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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Physiology and Wellness

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Professor Lynn Romejko Jacobs, Department Chair

Professors: Lynn Romejko Jacobs, Peter Weyand
Associate Professor: Scott L. Davis
Assistant Professor: Sushmita Purkayastha
Clinical Associate Professor: Megan Murphy
Clinical Assistant Professors: Gashaw Abeza, David Bertrand, Derek Marr
Professors of Practice: Susan Holland, Michael Stone
Senior Lecturers: Caitlin Anderson, Brian Fennig, Donna Gober
Lecturers: Peter Carlton, Piotr Chelstowski, Courtney Gedney, Ueline Newmon, Laura Robinson-Doyle, Kelyn Rola, Mark Rudich, Bradley Warren
Research Professor: Eric Bing

General Information

The Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The B.S. with a major in applied physiology and sport management offers three concentrations: applied physiology and health management, sport management, and sport performance leadership. The department also offers minors in applied physiology, applied physiology and health management, sport management, and sport performance leadership. Its graduate programs include an M.S. in sport management, an M.S. in health promotion management, and a Ph.D. in education, with an emphasis in applied physiology. The department also offers the personal responsibility and wellness courses that are required of all undergraduate students as part of the University Curriculum and a selection of sports and fitness activity courses. All UC students must take PRW1 and PRW2 in order to graduate from SMU.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

To apply for admission, students first must meet minimum GPA criteria and complete prerequisite requirements before submitting the application for admission. Admission is competitive. Students who are not accepted may reapply for admission during another term. For consideration, students must

  • Have a minimum 2.000 GPA overall.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours (currently enrolled hours may be included).
  • Complete the two subset courses required for the selected concentration with a minimum of C- in each course.
  • Acceptance for students in the applied physiology and health management and sport management concentrations is also contingent upon space availability in each concentration; for sport performance concentration, acceptance is based on only the criteria above.
Concentration Subset
Applied Physiology and Health Management APSM 2441  and one of the following: APSM 2442 , APSM 3332 , APSM 3340 , APSM 3343 , or APSM 3351  
Sport Management APSM 2310  and one of the following: APSM 3322 , APSM 3332 , or APSM 3340  
Sport Performance Leadership APSM 2340  and one of the following: APSM 3300 APSM 3315 , APSM 3322 , APSM 3332 , or APSM 3351  
  • Attend a required orientation meeting for prospective majors.
  • Submit a completed general application form for the APSM major program.
  • Declare an area of concentration.

Students approved for admission by the faculty are assigned an adviser; they may continue to take core courses and/or courses in their concentration of interest.

Degree Requirements

The applicable requirements of the major are those in effect during the academic year in which the major is declared or those of a subsequent academic year. If an APSM major makes a grade below C- in any APSM course, the student must retake the course; a grade below C- will not apply toward the major. The Simmons School also requires a cumulative GPA of 2.000 on all courses attempted for completion of a major or minor. All courses attempted that could count toward the major or minor are included in determining the major or minor GPA. Majors must be officially declared (or changed) through the Office of the Dean.

Student Responsibility for Completion of Degree Plan. Students are required to schedule a degree-plan conference with an APSM adviser at the time of their acceptance into the major. Note: Each term, students are encouraged to attend an advising session with their assigned adviser. Detailed information concerning academic regulations and degree requirements is provided at that time. Students are individually responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations and requirements that may apply to the APSM program.

Honor Code Violations. An APSM major who commits an honor code violation while enrolled in any of the APSM courses could be expelled from the program and not allowed to continue and complete the major.

Application for a Degree. Students must submit to the Office of the Dean a formal application for graduation at the beginning of the term in which they will complete all degree requirements. Applications should be filed by the deadline date in the Official University Calendar.

Credits. A candidate for a Simmons School APSM degree must have

  • A minimum of 122 credit hours, including University-wide requirements and requirements for the APSM major.
  • A minimum of 42 advanced credit hours (3000 level or above).
  • A maximum of two credit hours of PRW courses.
  • A maximum of six credit hours of internship for Sport Management and Applied Physiology & Health Management students.
  • A maximum of three credit hours of Experiential Learning Labs (SPL students only).

