Decker School of Nursing

Health and Wellness Studies: Courses

Health and Wellness Studies course offerings

Below is a list of courses offered by the Department of Health and Wellness Studies at Binghamton University. 

HWS 101: Learn to Swim (2 cr.)

Designed for individuals who cannot swim, whether from fear of the water or from lack of experience, or for individuals who have limited swimming ability. Progression from adjustment to water and floating to elementary strokes, other basic swimming and personal safety skills and elementary forms of rescue. Additional wellness concepts incorporated into the course as well.

HWS 103: Swimming Intermediate (2 cr.) 

For the person who is comfortable in deep water, but who wishes to perfect basic strokes and increase swimming endurance. Increases proficiency in the six basic strokes, from and back crawls, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke. The second half of the course includes distanced swimming and fitness through swimming. Continued emphasis on personal safety and elementary rescue skills, Introduction to other aquatic forms, e.g., snorkeling, surface dives, underwater swimming, board diving, sculling, and water sports. Proficiency in crawl stroke is required; substantial time spent swimming laps for endurance.

HWS 104: Swim for Fitness (2 cr.)

Englightens students about the value of swimming as a lifetime fitness activity. Emphasis is on swimming laps and learning how to get the maximum benefit from efforts. Specific areas covered are physiological principles, proper warm-ups, circle swimming, turning, and monitoring a workout via heart rate and/or the pace clock. Proficiency in crawl stroke required; substantial time spent swimming laps for endurance.

HWS 106: Aquatic Fitness (2 cr.)

Water aerobics and fitness at its' finest! A great water workout for students who want to rehabilitate an injury or learn how water resistance can improve muscle tone. This class can be adapted to fit individual needs based on level of ability. Shallow and deep water exercises are incorporated in addition to how functional fitness and psychological well-being can be improved.

HWS 110: Taekwondo (2 cr.)

Introduction to the martial art of Taekwondo. Basic self-defense techniques at the beginner level help to improve discipline, attitude and respect. Active participation and full attention are required. Students must purchase a standard uniform at the approximate cost of $35.

HWS 112: Love Thyself (2 cr.)

Helps female students set forth on the path to self-discovery while finding what makes them the women they are. Breaks down myths and misconceptions fostered by a culture that places extreme emphasis on women bodies, causing women to internalize messages about what society depicts as perfect. Examines how society has placed women in a dangerous social, emotional and spiritual position. Devises strategies to help women positively change the way they feel about themselves.

HWS 114: Karate (2 cr.)

Offers students a chance to enhance their self-development through the study and practice of Washin-Ryu Karate. In addition to a practical system of self-defense, karate provides mental and physical benefits, such as increased flexibility, coordination and stamina, better concentration, increased self-confidence and self-discipline. Individual progress, self-improvement and safety are stressed. With this emphasis, students of widely different abilities may benefit from the instruction, especially those who feel awkward or ill at ease in more competitive forms of physical activity. Students may be required to purchase a uniform through the instructor on the first day of class.

HWS 132: Adaptive, Corrective, and Rehabilitative (2 cr.)

ACR (adaptive, corrective and rehabilitative) physical education provides continuity for students in physical education class who, for medical reasons only, cannot continue participation in that class. Temporary or long-term injury or disability cases are assigned to this program by college physicians; adaptive, corrective or rehabilitative programs provided for each individual case. Recuperative exercise therapy is main area for concentration in ACR physical education.

HWS 158: Rape Aggression Defense for Women (2 cr.)

Rape Agreession Defense for Women is a comprehensive program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. Begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to hands-on defensive concepts and techniques. Culminates with a simulation exercise.

HWS 159: Women's Self-Defense (2 cr.)

While emphasizing non-violence, this class teaches techniques in physical and mental self-defense based on traditional karate. Development of confidence, discipline, concentraion, self-respect and respect for others. Executing proper blocking, dodging, falling, punching, kicking and submission techniques. Executing escapes and counter-attacks in response to various attacks and holds, Increasing physical strength and flexibility through systematic warm-up and cool-down exercises.

