The Human Performance concentration is a 2-year, non-thesis program leading to a Master of Science degree. It’s purpose is to merge a range of courses within the department into a curriculum that will provide educational background to students with an interest in studying the factors that determine the limits to human performance.

The curriculum allows students to focus on specific areas of sport or clinical applications that best meet their individual interests. Human Performance incorporates components such as sport nutrition; exercise and sport psychology; exercise physiology; motor behavior; biomechanics; and strength and conditioning which are viable to clinical populations.

The Human Performance concentration requires completion of a group of courses that gives the student a solid background in the science of human performance, electives that can be used to further specialize the course of study, a comprehensive final examination, and a one-semester internship. Graduate coursework within the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology covering these areas include both lecture and laboratory coursework.

Program Requirements
  • 12 Semester hours of coursework in Concentration Courses.
  • 5 Semester hours Graduate Internship in Area of Specialization
  • 13 Semester hours minimum in approved Elective Courses
  • 30 Total hours minimum for graduation
  • APK 5404 Sport Psychology (3 credits)
  • APK 5127 Assessment in Exercise Science (3 credits)
  • APK 6205 Nature and Bases of Motor Performance (3 credits)
  • APK 6226 Biomechanics of Human Motion (3 credits)
  • APK 6116 Physiological Bases of Exercise and Sport Sciences (3 credits)
  • APK 6317 Rehabilitation and Modalities of Athletic Injuries (3 credits)
  • PET 6947 Graduate Internship in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology (40 hr/wk internship in students’ area of specialization) (5 credits)
Approved Elective Courses
  • HLP 6535 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Orthopedic Considerations in Athletic Training (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Professional Skills/Grant Writing (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Research Approach to Weight Loss (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Statistical Application/SPSS (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Pharmacology and Exercise Science (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Emotion and Attention in Sport (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Performance Nutrition (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Ergogenic Aids (3 credits)
  • APK 6400 Performance Enhancement (3 credits)
  • APK 6210 Controlling Motor Actions (3 credits)
  • APK 6410 Seminar in Exercise Psychology (3 credits)
  • APK 6225 Biomedical Instrumentation (3 credits)
  • APK 6110 Physiological bases of Exercise and Sport Sciences (3 credits)
  • APK 6120 Cardiopulmonary Pathologies (3 credits)
  • APK 6125 EKG Interpretation (3 credits)
  • APK 7100 Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
  • APK 7105 Environmental Stress in Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
  • APK 7110 Exercise Metabolism (3 credits)
  • APK 7120 Pulmonary Function During Exercise (3 credits)
  • APK 6900 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
  • APK 6940 Advanced Practicum in Area of Specialization (1-3 credits)
  • HUN 6245 Advanced Human Nutrition (3 credits)
  • HUN 6301 Nutritional Aspects of Lipids (3 credits)
  • HUN 6321 Proteins and Amino Acids in Nutrition (3 credits)
  • HUN 6331 Vitamins in Human Nutrition (3 credits)

NOTE: 1000-4000 level courses within the department and 1000-2000 level courses outside the department are not eligible to count toward the graduate degree requirements.

Comprehensive Final Examination

Prior to graduating, each student must complete a written final examination administered by their supervisory committee to show proficiency in their area of concentration.

Recommended Prerequisites

NOTE: These courses DO NOT count toward your graduate degree program.

  • Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription (at U.F. APK 4125C)
  • Integrated Principles of Biology (at U.F. BSC 2010)
  • General Chemistry (at U.F. CHM 2045)
  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (at U.F. HUN 2201)
  • Applied Human Anatomy (at U.F. APK 2100C)
  • Applied Human Physiology (at U.F. APK 2105C)
  • Physiology of Exercise and Training (at U.F. PET 3110C)
  • General Psychology (at U.F. PSY 2012)
Faculty Advisors

All Graduate Faculty members advise for this specialization.