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Exercise & Sports Science


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Exercise & Sports Science (ESS) undergraduate program includes a major in Health & Fitness Management (HFM) and a major in ESS with three potential concentrations: Health & Wellness Promotion for Clinical Population (HCP), All-Level Physical Education Certification (ALPE), and Pre-Physical Therapy (PPT). Students are required to have a 2.5 overall GPA to take the HCP or the HFM internship. A 2.75 Texas State GPA is required for enrollment in PPT internship and a 2.75 overall GPA is required for placement in the ALPE student teaching.

ESS Graduate Programs

The ESS division offers a Master of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Education in Physical Education degree with two options. Students may choose to major in Physical Education in one of two specializations.  The Masters and Certification program is designed to prepare graduate students for teacher certification in elementary and high school settings; the Educational Foundations program prepares graduate students to teach and/or coach in higher education and community settings. The M.S. in Exercise Science is designed to prepare graduate students to work in clinical, community, and sports settings in the area of cardiac rehabilitation, fitness and wellness promotion, and strength and conditioning.

Career Options

The Bachelor of ESS prepares students for careers as cardiac rehabilitation specialists, exercise testing technicians, rehabilitation therapists, fitness instructors, teachers in elementary and secondary schools (all level Pre K-12 certification), and athletic coaches. The HFM major prepares students to direct fitness, wellness or health awareness programs in commercial, corporate, and institutional settings. Areas of study include fitness programming, stress management, smoking cessation, diet and nutrition, health-risk appraisal, and employee assistance programming. The ESS curriculum also allows students to acquire the academic and clinical prerequisites needed to earn professional certifications (e.g., CHES, CES, ACSM, NCSA) and to qualify for entrance to graduate schools in the field or in allied health (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing).

The M.S. in Exercise Science will equip students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to address health issues related to physical inactivity and obesity as well as to enhance human performance using evidence-based training and dietary strategies. Graduates will appreciate the value and importance of research-based literature and have the critical thinking, research, and technical skills to: 1) understand research-based literature; 2) use innovative approaches to problem solving; 3) successfully pursue a doctoral degree in Exercise Science or related discipline; 4) work in athletic, clinical (e.g., cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and diagnostic testing), educational, and fitness settings; and 5) sit for advanced professional certifications (e.g., the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, Certified Health Fitness Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist).

Please contact the ESS undergraduate or graduate coordinator for questions:

Undergraduate Coordinator: Dr. Ting Liu
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Karen Meaney

The Department of Health and Human Performance is a member of the American Kinesiology Association

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