The Sport and Exercise Studies program is designed to prepare students for entry-level roles in Sport and Exercise Studies profession including: Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Fitness Coordinator, Group Fitness Instructor, Specialty Instructor, and Sport Coach. The core curriculum includes Teaching Exercise Techniques, Advanced Training Concepts, Sport Injury Care, First Aid, CPR/AED, Fitness Management, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Fitness and Wellness Coaching, Exercise Testing, Exercise Prescription and Program Design, technical electives, and practicum field experience. The program prepares students to take a variety of nationally recognized and accredited Personal Training and Group Fitness Instructor certifications.

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED equivalency/approved PSEOP student
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • Eligibility for MATH-1000 or higher (MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I or MATH-1530 College Algebra)
  • PE-1000 Personal Fitness or PE-1010 Personal Strength Development or verification of personal training certificate or previous exercise training experience.
  • Verification of having completed a 4-8 hour observation where the candidate "shadows" a Fitness Professional in their work environment. See details in application packet.
  • GPA required: 2.0 Admissions Requirement, 2.0 overall

    Other Information

  • Criminal background check required.
  • Students with a BCI record are not guaranteed acceptance into the program, a practicum site, or employment in a health career field.
  • Students may need to complete additional requirements depending on their chosen practicum site.
  • The following courses are recommended for students transferring to a four-year college/university: 
    BIO-1500Principles of Biology I4
    BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I4
    BIO-2341Anatomy and Physiology II4
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Elementary Probability and Statistics I
    College Algebra
  • The following courses are recommended for students not transferring to a four-year college/university:
    BIO-1050Human Biology3
    BIO-105LHuman Biology Laboratory1
    SES-2010Exercise and Movement Anatomy3

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Demonstrate proficiency interpreting exercise pre-participation health screenings and performing industry-standard health and fitness assessments.
  2. Effectively demonstrate and safely teach a variety of exercise modalities.
  3. Effectively design, implement, supervise, and evaluate exercise prescriptions and programs based on client’s assessment results, needs, goals, and interests.  
  4. Effectively educate, motivate and communicate healthy lifestyle behavior modifications.
  5. Perform safe and ethical practices in a variety of health and fitness-related settings within industry standards.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of planning and administering effective fitness, recreational, sport, and wellness activities and programs. 
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics as they relate to human movement, exercise and sport.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
SES-1001 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Studies 2
SES-1040 Teaching Exercise Training Techniques 3
Select one of the following: 4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Principles of Biology I 1  
HLTH-1100 Personal Health Education 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 1
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation  
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation  
Standard First Aid and Personal Safety  
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
MATH-1xxx 3 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
SES-1201 Fitness and Wellness Coaching 3
SES-2000 Essentials of Sports Injury Care 3
SES-2310 Advanced Training Concepts and Techniques 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Anatomy and Physiology I 2  
Exercise and Movement Anatomy  
 Credit Hours15-16
Third Semester
SES-2100 Sport and Exercise Physiology 3
SES-2210 Exercise Testing, Measurement, and Evaluation 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Anatomy and Physiology II  
Fitness and Exercise Studies Elective  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication  
Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
Honors Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Semester
DIET-1200 Basic Nutrition 3
SES-2130 Kinesiology: Fundamentals of Human Movement 3
SES-2220 Exercise Prescription and Program Design 3
SES-2840 Practicum: Sport and Exercise Studies 2
SES-xxxx Fitness and Exercise Studies Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours60-62

Technical Electives

Select from the following courses to fulfill Sport and Exercise Studies elective:

SES-1100Fundamentals of Fitness and Sport Management3
SES-2300Personal Training Certification Preperation3
SES-2320Group Fitness Instructor Certification Preperation3
SES-2330Motor Learning and Development3
SES-2340Analysis of Motor Skills3
SES-2350Exercise for Special Populations3
SES-2400Concepts of Sports Coaching3