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  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor
  • Teacher Certification
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACT or SAT test is optional for prospective students applying for Fall 2020 to join the St. Mary’s University freshmen class of 2024.

Studying Exercise and Sport Science at St. Mary’s

Exercise and sport science is the study of human movement from a variety of perspectives. Students study all aspects of the human body and how the body works during exercise.

Exercise and sport science is a growing field, focusing on exercise for health reasons.

Those who work in this field:

  • are passionate about exercise
  • are committed to learning
  • enjoy working with people

Students interested in working in a “movement” environment, such as athletics, physical education, athletic training, fitness and personal training, would enjoy the Exercise and Sport Science major.

sport science class
professor giving anatomy lecture

Degree Plans

Students can pursue a bachelor’s degree, a teacher certification or a minor:

Students interested in teaching physical education and/or coaching in secondary schools choose Exercise and Sport Science as a first or second teaching field. The major also serves as preparation for graduate study in areas such as exercise physiology, athletic training and sports rehabilitation.

Courses in Exercise and Sport Science

Students in this program take a variety of classes, including:

  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology of Exercise
  • Wellness
  • Internship in Recreation & Fitness Management

See the catalog for details:

Career Opportunities

The Exercise and Sport Science program prepares students for many career options, by equipping students with the academic knowledge and practical experience necessary to work in a variety of recreational and fitness settings.

Our graduates have gained employment as:

  • Athletic director
  • Athletic trainer
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Exercise Tech Technologist
  • Health/Fitness Instructor
  • Marketing Director
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Sports Event Coordinator
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Wellness Coordinator

Some positions may require further education.

Internship Opportunities

Our students have gained internships in places such as:

  • Recreational or after-school programs
  • The San Antonio Spurs
  • San Antonio Sports Foundation
  • Kinetic Kids
students in weight room

Learn more about the Exercise and Sport Science Program

Interested in pursuing a degree in Exercise and Sport Science? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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