2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Oct 28, 2020  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Health Promotion Major

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Health Promotion

Andrew Creer, Coordinator
Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Physical Education Center 119
e-mail: andrew.creer@sdstate.edu

The Health Promotion (HP) graduate possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities to enhance awareness, change behavior, and create environments that support good health practices, including, but not limited to exercise and physical activity.  The HP professional assists people to develop self-responsibility for their own health and wellness, and implement health assessments and wellness programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.  Health Promotion professionals work and study in commercial, clinical, and workplace settings to improve health and quality of life of the general population.  In the area of exercise, which promotes better health or may enhance the performance of athletes.

Application for admission to the Health Promotion major occurs during a student’s sophomore year.  The number of students accepted each year is based on availability of facilties and staff; there may be more students applying that can be accepted, so the process may be more competitive.

Minimum admission requirements include: sophomore standing with a 2.75 GPA or higher, completion of PE 180 and WEL 100 and a “C” or better in the following courses: WEL 100, HDFS 210, BIOL 221 and CHEM 108.  Students are required to choose classes from a career orientation emphasis area to complete course work for the major.

The Health Promotion program at South Dakota State University is endorsed and recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine for meeting the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of an ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor.

Requirements for Health Promotion Major - Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences:

Freshman Year:

Sophomore Year:

Fall or Spring


  • SGR Goal 3: Social Sciences Credits: 3* (G)

Junior Year:

Senior Year:

Fall or Spring

  • Career Orientation Electives Credits: 9
Choose one of the following:

Curriculum Notes:

* The 30 credit Board of Regents System General Education Requirements (SGRs) must be completed as part of a student’s first 64 credits.

** South Dakota State University has an 8-9 credit Institutional Graduation Requirement (IGRs).

(G) Globalization Requirement.

(AW) Advanced Writing Requirement.

Students must take the proficiency examination after completing 48 credits. English 101, and a course in each of the General Education areas of social science, mathematics, natural science, and humanities and arts must be taken prior to taking this exam.

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