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Bachelor of Science

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Undergraduate Majors

Degrees

The Department of Parks, Recreation, Exercise and Sport Science currently offers two bachelor degree programs with specialized concentrations to enhance student learning in the areas of exercise and sport science and sport administration/management:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Science with concentrations in Physical Fitness and Wellness Management, Pre-Athletic Training, and Pre-Physical Therapy.
  2. Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Management¬†with concentrations in Applied Professional Studies and Management. The BS in Sport Management is offered through two different modalities: face-to-face (on-campus) and¬†100% online through EKU’s E-Campus Programs.

In addition, the department offers an accelerated, 3+2 dual degree program that leads from the BS in ESS: Physical Fitness and Wellness Concentration to the MS in ESS: Exercise and Wellness Concentration.

Fitness and Wellness

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Employment in wellness and health promotion is expected to increase 19-37% from 2010 to 2020, according to O’Net Online. This growth will be driven by professionals who teach people how to reduce health care costs through healthy lifestyles.¬†Graduates of the¬†Fitness and Wellness Management degree program will have the knowledge and skills necessary to enter careers such as personal training, corporate wellness, strength and conditioning, commercial fitness, hospital wellness, community fitness and recreation, among others. Curricula provide students with knowledge¬†and skills needed to successfully certify through ACSM, ACE, NSCA, AFAA and other professional groups.¬†A culminating internship places students in fitness or wellness agencies to get “hands on” learning and experience.

Advisors for Fitness and Wellness Management:

Dr. Jim Larkin

Dr. Michael Lane

Dr. Ellen McMahan

Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

The Exercise and Sport Science Department offers a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy. This concentration and degree program is designed for students interested in a post-professional degree in Physical Therapy. The program will have all the pre-requisite courses needed to apply to Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs.

Our faculty have extensive backgrounds in preparing students for physical therapy school. Our faculty advisors work with students regarding which courses to take, when to start their PTCAS (Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service) application process, recommend best times to take the GRE, and how to maximize there application to Physical Therapy programs. Physical Therapy programs are highly competitive and require students maintain a high cumulative GPA and a high science pre-req GPA.

Exercise and Sport Science


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Combs 215A
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-8149