Academic Programs and Options


Athletic Training, B.S.

Clinical Exercise Science, B.S.

Clinical Health Studies, B.S.

Clinical Health Studies/Physical Therapy, B.S./D.P.T., six-year program2

Clinical Science/Physical Therapy, B.S./M.S., five-year program1

Exercise Science, B.S.

Health Care Management, B.S.

Health Sciences, B.S.

Occupational Science, B.S.

Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy, B.S./M.S., five-year program2

Outdoor Adventure Leadership, B.S.

Public and Community Health, B.S.

Recreation Management, B.S.

Speech-Language Pathology, B.S.

Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.2

Sport Management, B.S.

Sport Management, M.S.2

Sport Media, B.S.

Sport Studies, B.A.

Therapeutic Recreation, B.S.

Teacher Education Programs

Health Education, B.S. (teaching)

Health Education and Physical Education, B.S. (teaching)

Physical Education, B.S. (teaching)

Health Education, M.S. (teaching)2

Physical Education, M.S. (teaching)2

Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilities, M.S.2

1 No new students admitted.
2 For more information, see the Ithaca College graduate catalog.

Graduate Catalog

HSHP Preprofessional Program -- Freshmen and Sophomores Only

As an alternative to being admitted to one of the professional majors, a student may be admitted to preprofessional status in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP). This admission and advising category is offered for students who are interested in careers related to health, health care, sport, or leisure but are uncertain of the professional major they want to pursue. It is, therefore, a temporary classification only. After one semester in the program, students are free to apply to majors in HSHP or apply for transfer to another school of the College. Students are strongly advised to gain admission to a major before registration for their fourth semester or by the time they have earned 60 credits. They must be admitted to a major at the College before their junior year. To ensure meeting these deadlines, students should begin their efforts to decide on a major considerably earlier. For more information contact Julie Boles, faculty coordinator, Office of Preprofessional Studies, 607-274-3711, or visit the school's website.
School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Minors and Concentrations


Coaching -- For majors in all disciplines except physical education and health education and physical education

Communication disorders -- For majors in all disciplines except speech-language pathology

Deaf studies -- For majors in all disciplines

Exercise science -- For majors in all disciplines except exercise science, clinical exercise science, and athletic training

Health -- For majors in all disciplines except health education and health and physical education.

Health policy and management -- For majors in all disciplines except health care management

Integrative health studies -- For majors in all disciplines

Nutrition promotion -- For majors in all disciplines except health education, and health education and physical education. Students in health education or health education and physical education may complete a concentration in nutrition promotion by following the requirements of this minor.

Occupational science -- For majors in all disciplines except occupational therapy.

Outdoor pursuits -- For majors in all disciplines except outdoor adventure leadership, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation

Recreation -- For majors in all disciplines except outdoor adventure leadership, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation

Sport and exercise psychology -- For majors in all disciplines except exercise science, sport and exercise psychology concentration

Sport studies -- For majors in all disciplines except sport management, sport media, and sport studies


Nutrition promotion -- Open only to health education and health education and physical education majors; see nutrition promotion minor

Sport and exercise psychology -- For majors in all disciplines except exercise science, sport and exercise psychology concentration

Applications for the minors and concentrations listed are available in the appropriate departmental office. Students who have majors in the school and are interested in completing any of these programs should work closely with their adviser and department chair to ensure timely graduation. Students considering a minor or concentration must abide by College policies and regulations for these programs.

In accordance with College regulations that relate specifically to minors, all departments in HSHP have determined that a course that is a requirement in a student's major and also a requirement in one of the above minors may count for credit to meet the requirements of both the major and the minor.

Departments reserve the right to limit enrollment in minors.

Teacher education students in any major may also apply for coaching certification.