HWS 162: Tai-Chi (2 cr.)

Tai-Chi is a Chinese classical healing and therapy exercise. Its movements are slow and graceful. It is ideal for young and old because of its slow, smooth, easy movements and its health benefits.

HWS 200: Healthy Weight, Healthy You (2 cr.)

The purpose of this class is to look at all aspects of our lives that have an influence on our dietary and activity habits. In addition to analyzing these habits students will analyze their current dietary intake and make appropriate adjustments to the quantity and type of foods they are consuming. Utilizing the West Gymnasiums Fitness Center, students will also create a personalized fitness/activity program designed to promote weight loss (a combination of low intensity aerobic conditioning and resistance training to increase metabolic rate and daily caloric expenditure).

HWS 202: Scuba (2 cr.)

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) open-water diver course covers proper use of mask, fins, snorkel, and underwater breathing apparatus in the West Gymnasium swimming pool. Extra fee covers equipment usse and instructional materials. Open-water dives may be arranged at additional cost outside of class if certification is desired. Swimming profieciency is a prerequisite. Instruction in various environmental wellness issues is also discussed. Students must provide a medical release form indicating good health, particularaly freedom from cardio-respiratory problems. They are expected to bring a swimsuit to class on the first night.

HWS 205: Scuba - Advanced (2 cr.)

Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Standard Advanced Open Water Class certification. Independent study, classroom lecture, dive skills development in the pool and a weekend of five dives at an appropriate dive site. Instruction explores scuba diving in seven unique environments: deep diving, underwater navigation, multi-level diving, drift diving, boat diving, wreck diving and peak performance buoyancy. Prerequisites: Open Water Scuba Certification from a recognized scuba training agency. Extra fees for this course.

HWS 210: Men's Personal Wellness (2 cr.)

Introduction to men's wellness by exploring ideas and issues important from a male's perspective. Some of the life skills that will be addressed are physiological optimizing health of the body through exercise and nutrition; mental practicing skills in stress management, decision making and life planinning; psychosocial understanding self and relationship skills; and spiritual using core beliefs, purpose in life and transcendent connections to inspire high quality living. Medical concerns as they pertain to men will be covered.

HWS 211: Physical Fitness and Wellness (2 cr.)

Combines classroom lectures and discussion on fitness and wellness with participation in physical activities designed to develop muscular and cardiovascular fitness.

HWS 212: Wellness Through Aerobic Exercise (2 cr.)

Introduces a wellness lifestyle through the use of aerobic and group exercise. Cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition are the focus of the activity. Nutrition, stress management and holistic health are the focus of the wellness component.

HWS 213: Wellness Through Yoga (2 cr.)

Yoga is the philosophy of self-realization and self-transformation. Instruction and practice of various types of yoga (such as Hatha yoga, Ashtunga, Iyengar, Viniyoga, Yin/Yang and Thai) along with meditation constitute a large part of the course. Classroom discussions and short presentations delve into wellness topics such as nutrition, stress management and the psychology of development via a holistic approach to well-being. Each instructor tailors their teaching sections with specific yoga practices based on their unique education and training. Readings, papers and journals are required. See BU Brain for specifics on each section.

HWS 215: Wellness Through Weight Training (2 cr.)

Explores and uses various forms of training with resistance equipment, including free weights, machine weights and body resistance, to improve muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic anatomy and physiology of exercise are covered. Wellness issues are also discussed, including nutrition, fitness training principles, stress management and body composition. The activity portion is spent on developing muscular strength and endurance and using a self-designed weight training program.

HWS 216: Women's Wellness (4 cr.)

Introduction to women's health and wellness. Historical and contemporary perspectives are used to explore issues such as menstruation, menopause, childbirth, eating disorders and body image. Holistic health options are discussed as alternatives to allopathic treatments for many common health conditions. Enhances a woman's health and wellness by focusing on proactive health and increasing one's knowledge of a woman's body.

HWS 217: Running and Health Awareness (2cr.)

