Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
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Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Community Wellness, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Health and Community Wellness prepares candidates to work in health and wellness settings.  The mission of the health and community wellness program is to provide high-quality professionals for employment in worksites such as fitness centers, hospitals, corporations, schools, and many other settings around the nation.  Through program courses and service-learning experience, candidates are prepared to help people, organizations, and communities change lifestyle behaviors with the goal of moving toward a state of improved health, resulting in decreases of chronic disease and health care costs.

There are four professional tracks in Health and Community Wellness: athletic training, dietetics, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Each track serves as a pathway, preparing students for future careers in these fields. Students who are interested in one of these careers may select the appropriate professional track.

Students on the General B.S. in Health and Community Wellness track, have the option of taking 15 credit hours of electives or choosing to minor in one of several fields including Biology, Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Management, Marketing, Mass Communication, Nutrition Promotion, and Education, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Management, and other approved minors.

Learning Outcomes:

The student will:

1. Employ ongoing reflection to expand personal growth and professional development in multiple dimensions of wellness and demonstrate commitment to wellness promotion (NWI, Authenticity and Self-Awareness).
2. Use appropriate and culturally relevant evidence-based models and research to educate those in the public about health and wellness (NWI, Whole-person and Systems Approaches).
3. Practice multicultural competence, recognizing the dynamics of oppression and privilege on an individual’s lived experiences while adapting wellness strategies to fit individual, geographical and cultural needs (NWI, Inclusive and Responsive Practices).
4. Use meaningful and inclusive communication methods and technologies to support, manage, and promote wellness initiatives (NWI, Communication and Connection).
5. Demonstrate awareness of the scope of practice in accordance with profession-specific code of conduct and maintain ethical relationships (NWI, Legal and Ethical Principles).

Health and Community Wellness, General Track

Core Areas A, B, C, D, & E: 42 Hours


Professional Elective for the Degree: 3 Hours Required (a)

Select one of the following courses:

Electives Recommended: 15 Hours (a)

(Electives are for an approved minor or special topics courses.  All electives must be at the 3000 level or above.  The academic advisor must approve any 2000 level courses)

Total: 120 Hours

Minimum 2.0 GPA required for graduation

(a) Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Health and Community Wellness, Athletic Training Track (a)

Core Areas A, B, C, D, & E: 43 Hours

General Education Requirements (Core Curriculum)  

Athletic Training Professional Track Core Curriculum.  Specific course requirements in these areas for this track include MATH 1111 for Area A; BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1107L, BIOL 1108 and BIOL 1108L, and MATH 1401 for Area D; and PSYC 1101 for Area E.

Total: 120 Hours

(a) Students must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA in this professional track, and ending coursework must be at a 3.0 GPA to apply to a Master’s Athletic Training program.

Health and Community Wellness, Dietetics Track (a)

Core Areas A, B, C, D, & E: 42 Hours

General Education Requirements (Core Curriculum)  

Dietetics Professional Track Core Curriculum. Specific course requirements in these areas for this track include MATH 1111 for Area A; CS 1000 for Area B; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L, CHEM 1212 and 1212L, and MATH 1401 for Area D.