HSC Major Requirements

Students interested in majoring in Health Sciences must seek early advice from a member of the faculty and declare the major with the department chair. Majors may pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree.

A major must include:

  • HSC-101, 201 and 210
  • Two of the following courses: HSC-211, 221, 311 or 323
  • Two or more courses from the following: HSC-301, 302, 303, or 304
  • At least four additional HSC courses numbered 211 or greater

Students seeking the B.S. degree must also complete:

  • MTH-141 or 150, and 
  • at least two more courses from the following: BIO 111, 221, 322, CHM 110, 120, 210, EES 110, 111, 112, 118, PHY 111 or 112 or SUS-120.

Health Sciences (HSC) courses

Core requirements

101 Wellness Concepts
GER: MB (Mind & Body)
Wellness concepts which promote lifetime fitness and healthy lifestyle habits. Topics include: aerobic and muscular conditioning, nutrition, and medical aspects of fitness. Participation in activities to develop cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. 4 credits.

201 Research & Evaluation in Health Sciences
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Principles of research relevant to health sciences focusing on methodology, measurement, and statistical techniques used in the analysis and interpretation of human performance data. Integration of statistical software functions and communication technology used for problem solving. It is recommended that this course be enrolled early in the major. 4 credits.

210 Anatomy and Physiology
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Principles of research relevant to health and exercise science focusing on methodology, measurement, and statistical techniques used in the analysis and interpretation of human performance data. Integration of statistical software functions and communication technology used for problem solving. It is recommended that this course be enrolled early in the major. 4 credits.

Category A - Complete two courses

211 Anatomy and Physiology II
Prerequisite: HSC-210
Continuation of HSC-210. An integrative study of the structure and function of the following body systems:  endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, reproductive, integumentary. The integration of structural and functional aspects of the human body will be facilitated by the use of anatomical models, interactive computer software, and data collection and analysis. Lecture: 3 hours weekly; Lab: 3 hours weekly. Students may not receive credit for either BIO-118 or BIO-322 after successful completion of this course. 4 credits.

221 Motor Development
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Principles of growth and development as related to neuromuscular integration and motor learning. Topics include: skill acquisition, skill refinement and adaptation of techniques for special populations. Laboratory experience in motor development included as well as work with atypical clients in the exercise science setting. 4 credits.

311 Physiology of Exercise
GER: NW (Empirical Study of the Natural World)
Prerequisite: HSC-201
Concepts and laboratory experiments concerning the mechanisms by which the human body functions, with special reference to the effects of acute and chronic exercise. Not open to freshmen. 4 credits.

323 Kinesiology
GER: NW (Empirical Study of the Natural World)
Prerequisite: HSC-101, BIO-118 and MTH-110, 141 or 150
Study of living systems in motion. Structured around classic mechanics. Evaluating human motion by the methods of kinematics and kinetics. Topics include: the work-energy theorem, Archimedes' principle, Bernoulli's law and others that govern human motion. Laboratory exercises developed to bridge the gap between lecture materials and real world applications. 4 credits.

Category B - Complete two courses

301 Foundations of Public Health
Prerequisite: HSC-101
An introduction to the academic discipline of public health, including the sub-disciplines of health care systems and disease epidemiology. Emphasis on the theory, planning, implementation and evaluation process for public health interventions. 4 credits.

302 Physical Activity and Public Health
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Regular physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Scientific evidence links regular activity to a wide array of physical and mental benefits. Examination of the well-documented public health implications associated with leading an active lifestyle. 4 credits.

303 Epidemiology
Prerequisites: HSC-201 and HSC-301
This course is an introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods used to evaluate the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. Emphasis on basic principles of epidemiology, measures in epidemiology, and epidemiologic study designs and analysis. Other topics that are important to an introductory understanding of epidemiology including outbreak investigations, screening, and the role of epidemiology in public health will also be included. 4 credits.

304 Community and Environmental Health
GER: NE (Humans and the Natural Environment)
Prerequisite: HSC-101
A study of community and environmental health concepts in the US and in developing countries. Exploration of supportive and non-supportive cultural practices that affect community and environmental health. Research opportunities, engaged and service learning experiences will be included. 4 credits.

Category C

230 Analysis of Human Performance
Prerequisite: HSC-201
Laboratory techniques for the assessment of the anatomical, cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular and anthropometric components of human movement with an emphasis on the underlying physics and physiology of human motion. Separate laboratory component requited. 4 credits.

244 Scientific Principles of Training
Prerequisite: HSC-101
The science of designing effective exercise programs for different populations and sport performances. How to design physical assessment tests and teach proper exercise techniques. 4 credits.

313 Medical Aspects of Athletics
Prerequisite: HSC-101 and BIO-118 or HSC 210
Prevention and management of athletic injuries. 4 credits.

315 Fundamentals of Nutrition
Prerequisite: HSC-101
In-depth continuation of the study of nutrition as presented in Wellness Concepts. Study of the structure, function and selection of food to resist disease, improve health and support maximum human performance. 4 credits.

