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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 psychology provide a scientific basis for human movement, while the major courses in areas such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport/exercise psysiology, 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 for entry into health 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 a nationally-recognized certification exam recognized as a key credential in the job market (American College of Sport Medicine's Health Fitness Specialist).
  • 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 Coastal Carolina University 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:

  • Fitness Industry:  Fitness leader, personal trainer, fitness equipment, salesperson, or center manager.
  • Corporate/Employee Wellness:  Wellness coordinator, exercise physiologist or fitness director.
  • Physical Rehabilitation:  Physical therapist, cardiac rehabilitation specialist or occupational therapist.
  • University/College:  Strength and conditioning coach, campus fitness director or laboratory coordinator.


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