Chairperson: "Beez" Lea Ann Schell, Ph.D.
Email: beezschell AT adams DOT edu
Telephone: (719) 587-7271    
Professor(s): "Beez" Lea Ann Schell, Ph.D.; Tracey Robinson, Ph.D.   
Assoc. Professor(s): N/A   
Asst. Professor(s): Megan Suer, M.S.; Aaron Tuioti-Mariner; Jeremy Yeats, A.B.D.; Brian Zuleger, Ph.D.   
Instructors: Peggy Johnson, M.S.   

Through undergraduate and graduate programs, the Department of Human Performance and Physical Education at Adams State University is dedicated to preparing knowledgeable practitioners and leaders in the areas of sport, exercise, fitness, physical education, coaching, sport psychology, and sport management. In addition, the department is focused on effectively preparing students for graduate schools and professional programs in the health and allied health fields. Our small class sizes, highly qualified faculty, and personalized advising sessions are demonstrative of our department’s dedication to student learning.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education (K-12) at Adams State prepares students to seek Colorado teacher licensure in Physical Education. Courses in the program emphasize content knowledge and pedagogical skills (the art of teaching) necessary to become an effective Physical Education teacher at the K-12 level. Many students in this program also choose to pursue a minor in Coaching. In addition to small class sizes and qualified instructors, the program provides several opportunities to work directly with students in local schools districts.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at Adams State prepares students for graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Exercise Science, and Athletic Training. The Exercise Science degree also prepares students for careers in strength and conditioning, personal training, and health and fitness instruction. In addition to traditional classroom settings, students are given many opportunities to conduct a variety of fitness-related experiments in the Human Performance Laboratory.

Sport is a multi-billion dollar industry that reaches all across the globe. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management at Adams State prepares students to pursue graduate study or careers in professional, semi-professional, not-for-profit, and community sport programs. Specific careers include directing athletic programs, managing recreation and sport facilities, coordinating public relations and marketing for sport teams and organizations, and sports information. In addition to a broad range of courses, students engage in a hands-on practicum that provides for a "real world" experience in the sport management realm.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Psychology at Adams State combines Human Performance & Physical Education with Psychology. The degree offers students the opportunity to learn more about psychological concepts and apply these to a sport context as well as develop an understanding of sport and exercise psychology. Our program increases student understanding of:

  • sports participants, environments, and group processes
  • performance enhancing techniques such as goal setting, imagery, and self-talk

Please refer to the psychology section of this catalog for information.