About this Bachelor's Degree

The bachelor of science degree program in human performance is designed to provide students with a foundational theory based in the movement sciences.

The program offers professional preparation in three areas of human performance: exercise science, kinesiotherapy and physical education (K-12 teacher licensure). All human performance majors must complete 20 to 29 semester hours of core courses as well as the university’s General Education Curriculum requirements.

Majors also must select one of the three specializations and complete course requirements specific to the emphasis or specialization selected.

The exercise science specialization prepares students who are seeking careers as health or fitness specialists in corporate and clinical settings such as:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Hospital-based wellness programs
  • Program leaders/health fitness instructors at health clubs
  • YMCAs or in corporate wellness settings
  • Strength and conditioning coaches in high schools, universities
  • Elite performance sport training programs or professional teams

Numerous other students choose exercise science as pre-professional degree preparation for professional programs such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medicine
  • Post- baccalaureate degree 

Learning Outcomes/Objectives

  • Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Human performance/Exercise Science specialization will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant concepts underlying the human body’s physiological response to exercise.
  • Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Human performance/Exercise Science specialization will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant concepts underlying nutrition’s effect on human performance.
  • Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Human performance/Exercise Science specialization will be able to prescribe safe and effective exercise prescriptions from exercise testing data
  • Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Human Performance/Exercise Science specialization will have a mastery of practical skills necessary for the assessment of individual’s fitness, including measurement of body composition; flexibility; aerobic power; and muscular strength, power, and endurance.
  • Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Human Performance/Exercise Science specialization will be able to demonstrate an understanding of qualitative human movement analysis.