Exercise and Sport Science - BA, BS

The exercise and sport science major is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). St. Kate's is one of the few programs in the Midwest and the only one in the state of Minnesota that has attained this accreditation. The St. Kate's exercise and sport science major will help build a practical framework for careers in a variety of settings and serve as preparation for continued education at the graduate level. Students will learn about exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, biomechanics, sports medicine, performance analysis, and behavioral health. Women's health and wellness issues are now moving to the forefront of research, education and practice. As a women's institution, St. Kate's is on the leading edge of this trend.

A major in exercise and sport science can prepare students for careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physicians' assistant, nutrition, health promotion, fitness consulting, cardiac rehabilitation, coaching, research, athletic training, sporting equipment design/sales, sports psychology, and corporate fitness and wellness. 

During the spring semester, exercise and sport science majors have the chance to work as personal trainers. This 10-week experience, part of the EXSS 3550 Exercise Testing and Prescription with Lab course, includes conducting fitness assessments and exercise testing, and prescribing an exercise regime for participating faculty and staff members.

St. Kate's exercise and sport science majors have access to a tremendous range of fieldwork sites. Students will work with their advisor to develop a fieldwork that meets their career goals. Fieldwork experiences include fitness centers, corporate health, personal training and physical therapy rehabilitation centers, just to name a few.

See also: Applied Science in Exercise Science, Exercise Science and Nutrition, Pre-Physical Therapy

This major is offered in the College for Women only.


EXSS 2650Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science1
EXSS 2800WIntroduction to Research Methods in Exercise Science4
EXSS 3200Health Behavior Psychology4
EXSS 3350Kinesiology and Biomechanics with Lab4
EXSS 3400Foundations of Sport Psychology4
EXSS 3450Exercise Physiology with Lab4
EXSS 3500Methods of Strength Training and Conditioning4
EXSS 3550Exercise Testing and Prescription with Lab4
EXSS 3615Motor Learning and Motor Control4
EXSS 3750Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries2
EXSS 4612Fieldwork2
EXSS 4614Fieldwork4
EXSS 4850Capstone1
REQUIRED First Aid/AED, CPR Certification
Total Credits42
Supporting Courses
BIOL 2610Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
BIOL 2620Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
CHEM 1110General Chemistry I with Lab4
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
FSNU 3250Sports Nutrition2
IPE 1030Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology2
IPE 2800Healthcare Teams: Opportunities and Challenges in Aging4
IPE 4200WHealthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice4
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Total Credits36

Exercise and sport science majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors and the fourth writing requirement in EXSS 2800W Introduction to Research Methods in Exercise Science and IPE 4200W Healthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, and CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice).

The exercise and sport science major is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)