Psychosocial Aspects of Sport & Coaching

The Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Coaching major offers students a chance to explore a variety of factors that impact performance. Students will learn how to apply health, exercise, physical activity and psychological principles to human performance, understanding both the physical and psychological foundations and outcomes. These courses will teach students how to best influence positive performance and facilitate growth in sport and other performance or exercise venues. This major is intended to prepare students to pursue graduate level degrees in the fields of sport psychology, exercise psychology, and exercise science.


Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport & Coaching


Major Requirements

The major in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport & Coaching consists of 50 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Courses

  • PXS 1200 Weight Training Techniques (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 2400 Nutrition (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2500 History and Philosophy of Sport (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2600 Motor Learning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2900 Principles of Physical Conditioning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3120 Biomechanics (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3080 Sport Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3200 Motor Development (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3920 Internship (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 4150 Research Seminar (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 4200 Psychology of Coaching (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4920 Internship (2 s.h.)
  • PSY 2040 Lifespan Development (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3410 Abnormal Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3300 Psychological Counseling (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3360 Health Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4050 Measurement & Evaluation or MAT 2220 Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • ATP 2300 Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare (3 s.h.)

Note: PSY 1010 is a prerequisite for the required psychology courses. It is recommended that you take this as your general education requirement.

Elective Courses

Choose 9 s.h. from the following:

  • BUS 2430 Management and Organization (3 s.h.)
  • ENP 3100 Growing a Business (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2090 Sport Pedagogy I (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3100 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3470 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3550 Experimental Psychology (4 s.h.)
  • PSY 3610 Social Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3950 Memory and Cognition (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 4050 Theories of Personality (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 4310 Principles of Learning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2170 First Aid/CPR/AED (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 2800 Exercise Management (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2860 Human Physiology & Survey of Diseases (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3060 Adapted Physical Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3300 Behavior Management in Physical Education & Health Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3400 Sport Pedagogy II (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4000 Health & Fitness Management (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4110 Instructor Training in Strength & Conditioning (3 s.h.)
  • SMA 3400 Sport Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3600 Race & Ethnic Relations (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3750/OCL 3750 Small Group Communication (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3830 Gender and Society (3 s.h.)
  • WEL 2180 Concepts of Fitness & Nutrition (3 s.h.)

Note: Some courses require prerequisites that are not listed here.


Minor Requirements

The minor in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Coaching is designed to offer students from various majors the chance to further explore factors that impact athletic or other performances. Current or former athletes, coaches, or avid exercisers may be interested in pursuing this minor to help their own performance or because they want supplemental knowledge to provide them an advantage in their own field of study. This minor will teach students practical and applicable information they can use to help themselves or others now and in their future.

The minor in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Coaching consists of 18 s.h. distributed as follows:

  • PXS 2600 Motor Learning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2900 Principles of Physical Conditioning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3080 Sport Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3200 Motor Development (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4200 Psychology of Coaching (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3300 Psychological Counseling (3 s.h.)

Note: PSY 1010 is a prerequisite for the required psychology courses. It is recommended that you take this as your general education requirement.


Certificate Requirements

The certificate in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Coaching is an advantage to those students who are interested in the field, but have limited funds, time or elective hours to allow for a minor or major. These classes provide students with information that can be utilized to improve their own and others' performances now and in their future. Rather than randomly selecting classes to fill a schedule, students will have the chance to receive a certificate to demonstrate a more directed study into this field.

The certificate in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Coaching consists of at least 12 s.h. distributed as follows:

  • PXS 2600 Motor Learning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3080 Sport Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3200 Motor Development (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4200 Psychology of Coaching (3 s.h.)

Program Faculty & Staff

John Herring

Chair, Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 630-7365
Kyrstin Krist, Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

Dr. Kyrstin Krist

Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 480-8452
Dr. Gray Lipford, Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

Dr. Gray Lipford

Assoc. Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 630-7450
Jamie Robbins, Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

Dr. Jamie Robbins

Asso. Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 480-8517
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