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Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Science Degree

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 major 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 the Course Descriptions page to the left.

Minor in Exercise and Sport Science

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. Students are required to complete a practicum in the Community Fitness Testing Program. Students are eligible for ACSM certification after completion of the minor.

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

Required Courses (14 hours)

  • EXSS 122       Lifetime Fitness and Physical Activity (3)
  • EXSS 350       Exercise Physiology and 350 Lab (4)
  • EXSS 385       Exercise Testing and Prescription (3)      
  • EXSS 398       Practicum in Fitness (1)      
  • EXSS 415       Personal Fitness Leadership (3)

Approved Electives (6 hours)

  • EXSS 330       Injury Management (3)
  • EXSS 340       Sport and Exercise Behavior (3)
  • EXSS 390       Strength and Conditioning (3) 
  • EXSS 400       Biomechanics and 400 Lab (4)  
  • EXSS 405       Exercise Testing and Prescription for  Diverse Populations (3)
  • EXSS 410       Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (3) 
  • EXSS 420       Exercise and Aging (3)
  • HPRO 347      Consumer Health Education (3) 
  • HPRO 404      Nutrition (3)
  • PSYC 423       Psychology of Aging (3)