Health and Sport Science

Corinne M. Daprano, Department Chairperson

The Department of Health and Sport Science offers a Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in exercise science. The M.S.E. in exercise science is designed to prepare individuals for careers in exercise science, corporate fitness, wellness, or personal training as well as for doctoral study in the exercise sciences. It has a scientific base which includes a substantive research emphasis. The degree requires a research/capstone project that must be submitted to a professional journal for publication prior to graduation.


A personalized program will be planned with the student during the first term of enrollment in an effort to meet the student's professional and personal goals and needs. The student's academic advisor will also counsel the student on the purpose and requirements of graduate work, selection of courses, and the options available within the department.


There are several graduate assistantships (GA) available within the Department of Health and Sport Science. In return for tuition remission and a stipend, GAs teach courses, labs, assist faculty with research and participate in other departmental activities as appropriate.  Those interested in GA positions should apply for graduate admission to the M.S.E in exercise science program and complete a School of Education and Health Science (SEHS) graduate assistantship application. 

Master of Science in Education in Exercise Science (EES)

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required. Students must achieve an average of at least B (3.0) in all work undertaken to qualify for graduation. Students who receive grades of C or less in two courses will be dismissed from the program.

Core Requirements12
Sport Science Research & Design Processes
Physiological Response in Exercise
Research Project
Advisor Approved Electives18
Professional Writing
Seminar in Health Communications
Nutrition Exercise & Sports
Safety & Law: Sport Science
Laboratory Techniques in Sport Science
Seminar: Issues in Sport and Health Science
Independent Study in Physical Education & Sport Science
Internship in Sport Science
Research Methods & Design
Quantitative Research & Analysis
Total Hours30


HSS 531. Nutrition Exercise & Sports. 3 Hours

Investigates the latest research trends in the nutritional assessment of the athlete. Topics will pertain to dietary needs, fluid replenishment, pre-game meals, and 'fad' diets for the athlete.

HSS 537. Biomechanics. 3 Hours

Investigations of physical principles operative in the performance of physical education activities with attempts to analyze for methods of greater effectiveness and improved performance.

HSS 540. Instructional Strategies. 3 Hours

Contemporary research on teaching in physical education, sport instruction, and an in-depth study of Mosston's Spectrum of Teaching Styles serve as the primary foci of this course.

HSS 548. Safety & Law: Sport Science. 3 Hours

Study of basic safety measures to prevent injuries and avoid legal suits. Investigation of the fundamental principles involved in the legal aspects of sports in contemporary society. Analysis of specific court cases dealing with negligence in physical education and sport.

HSS 550. Physiological Response in Exercise. 3 Hours

Study of the physiological changes that occur during exercise and training.

HSS 551. Laboratory Techniques in Sport Science. 3 Hours

The practical application of selected sport science tests and measurements. Emphasis will be placed on human performance (strength, cardiovascular, flexibility, and body composition) testing.

HSS 555. Sport Science Research & Design Processes. 3 Hours

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the nature of the general field of sport science research. It emphasizes the application of various research processes and design, learning by doing, and learning through example. Intended for use by individuals who have minimal knowledge of statistics.

HSS 556. Issues in Sport Science. 2 Hours

Seminar to investigate and report on a specific issue in sport science.

HSS 560. Evaluation & Application of Statistics in Sport Science. 3 Hours

Application of descriptive and inferential statistics to sport science tests and measurements. Quantitative analysis of selected physical fitness, motor performance, and body composition data.

HSS 563. Advanced Statistics in Sport Science. 3 Hours

The theory and hands-on applications of various social science statistical analyses to include: independent and dependent groups t-test, analysis of variance and covariance, multiple regression and non-parametric analyses. Students will use selected statistical software packages to execute real-world analyses problems.

HSS 575. Independent Study in Physical Education & Sport Science. 1-6 Hours

Individual investigations of a problem in sport science. Students may not register for HSS 575 without having completed HSS 555 and HSS 560.

HSS 582. Internship in Sport Science. 1-4 Hours

Job-related experience under the immediate supervision of personnel from a local sport science agency.

HSS 591. Research Project. 1-6 Hours

The development, planning, execution, analysis and manuscript completion of a research thesis in the sport sciences. The specific research question will be the student's choice with concurrence from his/her project advisor. Submission of the written product to a peer-reviewed research journal of at least national distribution is required before graduation. Students will also complete a successful oral defense of the thesis before the predesignated thesis team of at least three graduate faculty members from the School of Education & Allied Professions, two of which are from the Department of Health & Sport Science.