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, sports management and leisure studies. Students in this program may select from 3 concentrations (Sports Medicine, Sports Management, and Sports Science: Teacher Licensure) within the ESS major based on career goals.
Exercise and Sport Science Courses
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 student’s 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.
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, Florida
Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Bluefield College
Director of Emergency Room Medicine, Roanoke Carillion Hospital
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 Sports 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.
Professor of Exercise and Sport Science; Department Chair, Exercise and Sport Science
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.”