Proper body mechanics, equipment, care and prevention of injuries related to running, cardio-respiratory endurance, nutrition, heart disease and various aspects of health are presented. Several systems of training are addressed (long slow distance, interval training, speed play, pace training, hill training and rest).

HWS 218: Psychophysiological Awareness (4 cr.)

Develops awareness and appreciation of total human organism, teaches psychological aspects of mind vs. matter, mind vs. mind, imagination vs. reality (psychomatic disorders, etc.), powers of suggestion, meditation, relaxation, etc; physiological aspects of aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, oxygen debt, breathing, posture, body mechanics, muscular strength and endurance, nutrition and weight control, joing mobility, cardiovascular system and stress management.

HWS 219: Wellness Through Power Yoga (2 cr.)

Also known as Ashtanga Yoga, a high-energy flow series of classical yoga poses melded together in an uninterrupted flow of movement. The particular series taught is called yoga therapy, a vigorous practice designed to align the body and spine while building strength and flexibility. Classes include study/discussion segments on diet and health through the approach of Ayurveda, yoga philosophy and ethics, breathing and beginning meditation. Yoga mat is required.

HWS 220: Introduction to Triathlon Training (4 cr.)

This is a class for students interested in competing in their first sprint triathlon. Lecture topics will include nutrition, time management, strength training, and mental preparation. There will be one day per week of physical training for each discipline (swimming, cycling and running). Prerequisite: Students must be able to complete a full lap in a 25-yard pool without stopping.

HWS 221: Cycling - Mind/Body/Power (2 cr.)

Learn to incorporate the mind/body connection through the power of cycling. Using Trixster bikes, this total body workout introduces the concepts of interval training using endurance, power and strength. Experience the energy, motivation and mental wellbeing cycling can bring to your life. This course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate and advanced cyclists.

HWS 222: Marathon Training (2 cr.)

This course is designed for the dedicated runner who wants to train for a half marathon or marathon.  Lecture topics will address the importance of nutrition, running technique, time management, injury prevention, choosing the right running shoe and creating a plan for success.  Training programs will be designed to meet each individual's goals.

HWS 231: Pilates and Yoga - P.L.A.Y. (2 cr.)

Is a complete head-to-toe, no impact workout utilizing Pilates and yoga movements for muscular development of the core abdominals and erector spinae as well as the upper body, hips and legs. Pilates, founded by Joseph Pilates, is well-known in the dance/sports therapy world, is a unique system of strengthening and stretching to improve muscle tone, flexibility, posture and balance by integrating the mind and body through the breath cycle. Yoga postures (asanas) and movements (vinyasa) are blended as a complement to Pilates┬┐ control of movement, concentration, alignment and flow.  Health and wellness information includes nutrition and weight management, exercise execution for safety and risk management, and stress management.  All levels of conditioning are welcome to explore the fun of P.L.A.Y.

HWS 233/NURS 220: Stress Management (2 cr.)

This course explores stress management through practice and theory.  Topics will include recognizing stressors, the physiological and mental effects of stress, and the health of the individual due to prolonged stress responses.  A variety of stress management techniques will be discussed and practiced including exercise, nutrition, breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, meditation, and cognitive strategies like goal setting and time management. 

HWS 234: Intermediate Taekwondo (2 cr.)

Secondary instruction in the martial art of Taekwondo with a wellness component. Students perform at a higher and more demanding level, including cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and muscular strength. Nutrition concepts are integrated and encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle through Taekwondo. Prerequisities: HWS 110 or equivalent/higher ranking.

HWS 238: Classical Pilates (2 cr.)

Classical Pilates explores the mat, reformer and other apparatus from the work of Joseph Pilates for muscular development, flexible strength and stress release.  Joseph Pilates' system of exercise philosophy called Contrology is designed to use and control every muscle and neuron with movement.  Pilates Principles, terminology, anatomy and concepts are learned.  The main focus is on core stabilization with safe and effective technique for all moves to prevent injury.  Effective use of Fundamentals and modifications for all skill and conditioning levels will be explored from novice to advanced participants.  Wellness discussions will include:  lifestyle choices, change behavior, stress release/management, journal entries and text readings.  The emphasis is to take what is learned and apply it "off-the-mat" in performing everyday tasks, activities and daily posture to reduce stress both physically and mentally, embrace change and enhance happiness.  

