

ALL SSFM graduates complete select courses that prepare them for nationally recognized certification exams.  These courses include principles of strength and conditioning, fitness leadership, anatomy and physiology, applied anatomy, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and fitness testing and prescription. Certification exams are offered by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). 

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