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Health & Sports Science Education

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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

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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.


General Information
The primary purpose of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University scholarship and award program is to recognize and reward the academic excellence of entering, transfer, and continuing students. The scholarship programs are funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the generosity of the University faculty and staff, the Northwestern Alumni, local business and professional people, civic and service organizations, private citizens, and from the earnings, endowments, and gifts to the Northwestern Foundation, Inc. These awards are offered each year to capable students whose participation, academic achievement, and/or leadership efforts merit recognition. For more information about scholarships, please call the Financial Aid/Scholarship Office in Herod Hall: (580) 327-8541.

Application Deadlines

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 and February 15 for departmental scholarships. Please use the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out both the Continuing Student form and one provided by the department chair.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

Scholarships available, which have a particular connection to the Department of Health and Physical Education, include:

Awarded to an NWOSU student with at least a 2.5 CGPA. First preference will be given to applicants residing in Northwest Oklahoma. Second preference will be given to applicants residing in South Central Kansas. Preference will also be given to those applicants with a stated interest in teaching or coaching with the expression of a desire to make a difference with young men and women whose lives they may touch.

Awarded to a NWOSU continuing student majoring in Health and Physical Education or in a wellness/nutrition field of study. The recipient must have a 3.0 CGPA. Oklahoma residents and those candidates who exhibit strong leadership skills will be given priority.

Awarded to an NWOSU student from nominations submitted by the Chairperson of the Health and Physical Education Department.

Awarded to a member of the Ranger Womens' Basketball team who best typifies the characteristics of leadership, academic excellence and dynamic motivation.

Awarded to a member of the Ranger Mens' Baseball team. The individual selected will be the candidate who best typifies characteristics of leadership, high morals, dedication, academic merit, and athletic ability.

Awarded to a member of either the Northwestern mens' or womens' varsity basketball team. The recipient must have at least a 2.5 CGPA and must be a resident of Oklahoma.

Awarded to an NWOSU junior or senior who is enrolled in the field of Pre-Law or a law-related field. It is preferred the recipient be involved in Varsity Athletics.

Awarded to an NWOSU male athlete nominated by the football, basketball, baseball, and track coaches.

Awarded to a member of any varsity athletic team who exhibits the highest level of character, integrity, athletic and academic excellence.

Awarded to an athlete who is from a community with a 150 mile radius from Alva. The recipient must have a minimum CGPA of 2.5. The applicant should exhibit strong leadership skills.

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