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School of Sport and Exercise Science

Director: David K. Stotlar, Ed.D.

Sport and Exercise Science

Location: Gunter 2590
Telephone: 970.351.2535 Fax: 970.351.1762

The School of Sport and Exercise Science has a long and distinguished history of preparing individuals to assume leadership roles in sport and physical activity settings, and subscribes to the philosophy that physical activity and sport contribute to the overall quality of life. To this end the School offers a variety of majors related to teaching, fitness and exercise science, biomechanics, sport psychology, and the management of sport. Majors in these diverse fields provide students with the necessary coursework and experience to serve as a foundation for careers in the professions of physical education, athletic training, exercise science, sport psychology, and sport management.

Undergraduate emphasis areas are available in athletic training, exercise science, physical education K-12 teaching, and physical education liberal studies. Minors are offered in coaching, physical education K-12 teaching, outdoor education, and youth development. The undergraduate curriculum is comprised of both required and elective courses that provide opportunities for developing expertise in understanding human movement from early childhood through adulthood. Courses provide a scientific basis for the study of physical activity, emphasizing theoretical and practical approaches to the development and improvement of human performance. Each emphasis provides classroom, field, laboratory and supervised practical experiences.

Graduate programs in sport and exercise science provide an opportunity to go into greater depth in the study of human movement, pedagogy, delivery of sport and activity in the outdoors, sport administration, and working with youth. Both theory and professional applications are emphasized. The doctoral program seeks to develop critical thinkers with the conceptual and methodological tools for conducting meaningful research, and prepares individuals to teach courses at the college level and assume leadership positions in their respective disciplines.

Many research opportunities are available in the laboratories used by the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Facilities are available for the study and analysis of teaching physical education. The teaching research laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art interactive video and computer equipment that is available for student and faculty use. This laboratory is the focal point for the analysis of teaching physical education. The University also operates a large challenge course and indoor climbing facility.

Biomechanical facilities include a motion analysis system for three-dimensional data acquisition using video cameras and computerized data reduction to determine the mechanical parameters of total body motion. There is a computerized system for acquiring electronic data through the use of a force platform.

Research in social psychology is primarily conducted with individuals in natural or "field" settings. The Sport Marketing Research Institute conducts marketing and other industry research for Colorado and western region sport organizations. Housed within the Ben Nighthorse Campbell Health and Human Sciences Center is the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. In addition, laboratory equipment is also available for motor learning and motor control research.

Sport and Exercise Science B.S.

Athletic Training Emphasis

This program is designed for the undergraduate who wishes to prepare for a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Preparation for this allied health profession focuses on the areas of prevention, management and rehabilitation of injuries that occur in sport. Upon successful completion of this program, the student will have fulfilled the requirements to take the National Certification Examination administered by the Board of Certification.

Admission. The designation of Athletic Training as a major does not assure admission to the Clinical Athletic Training Program. The number of students enrolled in the clinical program is limited. Students must make a separate application to the Clinical Athletic Training Program, typically during the fall semester of their sophomore year.

Applications are only accepted during fall semester. Prior to application, students must complete the prerequisite courses: BIO 110; BIO 245, CHEM 281, SES 181, SES 220, SES 233, and SES 380. To apply SES students must possess a minimum GPA of 2.8. Admission is based on available openings, GPA grades in the prerequisite courses, prerequisite exam and an interview.

Exercise Science Emphasis

The Exercise Science 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, corporate fitness, occupational fitness, work rehabilitation, gerontological fitness, fitness and exercise program management, conditioning of athletes, biomechanics, ergonomics, sport and exercise leadership, and/or stress management. Students preparing for physical therapy school or a health-related professional school should consult with a faculty advisor.

Physical Education Liberal Studies Emphasis

Physical Education and sport have become diverse fields with multiple career opportunities. This emphasis combined with an appropriate minor enables students to combine sport and physical education interests with another discipline in preparation for the continually changing world of sport. Students who select this emphasis are not eligible for teacher licensure in Sport and Exercise Science.

