Exercise and Sport Science Major

As an exercise and sport science major at St. Kate’s, you build skills to work in a variety of settings. You'll study topics such as biomechanics, exercise physiology (how the body responds and adapts to exercise), fitness training, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), performance analysis and sports medicine.
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready sit for national certification exams to become an American College of Sports Medicine-Certified Health Fitness Specialist and a National Strength and Conditioning Association-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

You will also be prepared to take a host of other certification exams and pursue graduate school in a variety of health related disciplines.

Below is a sample academic plan. You can work with an advisor to tailor the courses to your interest.

CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
EXSS 2750: Introduction to Exercise Science
INDI 2220: Medical Terminology
PSYC 1001: General Psychology*
LANG/LIT: Foreign language or literature course*

CHEM 1010 or 1110: General Chemistry
PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
HIST: History course*
LANG/ART: Foreign language or fine arts course*

BIOL 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I
EXSS 1030: Health, Fitness and Lifestyle Issues or EXSS 1000: Activity Class Series
PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*

BIOL 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II
FSNU 2200: Food, Nutrition and You or FCNS 3000: Nutrition
EXSS 2800: Measurement and Evaluation
EXSS 3350: Kinesiology and Biomechanics
MATH/STATS: Mathematics/statistics course*

EXSS 3450: Exercise Physiology
EXSS 3650: Methods for Fitness Professionals
EXSS 4602: Internship I
EXSS 3250: Sports Nutrition

EXSS3500: Strength Training and Conditioning
EXSS 3610: Motor Learning
EXSS 3750: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
EXSS 4300: Advanced Biomechanics

EXSS 3550: Exercise Testing and Prescription

CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice*
EXSS 4604: Internship II

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

Suggested electives

Students are encouraged to take elective courses in business administration and/or additional internship experiences.