Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance
Concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness

 If you pursue the Health Promotion and Wellness track, you will be prepared fora wide range of careers in the areas of wellness, fitness programming, gerontology, personal training and exercise science. Classes and the internship can be focused toward settings such as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, fitness leadership, fitness program management, and corporate wellness/fitness.

Your 120-hour program of study includes:

  • a 55-hour university general education program
  • a 25-hour core of professional courses common to all Health and Human Performance majors, and
  • a Health Promotion and Wellness core
  • a concentration core along with a selection of classes specific to your area of study
  • a selection of general electives designed to complement your area of study

General Education Program

To earn a degree from Fort Hays State University, you must complete a 55-hour general education program. This program has two major components - Foundation Studies and Liberal Arts. You will work with an academic advisor to select a series of general education courses to complement your program of study.

Health and Human Performance Core

All Health and Human Performance majors, regardless of concentration, take the same core courses, totaling 25 hours:

  • HHP 155 Weight Training (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 201 Concepts in Fitness (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 210 Introduction to HHP (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 220 Responding to Emergencies (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 280 Care & Prevention of Exercise and Sport Injuries (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 330 Adapted/Special P.E. (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 340 Tests & Measurements (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 390 Physiology of Exercise (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 440 Kinesiology (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 450 Program Organization and Admin. (3 Credit Hours)

Concentration Core

All Health Promotion and Wellness majors will take the following concentration core, totaling 19-21 hours:

  • HHP ___ Aquatics Elective (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 151 Aerobics (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 230 Principles of Nutrition (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 312 Fitness Leadership (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 313 Health and Promotional Wellness (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 445 Clinical Exercise Physiology (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 447 Instrumentation in Ex Physiology (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 465 Internship in HHP (3 Credit Hours)

Area of Specialization:

Each student selects an area of specialization from the following areas (17-20 hours):

Fitness Programming Requirements (18 hrs)

  • HHP 315 Nutrition and Athletic Performance (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 435 Personal Training Certification (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 612 Physiology of Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 617 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Elderly (3 Credit Hours)
  • Internship and/or aquatics and/or Fitness/Rec Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Exercise Science Requirements (20 hrs)

  • HHP 332 Lifespan Nutrition (3 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 345/345L Human Anatomy (4 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 346/346L Human Physiology (4 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 612 Physiology of Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 617 Exercise Testing and Prescription for the Elderly (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP xxx Field Work in HHP (3 Credit Hours)
  • Recommended General Education Courses

    • BIOL 100 Human Biology 3 Credit Hours
    • BIOL 102 Lab Experience in Biology (1 Credit Hours)
    • CHEM 112 General Chem I and Lab (3 Credit Hours)
    • CHEM 114 General Chem II and Lab (3 Credit Hours)
    • Math 250 Elements of Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
    • IDS 400 Bioethics (3 Credit Hours)

Health Promotion Requirements (17 hrs)

  • HHP 310 Consumer Health (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 320 Communicable and Emergent Diseases (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 332 Lifespan Nutrition (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 612 Physiology of Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 619 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 644 Sociology of Aging for the Elderly (3 Credit Hours)
  • Recommended General Education Courses

    • BIOL 100 Human Biology (3 Credit Hours)
    • BIOL 102 Lab Experience in Biology (1 Credit Hours)

Gerontology Requirements (15 hrs)

  • HHP 605 Introduction to Gerontology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 420 Psychology of Aging (3 Credit Hours) OR
    PSY 668 Neuropsychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 644 Sociology of Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 612 Physiology of Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 670 Seminar in Gerontology (3 Credit Hours)
  • Select 9 hrs from the following Recommended Electives

    • NURS 211 Learning in Older Adulthood (2 Credit Hours)
    • SLP 655 Communication in Aging (2 Credit Hours)
    • AGRI 301 Home Horticulture ( 3 Credit Hours)
    • PSY 668 Neuropsychology (3 Credit Hours)
    • PSY 420 Psychology of Aging (3 Credit Hours)
    • HHP 617 Nutrition and Aging (3 Credit Hours)
    • HHP 619 Ex. Testing/Prescription for Elderly (3 Credit Hours)
    • HHP 371 Leisure Programming for the Elderly (2 Credit Hours)
    • SOCW 620 Spiritually Aging