Wayne State College

Health & Human Performance

Majors & Minors

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Sport is committed to Wayne State College's role in regional development while focusing on student learning and knowledge application. We promote healthy lifestyles and prepare students in fields related to sport and health enhancement.

The department focuses on programs in Applied Human and Sport Physiology, Exercise Science, Physical Education and Sport Management and also offers a Coaching Endorsement and Graduate degrees. Our faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and incorporating scholarly activity within the learning environment.

Applied Human and Sport Physiology

The Applied Human and Sport Physiology major provides students with a variety of educational experiences pertaining to sports medicine, allied health and physical science. The program of study is designed to prepare students for graduate study/careers in athletic training, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, and, through advisement, may provide strong training for individuals who wish to work in health and fitness related professions.

The course offerings in Applied Human and Sport Physiology are designed to:

  • provide the student with an understanding of how to prevent, and evaluate common musculoskeletal injuries.
  • allow the student to demonstrate competency in conducting practical research including application of statistical procedures.
  • provide the student the skills necessary to use technology for physical assessments common to the sports medicine field.
  • prepare students for graduate study and research in the various fields included in applied human and sport physiology.
  • provide the students a strong training to work in health- and fitness-related professions.

Academic Requirements

Students considering this major should have a minimum of:

  • One year of biology
  • One year of chemistry
  • 3.0/4.0 high school GPA
  • ACT score of at least 25

Exercise Science

The recently released Surgeon General's Report on physical activity emphasized the lack of physical activity in America. It stated that 60% of Americans do not get the proper amount of physical activity to maintain health. As a result, many diseases and maladies related to physical activity (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, obesity, etc.) are quite prevalent. Addressing these problems requires a trained professional that is knowledgeable in the many facets of physical activity programming, as well as nutrition counseling, stress management and other lifestyle modification techniques.

The Exercise Science Program at Wayne State College has created a curriculum designed to provide the Exercise Science major with the academic background and technical skills to work in a number of health/fitness related careers. Students acquire their skills through practicums conducted in our laboratory, working in the WSC Wellness Program, and finish their education with a 600-hour internship during their last semester. We are quite proud of the "hands-on" experience we provide students at Wayne State College. We also offer a minor in exercise science.

Academic Requirements for Exercise Science

A student must meet the following requirements before being allowed to enter the Exercise Science Fieldwork program:

  • Complete all General Education requirements.
  • Completion of all Exercise Science Requirements.
  • Obtain a grade of B (3.0) or higher in PED 470.
  • Have a cumulative Grade Point of 2.5 or higher.

Physical Education

Does your interest in health, physical activity and wellness come with a desire to teach youth? Educating our young populations about health and physical activity is vital if we are to reduce the incidence of health related illness. The physical educator is the person schools often call upon for health information, wellness education and fitness training for young adults. Often the primary advocate for health and fitness, the physical educator plays a most important role. Students interested in pursuing a career in physical education may choose from three options: Field endorsement in health and physical education K-12, subject endorsement in physical education K-6, or a subject endorsement in physical education 7-12. Most of our majors also choose to pursue a minor to coach. The coaching endorsement is considered a special endorsement and must accompany a field endorsement or two subject endorsements.

Sport Management

Whether you are interested in working for a sporting goods manufacturer, a sport marketing firm, a professional or amateur sports organization, a sport media operation, an organization associated with leisure and fitness activities, or another segment of the sports industry, you should consider majoring in Sport Management at Wayne State College.

According to the SportsBusiness Journal, the sports business industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Sport management is a field concerned with the coordination of limited human and material resources, relevant technologies, and situational contingencies for the efficient production and exchange of the sport services/goods that contribute to the sports industry. Sport Management majors are offered an area of study in which they can combine their love of sport with specialized management training to pursue a rewarding career. Students end their experience at WSC with an internship.

Wayne State College offers a Sport Management program designed to equip students to be leaders in a very competitive field. With the support of the program's alumni we have developed a strong reputation in the region's sports organizations. We also offer a major as well as a minor in sport management. 

Coaching Endorsement

The coaching endorsement is considered a special endorsement and must accompany a field endorsement or two subject endorsements. Students selecting this program are also responsible for completing general education and professional education requirements. This endorsement, obtained through the HHPS department, needs nine hours of required classes and nine elective hours of coaching theory courses from the following areas: football, basketball, track, wrestling, baseball, softball and volleyball. It is recommended that students enroll in theory courses starting at the sophomore level.

Graduate Programs

Students interested in graduate work at Wayne State College can pursue degrees in Sport Management or Exercise Science from the programs of study in HHPS.

Graduate study in HHPS is designed to enhance teaching techniques and to enable the recipient of the MSOM degree in Sport Management or the MSE degree in Exercise Science to demonstrate professional leadership through their role in the department, in the profession, and in the community. Our graduate courses are offered each semester and during the summer sessions. We have graduate assistants who are full-time students that help us teach courses as well as many students who are pursuing their degree part-time.

For more information on the HHPS graduate program contact Dr. Tammy Evetovich at 402-375-7463.

Go to this link for the application to enter our programs: https://www.wsc.edu/graduate_program/