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Health and Human Sciences

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The department of health and human sciences emphasizes the strengths of previous departments in family and consumer sciences and health and exercise science. Teaming experienced faculty and other resources, this improved collaborative effort ensures that challenging coursework and relevant experiential learning prepares students for the needs of today’s employers and graduate schools. Students within this department will have rich opportunities that foster innovation, creativity and risk‑taking while being challenged to explore scientific foundations and practical applications within each discipline. Whether a student prefers to enter the job force or move on to graduate school after their bachelor’s degree is complete, the department of health and human sciences has programs that enhance success in the varied fast‑paced and ever‑changing disciplines of athletic training, family and consumer sciences, health and exercise science, health and physical education, nutrition, coaching and equine studies.

The dynamic curricula empower students to address issues affecting individuals, families, and communities. Graduates of our programs have demonstrated success in professions such as childhood, adolescent, and adult education; state cooperative extension programs; school administration; law enforcement; pharmaceutical sales; medicine; chiropractic; nutrition and dietetics; nursing; physician assistant; paramedic; prosthetics; athletic training; massage therapy; occupational therapy; physical therapy; coaching; recreation; fitness; and varied human services careers and equine settings.

In addition to departmental major and minor course offerings, students across the campus are invited to explore interests in physical activity and wellness. Instructions in activities that develop new physical skills are designed to translate into lifetime activity and healthy living.