Human Performance and Exercise Science

Area of Education

Updated Fall 2013

The human performance and exercise science program supports the following goals of Milligan College:

Human performance and exercise science provides a holistic, scholarly approach to the study of human movement. Structural and functional aspects of movement efficiency, responses of the body to sport and exercise, and issues of health-related fitness and wellness are studied. A series of core courses prepares students for careers in physical education, fitness and wellness, or exercise science.

Students may choose from four emphases based on their career goals or plans for graduate study. The skills and knowledge gained through the human performance and exercise science program allow students to pursue jobs in school, community, business, or industrial settings and provide a springboard into various graduate programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and sports management.

Teacher licensure in physical education (K-12) is optional. For additional information about admission into the teacher licensure program, see the Education Licensure Programs section of the catalog.

Human Performance and Exercise Science major
B.A. or B.S.

Core courses

In addition to the core courses, a student must select one of four emphases:


Exercise Science emphasis

Core courses listed above.

Exercise Science emphasis courses

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major with the exercise science emphasis:

Total number of required hours in HPXS with Exercise Science emphasis: 41


Fitness and Wellness emphasis

Core courses listed above.

Fitness and Wellness emphasis courses

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major with the fitness and wellness emphasis:

Total number of required hours in HPXS with Fitness and Wellness emphasis: 41


Physical Education emphasis

Core courses listed above.

Physical Education emphasis courses

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major with the physical education emphasis:

Total number of required hours in HPXS with Physical Education emphasis: 41

K-12 Specialty licensure courses

Milligan offers a K-12 teacher education program in physical education. Students seeking teacher licensure are required to complete the courses listed below:


Sports Management emphasis

Core courses listed above.

Sports Management emphasis courses

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major with the sports management emphasis:

Total number of required hours in HPXS with Sports Management emphasis: 40


To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if chosen), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students in their major fields of study, is administered during the semester in which the student plans to graduate.  The exams for the exercise science, fitness/wellness, sports management, and non-licensure physical education emphases are faculty-created exams; for K-12 physical education licensure candidates, PRAXIS II 0091 and 0092 are considered the senior major exam. Students pursuing double majors must complete a senior major exam in each major.