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Exercise & Sport Science (BA/BS)

Exercise and sport science (ESS) majors go on to careers in sport management, sport medicine, and physical education. ESS students who love the laboratory might choose to research rehabilitation options for cancer patients. Or they might attend graduate school to become physical or occupational therapists.

The ESS courses build on a foundation in psychology, chemistry, and physiology; as a graduate, you’ll become an expert in health and the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases.

Put an Exercise Science Degree to Work

At Bluefield University, ESS majors work with the faculty to pursue research interests and land valuable practical internships. “Exercise is medicine,” says Dr. Doug Minnix. “It has the potential to prevent chronic disease, reduce depression and anxiety, and boost the immune system, which is especially relevant today.” Applying his own doctoral research, Dr. Minnix mentors sport science majors to develop mental toughness in pursuit of their dreams. “The physiology of growing strong is fascinating. It shows what a wonderful creator we serve.”

Complete the request information to learn how to join this program. We look forward to helping you see exercise as a “God-given tool” in your life.

Available Concentrations

Sport Medicine

The Sports Medicine concentration provides a comprehensive blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application in the field of sports health and fitness. Students will explore key topics such as injury prevention, rehabilitation, athletic training, and nutrition, gaining a deep understanding of how to care for athletes and active individuals. This program emphasizes hands-on learning through clinical experiences and laboratory work, preparing students for a range of careers in sports medicine, including roles as athletic trainers, physical therapists, or exercise physiologists. This concentration combines rigorous medical and sports science education with real-world application, ideal for those passionate about sports and healthcare.

Tuition: On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Next Start: August 2024 (On-Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years

Available Grants & Scholarships

Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS)
General Education Requirements

  • Introduction to the Writing Process
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Biblical Perspectives
  • Developing the Christian Mind
  • Math/Science* (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities* (6 Credits)
  • Social/Behavioral Science* (3 Credits)
  • Degree Requirements (BA or BS/BSN)* (6 Credits)
  • Personal Wellness
  • ESS Activity Course* (1 Credit)
  • Career Pathways I & II (2 Credits)
  • Career Pathways III & IV (2 Credits)
  • Career Pathways V & VI (2 Credits)

* Course or requirement includes multiple options. Online offerings may differ.


Choose your Concentration (1 Available)

  • Concentration – Sports Medicine
    • Exercise Leadership
    • Motor Learning
    • Foundations of Exercise & Sport Science
    • Assessment of Athletic Injuries
    • Exercise Testing & Prescription w/ Lab
    • Exercise Physiology w/ Lab
    • Kinesiology w/ Lab
    • Tests & Measurements for Exercise & Sport Science
    • Sports Medicine Internship
    • Sport Psychology
    • Therapeutic Exercise
    • Foundations of Strength & Conditioning
    • Nutrition & Metabolism
Electives (38 Credits)

Elective requirements for this program are detailed in the undergraduate catalog.

Total Credits: 120

For a full breakdown of each course, reference the undergraduate catalog located in Academic Resources.

Personal Trainer
Sports Therapist
Sports Coach
Exercise Physiologist
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