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Exercise & Sports Science

A bachelor of science degree in Exercise & Sports Science (ExSS) prepares students for opportunities to provide quality health care through clinical skill acquisition, physical activity instruction and fitness performance enhancement of apparently healthy individuals as well as those at risk of or diagnosed with disease. Foundational knowledge for this practice is gained through study of how physical activity influences the human body.

Internship opportunities in ExSS are the culminating experience in which each student can apply classroom studies to real world situations. Internships through The University of Tulsa ExSS program include:

  • Fitness Facilities (Corporate/Private/Community)
  • Hospital Wellness
  • Strength and Conditioning (High School/University)
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Physical Education Teaching
  • Sports/Recreation Retail
  • Professional Athletics
  • Activity for Individuals with Physical Challenges
  • University Intramurals/Recreation
  • Medical Centers
  • Community Service Providers (Fire/Police)

Students choose a track within the ExSS major that aligns with their career goals. These tracks include:

General/Fitness track – prepares students for careers in the fitness and wellness industry, as well as physical education teaching. Students take the core courses within the major and use elective hours to target the degree toward their specific interests. Students can also pursue a minor in a related area (e.g., psychology or business) or complete a certificate in sport administration.

General Degree Plan

Pre-professional track – prepares students for graduate programs in exercise physiology, biomechanics or related fields. Students can also customize their degree and take courses required as pre-requisites for professional program in medical or allied health fields (e.g., physical therapy, physician assistant or medical school).

Pre-professional Track Degree Plan

The ExSS program prepares students for entry-level certification examinations through professional organizations, such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).