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Health & Sports Science Education

The Health and Sports Science program currently offers three different degree majors and a minor for a Bachelor's of Science Degree. Those degrees are: Health and Physical Education Teaching degree (grades K-12); Non-teaching Health and Sports Science degree (major or minor); and a Health and Fitness Management degree (major & minor).  

Northwestern has a long and rich tradition with National Accreditation in the teacher education profession. The Health and Sports Science department prides itself on individual student attention and assistance. Our students become part of the department family and not simply an enrollment number. We pledge to do our best to ensure that every student receives the assistance and attention to graduate and be a proud alumnus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  

The Health and Sports Science Education department's mission is to prepare the students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enable them to contribute to healthy lifestyles. The department further envisions its graduates will gain employment in a variety of settings in which knowledge of kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology can be applied to contexts including the design of individual, dual, and team activities with youth, adult, and special populations. The department believes that attitude plays a major role in the development of a healthful lifestyle and, therefore, strives to instill the knowledge of factors involved in the development of an appreciation of such lifestyles. The department also strives to allow students the opportunity to experience and participate in an environment where positive health practices are exhibited.  


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Mr. Shane Hansen
Chair, Health and Sports Science Education
Instructor of Health and Sports Science
Health and Sports Science 134
(580) 327-8628

Mr. Mark Zadorozny 
Instructor, Health and Sports Science
Health and Sports Science 150
(580) 327-8624


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Student Spotlight
Kelsey Schumpert, Anadarko, OK, Senior

Kelsey Schumpert

"The Health and Sports Science Department at NWOSU is a fantastic department full of caring and helpful faculty members. Throughout my time as a Ranger, the Health and Sports Science faculty have gone above and beyond to guide my education and mentor me as I pursue my future career. The hands-on learning, friendly atmosphere, and career focused teaching have allowed me to grow and develop my skills before entering the classroom. The Health and Sports Science Education degree at Northwestern has thoroughly prepared me for my future as a coach and teacher."

Kayla Eaton, Stillwater, OK, Junior

Kayla Eaton

"I like how the professors are willing to work with you in any way you need and I genuinely enjoy what I learn about in my classes. I like that this degree is so broad and that you can do so many things with it. Having a health and fitness management degree is going to help me with having a career in the health field."

Degrees Offered

  • Health and Sports Science Education (BS Ed.)
  • Health and Sports Science Education (Option 1 - major/minor)
  • Health and Fitness Management (Option 2 - major/minor)

For a detailed look at the course requirements and descriptions for these degrees, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Careers for Degree

What can I do with this Major?  http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major

What can I do with an Education Major?  http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/education

Occupational Handbook:  http://www.bls.gov/ooh

NWOSU Career Services: www.nwosu.edu/student-services/office-of-career-services‚Äč

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Scholarship opportunities are available for students in this department.

All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out the Scholarship Application for Freshmen and Transfers, which should be submitted along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out a form provided by the department chair by February 15.

Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at https://my.nwfoundation.com/scholarships, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

Student Learning Outcomes

Option One: Health and Sports Science

Students will illustrate knowledge in the area of science of human movement human including body mechanics and its functions in relation to exercise and sports.

Students will examine leadership styles and theories associated with youth/adult recreational programs. In addition, they will outline techniques involved in adapted physical education as a means of devising a sport/recreational program for an individual with special needs.

Students will be knowledgeable in conducting and developing intramural programs.

Students will illustrate knowledge of the benefits of exercise, including how much physical activity is expected and its application in maintaining an acceptable level of physical fitness.

Students will understand and apply legal terminology and the basic principles that govern the legal ramifications of his/her responsibilities in the field of health and sports science.

Option Two: Health and Fitness Management

Students will be skilled and knowledgeable of Wellness Center equipment that will prepare them for employment in a variety of settings.

Students will be knowledgeable in the area of Kinesiology with a focus on the mechanics of human movement in the areas of osteology, syndesmology, and myology as it relates to developing a fitness program.

Students will demonstrate competence and skills of Wellness Center management, operations, and resources that can be utilized in working with clients. Students will create an Internship portfolio, composed of elements in endurance, cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility training that can be used and/or shared with clients when assisting them.

Students will be knowledgeable in the basic physiological theory and application principles for physical fitness assessment, screening, programming, and exercise prescription. In addition students will be knowledgeable in the physiological changes which occur within the body as a result of exercise.

Students will be knowledgeable of techniques involved in adapted physical education as a means of devising a Wellness program for an individual with special needs.

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