This 120-credit specialization in human performance is a non-teaching Bachelor of Science option for Exercise Science majors. The curriculum provides students with an understanding of the exercise sciences which include physiology of exercise, biomechanics, strength & conditioning, exercise testing & prescription, nutrition and exercise, and psychology of sport. The required six-credit internship provides the student an opportunity to apply scientific course work principles in a fitness, strength and conditioning, or clinical rehabilitation setting.
The Human Performance program is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Human performance graduates are prepared for employment in the physical fitness industry, strength & conditioning coaching, or cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, and are prepared for graduate schooling in exercise science, occupational or physical therapy, physician assistant, and chiropractic. The program curriculum and mission aligns with the Exercise is MedicineTM initiative, which encourages health care providers to include physical activity with prescriptive medicine when optimizing patient health.
Specific occupational opportunities include adult fitness in a corporate, community, commercial, or rehabilitation setting; youth fitness in public and private agencies; special population fitness for infants, the elderly, various clinical populations and physically and emotionally handicapped individuals; coaching or training in a college, high school, or Olympic training center; or research assistant in sports nutrition, biomechanics, or clinical exercise physiology.
84 percent of graduating undergraduates from 2016-17 were either placed in employment or were accepted or committed to graduate schooling in exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or physician assistant