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Undergraduate Degrees in Exercise Science

sports studies degrees.

Find your fit in the world of sports, health and fitness.

Exercise science professionals make a difference in all kinds of organizations. From school athletic organizations and sports teams to national corporations looking to increase the health and wellness of their employees … from community and non-profit groups to health care/rehabilitation and sports marketing organizations, the options are wide open.

What motivates you?

  • Staying healthy and active? – Help others achieve their fitness goals while staying involved in athletics and fitness as a coach, director of a sports/fitness program, or other hands-on role.
  • Making things happen? – Take on the management and business side of the growing health and wellness industry through marketing, operations, sales, or event planning.
  • Helping? – Help others achieve optimal fitness after an inquiry, improve their quality of life, or compete more effectively as an athlete at any level … or prepare for graduate school on the path to becoming a physical therapist or athletic trainer.

At William Woods, small classes, caring faculty advisers, and state-of-the-art spaces and equipment will support you as you find your path in this growing billion-dollar industry.


  • Pursue courses or minors in the sciences (like biology or chemistry) to strengthen your graduate school application and gain greater understanding of the science of the body.
  • Focus on business coursework and internships, or pursue a business-related minor, to better prepare for sport management and related careers.
  • Add leadership coursework or a coaching minor to your exercise science degree for greater career potential.
  • Work with our NAIA Athletics teams on projects and via internships.

Alumni Perspectives

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, Sport Management

My professors in the athletic training program were professional and personable. They took the time to get to know me and my learning style.

— Myra Belshe, ATC, LAT, Athletic Training

Majors and Minors

Starting with a solid foundation of exercise physiology, kinesiology, fitness testing and prescription, nutrition, and related coursework, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a range of concentrations aligned to your career goals.

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