HWS 250: Lifeguard Training (3 cr.)

Provides the necessary minimum skills to become certified as a lifeguard by the American Red Cross. Introduction to lifeguarding procedures, supervision, rescue techniques, swimming skills, facilities and spinal injury management. Provides practice of water skills, rescue techniques, swimming speed and conditioning. For lifeguard certification by American Red Cross, student must meet skill and time requirements and pass a written test. (Note: Adult CPR and Standard First Aid are additional requirements for certification by the American Red Cross, but are not offered in this course.) Prerequisites: Ability to swim 500 yards continuously using these strokes in the following order: 200 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing propellant kick (rhythmic breathing may be performed by breathing to eiter side or to the front); 100 yards of breaststroke; 200 yards of front crawl or breaststroke using rhythmic breathing (may be a mixture of front crawl and breaststroke); ability to swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of seven to ten feet, retireve a 10-lb. object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object.

HWS 256: Emergency Health Care (2 cr.)

Two components: Workplace Training and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Workplace Training is designed as a first-aid training program that gives individuals in the workplace the knowledge and practical skills necessary to prevent, recognize, respond to and provide basic care for injuries and sudden illnesses until more advanced medical personnel arrive on the scene. CPR for the Professional Rescuer is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for an emergency situation to sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of respiratory and cardiac emergencies for infants, children, and adult victims until more advanced medical help arrives. Successful completion of the two componenents of this course will result in Red Cross Certification in Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

HWS 300: Integrated Balance for Sports Performance (4 cr.)

This course in body smarts covers the principles of core training for functional movement, flexible strength and balance with coordination componenents, in two arenas of sports science and experiential based activity. The sports science will include: 1) anatomy and kinesiology of movement; 2) American College of Sports Medicine guidelines; 3) principles of integrated balance training; 4) functional training methods; and 5) safety and risk awareness. The experiential based activity has four main units: 1) mat work of Pilates and Yoga for flexible strength; 2) stability ball work for the continuation of stregnth and flexibility gains with the element of instability; 3) integrated balance challenge and reciprocal muscle innervation which allows for smooth coordinated movement quality via use of the BOSU; and 4) anatomy comparison and biomechanical differences. All units will fcus on core stabilization, strength, balance and coordination with safe and effective technique for all exercises/moves to prevent injury. The breath cycle, visual tracking, popprioception, reflexes, and vestibular system during exercise execution will be explored. While modifications in the exercise coninuum will be explored from beginner through advanced, this class is designed for the skilled fitness paricipant, athlete, student athletic trainer, the future physical therapist, personal trainer, or group exercise instructor. Permission of the instructor is required.

HWS 311: Water Safety Instructor (3 cr.)

Class time is divided among lecture, water work and practice teaching. All Red Cross skills through Level VII and Emergency Water Safety are included. Students are evaluated on personal skills, knowledge and teaching ability through periodic quizzes, written assignments, practical examinations and a final written examination. Instructor Candidate Training is taught concurrently with the WSI course. In addition to regular class hours, students are expected to observe and practice-teach in University classes and/or the Saturday morning chiildren's swim program. A list of required Red Cross textbooks is provided at the first class meeting. Prerequisites: students must be at least 17 years of age, have a current Red Cross Emergency Water Safety or Lifeguard Training Certificate and proficiency in six basic strokes equal to Level VI of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program and swimmer level skills.

HWS 325: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (4 cr.)

Introduces the student to basic concepts in athletic training. Emphasizes anatomical basis of mechanisms of common athletic injuries. Basics of injury prevention, recognition and initial care are covered. Laboratory time for practice of common taping and wrapping techniques is included so students may develop these practical skill competencies.

HWS 330/NURS 310: Human Sexuality (4 cr.)

