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B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science

The exercise and sport science major grounds students in the movement sciences, which promotes improvements in health, fitness, and/or performance for the physically active. Recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the program prepares students to use science within exercise and human movement disciplines. Graduates may immediately begin an exciting career in exercise science.

What you'll study
Core coursework provides foundational knowledge in kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology and much more. Expert faculty members teach you motor learning, exercise prescription with a lab, along with strength and conditioning and adapted physical education. Your courses and internships are directly applicable to the work setting.

How you'll learn more
The exercise science major gives students the opportunity to explore the movement sciences and directly apply practical skills. Students will have challenging and rewarding practicum experiences with a physically active population, such as sports performance clinics, fitness centers, the Special Olympics, hospital settings, and NSU's strength and conditioning centers.

Where it can take you
Graduates in sport science will be ready to work as an exercise specialist, fitness and wellness coordinator, sport performance researcher, and strength and conditioning specialist. Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or pursue similar certifications. You may also advance into professional graduate programs in exercise sciences and other fields, such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior.

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The exercise and sport science major provides students with a foundation in the movement sciences, which promotes improvements in health, fitness, and/or performance for the physically active.

Curriculum

Pursuing a minor can deepen your knowledge in a discipline related to your major or enable you to explore a field outside your major area of study and diversify your skills. Speak with a faculty member in your program to determine which minor(s) can support your academic, professional, and personal goals.

Exercise Science Minor (for non-exercise and sport science majors)

The exercise science minor is designed to provide students with a foundation and theory base in the movement sciences for the physically active. Additionally, the program offers courses for the student who is interested in the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological aspects of human function in response to exercise and physical activity. The primary goal of this program is to supplement academic knowledge for students to study in the exercise science sub-disciplines (biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior) and promote entry into professional programs. The minor is available to PALS (day) students only. This minor can be combined with any major and minor except the exercise and sport science major. When combining this minor with the athletic training major, a minimum of 8 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward the major.

Exercise Science Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Core Courses (10 credits)

  • ATTR 1400 Health and Fitness (3 credits)
  • ATTR 2400 Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
  • EXSC 3820 Exercise Prescription with Lab (4 credits)

Minor Electives (8 credits)
Select 8 credits from the following courses:

  • ATTR 2300 Sports Nutrition (3 credits)
  • EXSC 3700 Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • EXSC 3740 Exercise Physiology with Lab (4 credits)
  • EXSC 3760 Biomechanics of Human Movement with Lab (4 credits)*
  • EXSC 4100 Adapted Physical Education (3 credits)*
  • EXSC 4220 Motor Learning with Lab (4 credits)*

*Athletic training majors are required to select only these elective courses to complete the minor requirements.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

Are you planning to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in a related field of study? Consider NSU's Dual Admission Program, which enables qualified undergraduates at the College of Health Care Sciences to secure early acceptance into one of the university's competitive graduate and professional degree programs.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career.

4 Year Plan of Study