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Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in health science

Special requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all HPEX core, health science core, clinical experiences and elective courses. Students cannot use more than one HPEX course (3 credits) from the exercise science core as an elective.

The health science concentration is designed for students who wish to enter a health care-related field (that does not require licensure, certification or registry status) such as corporate wellness, human services, nonprofit health promotion and medical and pharmaceutical sales. Graduates holding a degree with a concentration in health science can also be qualified to enter either graduate or professional health science programs, such as public health, health education and promotion, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing, speech-language pathology, audiology, radiation safety, clinical laboratory science and health care administration.

Degree requirements for Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in health science

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate the ability to use a variety of resources to assess individual community health topics.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to use interdisciplinary sciences to construct knowledge for the application of skills designed to solve complex health science issues and problems.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to implement health promotion programs in a clinical and public health setting.
General Education requirements (32-46 credits) Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)  
HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities 3
Approved H&S general education electives 6-8
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)  
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)  
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)  
Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts) 1-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement) 0-8
   
Collateral requirements 22-23 credits)  
ANTH 103 Introduction to Anthropology (fulfills approved general education requirement within human, social and political behavior)  
BIOL 101 and BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts and Laboratory (fulfills approved science and technology and University Core natural/physical sciences)  
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Laboratory 1
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
CHEM 101 and CHEZ 101 General Chemistry and General Chemistry Laboratory 4
MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry (fulfills University Core quantitative literacy) 4
PHIS 206 and PHIZ 206 Human Physiology and Laboratory 4
PHYS 201 General Physics 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (fulfills approved human, social and political behavior) 3
PSYC 304 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
STAT 210 Basic Principles of Statistics 3
   
HPEX core (21 credits)  
HPEX 300 Health Care Delivery in the U.S. 3
HPEX 310 Fitness and Health 3
HPEX 357 Personal Health and Behavior Change 3
HPEX 395 Clinical Experience I 3
HPEX 445 Principles of Health Care Management 3
HPEX 495 Clinical Experiences III (fulfills senior capstone) 6
   
Health science core (31 credits)  
ANTH 301 Human Evolution 3
BIOL 201 Human Biology 3
BIOL 209 Medical Microbiology 3
HPEX 250 Medical Terminology 3
HPEX 345 Nutrition for Health and Disease 3
HPEX 352 Substance Abuse 3
HPEX 353 Disease Trends, Prevention and Control 3
HPEX 358 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
HPEX 435 Health Disparities in the U.S. 3
PHIL 201 Critical Thinking About Moral Problems 3
PSYC 412 Health Psychology 3
   
Electives (0-12 credits)  
Choose courses from list below 0-12
   
Total minimum requirement 120

Electives

BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Science and Laboratory I
BIOL 152 and BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Science and Laboratory II
BIOL 217 Principles of Nutrition
BIOL 218 Cell Biology
BIOL 308 Vertebrate Histology
CHEM 102 and CHEZ 102 General Chemistry and Laboratory II
CHEM 301 and CHEZ 301 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I
CHEM 302 and CHEZ 302 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory II
CHEM 403 Biochemistry I
HPEX 271 Safety, First Aid and CPR
HPEX 332 Motor Learning and Performance
HPEX 334 and HPEZ 334 Measurement and Analysis in Teaching and Exercise Science and Laboratory
HPEX 354 Coping and Adaptation
HPEX 373 and HPEZ 373 Structural Kinesiology and Laboratory
HPEX 431 Adapted Physical Activity
HPEX 496 Clinical Experience IV
HUMS 391 Special Topics in Humanities and Sciences (health careers mentoring)
PHIL 213 Ethics in Health Care
PHYS 202 General Physics
PHYS 208 University Physics II
PSYC 308 Stress and its Management
PSYC 309 Personality
PSYC 401 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 407 Psychology of the Abnormal
SOCY 445 Medical Sociology
UNIV 101 Introduction to the University
Other adviser-approved courses

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