Health and Human Performance Human Performance Option Bachelor of Science Degree
Through coursework, research, laboratory, and internship experiences, the Human Performance Option prepares students with a thorough understanding of human movement. Students in this option are well prepared for work in professional positions in medical, community, corporate, or school settings (i.e., medical sales, rehabilitation programs, fitness centers, strength and training facilities, etc.). Students are equally well-equipped for graduate study in any of the diverse disciplines that deal with human movement (i.e., physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, kinesiology, etc.) and physician assistant programs.
Coursework involves study in multiple disciplines and emphasizes the broad scientific basis on which sound clinical insight and understanding is based, while research, laboratory work, and internships provide students with valuable experience applying their understanding of human movement. Students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of human movement across the wide range of its physiological, neurological, mechanical, and nutritional dimensions, enabling them to serve as effective practitioners in the diverse, expanding and evolving fields related to human movement.
The Student Learning Outcomes for this option include:
- Accurately assess, plan, supervise, and evaluate a person’s health and fitness performance.
- Critically and ethically evaluate human movement and performance.
- Develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions in health and fitness activities.
- Correctly interpret, apply and conduct exercise science research.
- Effectively communicate to diverse constituencies.
A grade of C- or higher is mandatory in all health and human performance courses satisfying the major requirements.
Admission Requirements for Health and Human Performance – Human Performance Option
Enrollment in several major courses is dependent upon Admission to the Human Performance program and admission to the program is separate from enrollment at the University. Students are encouraged to explore their interest and skill in lower division courses but must realize that admission to the program, which allows access to several majors courses, is selective. The application process is outlined below and applications are available at www.msubillings.edu/cahp/hhp.
- All applicants must complete a minimum of 23 credits from the General Education requirements, including specific courses, at Montana State University Billings, or at another regionally accredited institution of higher education, earning a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Courses taken on a pass/no pass or credit/noncredit basis will not be used to calculate the GPA requirement. Students should consult with their academic advisor.
- Each applicant also must complete 18 credits from the approved list of prerequisite courses with a GPA of at least 3.0 (see application for list of courses).
- Each applicant must receive a letter advocating for his/her admission to the program from
- a member of the Health and Human Performance Department and
- a faculty member in the Biological and Physical Sciences Department.
- Each applicant must submit a letter of application in which he/she provides a statement as to how the program serves his/her personal goals and how he/she intends to contribute to the program. The applicant’s faculty advisor must approve this letter.
- Each application must be approved by the Chairperson of the Department.
- Applications for admission to the Human Performance Option can be obtained online at www.msubillings.edu/cahp/hhp or from the Department of Health and Human Performance Office in the Physical Education Building, Room 120. The application should be submitted to the faculty advisor for review and approval, signed by the advisor and the Department Chairperson. A current working copy of the transcript will be attached to the application form in addition to the materials mentioned above.
- Since admission to the Human Performance Option is selective, applications are to be submitted as soon as the student meets the requirements. Applications are handled on a rolling admissions basis. Students will be notified of the status of their application within 15 working days of submitting the complete application. Enrollment in some majors courses is limited to students admitted to the program.
If application to the Human Performance Option is initially unsuccessful, the student should meet with his/her advisor to address any shortcomings and applicants have the right to appeal the decision to the Human Performance Committee of the Department. The Department Chairperson serves as chair of the appeals committee.
No student will be allowed to register for upper division courses in Health and Human Performance without formal admission to the Human Performance Option.
To graduate with a B.S. in Health and Human Performance Human Performance Option, it is necessary to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all coursework. Students who do not maintain the 3.0 GPA requirement throughout the program will be counseled by their academic advisor for strategies to meet this requirement or advised to seek a different field of study.
Major in Health and Human Performance - Human Performance Option Degree Requirements
|General Education Requirements||31|
|The following General Education courses also satisfy requirements in the Interdisciplinary Core:|
|Introduction to Statistics|
|Intro to Psychology|
|Intro to General Chemistry|
and Intro to Gen Chem Lab
or BIOB 121
|Fund of Bio for Allied Health|
|Discover Biology Lab|
|Students should consult with an academic advisor before registering for General Education courses in order to minimize the number of courses needed to satisfy the requirements of the major.|
|Human Performance Major Core|
|ACT 498||Internship/Cooperative Educ||3|
|ACT 499||Senior Thesis/Capstone||3|
|AHMS 144||Medical Terminology||3|
|ECP 120||Emergency Medical Responder||3|
|KIN 105||Fnd of Exercise Science||3|
|KIN 106||Fndtns of Exercise Science Lab||1|
|KIN 210||Prncpls Strength Conditioning||3|
|KIN 320||Exercise Physiology||3|
|KIN 321||Exercise Physiology Lab||1|
|KIN 323||Anatomical Kinesiology Lab||1|
|KIN 328||Biomechanics Lab||1|
|KIN 330||Motor Learning and Control||3|
|KIN 331||Motor Learning and Control Lab||1|
|KIN 364||Rsrch Meths in Hlth Hmn Prfrm||3|
|KIN 415||Adv Exercise Test & Prescrip||3|
|KIN 462||Evidence Based Assessment||3|
|NUTR 221||Basic Human Nutrition||3|
|NUTR 411||Nutrition for Sprts & Exercise||3|
|BIOB 101||Discover Biology *||3|
|or BIOB 121||Fund of Bio for Allied Health|
|BIOB 102||Discover Biology Lab *||1|
|BIOH 301||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|BIOH 302||Human Anatomy & Phys I Lab||1|
|BIOH 311||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|BIOH 312||Human Anatomy & Phys II Lab||1|
|CHMY 121||Intro to General Chemistry 1*||3|
|CHMY 122||Intro to Gen Chem Lab 1*||1|
|PSYX 100||Intro to Psychology *||3|
|STAT 216||Introduction to Statistics *||4|
|Select 16 credits of the following in consultation with an advisor. The following list is illustrative and not limiting. Students may structure electives to earn a minor.||16|
|Prev & Care Athletic Injuries|
|Microbiology for Hlth Sciences|
|Microbiology Hlth Sciences Lab|
|Medical Microbiology Lab|
|College Chemistry I *|
|College Chemistry I Lab *|
|Human Response To Stress|
|Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Prevent|
|Hlth & Wllnss Acrss the Lfspn|
|College Physics I *|
|College Physics I Lab *|
|College Physics II|
|College Physics II Lab|
|Research Design and Analysis I|
|Research Dsgn & Analysis I Lab|
|Dev Psych: Dev Over Lifespan|
|Research Methods III|
|Research Methods III Lab|
|Physiological Psychology Lab|
|Total Minimum Credits||120|
Students who intend to pursue a Physical Therapy program should take CHMY 141 and CHMY 142 as a substitution for CHMY 121 and CHMY 122 in the Interdisciplinary Core. If CHMY 121/CHMY 122 are already completed, students may takeCHMY 141/CHMY 142 as a Related Elective.
May satisfy General Education requirements.
Certain courses in this program have prerequisites; students should check the course descriptions for required prerequisites.