Exercise and Sport Science
Description of the major:
The exercise and sport science program provides students with a well-rounded background in the human movement sciences. Students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to lead others in the area of health-enhancing physical activity and movement. The program's foundation courses in areas such as biology, anatomy, chemistry and physiology provide a scientific basis for human movement, while courses in areas such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport/exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, strength and conditioning, and motor behavior introduce students to the multidisciplinary study of movement.
The student experience:
- There is rapid growth in the fitness/wellness industry, sport sciences and allied health care professions. This growth creates a need for graduates with specialized training and a wide variety of exciting career opportunities.
- Students may focus their study to prepare for direct entry into the health/fitness industry (e.g., exercise physiologist, corporate fitness, personal trainer), for graduate/advanced study in the sport sciences (e.g., sport psychology, biomechanics, exercise physiology), or medical-related fields (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation).
- Students will complete their undergraduate education with a full-semester supervised internship that aligns with the student's career goals.
- At the completion of academic study, students will have the opportunity to sit for the American College of Sport Medicine's Certified Exercise Physiologist exam, a nationally recognized certification exam recognized as a key credential in the job market.
- There are exciting opportunities to gain hands-on skills and abilities in the state-of-the-art exercise science laboratory. Students can become involved in the community fitness testing program or assist faculty in research projects.
- The local region offers unique opportunities for professional development while studying at CCU such as the chance to work with a variety of populations in the area of health, fitness and rehabilitation. The explosive growth in fitness/wellness and physical rehabilitation centers in the region provides numerous opportunities for exercise and sport science students.
Beyond the classroom:
Graduate of the program move on to careers in the fitness industry, corporate wellness and physical rehabilitation, to name a few examples.
For more information:
- Greg Martel, Ph.D., department chair, 843-349-2957 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also find more information at: www.coastal.edu/academics/colleges/science/departments/kinesiology