About the Program

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

B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science

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 get more information about the EXSS major, please view the University Catalog or visit Course Descriptions

Exercise Science Minor

The exercise 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.

For more information about the EXSS minor, please view the University Catalog.

Sport Coaching Minor

The Department of Kinesiology is committed to the education and development of amateur sport coaches who can lead a positive and quality athletic experience. The sport coaching minor prepares future coaches to make sound decisions in the development, implementation, and evaluation of sport programs commensurate with their competitive level. The curriculum consists of theoretical and practical experiences from a variety of disciplines, providing candidates the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully guide athletes and programs.

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. 

For more information about the EXSS minor, please view the University Catalog.


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EXSS Major & Minor: Jakob Lauver, Ph.D.

Phone: (843) 349-2715
Email: jlauver@coastal.edu
Office: Williams-Brice 111
Department Chair

Sport Coaching Minor: Sandra Wilson

Phone: (843) 349-2457
Email: swilson@coastal.edu
Office: Williams-Brice 109
Associate Professor