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Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences

Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences

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Major in Human Performance and Sport (BA)

The HPS physical education concentration and HPS minor prepare elementary and secondary physical education teachers. This area offers a broad technical foundation in scientific principles and relevant technology, including kinesiology, exercise physiology, sports techniques, and pedagogical methodology. Students in the HPS physical education concentration should minor in secondary education in order to obtain the K-12 teaching licensure in New Mexico.

The HPS exercise science concentration is designed to prepare students who wish to become personal trainers and/or work in the area of corporate fitness. This concentration offers a more scientifically focused curriculum, including kinesiology, exercise physiology, fitness program design, and fitness and wellness program leadership. Students in this concentration are encouraged to minor in either health or business.

The HPS recreational sport management concentration is designed to prepare students in sport industry including amateur sports (youth and high school sports, collegiate sports, and international sports) and professional sports, sport facility management, management, sporting goods and licensed products, health and fitness, and recreational sport, but the other industries which are marketing their products/services through sport. Students receive training in marketing their products or services through sport, for possible employment in other industries.  No minor is required for students completing this concentration. 

Prerequisite: 

PE 100 Fit for Life (2)*

*Satisfies two credit hours of university "other" requirement.

Required Courses: 9 credit hours

HPS 370 Kinesiology (3)
HPS 376 Exercise Physiology (3)
HPS 410 Measurement & Evaluation in Physical Ed (3)

Students must also choose an area of concentration and complete all courses in the concentration area.

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A. Concentration in Exercise Science

Required courses: 27 credit hours

HLTH 213 Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (3)
HPS 223 First Aid & CPR (3)
HPS 405 Body Composition (3)
HPS 421 Designs for Fitness (3)
HPS 428 Nutrition & Support in Sport (3)
HPS 472 Biomechanics of Sport (3)
HPS 476 Stress Testing (3)
HLTH 489 Fitness/Wellness Program Leadership (3)
HPS 430 ACSM Health Fitness Instructor Review (3)
OR
HPS 432  NSCA Strength Coach Review (3)

Major Total:  36 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Elect/Minor to 128: 41 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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B. Concentration in Physical Education

Required courses: 27 credit hours
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Ed (3)
HPS 223 First Aid & CPR (3)
HPS 350 Methods of Teaching HPE (3)
HPS 387 PE for Elementary Teachers (3)
HPS 402 Motor Learning (3)
HPS 468 PE for Special Populations (3)
HPS 495 Capstone/Senior Seminar (3)

And three of the following:

HPS 227 Water Safety Instructor Course (2)
HPS 261 Techniques of Team Sports (2)
HPS 263 Techniques of Individual Sports (2)
HPS 265 Techniques of Innovative Sports (2)

Major Total: 36 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Elect/Minor to 128: 41 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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C. Concentration in Recreation and Sport Management

Required courses: 36 credit hours
LSVC 230 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
LSVC 315 Introduction to Golf Course Management (3)
HPS 409 Economics & Finance in Sport (3)
HPS 412 Public Relations in Sport (3)
HPS 461 Sport Market & Promotion (3)
HPS 465 Plan Areas & Facilities (3)
ECON 217 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ACCT 287 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
MKTG 302 Principles of Marketing (3)
MGMT 303 Principles of Management (3)
FIN 341 Principles of Financial Management (3)
BLAW 360 Business Law I (3)

Electives: 15 credit hours

In exercise and sport science, choose six credits from the following:

HPS 223 First Aid and CPR (3)
HPS 416 Aquatic Management (3)
HPS 421 Designs for Fitness (3)

In the School of Business, Media and Technology, choose nine credits of electives in consultation with a business adviser.

Major Total: 60 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Electives/Minor to 128: 17 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upperdivision units for the degree.

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Major in Health (BA)

The health major has four tracks. The health education track is designed to prepare the health science teacher. The health promotion and wellness track is designed to prepare students interested in health careers with commercial, corporate, community, or government health/fitness/wellness programs. The pre-professional health track is designed to prepare students for professional school in allopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic, podiatric, naturopathic, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, or similar health related areas. The HPS pre-professional athletic training concentration is designed to teach students the competencies for national certification as an athletic trainer (ATC). All tracks prepare the student for advanced training in graduate school.

