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Applied Human and Sport Physiology

About

The movement of the human body is a fascinating thing. Most of us don’t even think twice about it. But it is important, and there are many careers that make it their priority to study how it works and help athletes and people who are injured, disabled, or want to improve their mobility. An applied human and sport physiology degree can help prepare you for careers in sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, or allied health. You’ll study exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology. And you’ll be ready to take on a variety of careers in the popular field of health and wellness.

Recommended preparation: Students considering this major should have a minimum of one year of biology, one year of chemistry, 3.0 high school GPA, and an ACT score of at least 25. A 2.75 cumulative GPA is required to graduate with this major.

Sample Program of Study

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.


Hours required:
For major: 58-60
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120


Popular minors: Psychology, Biology, Foods and Nutrition, Public Health, and Spanish


School: Natural and Social Sciences


Department: Health, Human Performance, and Sport

Applied Human and Sport Physiology Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your degree in applied human and sport physiology.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Knowledge of body structure and function
  • Health status and risk factor identification
  • Athletic performance and nutrition
  • Prevention and care of injuries
  • Fitness appraisal and injury evaluation
  • Principles of strength and conditioning
  • Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise prescription
  • Kinesiology / biomechanics
  • First aid and CPR
  • Chemistry and lab techniques
  • Nutritional counseling and assessment
  • Musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation
  • Research and analysis
  • Leadership and organization
  • Critical thinking and problem solving

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Sports medicine associate
  • Athletic trainer
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Wellness program coordinator
  • Sports lab research technician
  • Fitness instructor
  • Health education specialist
  • Chiropractor
  • Health promotion

Employers

Employers

  • Hospitals or medical clinics
  • Gyms or fitness centers
  • Sports rehabilitation clinics
  • Physical therapy offices
  • Sports teams or clubs
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Community wellness centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Government programs
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Sports labs and research facilities
  • Sports equipment manufacturers

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

WSC Service Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester. Examples of community and Service-Learning events include:

  • World Heart Day: Provide free blood pressure screening, share heart health information and heart-healthy snacks, and facilitate recreation opportunities for local families and children
  • Boomerfest: Help with this event geared towards seniors, a day created to give back to the older generation of the community, filled with education, food, dancing, and fun.
Student Activities for HHPS Majors

Opportunities

  • Body tests - Help local high school wrestlers meet NSAA program guidelines by measuring their body composition and hydration levels.
  • Clinics and conferences – Travel with other students to the NSCA clinic and CNOS conference to gain in-depth knowledge from industry experts in nutrition, mobility, training, sports medicine, and more. 
  • Recognition – Each year, the department awards and recognizes one student from each of the HHPS majors for their achievements.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Internships

Internships

Before graduating with your degree in applied human and sport physiology, you’ll have a chance to earn credit through on-campus services like the wellness program or human performance lab, or anywhere you’d like to do an internship. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

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