Physical Education K-12 Teaching Emphasis

The mission of the Sport and Exercise Science teaching program is to prepare professionals capable of delivering programs that promote self-directed, responsible, physically active lifestyles in school-aged children and youth across the state and region. The focus of Physical Education Teacher Education is to graduate entry level professional physical educators who possess a personal and professional commitment to physical activity and will demonstrate the knowledge and skills requisite to promoting learning in the area of physical activity.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Sport and Exercise Science: Coaching Minor

Sport and Exercise Science: Outdoor Education Minor

Sport and Exercise Science: Physical Education (K-12) Teaching Minor

Sport and Exercise Science: Youth Development Minor

Sport and Exercise Science B.S.

Athletic Training Emphasis

Exercise Science Emphasis

Physical Education Liberal Studies Emphasis

Physical Education K-12 Teaching Emphasis

Sport and Exercise Science M.S.

Exercise Science Emphasis

Exercise Science is the integrated study of human movement. Concentrations within this discipline include biomechanics, exercise physiology and social psychology of sport and physical activity.

Sport Administration Emphasis

The curriculum follows the guidelines set for the preparation of students in sport management by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the North American Society for Sport Management. Students are prepared to assume positions in the management of sport in collegiate athletic programs and professional, Olympic and commercial sport business. The M.S. program requires a minimum of 30 hours.

Sport Pedagogy Emphasis

The Sport Pedagogy emphasis is designed for individuals who have relevant experience in their chosen concentration and who plan to provide leadership in that concentration. Sport pedagogy involves the complex and idiosyncratic activity of teaching. Students in this program examine different assumptions, conceptions, and paradigms of teaching physical activity and sport. Furthermore, they have opportunities to practice and reflect on the art and science of teaching using various models in assorted settings with diverse populations.

Admission. Sport administration applicants must submit an application form, official transcripts, letter of intent/career goals statement, two letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant's academic ability, and processing fee directly to the Graduate School. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus to meet with the sport

administration faculty. Admission to the program occurs for the fall or summer semesters only. The Master's in Sport Administration curriculum is a limited enrollment degree program. Students who complete the application process by February 15 are given priority screening for fall or summer admission of that year. The application period normally closes on August 1 for fall admission.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Sport and Exercise Science M.S.

Exercise Science Emphasis

Sport Administration Emphasis

Sport Pedagogy Emphasis

Sport and Exercise Science Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Sport and Exercise Science is offered through the School of Sport and Exercise Science.

Exercise Science Emphasis

Students pursuing the Exercise Science emphasis select one concentration area: 1) biomechanics, 2) exercise physiology, and 3) social psychology of sport and physical activity.

Sport Administration Emphasis

This curriculum follows the guidelines set for the preparation of students in Sport Management by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the North American Society for Sport Management. The program is designed primarily to prepare students for academic positions in higher education. Some students may choose to apply their doctoral course work in careers in the management of sport in collegiate athletic programs, professional, Olympic, or commercial sport business.

Sport Pedagogy Emphasis

Students who successfully complete this emphasis will have varied career opportunities including teaching and research positions in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Graduates often seek and obtain positions involving teaching and research in teaching methodology, curriculum design, measurement, administrative theory and practice and supervision.

Students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in pedagogy and administration. They will also have opportunities to participate in ongoing research efforts within the School of Sport and Exercise Science (SES). SES has a well-equipped research laboratory for the study of teaching and various forms of graduate experiences are available in this area.

Admission. Sport administration applicants must submit an application form, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant's academic ability, Graduate Record Examination General Test Scores and processing fee directly to the Graduate School. Materials required for admission to the program are: a resume, a written statement of career goals and research interests and an essay on a current issue in sports business. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus to meet with the sport administration faculty. Although admission decisions are made throughout the academic year, the faculty prefers that students begin the program in the fall semester. Students who complete the application process by February 15 are given priority screening for fall admission of that year and have increased opportunities for financial assistance. The application period normally closes on August 1 for fall admission.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Sport and Exercise Science Ph.D.

Exercise Science Emphasis

Sport Administration Emphasis

Sport Pedagogy Emphasis


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