Physical Activity, Leisure, and Safety

The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance maintains the physical activity, leisure, and safety (PALS) program, which offers a broad spectrum of skill courses designed to provide students with instruction at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels in physical activities that meet individual student interests and needs. Majors and nonmajors are encouraged to participate in PALS. More information about the PALS program can be found at the PALS website.
PALS Website

Special Courses of Study Available to HSHP Majors

Numerous programs, within HSHP and in other schools, assist HSHP majors in preparing themselves for a wide variety of vocational and avocational opportunities.

Liberal Arts (LA) and General Education Designations

The specific requirements for HSHP majors are described in the sections on those programs. Liberal arts (LA) distribution categories are as follows: fine and performing arts (FA), humanities (HU), natural science and mathematics (NS), and social and behavioral sciences (SS). More than 30 HSHP courses with School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) general education requirements are designated as 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, G, or H. For more information see the "General Education in Humanities and Sciences" section of this catalog.
General Education in Humanities and Sciences

International Study

HSHP students are encouraged to pursue international study. One option is the College's London Center, which features a seminar on the national health system in Great Britain and offers social service internships in health administration. In addition, the London Center offers a variety of courses in sport management and media during the school year and summer. Other options for international study include HINT 31300 Health Care and Culture: An International Field Experience and RLS 27700 Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management.

Students should consult with their faculty advisers well in advance to ensure that study abroad is scheduled as compatibly as possible with their professional courses at Ithaca and that they have established an adequate foundation for it through their Ithaca work. The staff of the Office of International Programs, 214 Center for Health Sciences, is also available to assist students in their planning.

Internships and Experiential Learning

Many of the programs in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance have degree requirements in which students must complete one or more field-based experiences. In all instances students will work with a faculty member to select and arrange appropriate experiences. Students are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation and housing associated with their placement. The Office of Experiential Learning, Smiddy 313, serves to coordinate contractual arrangements with sites, as well as insurance billing. Specific departmental requirements are as follows:

Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, and Department of Sport Management and Media: Students who wish to intern at specific agencies any time during the school year must file an application and receive approval from their major department before beginning the experience. Credit for time spent at an agency will not be given retroactively to students who have not received approval for or enrolled in an internship experience.

Department of Occupational Therapy and Department of Physical Therapy: Students in the degree programs of occupational science/occupational therapy and clinical health studies/physical therapy are assigned to clinical fieldwork and affiliation sites across the country at various points in their academic careers. These placements meet college accreditation and professional preparation requirements of the Accreditation Commission for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and the Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The College maintains contractual relationships with these clinical sites, and students are assigned to sites based on departmental policies and space availability.

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies: To secure approval to complete an internship, students must submit an application-for-internship form to the internship coordinator for their major. Students must meet minimum academic requirements as noted in the description of the program of study for their major. Internship placements meet professional preparation standards of the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Association for Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation, as well as the certification requirements of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and the National Recreation and Park Association. See the "B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation" section for more information on the professional practicum.
Therapeutic Recreation

Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Students complete a field-based learning experience during senior year. These field-based experiences may take place at external sites in the community or on campus in the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Course Offerings

In addition to the courses listed in this catalog, others may be offered on an experimental basis. Details of such courses are given in the Undergraduate Course Offerings for the semester in which they are offered. Students should consult the registrar's website for specific information on the schedule of all courses each semester.

Unless otherwise designated, courses are open to all Ithaca College students on a space-available basis, provided that the prerequisites for the course have been met.

Professional Eligibility

Many of the programs in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Because these credentialing processes are designed to protect the public from practitioners who are unqualified, unscrupulous, or unable to perform professional services adequately, credentialing agencies may bar individuals from subsequent credentials and/or practice. Activities that may exclude students from licensure and/or certification include, but are not limited to,

  1. conviction of, plea of guilty to, or plea of no contest (nolo contendere) to a felony or misdemeanor related to professional practice or public health or safety; or
  2. any physical, mental, or dependency condition that will or may interfere with the ability to practice the designated specialty.

Students should check with the relevant licensing or certifying agencies for requirements in this area early in their academic careers.