Master of Science


Program Descriptions:

EDF 6407: Statistical Analysis 1 - This course covers theory and application of statistical procedures to problems in education: (1) descriptive statistics, (2) probability-sampling distributions, (3) inferential statistics-interval estimation, tests of significance (z, t, F-one way ANOVA).

PET 6003: Theories and Models of Health and Physical Activity - This course covers the origin and application of theory in the general health and physical activity domains. Emphasis will be placed on learning the theoretical constructs and applied uses of classic and contemporary theories in health behaviors.  

PET 6086: Lifespan Fitness - The course is designed to assist students in developing an understanding of how fitness habits and recommendations change over a lifetime.  

APK 6406: Psychology of Exercise - This course covers selected topics regarding the psychological aspects of exercise. Specific content areas will be determined throughout the semester, but likely content areas include: stress, anxiety, depression, mood, exertion, pain, exercise addiction, self-esteem, and body image exertion. Research methodology will be an important consideration throughout.

PET 6098: Topics in Strength and Conditioning - This course covers selected topics in strength and conditioning.  Some of the topics to be covered include: program design, periodization, core stabilization training, biochemical monitoring, overtraining, and strength training. 

PET 6216: Sport Psychology - This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the theoretical structure that underlies psychology applied to sport. There will be a particular emphasis on psychological concerns that confront coaches, educators, and athletes. 

PET 6256: Sport in Society - Contemporary Issues
This course is a study of organized sport in contemporary society. By increasing understanding of many of the issues and controversies based in the structure of sport, individuals will be able to understand the complex nature of this social institution. Issues such as race, social class, gender, politics, religion, economics, media, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, and ethics as they relate to sports will be studied.  

APK 6116: Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology - This course covers selected topics regarding neuromuscular aspects of exercise physiology. Some of the topics to be covered include: neuromuscular anatomy and physiology, theory of skeletal muscle contraction, protein synthesis and degradation. 

PET 6352: Cardiorespiratory Aspects of Exercise Physiology - This course covers selected topics regarding cardiorespiratory aspects of exercise physiology.  Some of the topics to be covered include: gas exchange and transport during exercise; aerobic metabolism, and adaptations to exercise training. 

PET 6367: Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism - This course covers selected topics regarding exercise metabolism and sports nutrition. Some of the topics to be covered include: bioenergetics; protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism during exercise; sports supplements designed to improve strength and endurance. 

PET 6388: Physical Activity, Health and Disease - This course focuses on the study of how physical activity is related to chronic diseases. Epidemiological techniques will be examined using physical activity as a factor in the cause of disease. The physiological basis will be examined.  

PET 6389: Fitness Assessment and Prescription - This course covers advanced principles of physiological fitness assessment. Topics to be covered include the assessment and prescription of: aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, muscular strength, and muscular endurance.  

PET 6494: Legal Aspects of Physical Activity - This course will address the law, legal liability, and risk management related to physical activity programs. Content will focus on tort and contract law with an emphasis on negligence. A variety of legal cases will be utilized to learn the common legal issues that arise in physical activity programs. Principles of risk management such as the assessment of liability exposures, the development and implementation of risk management strategies, and the evaluation of these strategies will also be included.

PET 6534: Research Methods in Exercise Science - The primary purpose of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, methods, and applications of research within exercise science. Development of research skills will be the primary focus. 

PET 6906: Independent Study - This course provides the opportunity to work on an individualized project related to physical education and exercise science.

PET 6910: Research Project - This course provides an in-depth research study of selected topics concerning human movement. Topics will vary according to needs and interests of the student.

PET 6947: Internship in Exercise Science - This course provides a field experience in an exercise science setting. Experiences will focus on all aspects of program development and delivery. Students may also be involved with administrative functions of a fitness/wellness center.  

PET 6971: Thesis - This course will provide the student with experience in research related to the disciplines of physical education and exercise science. Repeatable for up to 6 credit hours.

Elective Courses: Courses are available within the College of Education and in other academic units on the USF Tampa campus. All elective courses are selected in conjunction with the faculty advisor and approved by the program coordinator.