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(Additional prerequisites for WS Academic courses are listed in the Wellness and Fitness Programs Option section of this catalog.)

WS 2003: Field-Based Experience in Wellness

Prerequisites: Level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.

The class provides the prospective Wellness/Fitness professional with an opportunity to observe on-site a community-based wellness/fitness agency or business. A combination of classroom and on-site experiences will direct the student's focus to various aspects of commercial or institutional programs and services aimed at lifestyle enhancement.

Specific lecture-class meetings and at least 30 hours of observation in an agency or business setting will be required.

WS 2031: Directing Food, Exercise, and Body Composition Programs

Prerequisites: Level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.


The course provides the student with the opportunity to assess their current lifestyle pertaining to the nutrients consumed in the diet and the amount and type of aerobic exercise participation. Special emphasis is placed on the methodology of teaching about the development of an internal locus of control by actively involving the student in self-analysis activities, developing an understanding of nutrient intake and the culminating effects on personal health, and participation in an appropriate aerobic exercise program. The course is structured to provide for the development of knowledge and practices of directing food, exercise, and body composition programs employed to accomplish an individually predicted level of physical fitness.

$25 laboratory fee.

WS 2043: Applied Fitness Assessment and Development

Prerequisites: PE 2653 and PE 3663; level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.

A survey and application of the knowledge and experiences in assessing and developing all components of physical fitness.

WS 2081: Directing Muscle Fitness Programs

Prerequisites: Level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.

Structured to provide for the development of knowledge and practices of directing resistance training activities used to accomplish an individually predicted level of muscle fitness.

$25 laboratory fee.

WS 2091: Directing Fitness Walking/Jogging Programs

Prerequisites: Level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.

The course provides the Wellness/Fitness major student with the opportunity to assess the physical fitness level of individuals under the supervision of trained personnel. The course is structured to provide for the development of knowledge and practices of directing fitness walking and jogging activities employed to accomplish an individually predicted level of aerobic fitness. Students who enroll in the class will submit themselves to the physical fitness protocol as well as help administer various evaluation measures to members of a corresponding wellness activity class.

$25 laboratory fee.

WS 3003: Exercise Prescription

Prerequisites: WS 2043 or consent of department head; level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.

A course designed to expose the student to the aspects of health-related and skill-related physical fitness, with particular attention given to prescribing exercise programs. Attention will be given to choosing appropriate fitness assessments, along with development of appropriate goals for clientele.

WS 3023: Exercise Behavior and Adherence

Prerequisites: Level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.

The course provides the student with the opportunity to learn about the components which impact exercise behaviors and adherence to physical exercise programs. Emphasis is placed on the identification of components which directly impact on personal motivation for the development of appropriate exercise behaviors, and the development of incentives which assist in adherence to health enhancement programs.

WS 4003: Advanced Professional Seminar

Prerequisites: Completion of all 1000- and 2000-level Wellness Science required classes; level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.

This course provides the advanced wellness/fitness major with a setting in which research and contemporary topics critical to the profession may be explored. The student will perform literature research, data gathering, and professional writing/presentation throughout the class.

WS 4012: Wellness and Fitness Program Management Internship

Twelve hour course

Prerequisites: Admission to internship program and 2.00 grade point average; level 3 requires completion of all WS, PE, and HLED content area courses with a grade of C or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.

Intensive on-campus classroom exploration of professional principles and procedures used in the areas of health and fitness promotion for the first three weeks of the semester. The remaining portion of the semester is spent in a supervised full-time internship at a designated site.

$25 course fee.

WS 4013: Wellness Science Practicum

Prerequisites: WS 2031, 2043, and 3003

This program is designed to expose majors to training in a community or corporate wellness setting. Students will organize, develop, market, and implement wellness programming for Arkansas Tech University students and employees.

WS 4023: Principles of Strength and Conditioning

Offered: Fall

Prerequisites: PE 2653 and 3661

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of strength and conditioning. Emphasis is placed on the exercise sciences (including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics) and nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization and administration, and testing and evaluation. Additionally, this course is designed to prepare students for the nationally accredited Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam.

WS 4063: Wellness and Fitness Programming

Prerequisites: Level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.

The course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to discover various methods employed in planning and implementing wellness and fitness programs in multiple settings. Special emphasis is placed on the administration of client-specific health enhancement programs designed for persons in corporate settings, fitness center clientele, and patients in physical rehabilitation.

WS 4991,4992,4993: Special Problems in Wellness Science

Prerequisites: Level 2 courses require completion of the following with a grade of C or better: PE 1201, WS 1002, ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, MATH 1113, BIOL 1014, and SPH 2173.

Independent work on approved wellness science topics under the individual guidance of a faculty member. Admission requires the consent of the department head.