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Exercise and Sport Science

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 physiology provide a scientific basis for human movement, while courses in areas such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport/exercise psychology, 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 medical-related fields (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation).
  • Students will complete their undergraduate education with a fullsemester supervised internship that aligns with their career goals.
  • At the completion of academic study, students will be prepared to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine’s exam, a nationally-recognized certification exam recognized as a key credential in the job market. 
  • There are exciting opportunities to gain hands-on skills and abilities in state-of-the-art exercise science. 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 CCU such as the chance to work with a variety of populations in the areas 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

 Graduates of the program move on to careers in the fitness industry, corporate wellness, and physical rehabilitation to name a few examples.


Greg Martel, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Williams-Brice 111

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