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. It is an appropriate choice for students pursuing careers as coaches and scouts, exercise physiologists, fitness trainers, health educators, program directors, umpires and other sport officials, managers, and more. 

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

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Sports psychology and human behavior in a sport and exercise setting
  • Principles and terminology of basic chemistry
  • First aid and emergency treatment of sports injuries
  • Exercise programming, testing, and physiology
  • Training, conditioning, and health and wellness
  • Coaching theories and methods, and leadership concepts
  • Nutrition and exercise programs
  • Sports law, risk, and regulations
  • Business skills for the fitness and wellness industry

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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.

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Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our 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 admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

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

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer 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

The university 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.