School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
- Athletic Training Major — B.S.
- Clinical Health Studies Major — B.S.
- Exercise Science Major, Clinical Exercise & Wellness Concentration — B.S.
- Exercise Science Major, Medical Sciences Concentration — B.S.
- Exercise Science Major, Sport Sciences Concentration — B.S.
- Exercise Science Major, Strength & Conditioning Concentration — B.S.
- Health Care Management Major — B.S.
- Health Sciences Major — B.S.
- Occupational Science Major — B.S.
- Occupational Therapy Major — M.S.1
- Outdoor Adventure Leadership Major — B.S.
- Public and Community Health Major — B.S.
- Speech-Language Pathology Major — B.S.
- Therapeutic Recreation Major — B.S.
- Clinical Health Studies/Physical Therapy, B.S./D.P.T., six-year program1
- Exercise and Sport Sciences — M.S.1
- Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy, B.S./M.S., five-year program1
- Speech-Language Pathology — M.S.1
Teacher Education Programs
- Health Education (Teaching) Major — B.S.
- Physical Education (Teaching) Major — B.S.
- Health Education and Physical Education (Teaching) Major — B.S.
- Speech-Language Pathology with Teaching Certification, M.S.1
For more information, see the Ithaca College graduate catalog.
HSHP Pre-Health Professions Program — First and Second Year Students Only
As an alternative to being directly admitted to one of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP) professional majors, a student may be admitted to the HSHP Pre-Health Professions Program. The Pre-Health Professions Program is offered for students who are interested in careers related to health, health care, exercise, leisure, health or physical education, or wellness but are uncertain of the professional major they want to pursue. Students enrolled in the program must participate in mandatory advising prior to course registration each semester and complete a course in the Fall semester of the first year which provides an introduction to the health professions. The program is not degree bearing; it is a temporary classification only. After one semester in the program, students are free to apply for transfer to professional majors in HSHP or another school of the College. Transferring into any major is not guaranteed and depends upon capacity, student academic performance, and other department-specific transfer requirements. Students are expected to apply for transfer to a major by the conclusion of their fourth semester or by the time they have earned 60 credits. They must be admitted to a major at the College before their junior year. To ensure meeting these deadlines, students should begin their efforts to decide on a major by spring of freshman year and no later than fall of sophomore year. For more information visit the HSHP Pre-Health Professions Program website.
Minors and Concentrations
- Coaching Minor
- Communication Disorders Minor
- Deaf Studies Minor
- Exercise Science Minor
- Health Minor
- Health Policy and Management Minor
- Nutrition Promotion Minor
- Occupational Science Minor
- Outdoor Pursuits Minor
- Recreation Minor
- Sport and Exercise Psychology Minor
Coaching — For majors in all disciplines. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Communication Disorders — For majors in all disciplines except speech-language pathology. See Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Deaf Studies — For majors in all disciplines. See Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Exercise Science — For majors in all disciplines except exercise science and athletic training. See Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training.
Health — For majors in all disciplines except public and community health. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education
Health Policy and Management — For majors in all disciplines except health care management. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Nutrition Promotion — For majors in all disciplines except health sciences - food and nutrition emphasis. See Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Occupational Science — For majors in all disciplines except occupational therapy. See Department of Occupational Therapy.
Outdoor Pursuits — For majors in all disciplines except outdoor adventure leadership and therapeutic recreation. See Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
Recreation — For majors in all disciplines except outdoor adventure leadership and therapeutic recreation. See Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
Sport and Exercise Psychology — For majors in all disciplines. See Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training.
- Clinical Exercise & Wellness - Open only to exercise science majors
- Strength & Conditioning - Open only to exercise science majors
- Sport Science - Open only to exercise science majors
- Medical Science - Open only to exercise science majors
Requests for the minors and concentrations listed should be made through IC Workflow. Students who have majors in the school and are interested in completing any of these programs should work closely with their adviser and department chair to ensure timely graduation. Students considering a minor or concentration must abide by College policies and regulations for these programs. Students may only select ONE minor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education. Departments reserve the right to limit enrollment in minors.