Grades. A candidate for a Simmons School APSM degree must have

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 on all work attempted through enrollment at SMU.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 on all equivalent work attempted elsewhere, if any.
  • A minimum grade of C- on any APSM course taken in fulfillment of major or minor requirements.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 on all work attempted for completion of major or minor requirements.
  • No more than 12 hours with a grade of P (Pass).

Minimum Credit Requirement. A candidate for a B.S. degree in APSM from the Simmons School must take the following hours as SMU credit; that is, the credit hours must be earned in SMU courses or SMU-approved international programs.

  • A minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of advanced work in the major.

Multiple Concentrations. A student may pursue up to three concentrations within the APSM major in the Simmons School by completing all requirements for each concentration, along with the general requirements for a B.S. degree in APSM. However, these additional concentrations are not degrees. Students with multiple concentrations within the APSM major are awarded one baccalaureate degree from the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness.

Additional Degrees. A student may also concurrently pursue a program of study leading to a degree from the Simmons School along with a degree (or degrees) from the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Meadows School of the Arts, or Lyle School of Engineering. The student must obtain approval for the proposed program of study from the deans of the schools involved.

Personal Responsibility and Wellness


The personal responsibility and wellness courses reflect the University’s philosophy that a well-rounded education enhances the physical and mental well-being of the student. PRW courses help students to become more aware of the comprehensive nature of wellness; to understand the importance of personal life management; to respond positively to imbalances in their lifestyles; to become familiar with campus wellness facilities, equipment and services; to commit to a lifetime of physical activity and physical fitness; and to utilize opportunities the University provides and promotes in a variety of wellness areas. Each student must complete PRW1 and PRW2 as part of the University Curriculum. Additional information is found in the University-wide Requirements section of this catalog.

Concepts of Wellness: PRW1. PRW1 introduces students to the University and explores life transition topics such as stress management, personal financial planning and healthy decision-making. PRW1 is designed to be completed during the first year of SMU enrollment.

Physical Fitness: PRW2. Extensive research supports that regular physical activity is essential for health and vitality. Students take PRW2 to establish personal fitness goals and fitness plans for the term. A variety of individual and group fitness courses are available; in both cases, students work with instructors. Each course contains central core objectives and student-learning outcomes based on health-related fitness components. Topics and activities include the following: comprehensive physical fitness assessments, cardiorespiratory workshops, resistance exercise workshops, individual goals and individual or group training, post-training assessments, counseling, and a final exam under the auspices and leadership of a qualified instructor. Grades are based on attendance, understanding of training and health principles, and satisfactory improvements toward the goals that students set for themselves. The aim is to help each student achieve immediate fitness benefits and inculcate positive, lifelong fitness habits. Grading is on a letter (A, B, C) basis. PRW2 courses are offered in the fall and spring terms. All courses share a congruent syllabus with core student-learning outcomes and assessments, as well as outcomes specific to the modality through which the core objectives are met. All health-related fitness courses meet the criteria for the required PRW2 credit. Students may take up to four additional PRW2 courses beyond the required graded course for their own personal benefit during their college career. These additional PRW2 courses can only be taken after the student has completed the PRW2 required course. Additional courses are graded on a pass/fail basis only, do not count toward the minimum hours for the degree and must meet the criteria outlined in the Pass/Fail Option section of this catalog.

Departmental Distinction and Honors

A student may be awarded departmental distinction and honors regardless of eligibility for graduation honors based on specific criteria established by the department.  This award is conferred by the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness at Honors Convocation every spring.




      Applied Physiology and Sport Management


      Elective Courses

      These courses are elective courses offered to APSM students with faculty approval.

      APSM 4159, 4259, 4359, 5160, 5260, 5261, 5360, 5361, 5362, 5363, 5364, 5461, 5561, 5661


      Human Development

      The Simmons School offers a selection of HDEV courses that address learning and career development skills. These courses are largely available as electives.

      Personal Responsibility and Wellness

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