2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Mar 06, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Sports Science, BSEd


Program Description:

Sports Science is the study of the body’s response to exercise and physical activity. The field incorporates various sub-disciplines including exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and the psychology of physical activity. Sports scientists rely on scientific principles in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics to advance their understanding of how the body responds to exercise and to advocate physical activity to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

We have also recently added a new Sports Medicine Concentration (see below), within the Sports Science degree. This concentration is a pathway to healthcare graduate programs. The concentration meets all the requirements for graduate programs in athletic training, and, with minor program of study modifications, can also be a pathway to graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant.

Majors in the Sports Science BSEd Program must choose from one of two concentrations: Health and Fitness, or Sports Medicine. Each concentration is described below.

Health and Fitness Concentration

The Health and Fitness concentration will incorporate both classroom and supervised practical experiences to prepare undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work as professionals in the health and fitness industry. Candidates who complete this program will be eligible to apply for the ACSM Health and Fitness Instructor certification, the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification, or other similar professional certifications.

Entry-level health and fitness professionals will be skilled in evaluating health behaviors, risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, developing and implementing safe and effective exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. Health and fitness professionals can perform these activities in commercial, university, corporate, or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion, fitness, and sports performance activities.

Sports Medicine Concentration

The Sports Medicine concentration will incorporate both classroom and supervised practical experiences to prepare undergraduate students with the core knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue an advanced healthcare degree such as, but not limited to, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant.

Admission Requirements:

Health and Fitness Concentration

Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, and must have earned a grade of C or higher in KNH 2410: Introduction to Kinesiology and Health, prior to being admitted to the program.

Sports Medicine Concentration

Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, and must have earned a grade of C or higher in ATR 2610: Introduction to Allied Health Care Professions, prior to being admitted to the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Health and Fitness Concentration

* To apply scientific principles in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics to problems in the domains of exercise, physical activity, health, and disease.

* To complete a relevant professional certification exam (e.g., ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist).

* To conduct fitness assessments to evaluate health behaviors and risk factors.

* To develop and implement safe and effective exercise prescriptions.

* To work with individuals and groups to modify negative health habits and develop behaviors with positive impacts on health and wellness.

* To demonstrate intercultural competence and apply skills ethically and responsibly with diverse groups of clients and patients.

Sports Medicine Concentration

* To demonstrate core knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with health promotion, disease prevention, and healthcare.

* To describe internal and external factors and trends impacting healthcare.

* To explain the legal and regulatory environment in healthcare.

* To collaborate with a variety of healthcare professionals in the decision-making process for patient care.

* To prepare students to pursue advanced degrees in healthcare and eventually to practice effectively as healthcare providers.

For additional information:

Program Requirements: Health and Fitness Concentration


I. Wright State Core: 40.5 Hours


Element 2 Mathematics: 3 Hours


Element 3 Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4 Arts / Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5 Social Science: 6 Hours


Element 6 Natural Science: 9 Hours


Required

Additional Core Courses: 7.5 Hours


III. Electives: 17.5 Total Hours


A minimum of 17.5 elective credits must be taken from the courses listed in sections A, B, and C below. Courses other than those listed may be eligible for elective credit with approval of the Program Director.

A. Departmental Electives


The following courses in the Department of Kinesiology and Health can be taken for elective credit. Other courses taught within the department may be eligible for elective credit with permission of the Program Director.

B. Non-Departmental Electives


The following courses taught outside the Department of Kinseiology and Health can be taken for elective credit. Other courses taught outside the department may be eligible for elective credit with permission of the Program Director.

C. Raider Active Courses


Up to 6 credit hours of Raider Active courses can be counted toward the degree in Sports Science: Health and Fitness Concentration. An individual course number counts toward degree completion credit only once.

Eligible courses: KNH 1000-2010 (see Course Catalog for additional details).

Total: 120 Hours


Program Requirements: Sports Medicine Concentration


I. Wright State Core: 43 Hours


Element 1 Communication: 6 hours


Element 2 Mathematics: 4 hours


Element 3 Global Traditions: 6 hours


Element 4 Arts/Humanities: 3 hours


  • Any course from this area.

Element 5 Social Science: 7 hours


May substitute SOC 2000 for SW 2720.

Additional Core Courses: 7 hours


II. Curriculum Content: 77 hours


Total: 120 hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.