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Biobehavioral Health

An innovative department that explores health issues in an integrated way and considers their many biological, social, cultural and environmental factors. A biobehavioral health degree offers a strong foundation for students interested in epidemiology, psychology, genetics, public health, human development, health promotion and human service, and for those interested in pursuing biomedical research or attending medical school.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

A national leader for more than 70 years in preparing professionals to address the prevention and rehabilitation of speech, language and hearing problems. The major draws on linguistics, acoustics, psychology and anatomy. Undergraduate students typically go on to graduate study and to gain professional certification and licensure. Graduates hold professional positions in hospitals, clinics, schools and other settings.

Health Policy and Administration

Allowing students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complex societal problem of providing access to quality health care at a reasonable cost. In addition to obtaining management or policy positions in the healthcare industry, HPA students are prepared for graduate study in business, law, medicine, health administration, health services research or policy and public health.

Hospitality Management

Home of one of the most prestigious and well-respected programs of its kind in the nation. By combining a broad educational foundation with “real-world experiences” and other opportunities for students to hone their leadership, business and communication skills, the School of Hospitality Management and its predecessor programs have equipped students and alumni with the skills they need to become the leaders of their chosen professions for 80 years.

Human Development and Family Studies

Teaching students how people and families develop biologically, psychologically and socially. Students learn how the family, the workplace, the community and the larger culture affect and are affected by the individual. The program prepares students to work in areas such as child care, aging, family services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, health services and other human service fields. Graduates also are in demand in human resource management.


Offering a comprehensive program of study in the science of human movement and designed for students who want to prepare for professions involving physical activity: athletic training, exercise physiology, fitness appraisal, exercise prescription, biomechanics, motor control, sport psychology, sport history, teaching and coaching.

Nutritional Sciences

One of the most respected programs of its kind in the nation, nutrition offers a versatile program that serves as a stepping stone to a wide variety of careers in nutrition, foods and health, or to further education in graduate and professional schools. Nutrition majors study how the body uses nutrients for growth and development and how needs change throughout life.

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

The program offers an undergraduate degree with three options – commercial and community recreation management; golf management; and outdoor recreation – and graduate degrees in leisure studies that help prepare students for a plethora of career opportunities in park agencies and recreation/leisure service.