Student must take:

MATH 120, MATH 140, MATH 150, or the equivalent of algebra and trigonometry in high school and PE 100 (Fit for Life) to qualify for the major in health.

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The Health Education Track

Human Biology (BIOL 131) should be taken as part of the student’s science requirement.  Students who intend to teach health in the public schools must consult with an adviser in the School of Education for licensure requirements.

Required courses: 36 credit hours
HLTH 151 Personal & Community Health (3)
HLTH 213 Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (3)
HLTH 380 Human Diseases (3)
HLTH 402 US-Mexico Border Health Issues (3)
HPS 428 Nutrition & Supplements for Sport (3)
HPS 223 First Aid & CPR (3)
HPS 350 Methods of Teaching HPE (3)
HLTH 415 Health, Culture, & Diversity (3)
HPS 410 Measurement & Evaluation in Physical Ed (3)
HLTH 352  Health & Sex Ed (3)
OR
PSY 422 Human Sexuality (3)

AND
HLTH 353 Health & Drug Ed (3)
OR
PSY 408 Drugs & Behavior (3)
HLTH 474 Stress Management (3) 

Electives: 3 credit hours

Choose three credits in English, Spanish, sociology, history, or psychology.

Major Total: 36 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Electives/Minor to 128: 41 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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The Health Promotion and Wellness Track

Human Biology (BIOL 131) should be taken as part of the student’s science requirement.

Required courses: 36 credit hours

HLTH 151 Personal & Community Health (3)
HLTH 213 Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (3)
HLTH 3/400 Elective (3)
HLTH 402 US-Mexico Border Health Issues (3)
HLTH 421 Epidemiology (3)
HLTH 489 Fitness/Wellness Progressive Leadership (3)
HPS 223 First Aid & CPR (3)
HPS 234/334/434 Practicum (1/1/1)
HPS 370 Kinesiology (3)
HPS 376 Exercise Physiology (3)
HPS 410 Measurement & Evaluation in Physical Ed (3)
HPS 476 Stress Testing (3)

Major Total: 36 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Elect/Minor to 128: 41 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and Math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Pre-Professional Allied Health

Required courses: 55 credit hours
BIOL 211 General Biology 1 (4)*
BIOL 212 General Biology 2 (4)*
BIOL 331 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4)
BIOL 33 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4)
CHEM 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)*
CHEM 212 General Chemistry 2 (3)*
CHEM 215 Chemistry Lab 1 (2)*
CHEM 216 Chemistry Lab 2 (2)*
HLTH 151 Personal & Community Health (3) 
HLTH  213 Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (3)
HLTH 402 US-Mexico Border Health Issues (3)
HPS 370 Kinesiology (3)
HPS 376 Exercise Physiology (3)
HPS 381 Injury Assessment & Management (3)
PHYS 151 Algebra Physics 1 (4)*
PHYS 152 Algebra Physics 2 (4)*
PSY 324 Abnormal Psychology (3)
OR
PSY 340 Develop Psychology (3)

*This block of coursework is required for most pre-professional applicants to physical therapy schools. Other professional schools may require less laboratory preparation, in which case electives may be taken instead to structure a program according to individual needs and goals. This curriculum is not designed to prepare students for medical school. Students interested in the Pre-Med Program should contact the biology faculty.

Major Total: 55 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Elect/Minor to 128: 22 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper division units for the degree.

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Pre-Professional Athletic Training Track

The major in pre-professional athletic training is rapidly changing the health care profession. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession. Traditionally, athletic trainers are thought of as working only in an athletic setting, university athletics, professional athletics and more recently high school athletics.  No minor is required for students completing this track. 

Prerequisites:  5 credit hours
MATH 140 College Algebra (3)*
PE 100 Fit for Life (2)*
*Satisfies math proficiency requirement and two hours of the extended core.

