The mission of the Exercise & Sport Science Department is to prepare professionals through excellence in teaching, research and service that promote healthy behaviors and active lifestyles across the lifespan. The department strives to meet an increasing demand for well educated professionals capable of a broad range of educational and rehabilitative services. To this end, the department focuses on preparing undergraduate and graduate students for professional careers in Exercise Science, Nutrition, Sport Management, Strength Training and Conditioning, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Physical Education Teacher Education.
The Department of Exercise and Sport Science will develop leaders for public and private schools and sports-related industries in Texas who, through their leadership, demonstrate service to others and faith-informed decision-making.
The Department of Exercise and Sport Science will provide distinctive academic programs which prepare undergraduate and graduate students for professional careers in physical therapy, exercise science, physical education teacher education, and sport management.
Exercise and Sport Science majors receive the requisite, professional preparation to graduate equipped with the ability to pursue exciting careers from a dynamic sport and fitness industry. Career opportunities for EXSS majors include such areas as Physical Education Teacher, Athletic Coach/Director, Athletic Trainer, Commercial/Community Recreation Director, Corporate Fitness Instructor/Manager, Dietician, Health/Fitness Consultant, Sport Marketing/Public Relations Specialist, Personal Trainer, Sport Facility Manager, Sports Official, Fitness/Health Club Manager, Sporting Goods Associate/Manager, Sports and Fitness Nutritionist, and Strength/Conditioning Specialist. EXSS majors obtain the educational foundation to pursue advanced degrees in related fields at graduate school or continued education necessary to pursue careers as Sports Agent, Physical Therapist, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Scientist or Sports Psychologist.
Students majoring in Exercise and Sport Science have the opportunity to select from five different areas of specialization: Exercise Science, All Level Texas State Teacher Certification, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Sport Management. Each area of specialization provides foundational components as well as emphasis on specific curriculum designed to develop graduates for entrance into a multi-faceted, sport/fitness-related career.