In accordance with College regulations that relate specifically to minors, all departments in HSHP have determined that a course that is a requirement in a student’s major and also a requirement in one of the above minors may count for credit to meet the requirements of both the major and the minor. However, departments do have the right to place limitations on how much overlap between major and minor coursework is permissible. Students should work with their faculty adviser or minor adviser to determine which courses can be counted as both major and minor courses.
Teacher education students in any major may also apply for coaching certification.
Integrative Core Curriculum
The Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) is Ithaca College’s liberal education program, which contributes, along with students’ curricular experiences in the major, elective offerings, and out-of-class experiences, to achieving the College’s expectation that Ithaca College graduates should become integrative thinkers, critical and analytical problem solvers, and reflective learners. To achieve these expectations, students completing the ICC will:
- Address a topic, issue, problem area , or human challenge using a combination of concepts, theories, and/or methods from multiple perspectives or fields of study;
- Apply concepts, theories, methods, or skills to analyze new questions or complex problems; and
- Engage in and communicate self-reflection about their learning in the Integrative Core Curriculum, their chosen major discipline, and their overall Ithaca College experience.
Requirements of the ICC
|Themes and Perspective Courses||12|
Creative Arts (CA)
Natural Sciences (NS)
Social Sciences (SO)
|Complimentary Liberal Arts 1||12|
|Academic Writing I (or ICSM 10800 or ICSM 11800)|
Writing Intensive (WI)
Quantitative Literacy (QL) 2
|ICC Capstone (CP)||0-3|
Please check individual majors/programs for their specific CLA requirements.
Some QL courses may require a certain math placement score as a prerequisite.
At the end of each semester, students who show outstanding academic achievement are placed on the dean’s list. To be included on the dean’s list in HSHP, a student must meet all of the following criteria:
- earn a minimum grade point average of 3.70,
- complete a minimum of 15 credits, of which at least 12 are graded (not pass/fail or Satisfactory/D/F option), and
- have no final grades of D, F, or I (incomplete).
HSHP Undergraduate Course Grade Appeal Policy
HSHP follows the general Ithaca College policy on grade disputes and students’ right to petition, described in the “Academic Information” section of this catalog. See Credit and Grade Information and Academic Affairs Information.
Each student assumes responsibility for presenting all the facts and circumstances concerning a grade appeal. For the procedures for an HSHP undergraduate course grade appeal, see the policy on the “For Current Students” section of the school’s website.
Academic Status Policy
The general academic status policy of HSHP follows the College guidelines for warning, suspension, and dismissal, set out in the “Academic Affairs Information” section of this catalog.
To meet minimum College academic standards, a student must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA and pass at least 24 credits of coursework in any consecutive 12-month period. Students enrolled full-time must also complete 12 credit hours in a semester. This policy applies to all students in the school, in addition to other standards specifically established by individual programs, except that the requirement of 24 credits with a passing grade in a consecutive 12-month period does not apply to part-time students. Special academic status policies exist for most majors in HSHP.
A student who fails to meet any of the minimum GPA and credit-hour standards stated above and who is not suspended or dismissed will be placed on academic warning. Any student returning to the College after suspension or dismissal for academic reasons will also have this warning status for the first semester of reinstatement.
A student on warning must earn removal from this status by meeting all of the minimum requirements at the end of the following semester. Where a grade deficiency exists, the student must attain a semester GPA sufficiently above the 2.00 standard to result in a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 by the end of the following semester.
Suspension and Dismissal
Failure to meet the standards necessary for removal from warning after one semester will render the student subject to suspension or dismissal from both HSHP and Ithaca College.
After an official warning, a student may be dismissed from a degree program for failure to make satisfactory progress toward degree completion. Such a student may be admitted to another degree program in the school or College and will have one semester in which to become enrolled in another major or be subject to suspension from the College.
A student will be suspended (rather than dismissed) only when it appears reasonably likely that previous weaknesses will be remedied and minimum requirements will be attained through the student’s successful completion of prescribed remedial measures during suspension. A suspended student is eligible to resume academic work in the school only at the time and under the conditions specified in their letter of suspension.
