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 five majors - exercise science, sport and recreation leadership, strength and conditioningsport management and sports information; and four minors - coaching, wellness, and exercise science and recreation management offered by the health, fitness and sport science department.

Exercise Science major

 (46 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 120 Team and Individual Sports 1 (3)
HFS 130 Team and Individual Sports 2 (3)
HFS 150 Human Sexuality (2)
HFS 160 Drug Education (2)
HFS 255 Competitive Strength Training (2)
    or HFS 265 Personal Strength Training (2)
HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine (3)
HFS 220 Personal & Community Health Concerns (3)
HFS 240 Coaching Methods (3)
HFS 315 Therapeutic Recreation (3)
NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)
PHL 110 Introduction to Public Health (3)
NTR 240 Physical & Nutrition Assessment (2)
BIO 230 Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
HFS 310 Kinesiology (3)
HFS 320 Exercise Physiology (3)

Wellness concentration:

(22 hours)
Persons interested in the wellness concentration can major in exercise science or food and nutrition. In addition to course work, the student will have the opportunity to gain valuable professional training through an internship experience.

COM 195 Interpersonal Communication (3)
     or COM 185 Public Speaking and Persuasion (3)
HFS 225 Commercial Recreation (3)
HFS 260 Recreation & the Aging Process* (3)
NTR 325 Lifecycle Nutrition (3)
NTR 335 Public Health Nutrition and Policy (3)
NTR 400 Seminar in Wellness (1)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)
HFS 305 Planning for Special Events (3) 

Sport Management major 

(47 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: (47 hours)
ACT 151 Principles of Accounting (3)
MGT 354 Principles of Management (3)
COM 175 Sport Communication (3)
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
HFS 112 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
HFS 230 Sport Psychology (3)
HFS 255 Competitive Strength Training (2)
     or HFS 265 Personal Strength Training (2)
HFS 270 Sport Ethics (3)
HFS 350 Sport and Administration Mgt Practices I * (3)
HFS 375 Sport and Administration Mgt Practices II * (3)
HFS 385 Internship (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3) 

 

Sport communication concentration:

 

Sport organization concentration:

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

Sport & Recreation Leadership major 

(48 hours)
HFS 115 Introduction to Recreation (3)
HFS 120 Team and Individual Sports 1 (3)
HFS 130 Team and Individual Sports 2 (3)
HFS 135 Recreation Games and Social Recreation(3)
HFS 205 Recreation Leadership and Program (3)
HFS 215 Outdoor Recreation (3)
HFS 225 Commercial Recreation (3)
HFS 230 Sport Psychology (3)
HFS 235 Facilities Planning and Construction (3)
HFS 270 Sport Ethics (3)
HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine (3)
HFS 305 Planning for Special Events (3)
HFS 240 Coaching Methods (3)
HFS 245 Camping Administration
   or HFS 350 Sport and Admin Mgt Practices I (3)
HFS 385 Internship (3)             

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

 

Strength & Conditioning major  

(47 semester hours)
HFS 110 Introduction to Exercise Science (3)
HFS 160 Drug Education (2)
NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)
NTR 325 Lifecycle Nutrition (3)
HFS 255 Competitive Strength Training (2)
HFS 265 Personal Strength Training (2)
HFS 355 Strength & Conditioning I (3)
HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine (3)
PHL 110 Introduction to Public Health (3)
HFS 220 Personal & Community Health Concerns (3)
HFS 225 Commercial Recreation  (3)
HFS 230 Sport Psychology (3)
HFS 240 Coaching Methods (3)
HFS 310 Kinesiology (3)
HFS 320 Exercise Physiology  (3)
NTR 240 Physical & Nutrition Assessment (2)
HFS 385 Internship (3)


Sports Information Major

(45 semester hours)
HFS 112 Introduction to Sport Management (3)

COM 105 Introduction to Journalism (3)
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
COM 175/HFS 175 Sport Communication (3)
HFS 230 Sport Psychology (3)
HFS 270 Sport Ethics (3)
COM 334 Radio Production (3)
COM 345 Video Production (3)
HFS 350 Sport and Adm Mgt Practices I (3)
HFS 375 Sport and Adm Mgt Practices II (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3)
HFS 385 Internship (3)
COM 412 New Media (3)

Choose one of the following:
MKT 362 Advertising (3)
ENG 207 Professional and Technical Writing (3)
COM 277 Public Relations (3)

Activity Credits (3 semester hours)
HFS 118 Video Activity (.5)
HFS 119 Sport Information Activity (.5)
COM 111 Student Newspaper Activity (.5)
COM 112 Radio Activity (.5)

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 120 Team and Individual Sports 1 (3)
     or HFS 130 Team and Individual Sports 2 (3) 
HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine (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)
BIO 230 Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
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) 

 

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 115 Introduction to Recreation (3)
HFS 135 Games and Social Recreation (3)
HFS 145 Recreation Arts and Crafts (3)
HFS 205 Recreation Leadership and Program (3)
HFS 215 Outdoor Recreation (3)
HFS 315 Therapeutic Recreation Service (3)
or HFS 235 Camping Administration (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. The minor consists of 21 hours of course work including the following:

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

A minimum of five additional hours are to be chosen from courses within the wellness concentration. A person minoring in wellness must graduate with current first aid and CPR certification.    
  
July 2014