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Exercise Science

Athletic Track

The Athletic Track is for students who want to raise the bar of performance for athletes at all levels.  A scientific approach to athletic conditioning improves performance while maintaining the health of athletes. Athletic Track courses allow students to learn how to better train and maintain athletes, especially those performing at intense levels of competition.  Skilled strength and conditioning specialists are in demand at all levels of sports and the prevalence of private sector sports specific training facilities has never been higher.  Students interested in a career training athletes and enhancing the capabilities of those who play sports will be well prepared to advise and guide the next generation of athletic performers. 

Athletic Track Curriculum

Athletic Courses Credit Hours When Offered
EXSC 270 Group Exercise 3 Fall
EXSC 280 Strength Training for Performance 3 Fall
EXSC 380 Sports Psychology 3 Fall
EXSC 430 Theory of Athletic Injuries 3 Fall
EXSC 480 Training High Performance Athletes 3 Spring
NUTR 300 Sports Nutrition 3 Fall & Spring


Students completing the core and Athletic Track courses will be prepared to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam (CSCS). This certification recognizes the recipient’s capabilities to provide appropriate strength and conditioning programs designed to improve athletic performance.  Athletes, especially those at the highest level of participation, can benefit from proper strength and conditioning programs.

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