Exercise and Sport Science Major Overview

The mission of the Exercise and Sport Science major is to develop globally-minded and service-oriented professionals through meaningful study of evidence-based practices underpinned by a traditional Christian perspective for successful careers in Sport Management, Sport Medicine, and Physical Education.

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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.

Previous Internship Sites

  • Bluefield College Athletic Training and Sport Medicine
  • Bluefield Regional Medical Center
  • City of Bluefield (WV) Parks and Recreation
  • Greater Bluefield Community Center
  • Healthsouth Southern Hills Regional Rehab
  • Pro 1 Therapy Solutions
  • Sportangles
  • Virginia Tech Strength and Conditioning

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 – Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Marshal University – Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Exercise Physiology (MS)
  • Radford University – Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • University of Tennessee – Cellular Molecular Nutrition (MS), Exercise Physiology (MS)
  • West Virginia University – Exercise Physiology (MS)

Clubs and Organizations

American College of Sports Medicine

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.

The professors in the ESS Department at Bluefield College are not only experts in their fields, but they are also Christian leaders. I would not be doing cancer research and pursuing a master’s degree in Cellular Molecular Nutrition today if it were not for the outstanding faculty who encouraged me to follow my passion.

Amber MacDonald, Beckley, WV, Class of 2012