Degree Programs offered:
- BESS, major in Exercise and Sports Science with All-level Teacher Certification
- BESS, major in Exercise and Sports Science with concentration in Health and Wellness Promotion for clinical populations
- BESS, major in Exercise and Sports Science with concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis
- BESS, major in Health and Fitness Management with Minor in Business Administration
- BHWP, major in Health and Wellness Promotion with All Level Teacher Certification
- BHWP, major in Health and Wellness Promotion with Non Teacher Certification
- BS, major in Athletic Training
- BSRA, major in Recreational Administration
- BSRA, major in Recreational Administration (with Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis
The 2011-12 academic year marks the 40th consecutive year that Texas State University has sponsored a nationally-accredited education program in athletic training. Athletic trainers work to prevent, as well as diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries and illnesses, under the direction of a physician. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training prepares students for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification examination and the State of Texas athletic training licensure exam. Texas State’s entry-level program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education through the 2019-2020 academic year. Many of our graduates work in secondary schools and sports medicine clinics in Texas; those who go on to graduate school have found employment with colleges, universities, and professional sport teams.
Exercise & Sports Science (ESS) undergraduate program includes a major in Health & Fitness Management (HFM) and a major in ESS with three potential concentrations: Health & Wellness Promotion for Clinical Population (HCP), All-Level Physical Education Certification (ALPE), and Pre-Physical Therapy (PPT). Students are required to have a 2.5 overall GPA to take the HCP or the HFM internship. A 2.75 Texas State GPA is required for enrollment in PPT internship and a 2.75 overall GPA is required for placement in the ALPE student teaching.
Health promotion is the process of improving people’s understanding, attitudes, and conduct regarding individual and community health. Professionals in health promotion teach elementary or secondary school, or they work in community health agencies. Texas State health promotion graduates work in education, emergency medical services, senior citizens programming, worksite wellness programs, Public Health Departments, Volunteer Health Organizations, and various other fields. The Bachelor of Health and Wellness Promotion provides a major in health and wellness promotion with all-level teacher certification or a non-teaching major in health and wellness promotion with all-level teacher certification or a non-teaching major with a specialization in community health promotion.
The Bachelor of Science in Recreational Administration combines classroom learning and on-the-job training. Students study such areas as recreation programming, leadership, marketing, evaluation, administration, and therapeutic recreation. Recreational administration graduates, including those with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation, work in camps, nursing homes, community recreation centers, resorts, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, fitness centers, and state and national parks. The program is nationally accredited. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (CTRS) and/or the National Recreation and Park Association’s National Certification Board (CPRP) examinations.
Extensive research has documented strong associations between physical activity/exercise and cognitive performance, physical performance, disease prevention, and a reduction in all-cause mortality. Each semester about 1,800 students participate in over 30 physical activities and courses. Students can choose from a wide variety of activities in PFW classes taught both on campus and off-campus. GE credit (PFW 1301 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Physical Fitness and Wellness) and interesting activities are available like: Aerobics, Backpacking, Basketball, Canoeing, Fitness and Wellness, Fencing, Golf, Cross-Training, Jogging and Conditioning, Karate, Military Physical Fitness Training, Racquetball, Ranger Challenge Training, Scuba, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, and Weight Lifting.