The APSM major will lead to a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in either Applied Physiology & Enterprise or Sport Management. Both concentrations require coursework in the physiological sciences and business.

The core curriculum introduces the discipline; establishes the scientific basis of health, fitness and human performance; introduces the business principles and skills necessary to establish and maintain a sports-related or fitness-related business; and familiarizes students with the legal and ethical aspects of the fitness, health and sport industries. The program culminates in a mentored senior project.

The two primary content areas of science and management are integrated by the organizing principle of evidence-based practice, which parallels the mission of the Simmons School to integrate theory, research and practice.


The Applied Physiology & Enterprise concentration will ensure that students are prepared to both develop research-based training methods in order to advise effective lifestyle prescriptions as well as design and manage fitness and health facilities for this rapidly growing aging population. The gateway course required to be considered for the major in APSM with a Applied Physiology & Enterprise Concentration is APSM 2441, Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab.

The course offerings within this concentration focus on holistic fitness and health outcomes and are formulated and presented around the central theme of evidence-based practice. This strategy endows students with the analytic skills necessary to evaluate and properly incorporate research results into professional practice. The Applied Physiology and Enterprise concentration provides students with the solid research foundation that is necessary for leaders, educators and practitioners in the prevention of chronic diseases that plague our society and cripple our health care budget.


Applied Physiology & Enterprise Concentration Courses
27 Credit Hours
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
APSM 2441 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 with Laboratory (Intro course for AP&E - Fall only) 4
APSM 2442 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 with Laboratory * (Spring only) 4
APSM 3351 Nutrition 3    
APSM 4349          Health Care: From Policy to Practice     3
APSM 4412 Advanced Exercise Physiology with Laboratory *** 4
APSM 5351 Fitness and Health Enterprise (Jr. Standing) 3
APSM 5610 Applied Physiology & Enterprise Internship (Sr. Standing) 6


APSM Core Curriculum for Applied Physiology & Enterprise
17 Credit Hours
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
APSM 3411 Exercise Physiology with Laboratory ** 4
APSM 3422  Biomechanics with Laboratory **   4
APSM 3340 Applied Management Skills in Sports and Fitness * 3
APSM 3332 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Fitness and Sport * 3
APSM 5300 Senior Project (Sr. Standing)
Pre-Reqs: STAT 2301 OR 2331

    * Pre-Req of APSM 2441
  ** Pre-Reqs of APSM 2441 and 2442
*** Pre-Reqs of APSM 3411

Free Electives - by faculty invitation only (1-3 credit hours)

APSM 5160, 5260, 5360 Teaching Practicum
APSM 5261, 5361 Research Practicum

Recommended Courses:

BIOL 1303Essentials of Biology OR
BIOL 1401 Introductory Biology
BIOL 3306 Physiology (Pre-Reqs BIOL 3304 and 3350)
PHYS 1307 General Physics I OR
PHYS 1313 Fundamentals of Physics
PHYS 1407 General Physics (Pre-Req MATH 1337 Calculus)
PSYC 3360 Health Psychology