Health and Sports Sciences


In the fall, 2007, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) program and the Wellness program were merged under the new title of Health and Sports Sciences (HSS). The goal of the HSS degree program is to prepare students in one of three options: Exercise / Fitness Managing, Personal Trainer, or HPER. The HSS program helps bolster the college mission by providing a number of programs and services designed to serve the needs of a diverse community.

The HSS program strives to provide an environment where students, faculty, staff and the community at large can all operate according to clear core values that guide institutional philosophy.

Department Overview

  • Qualified full and adjunct faculty with appropriate degrees and/or certifications.
  • Faculty members are dedicated to improving their teaching abilities and to student success.
  • Full-time faculty serve on various Rose State committees.
  • Faculty members have participated in the Teaching In Community program, which is designed to connect professors from across the campus.
  • Faculty members make an effort to stay abreast of current trends and the latest research in the field.
  • Classroom technologies are utilized by all faculty members.
  • HSS offers a wide variety of classes and class times including online, 4 week, 8 week, 16 week, telecourse, summer and intercession.
  • HSS offers a broad base of interest outside the major discipline.
  • HSS offers a solid core curriculum designed to successfully transfer students to four-year schools.
  • HSS has excellent teaching facilities that are appropriate for courses of study/activities.
  • HSS has an outstanding aquatic facility with full disabled access.
  • Equipment is continuously added for lecture and activity courses.
  • The Learning Resource Center maintains a collection of HSS materials for student use.
  • Classrooms are equipped with computers and projection equipment.
  • Sufficient classroom space for the present time.


Rose State College opened the Wellness Center in August, 2008. Actively enrolled students are provided access to the Wellness Center through use of their student ids. Facilities/equipment include:

  • Aquatic center
  • Cardiovascular and weight/resistance training areas
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Multipurpose exercise rooms
  • Open activity area
  • Classroom space
  • Wellness assessment and athletic training areas
  • Locker room areas, as well as external single lockers

The Social Sciences Division utilizes the Wellness Center to offer students the Health and Sports Sciences academic programs. In addition, numerous student services are provided by the Wellness Center: intramural sports, fitness activities, strength and conditioning training, aquatic activities, health and diet counseling, cholesterol screening, blood pressure monitoring and other wellness related workshops/counseling.

Two minute video:  Activating Student ID for Use of the Wellness Center



The Health and Sports Sciences program supports three degree options: HPER – 16 hours of program requirements, 8 hours of support and related and 39 hours of General Education courses; Personal Trainer – 22 hours of program requirements, 3 hours of support and related and 37 hours of General Education courses; Exercise / Fitness Management– 17 hours of program requirements, 10 hours of support and related and 34 hours of General Education courses.

Degree requirements for the HPER option (PDF)
Degree requirements for the Personal Trainer option (PDF)
Degree requirements for the Exercise / Fitness Management option (PDF)

What is required of a student?

The goal of the Health and Sports Sciences Associate in Science degree program is to prepare students in one of three options: Exercise / Fitness Management, Personal Trainer or HPER. 

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Organize, direct, and manage physical fitness programs that would be appropriate for business and industrial settings, health clubs, and hospital-based fitness/wellness and cardiac rehabilitation programs. 
  2. Differentiate the type/level of difficulty of exercises that are appropriate for a variety of skill related abilities. 
  3. Prescribe specific movements and correct workout techniques to meet a variety of skill level and health needs. 
  4. Evaluate and analyze weight management and nutritional programs. 
  5. Assess an individual's nutritional status and devise an appropriate sport nutrition education plan.
  6. Discuss the benefits of physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle.
  7. Examine safe, ethical, and legal practices related to a variety of career-related settings (e.g. cardiac rehabilitation, sports conditioning, corporate wellness, fitness and recreational centers). 
  8. Perform a wide variety of physical skills and activities including both skill-related and health-related fitness components. 

What happens after graduation?

Exercise/Fitness Management Option

Students can seek a career in a variety of environments such as corporate wellness, health/fitness club employment, educational programs, and personal trainers.

Personal Training Option

Designed to prepare students to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Training exam and/or to transfer to a four-year institution.

Health, Physical Education and Recreation Option

The emphasis is to prepare students to transfer to a college or university baccalaureate program in a related field. This program will also help prepare the student for employment in a variety of areas including YMCAs, colleges and universities, recreational sports, aquatics, military programs and more.



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