Health and Human Performance: Concentration Applied Exercise Science
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Health and Human Performance: Concentration Applied Exercise Science

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Why study Health and Human Performance: Concentration Applied Exercise Science at APSU?

The applied exercise science concentration provides students the opportunity to prepare for fitness positions in hospitals, retirement centers, corporate wellness centers, YMCA settings, community recreation programs, and private fitness centers.  Students who enroll in this concentration are also interested in pursuing Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), Athletic Training, and/or other post-baccalaureate program.  Students build their academic knowledge of the field and engage in a semester-long internship experience as part of the program. 


What will I learn?

To earn a degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Applied Exercise Science, the student must earn 120 total hours.  The curriculum requires the students to take APSU 1000 (1 hour), 41 general education hours, 43 hours in the major, and 35 elective hours.  For students pursuing a professional school (PT and OT) they typically use these elective hours to fulfill the pre-requisite classes necessary for acceptance into the school.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are the HHP Club and the Pre-Professional Health Society.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.  HHP students will participate in a semester long 12 credit hour internship.


What Do Health and Human Performance: Concentration Applied Exercise Science Majors Do After Graduation?

Applied Exercise Science graduates hold positions such as Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Wellness and Health Coach, Cardiac Rehab Specialist, Exercise Physiologist, Corporate Wellness Director and University Fitness and Recreation Director.  In addition, graduates often choose to further their education in graduate school in professional programs such as Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  

  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Cardiac Rehab Specialist
  • Corporate Wellness Director
  • Wellness and Health Coach
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Recreation Director