Explores various aspects and topics related to sexuality; including sexual attitudes, gender roles, sexual orientations, communication and relationships. Discusses male and female anatomy and physiology and how this relates to contraception and STDs.

HWS 331/NURS 311: Contemporary Health Issues (4 cr.)

Explores health issues pertinent to a healthier lifestyle now and in the future. Explore the topics of nutrition, exercise, stress management, cancer, immunizations and sexuality issues, male/female anatomy, and contraception and STDs.

HWS 332/NURS 312: Nutrition (4 cr.)

Introduction to nutrition that focuses on planning a healthy diet by including balance, variety and moderation. In addition to essential nutrients, focuses on reading labels, making food selections to reduce the risk of disease, making healthful selections when dining out, weight management, avoiding harmful eating patterns and recognizing eating disorders.

HWS 333: Health, Human Behavior, and Society (4 cr.)

Explores the ramifications of lifestyle behaviors and their interrelationship with society. Examines educational levels and the scientific data that relates to the past, present and future health conditions. Allows each student to explore the nature and function of their own personal reality relating to lifestyle behavior. Students will study health/wellness strategies, the various dimensions of health: (physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual), the nature and consequences of health behavior and practices, moral and controversial concerns, corporate, religious and governmental influences, and what science and cultural observations have taught us relating to illness, freedom from illness and longevity.

HWS 336/NURS 313: Science and Application of Exercise (4 cr.)

This is an introductory course in the science and application of exercise. This course will be useful for students entering the fields of exercise science, physical education, nursing, physical therapy, nutrition, athletic training, medicine or other branches of health and science disciplines. The student will study how exercise alters the function and structure of the human body. This course allows the student the opportunity to learn and investigate the amazing changes that occur in the human body when exercise principles are applied.

HWS 338: Psych of Sport and Exercise (4 cr.)

Learn and understand major theories of psychology applied to the context of sport and exercise.  How do psychological variables either hinder or enhance physical experiences and performance?  Understand the dynamics of the interactions between athletes, parents, spectators and coaches.

HWS 339: Sport in Society (4 cr.)

This course explores the relationship of sports and culture, and how it impacts our ideas about masculinity, femininity, race and ethnicity, competition, aggression and violence, and relates these concepts to physical health and wellness in our society. Other associated topics examine how sport is connected with various spheres of social life such as family, education, politics, media and religion.

HWS 340: Substance Use Disorders and Treatment in Contemporary Society (4cr.)

This course provides an introduction to the physical, psychological, familial, and social aspects of substance abuse and treatment in contemporary American society. The chemistry, physiology, theories and stages of chemical dependency will be introduced and explored. Family systems theories related to substance abuse and treatment will be introduced, as well as various contemporary addiction treatment philosophies and practices. Further, the impact of substance abuse and treatment on broader society will be discussed, including, relevant history, issues of special populations, professional ethics, and the contributions of Self-Help and other social programs.

HWS 391: Practicum in College Teaching (Variable cr.)

Students serve as teaching assistants for a course offered through the Department of Health and Wellness. Not applicable toward General Education requirements. Intructor approval required.

HWS 393: Practicum in Sports Management (2 cr.)

Students serve as student manager for athletic team. Not applicable toward General Education requirements. Instructor approval required.

HWS 395/495: Internship (Variable cr.)

For students in a working/learning situation for the Department of Health and Wellness Studies or off-campus sports organization. Not applicable toward General Education requirements. Instructor approval required.

HWS 397: Independent Study (Variable cr.)

For students who wish to study a topic related to health and wellness. Instructor approval required.

HWS 410: Pathophysiology of Nutrition-Related Disease (4 cr.)

This course will examine the physiological and metabolic actions of nutrients and non-dietary modalities and their contribution to acute and chronic diseases. There will be an emphasis on understanding the biological mechanisms through which improper and proper nutrition affect psychological and physical health. In addition, the course will reinforce oral skills and help students demonstrate their acquired knowledge through two oral presentations.

Last Updated: 10/4/16