Department of Health & Kinesiology
The primary mission of the Department of Health and Human Performance is to prepare
students for entry into the workforce and for graduate study. A secondary mission
is to ensure that all students matriculating through the University have an understanding
of the importance of wellness and health-related fitness in a contemporary society.
Members of the department and departmental facilities are located in the Health and
Physical Education Building with the main departmental office located in Room 103.
The Department of Health and Human Performance offers courses in Health (HED), Human
Performance (PE), two undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees. The Bachelor
of Science (B.S.) in Health - Teaching and Non-teaching and Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
in Human Performance - All-levels and Human Performance - Secondary level are offered
at the undergraduate levels. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Health and the Master
of Science (M.S.) in Human Performance are offered at the graduate level. The Department
offers two minors, one in Health and one in Human Performance, for students pursuing
undergraduate degrees in other instructional units at the University.
Students may also earn Teacher Certification for the State of Texas in either Health
or Human Performance through the teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education
in conjunction with the two undergraduate degrees offered.
Master's Degree - 36 Semester Credit Hours
The M.S. degree is offered in the following two tracks:
- Master of Science in Health
- Master of Science in Human Performance
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants
for admission to graduate standing in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are
expected to present evidence of having completed the following:
- A minimum of twenty-one (21) semester credit hours in undergraduate health or human
performance and related courses approved by the Department.
- A course in Anatomy and Physiology
The Department's objectives are to prepare professionals for:
- Additional study toward the Ed.D. /Ph.D. degree.
- Service in urban, multicultural environments.
- Managing wellness and health-related fitness programs.
- Various coaching fields.
The overall requirements of the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance
are as follows:
- Completion of a total of thirty-six (36) semester credit hours if graduate courses
(500 level of above); a minimum of twenty-four (24) of these must be in Health or
Physical Education, six (6) semester credit hours in professional development; and
six (6) semester credit hours in a resource area which may be taken in related disciplines
such as Public Affairs, Child Development, Psychology, Counseling, and Sociology,
with consent of the graduate advisor.
- Successful completion of the Health/Physical Education Comprehensive Examination prior
to graduation from the prescribed course of study.
- Fulfillment of general requirements for graduation as outlined by the Graduate School.
(See the general information section of the Graduate School Bulletin).
Bachelor of Science Degree
The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in the following tracks:
- Bachelor of Science in Health - Secondary Teaching
- Bachelor of Science in Health - Non-teaching/Community
- Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - All-levels (K-12)
- Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - Secondary
The University has an open admissions policy. However, all students must be able to
demonstrate their ability to perform successfully at the college level. The American
College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is recommended.
- Students submitting official high school transcripts or official assessments of credits
from home schools must have successfully completed the following high school credits:
4 in English; 3 in mathematics; 2 in natural science; 2 in social science; 6 selected
from a combination of foreign languages, computer science (or keyboarding), speech,
journalism, and fine arts.
- If GED, the GED Test Report must reflect a minimum score of 40 on each part of the
GED test to qualify for admission.
- Students who are home-schooled must have the parent school district assess the mastery
level of courses taken with an official assessment made that may be used for grade
placement and/or the award of credit since the State of Texas does not award diplomas
to students in home schools.
- Upon admission to the University, a health examination is required of all students.
- The following categories of individuals seeking admission to the University should
consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for specific admission criteria:
- Students who are citizens of the United States who wish to transfer from other accredited
colleges and universities.
- Permanent residents of the United States with diplomas from accredited high schools,
GED equivalents, or equivalent examinations from foreign countries that attest to
the fact they have attained the high school standard and who have never enrolled for
college credits previously.
- Permanent residents of the United States who wish to transfer from other accredited
colleges and universities.
- International students who have never enrolled for college credits previously or who
wish to transfer from other accredited colleges and universities.
- Transient students who wish to attend during summer terms only.
- Students who have been away from the University for more than one year and now wish
The overall requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance
are as follows:
- Bachelor of Science in Health - Secondary - 138 Semester Credit Hours
- Bachelor of Science in Health - Non-teaching/Community - 128 Semester Credit Hours
- Minor in Health - Non-teaching - 21 Semester Credit Hours, plus 7 Semester Credit
Hours in cognate courses
- Supporting Teacher Certification in Health - 24 Semester Credit Hours, plus 6 Semester
Credit Hours in cognate courses
- Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - Secondary - 143 Semester Credit Hours
- Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - All-levels - 128 Semester Credit Hours
- Minor in Human Performance - 21 Semester Credit Hours, plus 7 Semester Credit Hours
in cognate courses
- Supporting Teacher Certification in Human Performance - 24 Semester Credit Hours,
plus 7 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
Note: All courses in these curriculum must have grades of C or better to qualify for
graduation. In addition, all students must meet the requirements of the Texas Assessment
of Skills Program (TASP). Students seeking teacher certification must meet the requirements
for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education. Prior
to graduation, all students must complete and successfully pass a comprehensive departmental
exit examination in the specific discipline.