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Exercise and Sport Science

The Department of Kinesiology offers the B.S. in exercise and sports science and two minors: exercise science and sport coaching. Learn more below.

Bachelor of Science in EXSS

Through coursework, research, and practice, the Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (EXSS) prepares students for entry into this dynamic and growing field. Students in the EXSS major acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities of effective beginning professionals. Students study scientific and foundational content of human movement, engage in scholarly inquiry, ‌and apply knowledge and theory to practice.

Graduates of the EXSS program are trained to assess, design, and implement individual and group exercise programs for healthy individuals as well as those with chronic disease. They are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. The exercise and sport science professional has demonstrated competence as a leader in university, corporate, commercial, or community settings in which their clients participate in movement and fitness-related activities. They are also prepared for advanced study in allied health or medical-related fields (e.g. physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation). Students will complete their undergraduate education with a full-time internship experience (9-12 credit hours) and will be prepared to sit for a nationally recognized certification exam (ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist).

To view course information for EXSS, please visit Course Descriptions or view the University Catalog »

Exercise Science Minor

The exercise and sport science minor provides students with essential skills and knowledge to successfully enter the growing fitness industry. The minor combines the scientific background with the hands-on experiential skills necessary to effectively lead fitness programs for individuals and groups in public, private, corporate or commercial settings. Some required courses may have prerequisites. The minor requires a 'C' or better in all coursework applied to the minor.

The following courses are required to fulfill a minor in EXSS:

Required Courses (14 hours)

  • EXSS 122    Lifetime Fitness and Physical Activity (3)
  • EXSS 350    Exercise Physiology and 350/Laboratory (4)
  • EXSS 385    Exercise Testing and Prescription and 385/Laboratory (4)  
  • EXSS 415    Personal Fitness Leadership (3)

Approved Electives (6 hours)

  • EXSS 310    Exercise and Sport Nutrition (3)
  • EXSS 330    Injury Management (3)
  • EXSS 340    Sport and Exercise Behavior (3)
  • EXSS 390    Strength and Conditioning (3) 
  • EXSS 400    Biomechanics (3)  
  • EXSS 405    Exercise Testing and Prescription for Diverse Populations (3)
  • EXSS 410    Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (3) 
  • EXSS 420    Exercise and Aging (3)
  • PSYC 410    Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 423    Psychology of Aging (3)
  • PUBH 304   Nutrition (3)
  • PUBH 347   Consumer Health Education (3)

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 20

Sport Coaching Minor

The sport coaching minor prepares students for the coaching profession on the youth recreational, interscholastic and intercollegiate level by aligning with the national standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education at Level 3, intermediate coach. Evidence of current CPR/first aid certification must be presented prior to beginning the coaching practicum. To successfully complete the sport coaching minor, students must:
1. Complete the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Coaching Principles course and earn ASEP certification 80 percent and above (part of KRSS 497).
2. Earn a minimum grade of ‘C’ in each of the courses required in the minor.
3. Provide evidence of current CPR/first aid certification (part of EXSS 330 and a prerequisite to KRSS 497).
4. Provide evidence of professional coaching disposition that aligns with effective coaching practices (part of KRSS 497).

The following courses are required to fulfill a minor in EXSS:

Required Courses (18 hours)

  • KRSS 222    Functional Kinesiology and Sport Conditioning (3)
  • EXSS 330     Injury Management (3)
  • EXSS 340     Sport and Exercise Behavior (3)
  • KRSS 301    Coaching Pedagogy and Management (3)
  • RSM 456      Principles of Administration in RSM (3)
  • KRSS 497    Practicum in Sport Coaching (3)

Approved Electives (3 hours) (minor coordinator approval)

  • EXSS or RSM course(s) at the 300 or 400 level or additional courses(s) from the following:
  • PUBH 340   Drugs in Society
  • EDPE 290    Adapted Physical Activity
  • PSYC 410    Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC 301      Gender and Society
  • SOC 305      Sociology of the Family

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 21