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Exercise and Sports Science practitioners provide health care, technique/skill instruction and performance enhancement for the physically active population. Students gain foundational knowledge for this practice by studying how physical activity influences the human body. Clinical skill acquisition is also a necessary component. Courses within this degree program address both areas.

The Exercise and Sports Science program reflects the unique nature of the university and the community. The program is built on a foundation of scientific knowledge specific to the human body and how it is impacted by physical activity or physical stress. The Exercise and Sports Science degree program at TU has the flexibility to prepare students for healthcare graduate or professional programs such as medicine, athletic training, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and other fields closely related to exercise science, or to enter a corporate or commercial fitness setting.

The science foundation of the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science degree is complemented by practical application. Students majoring in exercise and sports science complete internships tailored to their specific career goals. Internships are designed to provide students opportunities to acquire clinical skills and ensure they are prepared to function in their chosen career setting. Students gain valuable firsthand experience, which strengthens their knowledge base and enhances their position in the job market after graduation. The city of Tulsa has an extensive medical community that offers a variety of student internship settings; in particular, physical therapy clinics and wellness/fitness centers.

Undergraduates may opt for the following tracks with in the B.S.E.S.S. degree:

  • Traditional – general studies for employment in wellness and fitness
  • Rehabilitation and therapeutics – for work in cardiac and orthopedic rehabilitation, and strength training
  • A teaching certificate – qualifies them to teach anywhere in the U.S.
  • Pre-health professional degree – provides prerequisites for physician assistant, dentist or physical therapist degrees
  • Pre-athletic training clinician – provides prerequisites for a master’s in athletic training

Depending on a student’s choice of major, along with a possible minor and electives, he or she can prepare for diverse fields. For example, a student under the traditional track may add a business minor, preparing them to work and perhaps later own a fitness center.

Program Objectives

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for Exercise and Sports Science Majors

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of the sciences applied to human function and exercise
  2. Demonstrate the ability to appraise behavioral and physiologic outcomes related to musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular human function
  3. Demonstrate the ability to retrieve, manage, and critically analyze data relevant to the improvement of health and human performance
  4. Demonstrate the ability to effectively summarize and disseminate, both written and orally, information relevant to the improvement of health and human performance
  5. Demonstrate the ability to design and implement strategies, utilizing contemporary techniques, for improving health and human performance.
  6. Participate as professionally prepared and responsible members of their chosen profession and community.
Degree Options

Exercise and Sports Science, B.S.E.S.S.

Provides structured classroom and clinical experiences to prepare a student for an entry-level position in exercise and sports science.

Coaching minor

The coaching minor prepares students for coaching positions in a variety of athletic settings and is offered to non-exercise and sports science/athletic training majors.

Exercise Science minor

The minor provides students with the knowledge necessary to understand exercise and sports science concepts, such as functional movement, responses, and adaptations. The coursework increases a student’s knowledge base, enhances qualifications, provides competitive edge in the allied health, wellness or fitness world and builds credibility. Students who complete this minor are eligible to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exams.

Health Sciences minor

The Health Sciences minor is intended to provide students with a broader understanding of universal concepts related to health and healthcare. It is recommended for students from any major who plan to work in any aspect of healthcare. The coursework required for this academic minor allows students to tailor the 12 required credit hours from a list of courses that represent a variety of health and healthcare related disciplines.

Pre-health Professions

Students interested in pursuing studies in medicine, physician’s assistant or similar programs

Typical Four Year Schedule
FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Exposition and ArgumentationHuman Physiology with Lab
Math with ApplicationsPrevention and Treatment
Concepts and Issues in Sports ScienceBusiness and Society
Human Anatomy with LabBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative Experience
OrientationStrategies for Healthy Living
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Human Anatomy and Kinesiology with LabBlock II - Historical & Social Interpretation
Sports NutritionExercise Physiology with Lab
Human SexualityBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative Experience
Block II - Historical & Social InterpretationPedagogy of Sport Skills/Outdoor Sports
Introduction to SpreadsheetsBlock III - Scientific Investigation
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Drug Education and PharmacologyClinical Methodology
SPA or ElectiveSPA or Elective
Methods for Elementary and Special PopulationsLegal Aspects in Athletic Training
Development of Strength and Conditioning ProgramsInstructional Methods in Health
Statistics IElective
ElectiveElective
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Allied Health ResearchInternship
InternshipMotor Control
BiomechanicsWriting for the Professions
Writing ElectiveUnderstanding Electrocardiography
ElectiveElective
Elective