Behavioral Sciences Department

August 27, 2016 – 02:24 pm

How can psychology be used to improve motivation and performance? How does physical activity improve mental health and overall well-being? How do stress and other psychological factors affect health and wellness?

These are some of the questions you’ll explore as a student in this exciting program. You’ll engage in original research projects in collaboration with faculty and have the opportunity to assist with ongoing research into biofeedback as a tool for exercise motivation. You’ll gain additional professional experience by completing an internship in the field, so by the time you graduate you’ll be well-prepared for a career or further study in this growing discipline.

Programs as strong and diverse as this have been offered at only a handful of major universities outside New England and were rarely available to undergraduates — until now.

Degree Requirements

You'll take the 11 required courses for Psychology majors (31 credits, including a 3-credit internship specifically related to health and sport psychology) and explore fitness and motivation through coursework, laboratory experiments and grant-funded research.

Related Occupations

  • Teacher or instructor
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Trainer
  • Health promoter
  • Advocate
  • Referee
  • Umpire
  • Sports administrator

Types of Employers

  • Colleges and universities
  • Olympic training centers
  • Competitive youth sport centers
  • Recreation organizations and leagues
  • Professional sport teams
  • Professional and competitive athletes


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