Bachelor of Science in Sports Psychology

Health, exercise, motivation, team dynamics, and other areas of applied sports practice have psychology as their foundation. Therefore, sports psychology is a good choice for student athletes who are interested in an academically rigorous program of study that includes sports and fitness related focus. Sports psychology is also a good choice for students interested in some areas of rehabilitation, motivation, or activities in organizations that serve the mentally ill, defiant and criminal populations, and physical activities for the elderly.

Careers in Sports Psychology (undergraduate)

Team assistants, Coach / Asst. Coach, Athletic program consultant, Nursing home activities director, Juvenile rehabilitation activities coordinator, Disability activities coordinator, Wellness program coordinator, Insurance risk management specialist, Health rehabilitation assistant, Parks and recreation director, Exercise science program assistant, Athletic trainer, Program director, Performance specialist, Fitness instructor, Youth development specialist

Degree Plan

Core Curriculum – 68 hours

Christian Literacy  – 20 hours

Lower Level Courses
  • Life of Christ (BI 1211) – 2 hours
  • Book of Acts (BI 1214) – 2 hours
  • Pentateuch (BI 2202) – 2 hours
  • Conquest Divided Kingdom (BI 2203) – 2 hours
Upper Level Courses
  • Marriage and Family (BI 3311) – 3 hours
  • Christian Cultural Heritage (BI 4311) – 3 hours
  • Upper Division Bible Electives – 6 hours

Cultural Heritage Literacy – 12 hours

  • Western Cultural Heritage (HU 1310, 1320, & 2310) – 9 hours
  • American Cultural Heritage (HY 2320) – 3 hours

Mathematical and Scientific Literacy    – 11 hours

  • Mathematics (MH 1338 or higher) – 3 hours
  • Perspectives of Biology (BIO 1300) – 3 hours
  • Perspectives of Biology Lab (BIO 1100) – 1 hour
  • Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 2193) – 3 hours
  • Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology Lab (BIO 2193) – 1 hour

Information and Communication Literacy   – 15 hours

Composition and Literature
  • English Composition I & II (EH 1301 & 1302) – 6 hours
  • English/American Literature (EH 2301, 2303, 2304) – 3 hours
Communication: Speech Communication (EH 1303) – 3 hours
Technology Course – 3 hours

Personal and Social Literacy – 10 hours

  • Lifetime Fitness (PE 1300) – 3 hours
  • PE Activity (Two activity courses) – 2 hours
  • Freshman Experience (FE 1111) – 1 hour
  • Service Learning (FASL 1090)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PY 1310) – 3 hours

Professional Literacy  – 56 hours

Department Requirements – 6 hours

  • Introduction to Counseling (COU 2320) – 3 hours
  • Choose One (PS 2308, SY 2328, SY 3329, SY 3330, SY 331, SY 3390, or ANTH 2301 – 3 hours

Sports Psychology Major Field Requirements – 38 hours

  • Lifespan Development (PY 3300) – 3 hours
  • Theories of Human System Dynamics (PY 3315) – 3 hours
  • Behavioral Statistics (PY 3330) – 3 hours
  • Behavioral Statistics Lab (PY 3130) – 1 hour
  • Research Methods (PY 3350) – 3 hours
  • Social Psychology (PY 3360) – 3 hours
  • Educational Psychology (PY 3380) – 3 hours
  • Behavioral Mod Theories (PY 3385) – 3 hours
  • Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (PY 4320) – 3 hours
  • Sports Psychology 1 (PY 4300) – 3 hours
  • Sports Psychology 2 (PY 4301) – 3 hours
  • Psychological Psychology (PY 4330) – 3 hours
  • Professional Ethics (PY 4345) – 3 hours

Internship (PY 4351) – 3 hours

Capstone Research Project (PY 4391) – 3 hours

Counseling Major Electives – 12 hours

Choose THREE: PE 2301, PE 2303, PE 3303, PE 3360, PE 3331, PE 3334, PE 4331

Total Hours for Graduation – 126 hours

Note: 48 semester hours of upper level courses are required for graduation; Students must complete the Department Exit Exam prior to graduation