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Exercise and Sports Science Undergraduate Program

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Find your fit.

No matter which side of the action you want to work — whether it’s training, rehabilitation and recovery, management, research, coaching, conditioning or something else —William Woods University exercise science programs and concentrations will prepare you to meet big career goals.

Prepare for a career as a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist or coach. Or, prepare for the business side of sports, and pursue a career in marketing, operations and more, with the exercise science concentration in sports management. In each concentration, you will build on a scientific core — understanding the kinesiology and physiology of how the human body moves and adapts to change, as well as the sport psychology of a number of issues in exercise and health.

Special Opportunities

  • Take on leadership roles in any of our student organizations, on-campus employment opportunities and WWU sports teams
  • Enhance your study with internships and training through our own NAIA athletic program through nearby institutions
  • Take advantage of the $1.3 million Center for Human Performance, which includes state-of-the-art equipment in exercise testing and rehabilitation
  • Train and work in our on-campus fitness facility, the Weider Fitness Center, named for honorary trustee and fitness entrepreneur Joe Weider
  • Study Exercise Science in one of the only institutions in the state of Missouri recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP)
  • Participate in many on-campus fitness opportunities and promotions such as Freshman Peer Mentoring or the Health Hunt Wellness Program Advisory Team
  • Enjoy small class sizes and the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty who are dedicated to helping you map out your specific career goals
  • Join various service learning projects throughout the year, including the opportunity to mentor incoming William Woods University students in fitness and nutrition
  • Create an online portfolio which showcases your coursework, internships, career and fitness goals and certifications
  • Continue your education with the Master of Athletic Training or a Master of Education in Athletics/Activities Administration from William Woods

Our Exercise and Sports Sciences degree at work 

Pursue an exciting career as a/an:

  • Fitness instructor/coordinator
  • Strength and conditioning coach or specialist
  • Personal trainer
  • Wellness program director
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Athletic director
  • Event manager/director
  • Marketing manager
  • Business operations
  • Sports agent
  • Ticket sales
  • Community officer
  • External relations
  • Facilities manager
  • General manager
  • League commissioner
  • Sports information researcher
  • Teacher
  • Sports writer or fitness writer


William Woods sports studies alumni are currently working for:

  • Health clubs locally and across the nation
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and testing centers
  • Wellness centers and corporate fitness facilities
  • Professional sports teams (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS)
  • Media and communications operations (ESPN, Fox Sports, Comcast)
  • College athletic departments
  • High school athletic departments
  • Sport marketing operations
  • Charitable and youth organizations (Little League, Shriners Challenge, YMCA)
  • Country clubs
  • And many others

Alumni Perspectives

My professors in the athletic training program were professional and personable. They took the time to get to know me and my learning style. They have the real-life experience to learn from, in addition to the book knowledge.

— Myra Belshe, ATC, LAT, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

You're not just getting a good education; you're getting a running start on your future with a lot of support, guidance and encouragement from professionals who have already been there.

— Kathryn Buehrle, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

At first I was not sure about the sports management program, but after taking my first class, my mind was made up. Because of my classroom experience and knowledge gained in the program I was fortunate to work for the American Junior Golf Association in Atlanta for two summers. I thought I knew sports; that was until I started the sports management program. I now have a better appreciation for everyone in the sports field, as well as being much more knowledgeable myself.

— Bradley Prasuhn, Bachelor of Science in Sports Management

I wouldn't be in this career if it weren't for William Woods. As a college athlete, I wanted to find a way to stay involved with sports after my playing career was over. Sports management was the perfect choice. My advisor helped me search different careers for a sports management major and helped me find a graduate school that would further my education and experience.

— Laura Maxwell Burg, Bachelor of Science in Sports Management

Majors and Minors

Through coursework in exercise physiology, kinesiology, fitness testing and prescription, nutrition and more, you will be able to assess fitness status and design programs to improve areas of fitness for various populations.

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