Health, fitness & sport science

The health, fitness & sports science department is housed in the Sommer Center and Burcky Addition. The two areas provide the department with four full-court areas for practice and performance in volleyball and basketball in addition to office space for department faculty. In addition to courses designed for its majors, the department also offers a wide variety of skill courses, a strong intramural program in men's, women's and co-ed sports, and intercollegiate athletics to help students develop a better understanding and appreciation for movement and to foster a desire for life-long physical activity.
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Majors

There are four majors - exercise science, sport and recreation leadership, strength and conditioning, and sport management; and four minors - coaching, wellness, and exercise science and recreation management offered by the health, fitness and sport science department.

Exercise Science major

 (44 hours)
Course work is planned in consultation with a departmental advisor and focuses on the student's area of interest.

HFS 110 Introduction to Exercise Science (3)
HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine (3)
HFS 120 Team and Individual Sports 1 (3)
OR HFS 130 Team and Individual Sports 2 (3)
HFS 205 Leadership (3)
HFS 220 Personal & Community Health Concerns (3)
OR PHL 110 Introduction to Public Health (3)
HFS 255 Competitive Strength Training (2)
OR HFS 265 Personal Strength Training (2)
HFS 301 Biomechanics of Physical Activity (3)

HFS 310 Kinesiology (3)
HFS 315 Therapeutic Recreation (3)

HFS 320 Exercise Physiology (3)
HFS 385 Internship (3)
BIO 230 Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4)

NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)
NTR 240 Physical & Nutrition Assessment (2)
NTR 260 Obesity Research and Sports Nutrition (3)

Sport Management major 

(48 hours)

The expansion of public interest and participation in sport and physical fitness has created a need for qualified leadership in these areas. Graduates will be prepared for careers as athletic administrators, in YMCA/YWCA work, in sporting goods companies, as sports information personnel and in other related areas.

Practical experience in an area of interest is provided to the student so insight into his/her chosen career may occur prior to graduation. The sites for these experiences are selected in cooperation with the student's advisor.

Students majoring in sport management are required to take 33 hours in core courses and a minimum of 3 hours of internship. Nine hours of classes are taken from either a sport communication concentration or from a sport organization concentration.

Required:
HFS 112 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
HFS 175 Sport Communication (3)
HFS 230 Sport Psychology (3)
HFS 235 Facility Management (3)
HFS 270 Sport Ethics (3)
HFS 350 Sport and Administration Mgt Practices 1* (3)
HFS 375 Sport and Administration Mgt Practices 2* (3)
HFS 385 Internship (3)
ACT 151 Principles of Accounting (3)
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

MGT 354 Principles of Management (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3) 

 

Sport communication concentration:

 

Sport organization concentration:

(9 hours)
HFS 240 Coaching Methods (3)
HFS 360 Coaching Issues (3)
MGT 359 Entrepreneurship (3)
MGT 364 Human Resource Management (3) 
MKT 360 Sales * (3)
MKT 362 Advertising * (3)

Sport & Recreation Leadership major 

(48 hours)
HFS 112 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine 
(3)
HFS 120 Team and Individual Sports 1 (3)
HFS 130 Team and Individual Sports 2 (3)
HFS 135 Games and Program Planning (3)
HFS 205 Leadership (3)
HFS 215 Outdoor Recreation (3)
HFS 225 Commercial Recreation (3)
HFS 230 Sport Psychology (3)
HFS 235 Facility Management (3)
HFS 240 Coaching Methods (3)
HFS 245 Administration of Camps (3)
OR HFS 350 Sport and Admin Mgt Practices 1 (3)
HFS 270 Sport Ethics (3)
HFS 305 Event Management (3)
HFS 315 Therapeutic Recreation (3)
HFS 385 Internship (3)             

Electives:
HFS 155 Adventures in Outdoor Recreation (1-2)

 

Strength & Conditioning major  

(45 semester hours)
HFS 110 Introduction to Exercise Science (3)
HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine (3)
HFS 220 Personal & Community Health Concerns (3)
OR PHL 110 Introduction to Public Health (3)
HFS 225 Commercial Recreation  (3)
HFS 230 Sport Psychology (3)

HFS 255 Competitive Strength Training (2)
HFS 265 Personal Strength Training (2)
HFS 301 Biomechanics of Physical Activity (3)
HFS 310 Kinesiology (3)
HFS 320 Exercise Physiology  (3)
HFS 355 Strength & Conditioning 1 (3)
HFS 356 Strength & Conditioning 2 (3)
HFS 385 Internship (3)
NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)
NTR 240 Physical & Nutrition Assessment (2)
NTR 260 Obesity Research and Sports Nutrition (3)

Minors

Bluffton University offers minors in coachingexercise science, recreation management and wellness.

Coaching minor 

(19 hours)
Persons other than exercise science majors may be interested in a minor in coaching. The minor requires a coaching internship.

HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine (3)
HFS 120 Team and Individual Sports 1
(3)
OR HFS 130 Team and Individual Sports 2 (3) 
HFS 240 Coaching Methods (3)
HFS 255 Competitive Strength Training & Exercise (2)
OR HFS 265 Personal Strength Training & Exercise (2)
HFS 270 Sport Ethics (3)
HFS 360 Issues in Coaching (3)
HFS 385 Internship (2)

Exercise Science minor

(20 hours)
HFS 110 Introduction to Exercise Science  (3)   
HFS 120 Team and Individual Sports 1 (3)
OR HFS 130 Team and Individual Sports 2 (3)
HFS 255 Competitive Strength Training (2)
HFS 265 Personal Strength Training (2)
HFS 315 Therapeutic Recreation* (3)
HFS 320 Exercise Physiology* (3) 
BIO 230 Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4) 

Recreation Management minor

(18 hours)
The recreation management minor enables students to develop recreation skills and interests through a variety of avenues and to better understand the importance of leisure in our society. The minor includes the following recreation courses:

HFS 112 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
HFS 135 Games and Program Planning (3)
HFS 145 Recreation Arts and Crafts (3)
HFS 205 Leadership (3)
HFS 215 Outdoor Recreation (3)
HFS 315 Therapeutic Recreation Service (3)
OR HFS 245 Administration of Camps (3)

Wellness minor

(21 hours)
Persons in areas other than the food and nutrition and exercise science majors (which have a wellness concentration for the major), may be interested in a minor in wellness.

HFS 220 Personal and Community Health Concerns (3)
HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine (3)
HFS 255 Competitive Strength Training and Exercise (2)
OR HFS 265 Personal Training & Exercise (2)
BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4)
COM 195 Interpersonal Communication (3)
OR COM 185 Public Speaking and Persuasion (3)
NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)
NTR 260 Obesity Research and Sports Nutrition (3)

March 2017