School of Exercise Science & Sport

Areas of Study

Male sport and recreation management student
  • Preparation for Professional Success

    All of our programs prepare students for certification or licensure tests, graduate school, and jobs in various disciplines. They also include valuable hands-on opportunities. The exciting combination of classroom and performance learning is bound to help you discover your strength in the field of Exercise Science & Sport.

Undergraduate Programs

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    Athletic Training 3+2

    Students interested in the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) will complete the first three years in the Exercise Science major then be eligible for a secondary admission process to complete the MSAT program. Students selecting this path will graduate with a master’s degree in five years.
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    Exercise Science

    This program prepares students both for graduate studies and careers in clinical, corporate, commercial, community, and private sector exercise and wellness settings. Aligned with Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) standards, students earn national certifications in personal training and strength and conditioning coaching.
  • Sport & Recreation Management

    Physical Education

    The Physical Education major prepares students for the Illinois teaching license for K-12 classrooms. This program is accredited by the Illinois Board of Education. Additional certifications in health and driver education are available.
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    Sport & Recreation Management

    This major prepares students with management skills to plan, organize, lead and evaluate programs that apply business knowledge to operations in sport, recreation and athletic organizations at a variety of levels.

Graduate Programs

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    Master of Science in Athletic Training

    As an athletic trainer, you will be a qualified, allied health care professional. Your education and experience will include the prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, protection and management of health care problems associated with diverse populations.


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    Health & Wellness Coaching Minor

    Students who aspire to work with people one-on-one to help them reach their health and wellness goals may be particularly interested in this minor.