The Department of Health and Human Performance
Dr. Russ Lord, Chairperson
PE 120, (406) 657-2370
Professors: Gray, Lord^, Randolfi
Associate Professor: Shaw
Assistant Professor: Nynas, Samples
Instructors: Gabel, Murray
Professors Emeritus: Alterowitz, Iverson
^ Joint appointment with the Department of Educational Theory and Practice
Undergraduate Degrees and Majors
Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Human Performance
Bachelor of Science Degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Teaching Minor: Health and Physical Education (K-12)
Minors in Health and Human Performance
Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Science in Athletic Training
Master of Science in Sport, Recreation and Fitness Management
For details covering the graduate degrees, see the Graduate Catalog. Graduate Catalogs may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies, McMullen Hall first floor west, Montana State University Billings, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101-0298, (406) 657-2238.
The Department of Health and Human Performance offers professional preparation programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance with Options in Health Promotion, Human Performance, and Teacher Licensure in Health and Physical Education (K-12), and a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Adventure Leadership.
A teaching minor is also offered in Health and Physical Education (K-12), as well as non-teaching minors in Coaching and Health Education.
Graduates from the Health and Human Performance department succeed in professional positions as health educators; as applicants to doctoral programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; as teachers and coaches; as health and fitness center directors; and in the wide variety of health and exercise science programs for which the different program options prepare them.
Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to confirm that their Plan of Study is accurate and complete. If necessary, changes and updates should be made in order to ensure that program requirements can be completed in a timely manner. Faculty advisors work with students to explore appropriate internships, cooperative education placements and/or experiential learning opportunities which will enhance the student’s academic program. In addition, advisors provide assistance in selecting elective courses which support the student’s interests, career plans, and professional development.
Academic advising services for freshmen health and human performance majors are provided through the Advising Center on McMullen Hall first floor west, but students are encouraged to establish a relationship with department faculty as early as possible. During the sophomore year, health and human performance majors will be assigned to a faculty advisor in their department for upper-division advising and advising files for upper-division students are maintained within the department. Although advisors are available to assist students in designing their Plans of Study, students are ultimately responsible for meeting degree requirements.
All candidates from the College of Allied Health Professions, College of Education, College of Business, and College of Arts and Sciences who plan to be recommended for State of Montana licensure must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Montana State University Billings. They must also meet all of the Teacher Education requirements (see page 253).
Academic Foundations Requirements
The Academic Foundations requirements must be fulfilled by majors and minors. Academic Foundations classes should be taken during the first two years of college.
The Department of Health and Human Performance offers an array of physical education activity courses for both majors and non-majors wishing to develop competencies in the specific area of study.
Performance Area I – Team Athletics
HHP 105 Basketball, Beginning
HHP 154 Volleyball
HHP 176 Softball
Performance Area II – Aquatics
HHP 140 Beginning Swimming/Aquatics I
HHP 141 Beginning Swimming/Aquatics II
HHP 142 Lifeguard Training: Basic
HHP 143 Water Safety Instructor
HHP 145 Swim for Fitness/Aquatic Exercise
Performance Area III – Racquet Sports
HHP 108 Badminton, Beginning
HHP 114 Racquetball
HHP 146 Tennis, Beginning
HHP 147 Tennis, Intermediate
Performance Area IV – Lifetime Activities
HHP 111 Bowling
HHP 125 Golf
HHP 132 Skiing, Beginning Downhill
HHP 133 Skiing, Intermediate Downhill
HHP 174 Personal Fitness
HHP 180 Judo
HHP 186 Strength Training
HHP 188 Yoga
HHP 292 Fly Fishing
HHP 292 Rappelling/Rock Climbing
HHP 292 Tai Chi
HHP 292 Self Defense
HHP 292 Advanced Yoga