Exercise and Sport Science Major Overview

The mission of the Exercise and Sport Science major is to enable students to pursue career goals in the fields of exercise, sport science, sport management, and leisure studies. Students in this program may select from 3 concentrations (Sport MedicineSport Management, and Sport Science: Teacher Licensure) within the ESS major based on career goals.

Exercise and Sport Science Courses


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Exercise and Sport Science Major Internships

Career exploration internships based on student major and interest areas are provided as early as the freshman or sophomore year. These internships help students decide if their chosen area of study is a good fit, and what a potential profession entails. In the junior and senior year, internship and experiential learning helps students connect theory with practice, and gain valuable hands-on learning.

Bluefield College Athletic Training Room

Bluefield Family Medicine

Dr. Frank Johnson, M.D.

Physical & Occupational Therapy Services, Inc.

Greater Bluefield Community Center

Bluefield Regional Medical Center

Dr. Steven B. O’Saile, D.O.

Brown Chiropractic Center

Princeton Devil Rays

Bluefield Blue Jays

Exercise and Sport Science Major Outcomes

The global need for workers with expertise in health and prevention of lifestyle-related diseases is expected to increase in the coming decades. ESS graduates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to facilitate improved quality of life in people groups around the world.

Career Opportunities

Careers in ESS are nearly as varied as can be imagined. The American Kinesiology Association has an extensive list of professions with associated explanations.

Positions Held by Alumni

Patrick County Elementary, Elementary School Teacher & High School Coach

Graham High School Director of Athletics & Head Boys Basketball Coach

Park Ranger, Hungry Mother State Park

Doctor of Orthopedic Medicine, Bluefield Regional Medical Center

Director of Physical Therapy, Jacksonville, FL

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Bluefield College

Director of Emergency Room Medicine, Roanoke Carillion Hospital

Graduate Schools Attended

Elon University – Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

East Tennessee State University – DPT

Virginia Tech – Strength and Conditioning

Clubs and Organizations

ESS majors are encouraged to join the American College of Sports Medicine if they concentrate in Sport Medicine, the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, and Dance if they concentrate in teaching, or the North American Society of Sport Management if they select Sport Management. Each of these organizations has local, regional, and national conferences where modern research in ESS is presented and discussed, vendors offer services, and career services can be accessed.

Contact Information

Doug Minnix 
Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science; ESS Department Chair
Office: (276)326.4250





Tabatha Robbins

Class of  2010

“I loved my time at Bluefield College! Dr. Minnix and Dr. Bryan are simply wonderful professors! They pushed me to achieve excellence and not to give up the first time I applied for but was denied entrance to physical therapy school. Thanks to them, I also gained valuable internship experiences in the community, working hands-on with wonderful physical therapists. Also, they mentored me and guided me during my tenure at Bluefield College.”