Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS)
The Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS) prepares students for entry into the dynamic and growing field of the movement sciences. Students in the EXSS program 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 and
fitness programs for individuals who are healthy and with controlled disease. They are skilled in evaluating
health behaviors and risk factors, conducting scientifically-based fitness assessments in laboratory and field
settings, 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 and
programs in which their clients participate in movement and fitness-related activities. Students are also well
prepared for graduate or advanced study in the allied health, sport, or medical-related fields.
The program's foundation courses provide a scientific basis for human movement, while the major
coursework introduce the students to a multidisciplinary approach to the study of exercise and sport science.
All program coursework aligns with the recognized professional competencies through the American College
of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Students may focus and tailor their study for entry into the fitness industry
(e.g. fitness instructor, personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach) or graduate/advanced study in allied
health or medical-related fields (e.g. physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, chiropractic). The program
culminates with a full semester internship experience in the field. Completion of the program prepares
students to sit for the national credential of ACSM Health Fitness Instructor certification.
A web page for this new program is currently under construction.