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Human Performance and Sports Sciences

The department of human performance and sport sciences equips students with the scientific knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits they need to succeed in a wide-variety of fitness, sport and health-related professions. A comprehensive curriculum focuses on practical experience, philosophical reflection, problem solving, ethics, hard work and achievement. Qualified and caring professors emphasize an appreciation for the importance of health, fitness and sports to quality of life.


Distinctive Features

Professors, most of whom have terminal degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent), are dedicated teachers, scholars and mentors.

Opportunities abound for professional internships in Ohio and across the country at corporate fitness facilities, clinical hospitals, professional and collegiate athletic teams, and much more. These experiences enable students to earn money while enhancing their resume. Some internships lead to full-time employment upon graduation.

ONU is a NCAA Division III, Ohio Athletic Conference institution and has eleven men's sports teams and ten women's sports teams.

Each program of study is designed to allow for and encourage dual majors and/or minors.

The athletic training program is accredited by CAATE (The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education).

Placement and Career Opportunities

Athletic Training
Athletic trainers are employed at all levels of high schools and colleges, as well as with professional sports teams, industries and corporations. Many graduates further their education in graduate school, working as a graduate assistant while obtaining their master's degree.

Exercise Physiology
Exercise physiology majors are employed in cardiac rehabilitation centers, fitness and corporate wellness facilities, and as personal trainers. Many graduates continue on to graduate school in programs involving exercise physiology, adult fitness, kinesiology, health promotion, nutrition, physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Health Education
The health education major (pre K-12), combined with completion of courses in the Center for Teacher Education, prepares students to teach the subject of health to all grades. Beyond teaching, several graduates have gone on to graduate school and the private sector promoting personal wellness.

Physical Education
The physical education major prepares students for a role in the educational process that focuses on developing knowledge, attitudes and behavior about physical activities in grades pre K-12. Physical education majors are prepared to direct physical activities in a non-school setting, such as YMCA, parks and recreation, private sport programs and private physical fitness program development. A coaching certification program is also available.

Sport Management
Sport management is a cross-disciplinary major where students prepare for work in a variety of recreational and sport-related industries. Sport management graduates have been employed as athletic administrators, recreation directors and in various business capacities associated with athletics or recreation, while others go on to graduate school.

During the past two decades, the U.S. has experienced a boom in sports, fitness, health, leisure, and recreation. This has created a multi-million dollar industry and a need for highly trained professionals. Students who graduate from ONU's department of human performance and sport sciences have excellent employment prospects. Typical employers include: professional and collegiate teams, NASCAR, health spas and fitness centers, YMCAs, public school systems, public and private corporations and industrial facilities, sports medicine clinics, hospital cardiac rehabilitation centers and much more. Some graduates have gone on to graduate studies at institutions such as Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Medical College of Ohio, University of Kentucky, University of Toledo, and The Ohio State University.

Student Organizations

  • Phi Epsilon Kappa
  • HPSS Majors Club

Campus Location

Students and professors in the department of human performance and sport sciences have access to modern classrooms and computer facilities equipped with the latest hardware and software. In addition, the ONU Sports Center features:

  • 3 full-size gymnasiums
  • 6 lane, 200 meter indoor track
  • 8 volleyball courts
  • 8 basketball courts
  • 2 racquetball courts
  • 3 indoor tennis courts
  • 25 yard, 6 lane swimming/diving pool
  • wrestling room
  • dance/free exercise room
  • weight room
  • fitness room
  • wellness and fitness lab
  • athletic training room
  • locker rooms
  • jogging path