A student who is dismissed by HSHP will not be readmitted to one of the school’s programs under any circumstances.
The College’s policy regarding attendance applies to students’ class absences in HSHP. Professors, however, have discretion in interpreting and implementing this policy. Students who wish to participate in extracurricular or cocurricular activities that may necessitate absence from class should discuss the possibility of absences with their instructor at the beginning of the semester. The course syllabus should be consulted for the attendance policy of a particular class. Students should be certain that they fully understand each instructor’s position on absence from classes. For more information see the College’s attendance policy in the “Academic Information” section of this catalog. See the "Registration and Course Information" section of this catalog.
Transfer into the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Both internal and external transfer applicants are selectively admitted into HSHP. All students intending to transfer should first contact the department in which their intended major is offered. Those transferring from another Ithaca College department must meet with the appropriate HSHP department chair or designee. Students from other institutions are encouraged to call ahead to arrange for a similar meeting when they visit the College. Satisfactory academic performance is the major requirement for acceptance. On request, a list of courses recommended for potential transfer students is available from the chair of each department or the transfer coordinator for the Department of Physical Therapy.
General Requirements for Internal and External Transfer
The following requirements must be met by students transferring from within Ithaca College. Students transferring from other institutions must satisfy these requirements in addition to the requirements for admission to Ithaca College.
- The professional requirements in most programs in HSHP demand a precise sequencing of courses. For this reason, early transfer into a program is encouraged. A late transfer may require a student to attend summer sessions or defer graduation. Ithaca College students who wish to transfer into any particular department may complete a change of major/concentration form on IC Workflow. Submitting a change of major/concentration form does not guarantee admission into a degree program.
- To be admitted to a degree program in HSHP, it is generally required that the student have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and have completed at least 24 credit hours in the preceding 12 months. However, most degree programs are much more competitive than this and may have other requirements that students must meet, aside from GPA, to be considered for admission.
Specific Departmental Transfer Requirements
Specific departmental transfer requirements for the following programs exceed the general requirements.
Athletic training: For the athletic training major, a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall, and a 3.00 GPA in the specific requirements of the major is required. Additionally, selected courses need to be completed by that time, with no grade below C- in any of those courses. Transfer into athletic training is limited to available openings and is highly competitive. Students must declare and receive approval to change their major to athletic training prior to the start of their sophomore year. On completion of required sophomore courses, the student is reviewed for admission into the athletic training major. For sophomore review criteria, see the “Exercise Science and Athletic Training” section.
Health promotion and physical education: Admission to the following majors requires a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50: health education, health education and physical education, and physical education. Additionally, these majors require a 2.75 average in required EDUC, PHED and HLTH core courses specified in applicable special academic status policies, with no grade below C in any of these courses.
Occupational therapy: Internal and external transfer applicants are considered for entry after the first semester of the first year and as late as the end of the second semester of the sophomore year when space permits. Applicants seeking transfer into the occupational science/occupational therapy (OT) program should have a 3.0 minimum GPA and grades of C or better in all required prerequisite courses, including biology and chemistry. They should have completed a total of 57 credits applicable to the occupational science degree or be in a position to do so by the end of the fourth semester. Early transfer is encouraged. Students transferring at the end of the sophomore year must have completed all coursework and be eligible to register for the required junior-level courses outlined in the program curriculum guidelines. Students interested in transferring into the department are encouraged to contact the department for an advising appointment as early as possible to receive a list of specific prerequisite courses and assistance in academic planning. Students interested in transferring should refer to the transfer application process outlined at "Transfer Opportunities". Transfer into the occupational therapy program is limited to available openings.
Physical therapy: Internal transfer applicants are considered for entry after the first semester of the first year and as late as the end of the second semester of the junior year when space permits. Applicants seeking to transfer into the clinical health studies/physical therapy program (D.P.T.) should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a 3.00 or better in natural science coursework. If student is being considered for entry into the program during the junior year, student must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better by the end of the spring semester. Students must be in a position to complete all specified prerequisites by the end of the sixth semester. Applicants must also be in a position to complete all Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) requirements and a minor before entering the professional phase of the program. Specific information on transfer admission requirements — including requirements relating to nonnative speakers, letters of recommendation, and clinical experience — is available from the Office of Admission or the physical therapy department website.
