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Sports and Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science

Our Bachelor of Science in Sports and Health Sciences is a scientific study of human movement and human behavior relative to exercise, fitness, nutrition, health, and wellness. This degree is designed to prepare you to meet challenges in these dynamic and emerging fields of study. You will engage in core issues and concepts in areas such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, kinesiology, and exercise programming and testing. The degree prepares students for entry-level positions in the fitness industry, corporate wellness programs, and strength and conditioning of athletes.

This B.S. degree in Sports and Health Sciences is affiliated with the guidelines of the American Sport Education Program (ASEP).

Note: Material for lab courses will only be provided once. If you need replacement lab equipment for any reason or need to retake the course later, you will need to purchase your own lab refills.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Note: Some courses in this program require you to purchase lab kits. These costs are not covered by our undergraduate book grant.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply fundamental concepts of human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health, and kinesiology to applications in sports and fitness.
  • Perform motivational strategies and tactics designed to guide practice and performance in physical activity.
  • Design a healthful diet for varying populations based off sound nutritional principles and concepts generated from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Critically analyze steroids usage on athletic performance including associated muscle reaction and medical risks.
  • Illustrate appropriate procedures for treating upper and lower body sport injuries.
  • Construct exercise programs applicable in fitness, rehabilitation, and athletic training settings.
  • Evaluate suitability of common exercises based on muscle action for exercise program design.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Coaching Studies

Explores strategies of effective communication with athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, and parents. The curriculum evaluates technical and tactical sport skills, as well as leadership strategies and their application to coaching principles. A focus on coaching leadership can also be applied to other business endeavors and personal life.

Sample Courses

  • LSTD209 - Sports Law, Risk, and Regulation
  • SPHE350 - Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills
  • SPHE318 - Coaching Theory and Methodology
  • SPHE323 - Sports Conditioning
  • SPHE416 - Athletic Programs Administration
  • SPHE417 - Leadership Concepts in Coaching
  • SPHE351 - Coaching Basketball Technical and Tactical Skills
  • SPHE352 - Coaching Football Technical and Tactical Skills
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Exercise Science

Offers scientific knowledge used to train athletes and clients in fitness and athletic performance, including exercise prescription principles for training variation, injury prevention, and reconditioning. Examines sports nutrition and supplementation, lower and upper extremities function during exercise, and mental training strategies aimed at improving athletic performance.

Sample Courses

  • MATH302 - Statistics
  • SPHE315 - Training and Conditioning
  • SPHE317 - Sports Medicine
  • SPHE323 - Sports Conditioning
  • SPHE324 - Biomechanics
  • SPHE425 - Therapeutic Exercise
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Fitness and Wellness Professional Studies

Examines health care financing and economic principles, as well as environmental, sociocultural, and other factors that influence fitness and wellness practices. Topics include the physical, intellectual, and social components of wellness, as well as sports facility and event management and other business aspects, including risk management, marketing, leadership, and personnel.

Sample Courses

  • PBHE209 - Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • PBHE315 - Health Economics and Finance
  • PBHE427 - Epidemiology
  • SPHE316 - Sports and Recreation Facility Management
  • SPHE460 - Business Aspects of Fitness and Wellness
  • SPHE461 - Current Issues and Trends in Fitness and Wellness
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General

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.

View other concentrations in this program to see sample courses.

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

View Tuition and Fees Details  

*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

School of Health Sciences


School of Health Sciences

This program resides in the School of Health Sciences, where our practioners in the field are working hard to bring you relevant courses in healthcare and sports management. From our CCNE-accredited Bachelor’s in Nursing (RN to BSN) to our sports management degrees, the programs in the School of Health Sciences blend theory with hands-on practical application to give you a competitive advantage in the rapidly changing health sciences workplace. For example, the APU School of Health Sciences offers the only generalist Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in the nation with courses in disaster health management, quarantine, emergency management, and health and medical issues.

The APU School of Health Sciences is dedicated to preparing our students for industries relative to careers in healthcare, nursing, exercise and fitness, and overall public health. Our engaging, interactive learning environment is fostered by our faculty who can tap into the real-world resources you need to stay current and relevant in your field.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners balancing school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

We encourage you to browse the School of Health Sciences webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you