School of Education and Human Development
(2010 Undergraduate Catalog)
Peter Gifford, Chair
Peter Gifford, Lynn Romejko Jacobs, Peter Weyand. Lecturers:
Birdie Barr, David Bertrand, Piotr Chelstowski, Brian Fennig, Donna Gober, Michael Lysko, Anne Weil, Vicki Wood. Specialists:
Randy Diercoff, Ted Gellert, Gloria Hook, Rhonda Trietsch, Arthur Zwolski. Adjuncts:
Lance Lankford, Erin Patton, Scott Wysong.
The Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness offers an undergraduate major in applied physiology and sport management as well as the Choices for Living courses, which address seven elements of wellness (social, physical, environmental, occupational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual).
Peter Gifford, Chair
Lynn Romejko Jacobs, Peter Weyand. Lecturer:
Michael Lysko. Adjuncts:
Lance Lankford, Erin Patton, Scott Wysong.
The Applied Physiology and Sport Management program provides a rigorous curriculum for understanding the biological basis of health and fitness and the business background required of professionals in the sport, health and fitness industries. The program leads to a B.S. degree with an emphasis in either applied physiology and enterprise or sport management. Both concentrations require coursework in the physiological sciences and business. Three minors in APSM are also offered: applied physiology, applied physiology and enterprise, and sport management; information about these minors can be found at www.smu.edu/APSM.
The core curriculum introduces the discipline; establishes the scientific basis of health, fitness and human performance; introduces the business principles and skills necessary to establish and maintain a sports-related or fitness-related business; and familiarizes students with the legal and ethical aspects of the fitness, health and sport industries. Woven throughout the program are experiential learning opportunities as well as science courses structured in accordance with evidence-based practices and augmented by research reviews. The program culminates in a mentored senior project. Students are ultimately prepared for a variety of career paths, including: commercial health and fitness facility management; corporate fitness programming; nutrition services and products; sports strength and conditioning; health management; sports marketing; management of professional, collegiate or amateur sport organizations; representation of professional athletes; sport public relations; and sport facility and event management.
The Applied Physiology and Enterprise program ensures that students are prepared to develop research-based training methods in order to advise effective lifestyle prescriptions, as well as design and manage fitness and health facilities.
The course offerings within this concentration focus on holistic fitness and health outcomes and are formulated and presented around the central theme of evidence-based practice. This strategy endows students with the analytic skills necessary to evaluate and properly incorporate research results into professional practice. The Applied Physiology and Enterprise program provides students with the solid research foundation that is necessary for leaders, educators and practitioners in the prevention of chronic diseases that plague our society and affect our health-care system.
Due to the explosion of interest in sport as a business, curricula to prepare management professionals are growing in number and prevalence. Further, as the business of sport becomes more complex, the preparation of professionals has become increasingly sophisticated, relying heavily on successful business theories and principles.
The academic discipline of sport management draws significantly on valid research and practices from organization and information management systems, including: budgeting, accounting, managing events, managing personnel and facilities, controlling, directing, evaluating, leading, writing, selling, working with media, developing publications, keeping game notes and statistics, interviewing, promoting, advertising, and fundraising.
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA overall.
- Have completed 30+ credit hours.
- Successfully complete the introductory course, APSM 2310 Contemporary Issues in Applied Physiology and Sport Management.
- Attend a required orientation meeting for prospective majors.
- Complete and submit a general application form for acceptance into the APSM major program along with one letter of recommendation from an SMU professor.
- Declare an area of concentration.
- Complete a proctored essay that, in general, focuses on why one should be an APSM major.
- Be invited and complete an interview with the APSM Interview Committee.
If approved for admission by the faculty, students will be assigned an adviser and may continue to take core courses and/or courses in their concentration of interest. Students who are not accepted may reapply for admission during another term.
(Grades in APSM courses below a C- will not be accepted toward fulfilling major requirements)
2310. Contemporary Issues in Applied Physiology and Sport Management.
This course explores the functional areas of business, management principles, contemporary issues, and future considerations for organizations within the fitness and sports industries.
3311. Exercise Physiology.
This course uses an organ system approach to examine the body's responses and adaptations to exercise and movement.
This course introduces the scientific basis of support and motion in humans and other vertebrate animals, drawing equally on musculoskeletal biology and Newtonian mechanics.
3332. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Applied Physiology and Sport Management.
Legal and ethical implications related to careers within the fitness and sport industries are explored. Ethical practices and legalities related to safety, risk management, personnel and contracts are also discussed.
