Human Movement
& Performance

Study Human Movement and Performance at FSC and you’ll get a scientific, research-based foundation for understanding the inner workings of the human body and how it really moves.

Here, your courses and experiences will give you a keen understanding of the factors that impact human performance and how we can control those factors to achieve desired results.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC for Human Movement & Performance

  • Take advantage of world-class affiliations for possible internships.
  • Perform research studies and present your results at professional conferences.
  • Gain experience in our state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab.
  • Be fully prepared for the CSCS certification exam.
  • Collaborate with highly acclaimed faculty on research.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

We’re proud of the interactive environment we foster throughout the program. All of our classrooms and our Human Performance Lab feature the latest teaching technologies. Courses also let you apply your learning to real-world scenarios through labs, clinical experiences, research projects, study-abroad courses, internships, and numerous community-service projects

Course Information

Your coursework for the major spans all aspects of human performance—from anatomy and physiology to nutrition and sports psychology. In these courses, you’ll learn the theory and you’ll master its practical applications through things like:

  • Posture Analysis
  • 3-D Kinematic Motion Analysis
  • Video Gait Analysis
  • VO2 max and lactate threshold testing; and
  • Movement challenges

Related Majors

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

As an HMP major, you’ve got a number of organizations to support your interests and learning. We sponsor a chapter of Phi Epsilon Kappa, a national honors fraternity for people pursuing careers in human performance; as well as student groups affiliated with:

  • American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • Florida Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport (FAHPERDS)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • National Education Honorary Society (Kappa Delta Pi)

Internship opportunities

There are no limits to where you can get real-world, hands-on experience. Our students have interned at:

  • Orlando Magic
  • Nike Golf Academy
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • USA Gymnastics
  • USA Water Ski
  • National Training Center
  • Annika Academy
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Institute for Simulation and Training
  • Boeing
  • FSC Human Performance Lab
  • The Roberts Academy
  • Watson Clinic
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Webber International University
  • FSC’s varsity athletic teams
  • Local hospitals and specialty clinics

Start the Conversation
and Contact…

Sara Terrell
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Exercise Science


Program Requirements

Human Movement and Performance
Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 56 hours

BIO 2215

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 2216 Human Physiology and Physiology II
HMP/PED 2328 Games and Rhythmic Activities
HMP/PED 2380 Teaching Team & Individual Sports
HMP/PED 2575 Foundations of Physical Education
HMP/PED 2585 Care and Prevention of Injuries
HMP 2760 Nutrition for Performance
HMP/PED 3520 Motor Development
HMP/PED 3560 Functional Human Movement
BIO/HMP/PED 3575 Exercise Physiology
HMP 3735 Sport Psychology
HMP/PED 4508 Measurement and Epidemiology
HMP/PED/SPM 4510 Fitness and Prescription
HMP/PED 4710 Motor Learning
HMP 4725 Human Performance Research
HMP 4999 Applied Seminar
MAT 2022 Elementary Statistics
PED 2077 First Aid and Safety
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 16 hours
E. Total 124 hours

Course Descriptions

Two hours. History and philosophy of physical education, exercise science, sport and sub-disciplines within the field. Clinical experiences in schools, recreation centers, rehabilitation centers, fitness centers as well as several related facilities within the field of Physical Education and Human Movement Performance is required.

Two hours. This course is designed to introduce students to the recognition and evaluation skills of common injuries and their subsequent prevention. Emphasis will be on immediate care given to traumatic sports-related injuries. Classroom theory and research will be combined with practical skills and applications to provide an inclusive base of knowledge.

Two hours. The application of nutrition principles to improve health and enhance sport and physical activity performance. Gen Ed: Well

Four hours. This course examines the principles of motor development, including pre- and post-natal developmental stages, perceptual motor development, sensory development and basic motor skills. A practical understanding of the progression of these stages through the lifespan is explored through numerous activities and clinical experiences. Clinical experiences in the school system is a requirement, thus all students in this class MUST obtain proper fingerprint documentation from a local law enforcement agency.

Four hours. This course approaches human movement from a multiple-disciplinary perspective combining the broad tenets of kinesiology with a strong influence of biomechanical principles; the outcome is a practical understanding and working knowledge of how and why the human body moves, with emphasis placed on the internal and/or external forces that may be involved.

Four hours. Same as BIO 3575. The effects of exercise on human physiological systems. Students will use didactic and psychomotor skills in a laboratory setting to reinforce physiological principles.

Two hours. Understanding and application of the mental aspects of human performance. This course is applicable to undergraduate physical education majors and minors, psychology majors and minors, coaching majors and minors, athletes interested in improving their performance and anyone interested in the psychology of sport and human performance.

Four hours. This course explores the statistical techniques, test construction, and assessment tactics that are frequently used to understand human activity; while also applying basic principles of epidemiology to draw conclusions on how, when and where trends emerge. Gen Ed: Qn

Four hours. Prerequisites: PED/HMP 2575 and SPM 2174 or permission of the instructor. Specific principles, concepts and theories of strength training and conditioning and their applications to performance. Course will prepare students to take the CSCS certification exam.

Two hours. Prerequisites: HMP/PED 3520 or permission of the instructor. This course will provide students with numerous opportunities to explore a practical approach to understanding human movement: the connection between mind and body. Ongoing activities will assist the student in developing a keen understanding of how to apply motor learning principles in various settings.

Two hours. Prerequisites: HMP/PED 4508 and HMP 3520 or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to engage and mentor the student through a self-directed research topic in the broad scope of human performance. The student will perform an entire research study from conception and design to presentation and/or publication.

Four hours. Prerequisites: BIO 2209, BIO 2210, HMP 2575, HMP 2585, HMP 3520, HMP 3575, HMP 3735, HMP 3560, and HMP 4508 or approval by Chair of Physical Education Department. This course provides opportunities for students to observe and participate in various professional capacities related to Human Movement Performance. This course will serve as a capstone course for the Human Movement and Performance major and it will assist students in preparing to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam as well.