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Course Descriptions

For your convenience, below are the course descriptions for the required classes for the sports psychology minor. For more information please visit the academic catalog.

Complete each of the following:
HWL 260 Human Anatomy

Major systems of the body and their functions. Course work involves the use of charts, models and slides, but no dissection.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: SCI 102, BIO 105 or BIO 111

HWL 353 Stress Management

Stress, sources of stress, the manner in which various psychological systems are involved and affected by stress, diseases that are associated with stress, and a variety of intervention strategies. Includes preventative health behaviors and behavior modification.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.

PE 106 Principles and Foundations of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

An overview of historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological foundations of physical education and health. Topics include health and fitness promotion, lifestyle assessments, cardiovascular risk factors, lifestyle choices and professional competencies. Emphasis is placed on physical fitness and wellness, behavior and relationships, prevention and treatment of diseases/accidents/suicide, environmental issues, and health and legal aspects of physical education and health.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.

PE 301 Sports Psychology

Fundamental concepts of coaching and underlying psychological factors of performance in competition. Topics include assessment, preseason, mid-season, and post-season evaluation, audience effects and aggression and violence in sports.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.

PE 320 Motor Learning

Psychological and neurological mechanisms involved in the acquisition of motor skills. Emphasis on designing classes and practices which optimize the acquisition of motor skills.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor permission.

PE 404 Practicum in Physical Education and Athletics

Designed to allow the physical education major or minor to attain practical experience (hands-on) in teaching, coaching, and leadership skills prior to student teaching.

Fall and Spring Semesters or Intensive Learning Term.
1-2 semester hours.
Satisfies Senior Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: junior standing.

PE 405 Exercise Physiology

In-depth examination of the physiological systems of the body, and their responses and adaptations to specific stresses placed on them during exercise.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Senior Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: PE 217, junior standing or instructor permission.

PE 410 Sport Philosophy and Ethics

Understanding and application of ethical theory and principles of moral reasoning to the analysis of issues and dilemmas in physical education, leisure and sport.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: PE 301, junior standing or instructor permission.

PE 415 Exercise Psychology

This course covers the psychological theories for predicting exercise behavior, understanding exercise behavior, mental and physical responses to exercise, and interventions for adhering to and increasing exercise.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: PE 280 and PE 301.

PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology

This is a survey course introducing students to many of the discipline’s subfields (e.g., developmental, neuroscience, learning, cognition, social, abnormal) with an emphasis on psychology as a science.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.

SA 304 Sport, Culture and Society

Cross-cultural study of the role of sport in societies. This class is a recommended elective for the HHP Department.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Global Diversity requirement.
Prerequisites: C or higher in IDS 112.

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