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

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Why study HHP: 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.

HHP 2070 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3 hours)

Prerequisite: HHP 1250, BIOL 2010/2011
This course will focus on how to design programs in the areas of resistance training, flexibility, plyometrics, speed and agility, and aerobic training. The ability to teach and demonstrate proper technique will also be emphasized.

HHP 3030 - Nutrition: Science and Application (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair
Introduction to the science of nutrition and application to wellness promotion through the use of dietary assessment tools needed for lifestyle changes.

HHP 3035 - Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (3 hours)

Prerequisite: HHP 3030, BIOL 2020/2021
Building on previous knowledge of nutrient classes and physiology, this class examines macro- and -micronutrient influence on performance, eating patterns for training and recovery and nutritional ergogenic aids.  In addition, counseling issues related to weight, eating disorders and team nutrition are covered.

HHP 3300 - Anatomical Kinesiology (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair
Structure, function, and organization of the various tissues, organs, and systems of the human body, anatomic fundamentals of human motion, and the application to a wide variety of motor skills, athletic training, and physical rehabilitation.

HHP 4040 - Sport Psychology (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair
Psychological principles in sports including motivational techniques, personality factors, communication principles, and anxiety reduction techniques.

HHP 4050 - Implementing Health Behavior Changes (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  HHP 1250
Designed to help students understand specific concepts and complex systems related to changing health behaviors for clients in variety of settings. Current methods in designing programs that encourage individuals to take responsibility for their own state of health; thus, changing health risk behavior patterns to behaviors that move individuals toward an optimum state of wellness.

HHP 4220 - Analysis of Movement (3 hours)

Prerequisite: HHP 3300 or BIOL 2010/2011 and junior standing or permission of department chair
Designed to develop a basic understanding of how and where the body moves and what the body can do. Opportunities will be provided to demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical principles and concepts of movement and to apply these concepts of movement.

HHP 4250 - Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair

Pre/Corequisite: HHP 3300 or BIOL 2010/2011
Constitutes the scientific basis of physical activity and the development of physical training programs. Factors affecting muscle contraction, nervous control of muscular activity, effects of exercise on body function, muscle strength, fatigue and recovery, and weight management will be studied.

HHP 4350 - Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (3 hours)

Prerequisite: HHP 4250
Description:  An explanation of exercise testing and prescription for general and special populations, based on guidelines established by the American College of Sports Medicine.  Students will administer and participate in various exercise tests that cover the five areas of fitness; cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility and body composition.

HHP 4700 - Research Applications in Exercise Science (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MATH 1530 
The focus of the course will be to introduce the research process in the various areas of exercise science.  Research design, literature review, and the development of research questions along with methodology will be covered.  A review of basic statistical applications and their use in conducting research in various areas of exercise science and data collection methods and selection of appropriate statistical tools will be covered.

HHP 4989 - Pre-Internship and Career Seminar (1 hour)

Prerequisite: Senior standing
Students will engage in key processes required to prepare for the internship experience including paperwork preparation, investigation of internship sites, preparing a resume, and practice intervention skills.  Key concepts related to career planning will also be presented; such as, career/graduate school options, networking and professional behaviors.

HHP 440I - Internship in Health and Human Performance (12 hours)

The internship consists of 360 work or contact hours of observation and participation from selected agencies, corporations or organizations. Grading on a pass/fail basis. Note: Students must be within 12 hours of finishing degree requirements after completing HHP 4990 except with permission of department chair.

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 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