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 extended core 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
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 18 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 26 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 120 credit hours will vary by the number of credit hours required by the minor. Additional elective credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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B. Concentration in Physical Education

Required courses: 21 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)

Electives: 6 credit hours (choose three)

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
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 18 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 26 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 120 credit hours will vary by the number of credit hours required by the minor. Additional elective credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. 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
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 18 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 2 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 120 credit hours will vary by the number of credit hours required by the minor. Additional elective credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division 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:  39 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 18 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 23 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 120 credit hours will vary by the number of credit hours required by the minor. Additional elective credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. 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
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 18 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 26 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 120 credit hours will vary by the number of credit hours required by the minor. Additional elective credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. 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 332    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    Developmental 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
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 18 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 7 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 120 credit hours will vary by the number of credit hours required by the minor. Additional elective credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. 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
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 18 credit hours minimum

Total for degree: 124 credit hours*

*A minor is required. The total credit hours may exceed the minimum degree requirement of 124 credit hours depending on the the number of credit hours required by the minor. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 124 credit-degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. 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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