331 Analysis of Cardiovascular Function
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Concepts and laboratory experiments concerning the mechanisms by which the human body functions Special reference to the effects of acute and chronic exercise. Not open to freshmen. 4 credits.

332 Practicum in Graded Exercise Testing
Prerequisite: HSC-331
Practicum experience in laboratory for assessing cardiac and respiratory function, exercise capacity, body structure and composition via techniques of electrocardiography, impedance cardiography, spirometry, graded exercise testing, anthropometry, densitometry, etc. 4 credits.

341 Physiology of Aging
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Physiological basis of changes that occur during the aging process from the cellular to the whole animal level. Demography, evolutionary and mechanistic theories of aging, physiological changes, and the role of physical activity, nutrition, and disease during the aging process. 4 credits.

342 Clinical Physiology and Rehabilitation
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Pathophysiology, interventions, and comprehensive rehabilitation program design for chronic disease patient populations. 4 credits.

411 Advanced Principles of Public Health
Prerequisite: HSC-301
Advanced study of public health theory, planning, implementation and evaluation models for individual and community behavior change. 4 credits.

415 Advanced Nutrition Principles
Prerequisite: HSC-315
integration of principles of nutrition, etiology of prevalent chronic diseases, exercise physiology and physiology of aging with the purpose of preventing and managing prevalent chronic diseases, optimizing human performance and maximizing quality of life throughout the life cycle. 4 credits.

441 Sport in Modern Society
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Study of sport as one of the most pervasive social institutions in our society. An investigation of the social aspects of sport and the relationship between sport activities and the social system in which they are embedded. 4 credits.

452 Principles of Administration
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Conventional management practices and operational guidelines for fitness and sport industries. Topics include organizational leadership, planning, human resources, facilities, marketing and public relations, risk management and legal issues, and program evaluation. 4 credits.

501 Independent Study
Prerequisite: HSC-101 and a written outline of proposed study for staff approval in the prior term.  Format for the outline should be obtained from the advisor. Provision for non-experimental investigations. Variable credit.

502 Research
Prerequisite: HSC-101 and a written outline of proposed study for staff approval in the prior term.
Format for the outline should be obtained from the advisor. Provision for experimental research. Variable credit.

505 Structured Internship
Prerequisite: declared major in Health Sciences
Internships typically developed by faculty members at approved sites. Students develop objectives with faculty and the on-site supervisor, write a report of the activities, read professional literature related to their internship experiences, attend a weekly seminar to discuss their activities and offer a written and oral summary of their activities at the conclusion of the internship. This class may be enrolled only once and may NOT be enrolled through the pass - no pass grading option. Variable credit.

Electives
At least 4 additional HSC courses numbered between 211 and 501, excluding 200 and 242.

151 Current Issues in Public Health
Prerequisite: HSC-101
An examination of major public health issues of regional, national and international concern at the time of the course offering. Topics may vary from year to year. Emphasis will be given to behavioral and policy interventions.
May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

152 Three Great Public Health Pandemics
The historical epidemiology, physiology and public health impact of three of the largest pandemics in human history: the Bubonic Plague of the 14th Century, the Cholera Pandemic of the 19th Century, and the HIV/AIDS Pandemic of the 20th Century. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

200 Health Education and Physical Activity (for elementary education majors only)
Prerequisite: HSC-101
Provides elementary teacher candidates with a variety of integrative teaching experiences that incorporate movement concepts into health education. Each candidate will understand the importance of physical activity and lifelong movement to enhance the quality of life for elementary students. 4 credits.

242 Scientific Principles of Coaching

Prerequisite: HSC-101
Concepts of physical conditioning from the theoretical to practical application of program design. Lectures cover current theories on training; discussions engage students in case studies. Labs provide opportunities for testing and preparing athletes. Separate laboratory component required. 4 credits.

451 Biomechanics
Prerequisite: HSC-210, HSC-311, PHY-111 and MTH 110, 141, or 150
Integrates the principles of biology and mechanics as they relate to human motion and includes analysis of energy transduction in human motion as it relates to posture, mechanical work and gravity. Course is split equally between lecture and laboratory applications. Students complete and present a motion analysis study related to human performance, energy transduction and their interdependence. 4 credits.

470 Senior Seminar in Health Sciences
Prerequisite: declared major in Health Sciences
Discussion based meetings will explore significant issues and trends in the fields of public health sciences. Students will conduct a current literature research study in conjunction with the topics covered in the seminar and make a presentation which encourages students to integrate and to reflect upon their core curriculum and applications to the profession. 4 credits.

475 Research Seminar
Prerequisite: declared major in Health Sciences
Students will conceive, design and execute an original research project and make a presentation which encourages them to integrate knowledge from the HSC core curriculum. The seminar will be accompanied by discussions concerning the research process and data analysis. 4 credits.

503 Individualized Internship
Prerequisite: Student must have declared a major in health sciences
Individualized internships are typically developed by students and approved by a faculty sponsor. Working with an on-site supervisor, students develop objectives for the internship experience, write a report of their activities, read professional literature related to their internship experiences, and offer a written and oral summary of their activities at the conclusion of the internship. Course MUST be enrolled pass-fail and will not count toward the health sciences major requirements. Variable credit.

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