Exercise Science Degree Option Description:
The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Exercise Science/Wellness is designed, based predominantly off of principles and concepts from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), to prepare graduating students for careers in fitness, health, rehabilitative science, wellness, and sports performance sectors associated with Hospitals, Corporations, the Military, Commercial Fitness Settings, Universities, and Professional and Amateur Sports. Completion of the program will provide undergraduate students with the entry level skills and the knowledge base to function competently in a wide range of employment opportunities such as being a 1) Strength and Conditioning Coach and/or Specialist, 2) Wellness Coordinator in Hospitals, Universities, or Corporate Settings, 3) Sport Scientist, 4) Cardiac Rehabilitation Technician, 5) Human Performance Specialist and/or Military Physiologist, 6) Personal Trainer in various settings such as University, Resort, Corporations, etc., and 7) Health Promotion Specialist.
The Exercise Science degree concentration also serves as great preparation for various allied health sciences’ careers and professional school degrees such as Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and even Medical School. Thus, greater than 50% of our current undergraduate exercise science students utilize this degree concentration to prepare themselves to go on for further training to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapist, Physician, Doctor of Chiropractic, and/or Physician Assistant.
Students who, in the process of, completing our program are encouraged to: 1) participate as laboratory assistants in our Exercise Physiology Laboratory, 2) attend various sports medicine, exercise science, and/or human performance related conferences, 3) participate in university and community service, and 4) seek reputable ACSM and/or NSCA certifications. Also, a key feature of our degree concentration is that students are required to complete a Practicum (consisting of 125 working hours) and an Internship (consisting of 500 working hours) in various exercise science and allied health sciences’ settings. This requirement prepares students even further for the careers that they will enter as soon as they graduate from GSW.
Contact Person for more Exercise Science Information:
Greg Hawver, Ed.D., MBA
Professor and Department Chair of Middle Grades Education and Health and Human Performance
Education Center, Room 231
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