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Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences

The Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences provides physical activity courses for all students and serves the community through clinics and laboratories. The department offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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Undergraduate Programs

The Academic Catalog is a guideline for policies and procedures in the School of Education. However, academic program requirements change. Students are strongly encouraged to check the school’s website and the department for the most current information. This catalog is in effect for undergraduates admitted to the School of Education for academic year 2012-13.

All undergraduate programs include a strong general education component with a focus on the biological sciences.

Undergraduates may enroll in the Professional Teacher Preparation Program in health and physical education. They also may enroll in nonlicensure B.S.E. options in sport science, community health, and the Bachelor of Science in athletic training. Students in sport science select 1 of 2 emphases—exercise science or sport management—that prepare them for work in physical therapy, health, fitness, or sport settings outside the schools. Students in community health prepare to work with public health agencies. Students in all nonlicensure programs must complete an internship.

Undergraduates may enter the School of Education by meeting the admission requirements. Undergraduates seeking admission to the athletic training and health and physical education teacher licensure programs must have a minimum cumulative grade-point averages of 2.5; all other programs require a 2.75 minimum cumulative grade-point average. However, achieving the minimum grade-point average is not a guarantee of admission. In addition to the minimum cumulative grade-point average, program admission is based on performance in core courses, academic preparation for the major, and the number of students that each program can admit. Consult the School of Education Welcome Center, 208 J.R. Pearson Hall, or the HSES Undergraduate Office, 161 Robinson Center, 785-864-5552.

Non–Western Culture Requirement

The Kansas State Department of Education requires undergraduates seeking teacher licensure to study both Western and non-Western cultures. To meet the non-Western culture requirement, students must complete at least 1 course classified as NW. This requirement also may count in the appropriate category (behavioral science, social sciences, or arts/humanities) of the general education requirements.

View the list of non-Western culture courses.

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Laboratories and Facilities

HSES programs at all levels are supported by experiential education opportunities. The department maintains excellent laboratories for student and faculty research, including biomechanics, motor development/adaptive, applied physiology, and sport and exercise psychology. All students are exposed to the laboratories and clinics, which serve KU and the community. View further information about HSES labs and clinics.

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Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences

The Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences provides physical activity courses for all students and serves the community through clinics and laboratories. The department offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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Graduate Programs

Graduate work in health, sport, and exercise sciences includes an offering of courses leading to the Master of Science in Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Entrance requirements include completion of an undergraduate program and admission to graduate studies through the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

HSES provides concentrated graduate study in the following specializations: Exercise Science (M.S.E.), Exercise Physiology (Ph.D.), Health & Psychology of Physical Activity (M.S.E. and Ph.D.), Physical Education Pedagogy (M.S.E.), and Sport Management (M.S.E. and Ph.D.).

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Laboratories and Facilities

HSES programs at all levels are supported by experiential education opportunities. The department maintains excellent laboratories for student and faculty research, including biomechanics, motor development/adaptive, applied physiology, and sport and exercise psychology. All students are exposed to the laboratories and clinics, which serve KU and the community. View further information about HSES labs and clinics.

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