Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Sport and Exercise Science B.S. – Human Performance Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Gary D. Heise, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
Location: Gunter 2620
Telephone: 970.351.1738
Website: http://www.unco.edu/NHS/ses

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Human Performance program is designed to provide students quality academic and professional preparation in the scientific study of human movement. The program offers a sound theoretical foundation and practical applications. Graduates will be prepared to work in one or more of the following areas: cardiac rehabilitation, gerontological fitness, fitness and exercise program management, conditioning of athletes, biomechanics, ergonomics, sport and exercise leadership, and /or stress management. The Human Performance program is a National Strength and Conditioning Association education recognition program.

Program Requirements:

  • Prior to registering for SES 492, students must complete all SES prefix courses with a GPA of 2.7 or better, have a current CPR certification, and have consent of the Internship Director. In addition, the SES Internship Request Form must be submitted two weeks before the start of Final Exam week of the PRIOR SEMESTER. This request requires students to secure an internship experience and provide details of the internship site and supervisor.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 64 required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

CHEM 281 (3), CHEM 281L (1), and SES 220 (4) are recommended to fulfill Natural & Physical Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 64 credits

Take all of the following courses:

BIO 245Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology


BIO 246Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology


CHEM 281Fundamentals of BiochemistryLAS1


CHEM 281LFundamentals of Biochemistry LaboratoryLAS1LASL


SES 123Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science


SES 220Anatomical KinesiologyLAS1LASL


SES 221Weight Training Techniques


SES 280Prevention and Care of Sports Injuries


SES 322Exercise Physiology I


SES 324Exercise Physiology II


SES 331Biomechanics


SES 333Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity


SES 426Motor Control


SES 490Exercise Assessment and Programming


SES 492Internship in Sport and Exercise Science


Note: SES 492: Take 12 credits total; can be taken in 6 credit semester blocks.

Choose 12 credits from the following courses:

Minimum of 6 credits must be from these courses:

SES 323Motor Learning and Development


SES 405Exercise Programming for Cancer Patients


SES 410Cardiac Rehabilitation


SES 431Advanced Methods in Biomechanics


SES 480Advanced Functional Assessment of Strength and Conditioning


Remaining credits may also include:

SES 335Principles of Coaching


SES 337Sport for High Performance Athletes


SES 424Complementary and Integrative Health


SES 436Social Influences on Sport and Exercise Behavior


3. University Wide Credits — 25 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 25 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.

This emphasis is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) education recognition program. Students wishing to participate in the NSCA recognition program should consult their advisor.

By including BIO 110, FND 250, PHYS 220, PSY 120, STAT 150 within LAC choices or university-wide electives, all pre-requisite courses will be met for UNC’s M.S. Athletic Training program.