Exercise and Sport Sciences Majors

Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences

 The ESS major requires a minimum of 53 credit hours (14 courses). Students will choose one of two tracks: health and fitness or sport medicine. A five-course Core is common to both tracks, plus a minimum of six emphasis courses. Each track offers some flexibility for students to develop an individual plan of study with the guidance of their academic advisors. It is strongly recommended that ESS majors with a health/fitness track specialization take an in-field certification test in the spring semester of their senior year. Appropriate certifications include, but are not limited to, the CSCS certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, the health / fitness instructor certification from ACSM and the personal trainer certification from NASM.

ESS Core Requirements

SPST 120Introduction to Exercise and Sport Sciences4
SPST 241Motor Learning4
SPST 246Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise4
SPST 311Sport and Exercise Physiology4
SPST 340Psychology of Sport & Exercise 14
Total Credits20

Additional Requirements for the ESS Health/Fitness Track

BIOL 203Intro Biol:Molecules and Cells4
BIOL 341Human Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BIOL 342Human Anatomy and Physiology II 14
SPST 291Internship Seminar1
SPST 314Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Nutrition4
SPST 343Measurement and Evaluation in Sport & Exercise4
SPST 455Science of Strength and Conditioning 34
Select four credits of health/fitness skill-based courses, for example:4
Modern Dance I (THEA 101)
First Aid
Elective Activities
SPST 390Internship4
or SPST 445 Research Methods in Sport Studies
Total Credits33

Total credit hours required for B.S. degree in exercise and sport sciences, health/fitness track is 53 credits

Additional Requirements for ESS Sports Medicine Track

BIOL 203Intro Biol:Molecules and Cells4
BIOL 341Human Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BIOL 342Human Anatomy and Physiology II 14
SPST 245Emergency Procedures in Sports Medicine4
SPST 291Internship Seminar1
SPST 373Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation with Lab4
SPST 343Measurement and Evaluation in Sport & Exercise4
or SPST 445 Research Methods in Sport Studies
SPST 474Physical Examination and Assessment with Lab4
SPST 485Internship in Sport Studies2-4
Total Credits31-33

Total credit hours required for B.S. degree in exercise and sport sciences, sports medicine track is 53 credits