Purdue University
Sport and Exercise Psychology

Undergraduate Program:

Undergraduate students at Purdue University have the opportunity to include sport and exercise psychology coursework as part of a variety of undergraduate majors in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, including movement and sport science, applied exercise and health, and athletic training. Undergraduate students in other related fields are also welcome to take coursework in sport and exercise psychology based on availability and course requirements.

Undergraduate Courses in Sport and Exercise Psychology

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HK 372 Sport and Exercise Psychology I

This course focuses on the social and psychological factors related to participation in sport, exercise, and physical activity. The class explores both (a) how social and psychological factors influence participation and performance in physical activity, and (b) how sport, exercise, and physical activity participation affects psychological well-being. Topics include personality, socialization, learning and feedback, stress and coping, self-perceptions, motivation, and psychological methods for enhancing personal development and physical performance. This course includes both lectures and hands-on laboratory experiences.

HK 472 Sport and Exercise Psychology II

This is an advanced undergraduate course in sport and exercise psychology, covering new topics and placing special emphasis on the application of psychological principles in sport and exercise settings. Students explore the social and psychological factors related to exercise participation and peak sport performance. Main topics include exercise and psychological well-being; body image and self-presentational concerns; exercise addiction; theories of motivation; group dynamics; leadership and communication; team building; peak performance; and psychological skills and methods for performance enhancement. HK 372 is a prerequisite for this course.

HK 496/HK 490 Independent Inquiry in Movement and Sport Sciences/Independent Study

HK 496 and HK 490 are designed to provide an experiential learning activity for undergraduate students. HK 496 is for upper-level movement and sport sciences majors. All other students should apply for HK 490. In both of these courses, students participate in research activities in a faculty mentor's laboratory for one semester. Research activities include reading and critically discussing research articles; developing research questions and hypotheses; collecting, managing, and analyzing data; and presenting the findings of the research project at the conclusion of the semester. Students work with a supervising faculty member in one of the movement and sport science sub disciplines including: biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, motor development, sport administration, sport history, sport philosophy, sport/exercise psychology, and sport sociology. If you are interested in pursuing HK 496 studies with Dr. McDonough in sport and exercise psychology, please contact her. Because this course involves one-on-one mentorship by a faculty member, space in this course is very limited, so you are advised to contact Dr. McDonough well in advance to discuss and apply for this opportunity. An application form can also be found here. Completion of HK 372 is required prior to HK 496 in sport and exercise psychology, and is strongly recommended prior to HK 490.