The mission of the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness is to promote academic rigor and sound practice as it relates to health, wellness, fitness, sport management and sport performance leadership.
The Wellness program offers two courses- Personal Responsibility and Wellness I and Personal Responsibility and Wellness II which completes the University Curriculum requirement. The wellness courses reflect the University's philosophy that a balanced education should enhance the social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of students.
The Applied Physiology and Sport Management program includes a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Sport Management (APSM) with concentrations in Applied Physiology & Health Management, Sport Management and Sport Performance Leadership.
In addition to the B.S. program, the APW department offers a M.S. in Sport Management, a M.S. in Health Promotion Management and a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology. We also have three research laboratories: the Locomotor Performance Lab, the Simmons Applied Physiology/Biomechanics Lab and the Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory.
A Message from the Chair
The Wellness program offers classes that reflect the University's philosophy that a rounded education should enhance the social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of students. All department offerings challenge students to think critically about whom they are and the decisions they make. They encourage an attitude of lifelong comprehensive wellness and teach skills to deal with potential imbalances in lifestyle. Although the Department offers a variety of Wellness classes, two in particular are important to all undergraduate students; as part of SMU's University Curriculum, PRW 1101 (PRW 1) and PRW 2000 (PRW 2) are required for graduation.
PRW 1 is a one credit hour course required for graduation. The course is designed to strengthen the connections between the student and the University, and explore three sets of issues related to well-being in college and later in life: (1) the role of personal responsibility in coping with college and life’s other transitional periods; (2) challenges and opportunities at SMU, including managing time, stress, benefiting from diversity and autonomy, dealing with pitfalls related to alcohol and drugs, and exploring resources and activities on campus; and (3) personal finance to enable students to make informed decisions about managing money, using credit cards, and making major purchases, whether during their time at SMU or later in life.
Extensive research supports that regular physical activity is essential for health and vitality. Students at
SMU will take PRW 2: Physical Fitness: A variety of individual and group fitness courses will be
available to students with each course containing central core objectives and student learning outcomes
based on health-related fitness components. In both cases, students work with instructors to establish
personal goals and a fitness plan for the semester.