Recreation and leisure studies: Applicants seeking transfer into this department should have at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA and no grade below C- in any course offered by the department. Acceptance to department programs is also based on a composite of other factors, including interest, proficiency, practical experience, and leadership potential in the leisure, recreation, and park profession. Internal and external transfer applicants are considered for entry as late as the end of the second semester of the sophomore year. Earlier transfer is encouraged to facilitate timely graduation. Exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion of the chair.
Speech-language pathology and audiology: Students who are currently enrolled at Ithaca College are welcome to transfer into the speech-language pathology major. It is recommended, but not required, that students transfer prior to beginning the sophomore year. Transferring after the second semester of the first year may extend the student’s program of study by at least one year. Requirements for transfer into this department include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and no grade below C- in any speech-language pathology and audiology course completed. In addition, students must meet all college and departmental requirements for satisfactory academic standing.
Transfer Credit for Occasional Study at Another Institution
HSHP students may take courses at another accredited college or university for transfer credit, provided prior written permission for the credit has been obtained. Petition forms for transfer credit are available on IC Workflow and must be fully completed, submitted, and approved to secure such credit. For regulations on transfer credit, see the "Credit and Grade Information" section of this catalog.
Students who consider taking courses elsewhere should be aware that their last 30 credits must be taken at Ithaca College. This requirement is waived only in very special circumstances. For regulations concerning the petition for waiver of the senior credit requirement, see the “Graduation and Program Regulations” section.
The curricula of most degree programs in the school involve expenses not covered by tuition for the academic year. These may include the cost of summer tuition, liability insurance, books, off-campus housing, transportation, and equipment. At a minimum, such costs apply to summer internships or placements and clinical education as follows:
- Athletic training majors must pay for malpractice liability insurance as juniors and seniors, as must some interns in the clinical exercise and wellness, and strength and conditioning concentrations.
- Exercise science students are responsible for transportation, housing, and all other costs associated with their fieldwork and internship placements. Depending on the scope and nature of the placement, some students must also pay for malpractice liability insurance.
- Clinical health studies/physical therapy (D.P.T.) majors must pay tuition and other expenses associated with 7 credits of coursework during the summer prior to the senior (fourth) year. They must pay additional tuition for 4 credits of clinical affiliation during the summer following graduate year 1 and 6 credits of clinical affiliation during the summer at the end of the final year, in addition to other associated costs for each clinical affiliation (room, board, transportation, and liability insurance).
- Heath care management majors must pay tuition, room, board, and other expenses associated with the internship credits if they are taken over the summer following the junior year.
- Health education and physical education students must pay room, board, and other expenses associated with student teaching placements.
- Health sciences and public and community health students must pay room, board, and other expenses associated with fieldwork and internships.
- Occupational science/occupational therapy majors must pay tuition for 5 credits of coursework, room, board, and other expenses during the summer following the junior (third) year. Occupational therapy majors must pay additional tuition for 6 credits of fieldwork during the summer before and 10 credits of fieldwork following coursework in the graduate year, and they are responsible for associated room, board, book, transportation, liability insurance, and other expenses. They are also responsible for the cost of transportation and liability insurance during practicums in their last two undergraduate years and during their graduate study and fieldwork.
- Speech-language pathology and audiology majors are responsible for the cost of malpractice liability insurance and for transportation costs associated with off campus clinical placements.
- Outdoor adventure leadership and therapeutic recreation majors are responsible for the cost of liability insurance when enrolled in fieldwork and internship courses. Outdoor adventure leadership majors are responsible for purchasing their personal outdoor gear. Occasionally, students are charged an additional one-time fee to cover course expenses related to equipment, facility rental, certification fees, or travel.
For more information see “Expenses” in the “Financial Aid” section.