Exercise and Sport Science

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Exercise and Sport Science

Physical activity is essential to good health, disease prevention and increasing human performance, and our popular and nationally recognized programs will help you be a leader in improving quality of life through safe exercise and organized sport.

Whether you want to be a physical education teacher, personal trainer or administrator for a professional sports team, we provide the theory and practical application for you to excel in a number of fitness careers.

Overview of EXSS Major

The Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS) major prepares students for careers in physical activity and fitness/wellness such as organizing, directing or managing physical fitness programs; personal trainer; fitness instructor; exercise physiologist; strength and fitness coach; and fitness entrepreneur.

The degree can also serve as preparation for applications to a master's level physical education teacher education program, medical school, a professional program in the allied health professions (e.g. physical or occupational therapy, nursing, physician assistant) or other graduate education.

Future Students

Current Students

Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Students interested in entry into professional schools of physical or occupational therapy, nursing, medical school, or physicians’ assistant should take the Pre-Therapy and Allied Health (PTAH) option of the EXSS major, which has entry standards that must be met after completion of 90 credits.

Career Options

*May require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify or certify for employment.

  • Clinical exercise physiologist*
  • Club or corporate fitness instructor
  • Fitness entrepreneur
  • Fitness program director
  • Nurse*
  • Occupational therapist*
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical education teacher*
  • Physical therapist*
  • Physical therapy aide
  • Physician*
  • Physician assistant*
  • Research and education*
  • Special educator*
  • Specialized careers in exercise, fitness, health and athletic fields
  • Strength coach
  • Strength physiologist*
  • Wellness/prevention program coordinator

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