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Department of Health & Kinesiology

The primary mission of the Department of Health and Human Performance is to prepare students for entry into the workforce and for graduate study. A secondary mission is to ensure that all students matriculating through the University have an understanding of the importance of wellness and health-related fitness in a contemporary society. Members of the department and departmental facilities are located in the Health and Physical Education Building with the main departmental office located in Room 103.
Programs Offered
The Department of Health and Human Performance offers courses in Health (HED), Human Performance (PE), two undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health - Teaching and Non-teaching and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Performance - All-levels and Human Performance - Secondary level are offered at the undergraduate levels. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Health and the Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Performance are offered at the graduate level. The Department offers two minors, one in Health and one in Human Performance, for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in other instructional units at the University.
Students may also earn Teacher Certification for the State of Texas in either Health or Human Performance through the teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education in conjunction with the two undergraduate degrees offered.
Master's Degree - 36 Semester Credit Hours
The M.S. degree is offered in the following two tracks:
  • Master of Science in Health
  • Master of Science in Human Performance
Admission Criteria
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for admission to graduate standing in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are expected to present evidence of having completed the following:
  1. A minimum of twenty-one (21) semester credit hours in undergraduate health or human performance and related courses approved by the Department.
  2. A course in Anatomy and Physiology
The Department's objectives are to prepare professionals for:
  1. Additional study toward the Ed.D. /Ph.D. degree.
  2. Service in urban, multicultural environments.
  3. Managing wellness and health-related fitness programs.
  4. Various coaching fields.
The overall requirements of the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance are as follows:
  1. Completion of a total of thirty-six (36) semester credit hours if graduate courses (500 level of above); a minimum of twenty-four (24) of these must be in Health or Physical Education, six (6) semester credit hours in professional development; and six (6) semester credit hours in a resource area which may be taken in related disciplines such as Public Affairs, Child Development, Psychology, Counseling, and Sociology, with consent of the graduate advisor.
  2. Successful completion of the Health/Physical Education Comprehensive Examination prior to graduation from the prescribed course of study.
  3. Fulfillment of general requirements for graduation as outlined by the Graduate School. (See the general information section of the Graduate School Bulletin).
Bachelor of Science Degree
The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in the following tracks:
  • Bachelor of Science in Health - Secondary Teaching
  • Bachelor of Science in Health - Non-teaching/Community
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - All-levels (K-12)
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - Secondary
Admission Criteria
The University has an open admissions policy. However, all students must be able to demonstrate their ability to perform successfully at the college level. The American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is recommended.
  1. Students submitting official high school transcripts or official assessments of credits from home schools must have successfully completed the following high school credits: 4 in English; 3 in mathematics; 2 in natural science; 2 in social science; 6 selected from a combination of foreign languages, computer science (or keyboarding), speech, journalism, and fine arts.
  2. If GED, the GED Test Report must reflect a minimum score of 40 on each part of the GED test to qualify for admission.
  3. Students who are home-schooled must have the parent school district assess the mastery level of courses taken with an official assessment made that may be used for grade placement and/or the award of credit since the State of Texas does not award diplomas to students in home schools.
  4. Upon admission to the University, a health examination is required of all students.
  5. The following categories of individuals seeking admission to the University should consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for specific admission criteria:
    1. Students who are citizens of the United States who wish to transfer from other accredited colleges and universities.
    2. Permanent residents of the United States with diplomas from accredited high schools, GED equivalents, or equivalent examinations from foreign countries that attest to the fact they have attained the high school standard and who have never enrolled for college credits previously.
    3. Permanent residents of the United States who wish to transfer from other accredited colleges and universities.
    4. International students who have never enrolled for college credits previously or who wish to transfer from other accredited colleges and universities.
    5. Transient students who wish to attend during summer terms only.
    6. Students who have been away from the University for more than one year and now wish to return.
The overall requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance are as follows:
  1. Bachelor of Science in Health - Secondary - 138 Semester Credit Hours
  2. Bachelor of Science in Health - Non-teaching/Community - 128 Semester Credit Hours
  3. Minor in Health - Non-teaching - 21 Semester Credit Hours, plus 7 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
  4. Supporting Teacher Certification in Health - 24 Semester Credit Hours, plus 6 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
  5. Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - Secondary - 143 Semester Credit Hours
  6. Bachelor of Science in Human Performance - All-levels - 128 Semester Credit Hours
  7. Minor in Human Performance - 21 Semester Credit Hours, plus 7 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
  8. Supporting Teacher Certification in Human Performance - 24 Semester Credit Hours, plus 7 Semester Credit Hours in cognate courses
Note: All courses in these curriculum must have grades of C or better to qualify for graduation. In addition, all students must meet the requirements of the Texas Assessment of Skills Program (TASP). Students seeking teacher certification must meet the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education. Prior to graduation, all students must complete and successfully pass a comprehensive departmental exit examination in the specific discipline.