Courses required of all students in the health major:
BIOL 131 Human Biology (4)
BIOL 231 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4)
BIOL 232 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4)
CHEM 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 215 General Chemistry 1 Lab (2)
CHEM 212 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHEM 216 General Chemistry Lab 2 (2)
HLTH 151 Personal & Community Health (3)
HLTH 210 Athletic Training Observation I (1)
HLTH 213 Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (3)
HLTH 311 Athletic Training Observation II (2)
HLTH 370 Prevention of Athletic Injuries and Illnesses (4)
HLTH 402 US Mexico Border Health Issues (3)
HLTH 410 Examination & Diagnosis of the Upper Extremities (4)
HLTH 411 Examination & Diagnosis of the Lower Extremities (4)
HPS 370 Kinesiology (3)
HPS 376 Exercise Physiology (3)
HPS 472 Biomechanics of Sport (3)
PHYS 151 Algebra Physics 1 (4)
PHYS 152 Algebra Physics 2 (4)
PSY 101 Psychology & Society (3)

Major Total: 66 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
ElectIves/Minor to 128: 11 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

NOTE: To be certified as an athletic trainer by the NATA, students must take an additional five credits of practicum.

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Minor in Human Performance and Sport

This minor is available to all students.

Prerequisite

PE 100 Fit for Life (2)
*Satisfies two credit hours of extended core requirement.

Required courses: 21 credit hours

HPS 223 First Aid & CPR (3)
HPS 350 Methods of Technology Health & Physical Ed (3)
HPS 376 Exercise Physiology (3)
HPS 410 Measurement & Evaluation (3)
HPS 468 Physical Ed for Special Populations (3)
HPS 472 Biomechanics of Sport (3)
HPS 495 Capstone/Senior Seminar (3)

Electives: 4 credit hours

Choose two courses from the following:
HPS 225 Lifeguard Training (2)
HPS 227 Water Safety Instructor Course (2)
HPS 261 Techniques of Team Sports (2)
HPS 263 Techniques of Individual Sports (2)
HPS 265 Techniques on Innovative Games (2)

Minor Total: 25 credit hours

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Minor in Coaching

This minor is available to students with any major.

Prerequisite: 

PE 100 Fit for Life (2)
*Satisfies two credit hours of extended core requirement.

Required courses: 24 credit hours

HLTH 213 Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (3)
HPS 223 First Aid & CPR (3)
HPS 376 Exercise Physiology (3)
HPS 381 Injury Assessment & Management (3)
HPS 408 Principles, Ethics, & Problems of Athletic Coaching (3)
HPS 421 Designs for Fitness (3)
HPS 428 Nutrition and Supplements for Sports (3)
HPS 478 Psychology of Coaching (3)

Electives: 4 credit hours

Choose two courses from the following:
HPS 365 Coaching/Officiating Baseball/Softball (2)
HPS 366 Coaching/Officiating Basketball (2)
HPS 367 Coaching/Officiating Football (2)
HPS 368 Coaching/Officiating Volleyball (2)
HPS 369 Coaching/Officiating Track & Field (2)

Minor Total: 28 credit hours

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Minor in Recreation

Prerequisite: 

PE 100 Fit for Life (2)
*Satisfies two credit hours of extended core requirement.

Required courses: 24 credit hours 

HPS 223 First Aid & CPR (3)
LSVC 230 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
LSVC 315 Introduction to Golf Course Management (3)
HPS 409 Economics & Finance in Sport (3)
HPS 412  Public Relations in Sport (3)
HPS 416 Aquatics Management (3)
HPS 461 Sport Marketing & Promotion (3)
HPS 465 Planning Areas & Facilities (3)

Minor Total: 24 credit hours

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Minor in Health

The health minor is designed for students wishing to study information related to the various aspects of health.

Prerequisite: 

PE 100 Fit for Life (2)
*Satisfies two credit hours of extended core requirement.

Required courses: 24 credit hours 

HLTH 151 Personal & Community Health (3)
HLTH 213 Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (3)
HLTH 380 Human Diseases (3)
HLTH 402 US-Mexico Border Health Issues (3)
HPS 428 Nutrition & Supplements for Sport (3)
HLTH 474 Stress Management (3) 
HLTH 352 Health & Sex Education (3)
OR PSY 422  Human Sexuality (3)
AND
HLTH 353 Health & Drug Education (3)
OR
PSY 408 Drugs & Behavior (3)

Minor Total: 24 credit hours   

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