Department of Health, Exercise,
and Sport Sciences
CONTACT INFORMATION: 141 Exercise and Sports Sciences, Box 43011, Lubbock, TX 79409-3011
T 806.742.3371, F 806.742.1688, www.depts.ttu.edu/hess
About the Program
This department supervises the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences
- Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences
These academic programs prepare individuals for professional careers, advanced graduate study, and entry into allied health programs. Students interested in a doctoral program in teaching physical education and sport can obtain a Ph.D. with a concentration/specialization in physical education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Education. Students interested in a program in exercise physiology can obtain a Ph.D. with a concentration/specialization in exercise physiology in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students interested in a program in rehabilitation sciences can obtain a Ph.D. with a concentration/specialization in rehabilitation sciences at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences. In addition, the department offers courses for all university students in the personal fitness and wellness program.
Students majoring in exercise and sport sciences may choose from one of four tracks: physical education teacher education, exercise and health promotion, exercise science, or sport management. The minimum number of hours for the major is 36, including 24 junior-
senior level hours. Departmental faculty members will provide information about career options associated with each track. A four-year plan for each track is presented in this section. Students must meet with a departmental advisor to verify appropriate courses and other degree requirements for each track. Students in pre-allied health fields should consult with the departmental advisor for information on required courses and acceptable substitutions.
Physical Education Teacher Education Track. Students majoring in exercise and sport sciences pursue teacher certification through the physical education teacher education (PETE) track. The certification program prepares students to teach in the EC – 12 grade levels. In addition to the required courses in the PETE track, students must complete the minor in education. A 2.5 GPA is required to enroll in teacher education courses. Also, students must meet other requirements outlined by the College of Education. Students interested in sport coaching in junior and senior high schools should complete the requirements in this track. Students planning to become high school teachers should minor in secondary education. They will be required to take EDSE 4000 for their student teaching experience. The university is implementing a new teacher education program that includes a full year of student teaching (two semesters of the senior year) for students beginning their teacher education program in spring 2013 or later. Students wishing to obtain teacher certification should consult with the department’s undergraduate advisor and see a College of Education advisor to complete a certification plan.
Exercise and Health Promotion Track. Students majoring in exercise and sport sciences seeking careers in commercial, corporate, or clinical exercise settings should complete the exercise and health promotion track. The knowledge, abilities, and skills gained in this track prepare students to pursue nationally recognized certifications, such as those offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and other professional fitness organizations.
Exercise Science Track. The exercise science track provides students an opportunity for concentrated study in the scientific foundations of exercise and physical activity. Students are prepared for advanced graduate study in biomechanical, physiological, and psychological aspects of exercise. Students pursuing entry into allied health programs (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical school) may select this track. Students interested in admission to allied health programs must consult with the departmental advisor regarding prerequisites for those programs.
Sport Management Track. The sport management track provides students with the opportunity to understand and apply business principles to the unique sport product. Upon graduation, students may pursue administrative positions within professional, intercollegiate, community, or international sport organizations.
Options for Minors
Athletic Coaching. The minor in athletic coaching requires 18 hours and is primarily designed for College of Education students who want to teach a content area in high school and be a coach but may be taken by others. See a departmental advisor for additional information and completion of the minor in the degree plan.
Exercise and Sport Sciences. The minor in exercise and sport sciences requires 18 hours in ESS courses with at least 12 hours from 3000 level or above ESS courses. No more than 3 hours from ESS 4000 may be counted. Six credit hours of ESS courses are required in residency. See a departmental advisor for additional information and completion of the minor on the degree plan.
Health. The minor in health requires 18 hours in HLTH courses with at least 12 hours from 3000 level or above HLTH courses. No more than 3 hours from HLTH 4300 may be counted. Six credit hours of HLTH courses are required in residency. See a departmental advisor for additional information and completion of the minor on the degree plan.
Nutrition, Health and Wellness Careers. The Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences offers a minor for nutrition students who are interested in the application of nutrition to physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
Students who wish to become athletic trainers must contact the Athletic Training Program in the Texas Tech Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Students must be accepted into the student athletic training program and complete a non-credit internship of at least 1800 hours over a three-year period. Students must complete the following courses: ZOOL 2403, ESS 3301, 3305, 3323, 4325, 4327, and one course from health, nutrition, or first aid (ESS 3321). The program also requires coursework in therapeutic exercise modalities. After satisfactory completion of these requirements, students will be qualified to take the Texas Athletic Training Licensure Examination.
University students interested in learning sport skills, improving their health and physical fitness, and developing knowledge about sport, exercise, and physical activity should enroll in courses in the personal fitness and wellness program. To satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences requirement of two hours of fitness and wellness, students may complete any two personal fitness and wellness (PFW) courses. For a specific activity, the completion of the course sequence is allowed if the sequence is taken in the appropriate order from beginning to advanced levels. Students participating in varsity athletics may enroll in the personal fitness and wellness course that corresponds to their varsity sport. A maximum of 1 credit hour per academic year per sport may be earned in this manner.
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences—Physical Education Teacher
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences—Exercise Science Track
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences—Exercise and Health Promotion Track
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences—Sport Management Track
The Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences provides advanced study in biomechanics, clinical exercise physiology, exercise physiology, motor behavior, sport and exercise psychology, sports management, strength and conditioning, or teaching physical education and sport.
The master’s degree program consists of a minimum of 36 hours of graduate work and provides thesis and non-thesis options. The non-thesis option requires the completion of a comprehensive examination covering course content. The department will determine and prescribe any necessary leveling work. No foreign language is required.
Before enrolling in any courses, students should consult with the coordinator for graduate programs or the departmental graduate secretary.
Students interested in a doctoral program in physical education pedagogy can obtain a Ph.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Education with a concentration/-specialization in teaching physical education and sport science. This program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to teach, conduct research, and serve as faculty members in departments of kinesiology, exercise science or physical education within institutions of higher education. Faculty members in these departments are engaged in preparing future teachers and coaches.
Students interested in a doctoral program in exercise physiology can obtain a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in exercise physiology in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The program is designed for students with specific interests in animal sciences and exercise. The curriculum includes coursework in physiology, biochemistry, neurosciences, cell function and regulation, and statistics. A preliminary examination administered by joint faculty from exercise physiology and animal science is required before the dissertation proposal. Back to Top
Melanie Hart, Ph.D., Interim Chairperson
Professors: Goggin, Hart, Lochbaum, McComb
Associate Professors: Burns, Roncesvalles, Tacón
Assistant Professors: Chung, Cohen, Gonzales, Massengale, Melton, Nite, Omli, Stock, Thompson, Umeda
Instructors: Hinojosa, Key, Reeve, WiedenfeldBack to Top
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