May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences

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Dr. Lorna Strong, department head

Virgil Henson Activities Center, Room 217 • WTAMU Box 60216
806-651-2370 • Fax 806-651-2379
lstrong@wtamu.eduDepartment Website


Faculty: Bartlett, Brown, Doernte, Farren, Ferrell, Fiaud, Haasl, Kasper, McGuire, Price, Strong, Ting.


The mission of the Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences is to prepare students for careers in coaching, physical education, fitness/wellness, sport performance analysis, sport management, sport equipment technology, and branches of sports medicine-related specialties. Program goals are developed with the expectation that students will be able to demonstrate evidence of content knowledge, leadership, communication skills, and critical thinking towards employment and engaged citizens.

Degrees offered by the Department include Athletic Training (113), Exercise Sciences (117), Human Performance (150), and Teaching/Coaching (462). Athletic Training students are prepared to pursue Texas licensure or to graduate prepared for employment in the traditional, clinical, or emerging practices setting. Exercise Science students are prepared with foundational knowledge and skills for employment in a variety of sport performance/strength training and rehabilitation settings; curriculum may provide matriculation to graduate programs in biomechanics, exercise physiology, and allied health professions such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, and other related specialties. Human Performance students prepare for employment opportunities in a wide variety of sport fields, coaching, sport management, physical activity/personal training/wellness settings in the community, corporate, health related, and therapeutic domains. All-Level Physical Education students complete a program leading to Texas teacher certification in K-12 Physical Education.

Classes offered by the Department develop knowledge and skills to support development of human performance, instructional delivery, and psychosocial application of sport across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship of personal physical fitness to lifetime participation in a variety of lifelong sport, fitness, wellness, and health activities. The Department is located in the Virgil Henson Activities Center, a multi-purpose facility providing resources supporting integration of experiential learning for departmental degree programs and courses. Additionally, the Department maintains specialized athletic training, biomechanics, and human performance laboratories.



University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum ” section of this catalog.


Discipline - Course Prefix
Athletic Training - ATTR
Physical Education - PHED
Sports and Exercise Sciences - SES

NOTE: See the “Course Descriptions ” section of this catalog for a complete list of courses offered by the University.



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