Sports and Exercise Studies Program

The program is designed to prepare students for careers with school and university athletic programs, community sports organizations, private and public fitness and recreation programs, and multipurpose facilities. The Sports and Exercise Studies curriculum will provide students with an opportunity to study Sports and Physical Fitness without seeking teacher certification. This major will allow students to pursue career goals related to fitness center operations or in the marketing of sport/exercise products.  The capstone activity for Sport and Exercise Studies majors is a 100 hour internship that requires the student to perform as an entry level employee in either a fitness center or a retail marketing placement.

OPPORTUNITY FOR CERTIFICATION – The demand for qualified and knowledgeable fitness professionals is and will continue to be on the rise due to an aging population and rising obesity rates. Our students have an opportunity to graduate with a certification whereas most other programs require the student to seek certification on their own after graduation.  This allows our students to enter the job market immediately once certification is obtained. 

      For students who are looking to continue on to a graduate program securing a certification will help to build a resume and allow opportunity to obtain professional work experience.

HANDS-ON WORK EXPERIENCE – Students who work with the Rio Grande Risk Reduction Program are able to put the knowledge, skills and abilities that have been learned in the classroom into practice with “real-life” clients and gain valuable experience in working with individuals of the general population that they will likely encounter in the job market.

SMALL-CLASS SIZE – This allows students to get a lot of individual instruction and experience working with the equipment used in laboratory activities.

PROGRAM ALIGNMENT – The SES curriculum aligns with the Multi-Age PE program which allows students the opportunity to easily migrate from one program to the other.  This helps meet the needs of our students.


 Student is able to:

Analyze human movement skills, diagnose errors, and then prescribe modifications that will enhance the effectiveness of movement skill performance.

Student is able to:

Describe the manner in which humans learn and control the performance of movement skills.

Student is able to:

Plan and evaluate the STATUS of athletes or clients in the cognitive and sychomotor domains by SELECTING suitable test, ADMINISTRATING the tests, SCORING the tests, and USING THE RESULTS to assess the client's current status.

Undergraduate Study

As a Sports and Exercise student, you will receive extensive training in physiology anatomy, and the biomechanics of movement. You will study movement and sport, learn how the physical self is tied to the emotional/psychological self, and see how the state-of-mind can effect the physical being.

 Undergraduate Majors:

The Multi-Age Licensure area has specific General Education requirements.  Also required are Professional Education and Curriculum Content areas.  Students electing to pursue the Multi-Age Licensure program may select one program from three program offerings: Music, Physical Education, and Visual Arts.

For more information about the undergraduate programs residing in the exercise science and sport studies department, contact Jeff Lanham at (740)245-7485 or the Admissions Office at (740)245-7218 or 1-800-282-7201.

Graduate Majors:

  • Athletic Coaching Leadership

Description of the Program: The primary goal of the Athletic Coaching Leadership (ACL) concentration is to provide well-qualified coaches for all levels of sports programs. The ACL strives to address the diverse needs of the coaching profession and respond to the changing needs of prospective and practicing coaches. The ACL will not be sport specific. It will continue to develop appropriate sport and situation specific program content to ensure the enjoyment, safety and positive skills development of America’s coaches.

Bachelor of Science - Sports and Exercise Studies    
General Education Required Courses:       42 Total Hours
  Course # Course Description Year Offered Grade Prerequisite
COMMUNICATION SKILLS (9 Semester Hours)        
  COM 11103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication   F SP SU    
  ENG 11103 Composition I   F SP SU    Placement Test
  ENG 11203 Composition II   F SP SU   ENG 11103,C
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION (2 Semester Hours)        
  HPE 10101 Human Wellness & Physical Fitness   F SP SU    
  HPE   (Choose 1 **Activity Course)   F SP SU    
ARTS & HUMANITIES (9-10 Semester Hours)        
Group I - Choose one          
  ART  10303 Art Appreciation   F SP    
  MUS 10403 Music Appreciation   F SP    
  FPA 10503 Fine Arts   F SP     
Group II - Choose one        
  ENG 24103 Literary Imagination   F SP   can take w/ ENG 11203
  HUM 20103 The Humanities   F SP    
  PHR 21103 Philosophical Inquiry   F SP    
Group III - Choose one        
  HIS 13103 World Civilization I   F SP    
  HIS 13203 World Civilization II   F SP    
SOCIAL SCIENCE (9 Semester Hours)        
  SSC 11103 Introduction to Social Science   F SP    
  PSY 11103 General Psychology   F SP    
Group I - Choose one          
  ATH 12103 Anthropology   F SP    
  HIS 12203 American History II   F SP    
  POL 11103 Am. National Government   F SP    
LIBERAL ARTS (Required for all entering Freshmen)  (1 Semester Hour)        
  LA 10101 Freshman Success   F SP      
MATHEMATICS & NATURAL SCIENCE (12 Semester Hours)        
  MTH 21404 Introductory Probability and Statistics   F SP   Placement Test
  BIO 11404 Principles of Biology   F SP SU    
  CHM 10404 Principles of Chemistry   F SP SU   Placement Test
Advisor's Comments:        
Date Advisor Comments        
Bachelor of Science - Sports and Exercise Studies (7441)    126 Total Hours
  Course # Course Description Year Offered Grade Prerequisite
General Education Must Include:  (10 Semester Hours)        
  PSY 21103 Human Growth and Development   F SP   PSY 11103
  CS 10103 PC Applications   F SP    
  BIO 30404 Human Anatomy and Physiology   F SP   BIO 11404 & CHM 10404
Selected Minor and Personal Electives:  (29 Semester Hours)        
Major Area Required Courses:  (45 Semester Hours)        
  HPE 10403 Introduction to Sport & Exercise Professions   F SP    
  HPE 24302 Safety & First Aid   F SP    
  HPE 25201 Treatment of Athletic Injuries   F SP    
  HPE 26202 Drug Education      SP    
  HPE 32403 Evaluation of Human Physical Performance   F   MTH 21404
  HPE 36203 Nutrition for Sports & Exercise   F     SU    
  HPE 34403 Introduction to Biomechanics      SP   BIO 2/30404
  HPE 41403 Physical Education for Exceptional Childeren      SP    
  HPE 40403 Exercise Physiology   F   BIO 2/30404
  HPE 48403 Administration of Physical Activity Programs   F    
  HPE 43403 Motor Learning      SP    
  HPE 49804 Sports and Exercise Internship   F SP   Senior standing
Choose one          
  HPE 15103 Team Sports I   F    
  HPE 16103 Team Sports II      SP    
Choose one          
  HPE 22201 Officiating Softball/Baseball   F    
  HPE 22301 Officiating Basketball   F    
  HPE 22401 Officiating Volleyball      SP    
Choose one          
  HPE 25302 Coaching Football   F even    
  HPE 25402 Coaching Basketball   F    
  HPE 25502 Coaching Track and Field      SP    
  HPE 25602 Coaching Baseball and Softball   F    
  HPE 25702 Coaching Volleyball   F    
Choose 5 ** Activity Courses        
  HPE 11601 Golf   F SP    
  HPE 12401 Badminton   F SP    
  HPE 13301 Racquetball   F SP    
  HPE 13401 Weight Training      SP    
  HPE 19801 Walking for Physical Fitness   F SP    
  HPE 11101 Archery   F SP    
  HPE 11201 Beginning Swimming   F SP    
  HPE 11301 Intermediate      SP    
  HPE 11701 Swimming for Physical Fitness   F SP    
  HPE 11901 Folk and Social Dance      SP    
  HPE 12501 Gymnastics I      SP    
  HPE 11401 Lifeguard Training      SP