Department of Kinesiology and Health

Bachelor of Science in Education in Sports Science

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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 minor program of study modifications, the concentration can be a pathway to graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physical 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!

Contact Information

Health and Fitness Concentration

Andrew Froehle, Ph.D.
304 Nutter Center
andrew.froehle@wright.edu
937-775-2962

Sports Medicine Concentration

Rebekah R. Bower, MS, AT, ATC
136 Wright State Physicians Building
rebekah.bower@wright.edu
937-245-7621

 

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

 

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.

Academics, Curriculum, and Advising Information

 


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. 

    Academics, Curriculum, and Advising Information

     


    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

    Admission Process

    New Students

    1

    Apply to the University. You will be admitted as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.

    2

    Students who meet the admission criteria and are listed as a Pre-Sports Science major will be admitted at the end of each semester. There is no formal program application. 


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