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Health & Kinesiology

The primary mission of the Department of Health and Kinesiology 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.
Programs Offered
The Department of Health and Kinesiology offers courses in Health (HED), Human Performance (PE), Recreation and Leisure Studies (RECL) and Sport Management (SPMT) with three undergraduate degrees and one graduate degree. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health - Teaching and Non-teaching and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Performance - All-levels, Athletic Training-Teaching and Non-teaching and Recreation and Leisure Studies are offered at the undergraduate levels. The Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Sport Management is the department’s new program offered at the undergraduate level. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Health and Human Performance with concentrations in Health or Human Performance are offered at the graduate level. The Department offers three minors, one in Health Studies, Sport Management and 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 track:
  • Master of Science in Human Performance
Admission Criteria
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for admission to graduate school in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are expected to present evidence of having completed the following:
  1. A minimum of twenty-one (21) semester credit hours in undergraduate health or human performance and related courses approved by the Department.
  2. A course in Anatomy and Physiology
The Department's objectives are to prepare professionals for:
  1. Additional study toward the Ed.D. /Ph.D. degree.
  2. Service in urban, multicultural environments.
  3. Managing wellness and health-related fitness programs.
  4. Various coaching fields.
The overall requirements of the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance are as follows:
  1. 1. 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.
  2. Successful completion of the Health/Physical Education Comprehensive Examination prior to graduation from the prescribed course of study.
  3. 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 - Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - Athletic Training (All Levels)
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - Athletic Training (Non-Teaching)
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Human Performance
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Radio,Television & Film
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Journalism
Admission Criteria
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.
  1. 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.
  2. If GED, the GED Test Report must reflect a minimum score of 40 on each part of the GED test to qualify for admission.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. Upon admission to the University, a health examination is required of all students.
  5. The following categories of individuals seeking admission to the University should consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for specific admission criteria:
    1. Students who are citizens of the United States who wish to transfer from other accredited colleges and universities.
    2. 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.
    3. Permanent residents of the United States who wish to transfer from other accredited colleges and universities.
    4. International students who have never enrolled for college credits previously or who wish to transfer from other accredited colleges and universities.
    5. Transient students who wish to attend during summer terms only.
    6. Students who have been away from the University for more than one year and now wish to return.
The overall requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance are as follows:
  1. Bachelor of Science in Health - Secondary - 121 Semester Credit Hours
  2. Bachelor of Science in Health - Non-teaching/Community - 121 Semester Credit Hours
  3. Minor in Health - Non-teaching - 21 Semester Credit Hours, plus 7 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
  4. Supporting Teacher Certification in Health - 24 Semester Credit Hours, plus 6 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
  5. Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - Athletic Training - 121 Semester Credit Hours
  6. Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - All-levels - 121 Semester Credit Hours
  7. Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - Recreation and Leisure Studies - 121 Semester Credit Hours
  8. Minor in Human Performance - 21 Semester Credit Hours, plus 7 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
  9. Supporting Teacher Certification in Human Performance - 24 Semester Credit Hours, plus 7 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
  10. Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Human Performance - 121 Semester Credit Hours
  11. Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Health - 122 Semester Credit Hours
  12. Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Business - 122 Semester Credit Hours
  13. Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Radio, Television and Film - 122 Semester Credit Hours
  14. Bachelor of Science in Sport Management - Journalism - 121 Semester Credit Hours
  15. Minor in Sport Management - 21 Semester Credit Hours, plus 3 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
Note: All courses in these curricula 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

 
 
 
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