Exercise Sport Science Major

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Exercise 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.

First-Year

Fall

CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
EXSS 2750: Introduction to Exercise Science
INDI 1030: Health Care Teams
PSYC 1001: General Psychology*
EXSS 1100: Women's Fitness & Wellness

Spring

CHEM 1010 or 1110: General Chemistry
PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Fine Arts*
PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*

Sophomore

Fall

BIOL 2510: Human Anatomy
Math/Stats or Logic*
History & Literature or Language*
PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*

Spring

BIOL 2520: Human Physiology
FSNU 2200: Food, Nutrition and You or FCNS 3000: Nutrition
EXSS 2800: Measurement & Evaluation
EXSS 3350: Kinesiology & Biomechanics

Junior

Fall​

EXSS 3450: Exercise Physiology
EXSS 3750: Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
EXSS 3250: Sports Nutrition
INDI 4200W: Research Methods

Spring

EXSS3500: Strength Training and Conditioning
EXSS 3610: Motor Learning
EXSS 4300: Advanced Biomechanics
History & Literature or Language*

Senior

Fall​

EXSS 3550: Exercise Testing and Prescription
EXSS 4612: Fieldwork I
Liberal Arts Core*
Liberal Arts Core*

Spring

CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice*
EXSS 4614: Fieldwork II
Liberal Arts Core*
Liberal Arts Core*

Suggested electives​

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

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