3340. Survey of Fitness and Sport Organizations.
An extensive study of organizational functions, methods of operation, types of ownership and the role of organizations in contemporary society as they relate to fitness and sport enterprises today.
5300. Senior Project.
This class teaches the process of formal inquiry by utilizing a team format to plan, execute and report results regarding a scientific question of interest to the group. Prerequisite: STAT 1301, 2301 or 2331.
Applied Physiology and Enterprise Courses*
An examination of the role that nutrition plays in health and optimal function, including the impact of nutrition on obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, eating disorders and specific populations.
4412. Advanced Exercise Physiology.
This course introduces students to measurement techniques used to assess physiological responses to exercise. Students take measurements on each other in structured laboratory experiences. Prerequisites: APSM 4441 Anatomy and APSM 3311 Exercise Physiology.
A systems-level, cat cadaver-based introduction to gross human and mammalian anatomy presented with a functional emphasis.
5351. Fitness and Health Enterprise.
This course prepares students who aspire to careers in the health and fitness industries. Topics include the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, leadership, salesmanship, certification and liability.
5610. Applied Physiology and Enterprise Internship.
Experiential learning at a local fitness or health organization as an intern for a total of 250 hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing and APSM 5351 Fitness and Health Enterprise.
PSYC 3380. Health Psychology.
An overview of psychological factors affecting the body. Topics include emotion, stress and disease of the immune and cardiovascular systems; eating disorders; and aging.
* Required non-APSM course
Sport Management Courses
3372. Advanced Public Relations in Sport.
This course provides an overview of sport industry-specific communications, including public relations, media relations and community relations.
4345. Sports Marketing.
This course provides a strategic framework to understand market dynamics, trends, consumer behavior, products, delivery systems, and marketing and promotional strategies that shape and drive the sports marketing industry.
4371. Revenue in Sports.
This course covers sports industry revenue topics, including professional league and team revenue generation, franchise ownership and valuation, corporate sponsorship, sports media revenue, and industry selling practices.
4372. Sport Facility and Event Management.
This course examines the principles of sport facility planning, design and management. Topics include venue design, operations, revenue streams, budgeting, personnel, security, media relations, crisis control and legal considerations.
5371. Sport Management Practicum.
This practicum provides experiential learning through planning, promoting, executing and evaluating a sports-related event on campus for a total of 150 hours. Prerequisites: APSM 3372, 4345, 4371 and 4372.
5672. Sport Management Internship.
This internship provides experiential learning at a local sports industry organization as an intern for a total of 250 hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing and APSM 5731 Sport Management Practicum.
5160, 5260, 5360. Teaching Practicum.
Students assist the instructor in conducting a course in which they have previously excelled. Three credit hours maximum allowed. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, and demonstrated academic excellence when previously enrolled in the same course (no less than an A-); instructor approval required.
Wellness – Choices for Living Courses
The Choices for Living courses reflect the University’s philosophy that a well-rounded education enhances the physical and mental well-being of the student. They help students become more aware of the comprehensive nature of wellness; provide techniques to help students respond positively to any imbalances in their lifestyle; familiarize students with campus wellness facilities, equipment and services; foster a lifetime of physical activity and physical fitness; and provide opportunities and promote action in a variety of wellness areas. Each student must complete a Choices I and Choices II class as part of the General Education Curriculum. The list of Wellness courses offered each term can be accessed online at www.smu.edu/registrar.
Designed to be taken during a student's first year, WELL 1101 Choices I is required for graduation as part of the General Education Curriculum. The class, Concepts of Wellness, introduces students to a broad range of personal experiences with the seven elements of wellness: social, physical, environmental, occupational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. Interaction occurs in a relaxed, small-group environment that features lectures, discussions, personal assessments and other action-oriented activities. Students are also expected to complete approximately four hours of out-of-class experiences under the guidance of their instructor.
Choices I: Concepts of Wellness
Designed to be taken during a student's second year, a Choices II class is also a requirement for graduation. Students can choose from a variety of physical-activity courses each term. The skills and/or rules for competition of a given activity are taught in a fun and nurturing environment, with the objective of promoting lifetime participation in the activity. A special fee is charged to help defray the extra cost involved in some Choices II classes: fencing ($90), golf ($150), scuba ($175), mountain sports (Taos Campus $475), beginning marathon training ($75), rock climbing ($50) and spinning ($10).
Weight Training for Women
Beginning Marathon Training
Ballroom and Folk Dance
Lifeguard Training Today