2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

The Department of Health and Human Performance

Bachelor of Science Degree
Major in Health and Human Performance - Human Performance Option

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:

  1. Accurately assess, plan, supervise, and evaluate a person’s health and fitness performance.
  2. Critically and ethically evaluate human movement and performance.
  3. Develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions in health and fitness activities.
  4. Correctly interpret, apply and conduct exercise science research.
  5. 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/hhp.

  1. All applicants must complete a minimum of 23 credits from the General Education requirements 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.

  2. 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).

  3. Each applicant must receive a letter advocating for his/her admission to the program from (a) a member of the Health and Human Performance Department and (b) a faculty member in the Biological and Physical Sciences Department.

  4. 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.

  5. Each application must be approved by the Chairperson of the Department.

  6. Applications for admission to the Human Performance Option can be obtained online at www.msubillings.edu/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.

  7. 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.

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