Exercise, Sport, and Health Science

Exercise and Sports Science
Rockhurst University offers a bachelor of science in exercise science and a bachelor of science in sport science. Both integrate classroom and hands-on internship experiences. The Exercise Science major prepares students for entry into health professional programs (e.g. physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine) as well as for other careers and graduate work in exercise science. The Sport Management major prepares students for entry-level positions in sport management and the business of sport from high school to professional levels. The Sport Management major requires that students participate in a full-time (12 credit hour) internship in their final semester. This final semester internship is intended to provide students with real-world, hands-on experiences in the business and management of sport. 

Each major is described below.

Exercise Science
The Exercise Science major requires 27 credit hours in exercise science courses along with 32 credit hours of basic lower and upper division science courses.  Many of these science classes are prerequisites for the exercise science courses. Students will also complete a practicum in the health and fitness field under the direct supervision of a practicing professional. Students interested in pursuing a Rockhurst University graduate degree in physical therapy or occupational therapy are encouraged to discuss this with their adviser as early as possible to ensure all prerequisites are satisfied. Students interested in medical school may also be interested in this major.

This major is excellent preparation for a career as an exercise professional in fitness or sports performance enhancement or graduate study in exercise science. Graduates will be prepared for careers in areas such as personal training in sports and fitness clubs, rehabilitation (e.g. geriatric centers, medical rehabilitation units) and corporate fitness and wellness.

Sport Management
The Sport Management major requires 33 credit hours in sport management courses. You will also complete a full semester, full-time internship in a sport management setting. Students completing this major and a minor in Business Administration are eligible to apply for the accelerated MBA program through the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University.

Potential careers include entry-level positions in the business of sport including marketing and communications, facilities and event management, and other areas integrated into the management and business of sports teams, athletic departments and related businesses.

Find out more
For more information, contact Terry Forge, director of advising for the College of Health and Human Services.