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University of Northern Iowa School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services (HPELS)

School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services (HPELS) majors:

  • Athletic Training
  • Health Promotion
  • Leisure, Youth and Human Services
  • Movement and Exercise Science

Undergraduate minors and certificates are also available within the School of HPELS.

Admission Requirements

Students who are not directly admissible into their major upon transfer to UNI must indicate their interest in majoring in Athletic Training; Health Promotion; Leisure, Youth and Human Services; or Movement and Exercise Science. Students will need to complete the “Declaration of Curriculum” form and will need to check the option “I wish to continue as a student at UNI as a prospective major in (specific major).” Thereafter, students will be considered “prospective majors” and will be expected to attend departmental advising sessions.

Admission to each major is competitive and limited; therefore you must be sure to follow all guidelines listed.

We encourage you to consult closely with your Hawkeye Advisor as well as the UNI transfer advisor to ensure that you are completing all of the necessary coursework and admission requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

Students completing the Associate of Arts degree, following the specifications of the community college and meeting all conditions of the articulation agreement, will meet the UNI Liberal Arts Core (LAC) requirements with the following exceptions:

  1. CAPSTONE must be completed at UNI after transfer.

  2. A course in NON-WESTERN CULTURES must be completed either at the community college or at UNI.

    • CLS-130 African Cultures
    • CLS-141 Middle Eastern History and Culture
    • CLS-150 Latin American History and Culture
    • CLS-160 East Asian History and Culture
    • CLS-164 Japanese History and Culture
    • CLS-172 Russian Civilization
  3. FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT (for students graduating from high school or earning a GED in 1989 and later). Two years of the same high school foreign language are required with C- or better in the last term, or the student may take two semesters of the same foreign language in college with a C- or better in the second course. This requirement may be met by FLS-151 Spanish I and FLS-152 Spanish II.

Major Specific Courses and Requirements

These requirements are subject to change without notice. Please check with UNI for verification of courses.

Health Promotion Majors

Admission Requirements

  • Sophomore standing and a minimum GPA of 2.50.
  • Upon admittance to the major, students will select one emphasis area from the following options: Environmental Health: Science Intensive, Global Health and Health Disparities, Health and Fitness Promotion, and Women’s Health.

Women’s Health

Health Promotion Majors: Women's Health Course Equivalencies
Hawkeye Courses UNI Courses
WST-101 Women’s Studies WGS1040 (680:040) Women’s and Gender Studies: Intro
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology PSYCH 1001 (400:001) Intro to Psychology
PSY-262 Psychology of Gender Differences PSYCH 2201 (400:060) Psych of Gender Differences
PSY-261 Human Sexuality FAM SERV 1057 (31F:057) Human Relationships and Sexuality

Environmental Health: Science Intensive

Health Promotion Majors: Environmental Health, Science Intensive Course Equivalencies
Hawkeye Courses UNI Courses
BIO-112 General Biology I BIOL 2052 (840:052) Gen. Biology: Cell Structure and Function
BIO-113 General Biology II BIOL 2051 (840:051) General Biology: Organismal Diversity
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 1110 (860:044) General Chemistry I
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 1120 (860:048) General Chemistry II

Athletic Training Major

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours of observation of a certified athletic trainer by the March 1st deadline. At least 10 hours must be completed with a UNI AT preceptor.
  • Proof of physical exam within past 6 months.
  • Completion of application, essay, and interview.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Completion of, or enrollment in, AT 1010 (42T:023).
  • CPR certification for the professional rescuer.
  • First Aid Certification.
  • OSHA/Bloodborne pathogen certification (This must be obtained before beginning observation experience at UNI. This training is offered free of charge at UNI every semester.)
  • Technical standards form.
  • Criminal background check ($15).

It is strongly recommended that students have Hepatitis B shot prior to program entrance.

Transfer students must complete six semesters of athletic training at UNI once admitted into the program, with AT1010 (42T:023) Intro to Athletic Training ONLY being offered in the spring semester, thus students should transfer to UNI as soon as they are acceptable to UNI. It is recommended to transfer after one year at Hawkeye.

A student would need to take a total of 24 transfer credits with a 2.5 GPA during the summer and fall terms (a 3.00 is necessary to be competitive in this program). Students would then complete admission requirements at UNI.

Students should work with an advisor from both institutions in following this plan.

Course Equivalencies

Hawkeye's PEH-111 Personal Wellness is equivalent to UNI's HPLES 1010 (440:110) Personal Wellness

A&P I and II taken at Hawkeye DO NOT transfer to UNI as A&P I and II.

Leisure, Youth and Human Services Major ** -AND- Movement and Exercise Science Major ***

Admission Requirements

  • 2.00 or above cumulative UNI GPA.
  • 2.50 or above GPA in a minimum of nine hours of course work in the Division.
  • A grade of C (2.00) or higher in all courses applied to the major. If the student earns less than a C in a major course, they must retake the course within two semesters in order to apply it to the major.

In order to remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a cumulative major GPA of 2.50 or above.

** Leisure, Youth, and Human Services students are required to take a common core of courses with additional supporting courses in areas of professional interest. Students will work with their assigned advisor to develop an area of professional interest with appropriate corresponding Leisure, Youth, and Human Services supporting courses.

*** Upon admittance to the Movement and Exercise Science major students must select a focus area from one of the following options: Sport Psychology or Exercise Science.

Course Equivalencies

Hawkeye's PEH-111 Personal Wellness is equivalent to UNI's HPLES 1010 (440:110) Personal Wellness
Hawkeye's PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology is equivalent to UNI's PSYCH 1001 (400:001) Intro to Psychology

Recommended Courses

Students looking at Exercise Science could look into the coaching courses if they are interested in coaching. Students can also take two physical activity course (any course with PEA-XXX).

Students are suggested to take PSY-121 Developmental Psychology as a supporting elective.

Students may want to work on internship qualifications while at Hawkeye.

Internship Qualifications

To be eligible for the required internship for major, a student must have:

  1. Current certification in American Red Cross CPR PRO (Professional Rescuer), American Red Cross PDT (Prevention of Disease Transmission), and Child/Dependent Adult Abuse Mandatory Reporter Training.
  2. 500 hours of Professional Experience hours.

University of Northern Iowa Transfer Admissions Counselor

Danielle Weide
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