Exercise & Sport Science (BA/BS) Program Overview

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 disease.

Put an Exercise Science Degree to Work

At Bluefield College, 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

ESS majors who choose the sport medicine concentration receive personalized attention in the classroom, the sport medicine lab, and their practicum and internship experiences. The program prepares them for careers as a certified exercise physiologist or sports medicine fitness specialist if they take and pass the national certification exams.

Sport & Recreation Management

The sport & recreation management concentration prepares students for a career in sports programs at the corporate, agency, professional, and amateur levels. Internships and coursework help students develop skills in the sociological, psychological, ethical, financial, and legal aspects of sport.

Multidisciplinary Sport Science

The multidisciplinary sport science concentration offers students the flexibility to design a personalized program of study to meet their career goals. Students can choose courses to give them a wide range of knowledge about exercise and sport science.


The Academic Catalog is the student’s guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

On-Campus: August 19, 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS)
General Education (51-53 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3 Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)
Concentrations (37-45 Credits)

Choose your Concentration (2 Available)


  • Concentration – Sports Medicine
    • Foundations of Excercise & Sport Science
    • Sport Psychology
    • Exercise Leadership
    • ESS 2063
    • Motor Learning
    • Assessment of Athletic Injuries
    • Exercise Testing & Prescription Lab
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Exercise Physiology Lab
    • Kinesiology
    • Kinesiology Lab
    • Tests & Measurements for Exercise & Sport Science
    • Sports Medicine Internship
    • Therapeutic Exercise
    • Foundations of Strength & Conditioning
    • Nutrition & Metabolism

 

  • Concentration – Sport & Recreation Management
    • Intro to Sport Management
    • Contemporary Issues in Sport Management
    • Sport Governance
    • Administration of Sports Recreation
    • Facility Design & Management
    • Sport Law
    • Sport Communication
    • Sport Marketing
    • Sport Finance
    • Sport Psychology
    • Sport Management/Recreation Internship
    • Principles of Accounting I
    • Principles of Management
    • Business Ethics
Electives (24 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Nutritionist
Personal Trainer
Sports Therapist
Sports Coach
Exercise Physiologist

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.