Methodist University student working out at Nimocks Fitness Center

Exercise & Sport Science

Degree Type:
Bachelor’s Degree, Minor
Mode of Study:
On Campus

Graduates with a major in Exercise and Sport Science will have the skills and knowledge to become personal trainers, exercise professionals, or strength and conditioning specialists. As exercise professionals, graduates will be involved in developing and implementing individualized approaches to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or for those individuals with medical clearance to exercise. Graduates of the program will be proficient in writing appropriate exercise recommendations, leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise, and motivating individuals to begin and to continue with their healthy behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to sit for professional certification examinations offered by NSCA and ACSM. Graduates may also pursue graduate opportunities in cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, etc.

Common Career Paths

Some of the top jobs for those with an Exercise & Sport Science bachelor degrees include fitness trainer, coach, recreational therapist, sports facility manager, strength and conditioning coach, community program director, physical education teacher, and more.

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with Exercise & Sports Science degrees. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Recreation and fitness studies teacher: $79,080
  • Coaches and scout: $50,550
  • Recreational therapist: $53,900

Average Tuition Cost

Tuition varies, depending on the type of  program in which a student is enrolled. On average, 97% of MU students qualify for financial aid to meet tuition and other educational expenses.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Methodist University offers more than $24 million annually to students in scholarships, with 97% of students receiving some form of financial aid amounting to $31,000 in aid on average for a residential student. If a student or a family member is in the military or a veteran, they may qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Interested in Methodist University’s Exercise & Sport Science program?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates with a major in Exercise and Sport Science will have the skills and knowledge to become personal trainers, exercise professionals, or strength and conditioning specialists. As exercise professionals, graduates will be involved in developing and implementing individualized approaches to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or for those individuals with medical clearance to exercise. Graduates of the program will be proficient in writing appropriate exercise recommendations, leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise, and motivating individuals to begin and to continue with their healthy behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to sit for professional certification examinations offered by NSCA and ACSM. Graduates may also pursue graduate opportunities in cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, etc.

Some of the top jobs for those with an Exercise & Sport Science bachelor degrees include fitness trainer, coach, recreational therapist, sports facility manager, strength and conditioning coach, community program director, physical education teacher, and more.

Major Requirements

The Exercise and Sport Science major consists of 50 s.h. and is distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • PXS 1200 Weight Training Techniques (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 2110 Professions and Development in Health Science (1 s.h.)
  • PXS 2170 (or ATP 1200) First Aid/CPR/AED (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 2400 Human Nutrition (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3600 Motor Learning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2800 Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2850 (or BIO 3060 or ATP 2850) Kinetic Human Anatomy (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2860 (or BIO 3080 or ATP 2860) Survey of Human Physiology and Diseases (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2900 Principles of Physical Conditioning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3080 (or ATP 2300) Sport Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3120 Biomechanics (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3920 Internship II (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 4000 Health & Fitness Management (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4040 Physiology of Exercise (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4050 Measurement & Evaluation (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4100 Exercise Adherence & Personal Training OR PXS 4110 Strength & Conditioning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4120 Clinical Exercise Testing (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2150 Research Seminar (2 s.h.)

Major Electives

Select six semester hours from the following:

  • ATP 1590 Concepts of Athletic Training (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 1530 & 1531 Fundamentals of Biology I (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 1750 Personal Finance (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3010 Entrepreneurship (3 s.h.)
  • CHE 1510 and 1511 General Chemistry I and Lab (3 s.h.)
  • PHY 1510 General Physics I (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2090 Sport Pedagogy I (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2200 Computer Applications in PHE (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2500 History & Philosophy of Sport (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3000 Community Health (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3060 Adapted Physical Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3200 Motor Development (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3400 Sport Pedagogy II (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4100 Exercise Adherence & Personal Training (3 s.h.) (unless taken as a requirement)
  • PXS 4110 Strength & Conditioning (3 s.h.) (unless taken as a requirement)
  • PXS 4920 Internship III (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 4990 Independent Study in PHE & ESS (1-3 s.h.)

Minor Requirements

The Exercise and Sport Science minor consists of 20 s.h. and is distributed as follows:

  • PXS 1200 Weight Training Techniques (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 2110 Professions and Development in Health Science (1 s.h.)
  • PXS 2170 (or ATP 1200) First Aid/CPR/AED (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 2400 Human Nutrition (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2860 (or ATP 2860 or BIO 3080) Survey of Human Physiology and Diseases (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2900 Principles of Physical Conditioning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4040 Physiology of Exercise (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4100 Exercise Adherence & Personal Training OR PXS 4110 Instructor Training in Strength & Conditioning (3 s.h.)

Contact

Amanda Ransom, Ph.D.

Chair, Kinesiology; Assistant Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
Amanda Ransom