Bachelor of Science in Education in Sports Science

General

Program Description

You can study the body’s response to exercise and physical activity, including exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and the psychology of physical activity, while earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in sports science. Both classroom and supervised practical experiences prepare you to work in the health and fitness industry. You can work in commercial, university, corporate, or community settings where clients participate in health promotion, fitness, and sports performance activities.

Why Choose the Sports Science Program?

Sports Science is the study of the body’s response to exercise and physical activity. The field incorporates various sub-disciplines including exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and the psychology of physical activity. Sports scientists rely on scientific principles in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics to advance their understanding of how the body responds to exercise and to advocate physical activity to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. With the development of our new Sports Medicine concentration, the Sports Science degree is a pathway to healthcare graduate programs. The concentration meets all the requirements for graduate programs in athletic training. With a minor program of study modifications, the concentration can be a pathway to graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant.

The Sports Science program at Wright State University is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). We assure program quality through alignment to the national standards set forth by CAAHEP that prescribe the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that programs should develop in future practitioners in the field of Sports Science.

Sports science classes at Wright State University are small, typically 25 students or less. Lectures and labs are taught by seasoned professors; not by graduate students. Faculty-directed student research is highly encouraged at Wright State University. Our program is one of only 43 nationally accredited programs in the country, and one of four in Ohio. We also boast a 92.7% student retention rate, a job placement rate of 86% after graduation and a 100% employer satisfaction rating!

Health and Fitness Concentration

Certifications

Students will be prepared and required to take a nationally recognized certification. Below are examples of some of the certification exams students will be prepared to take:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health/Fitness Instructor exam
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) exam
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) exam

All students are required to be certified by attending an American Red Cross (ARC) or American Heart Association (AHA) workshop (at the students' expense) in First aid and CPR certification.

Internship

Students are required to complete a 12-credit internship (400 contact hours). Internship sites include hospitals and clinics, wellness centers, health care facilities, nursing homes, fitness centers, spas, resorts, sports science laboratories, government/community agencies, or other approved locations.

Sports Medicine Concentration

Allied Health Capstone Project

This 4-hour course will allow the student to design a culminating project/experience to meet his/her educational needs. The course will also emphasize preparation for graduate school including such topics as finding the right school, specific graduate program requirements, applying to graduate school, resume writing, interview skills, etc.

Careers

Health and Fitness Concentration

  • Wellness program coordinator
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist
  • Exercise oncology instructor
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Corporate or recreational fitness director
  • Certified personal trainer
  • Certified strength and conditioning coach

Sports Medicine Concentration

(careers listed will require additional education)

  • Athletic trainer
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Chiropractor
  • Sports Psychologist

Learning Outcomes

  • To demonstrate core knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with health promotion, disease prevention, and healthcare.
  • To describe internal and external factors and trends impacting healthcare.
  • To explain the legal and regulatory environment in healthcare.
  • To collaborate with a variety of healthcare professionals in the decision-making process for patient care.
  • To prepare students to pursue advanced degrees in healthcare and eventually to practice effectively as healthcare providers.

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Successful completion (grade of 'C' or above) of an introductory level class
  • For Health & Fitness Concentration: KNH 2410
  • For Sports Medicine Concentration: ATR 2610
Last updated Mar 2020

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Wright State University is a nationally ranked public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 15,000 students Offering 295 degree programs, the university is made up of eight colleges, three schools ... Read More

Wright State University is a nationally ranked public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 15,000 students Offering 295 degree programs, the university is made up of eight colleges, three schools, and a branch campus in Celina, Ohio. Named for the Wright brothers, Wright State University offers an exceptional, affordable education in the American heartland. Read less