Exercise Science Major

The Exercise Science program at Shawnee State University is designed to prepare individuals for careers in fitness and health promotion, strength and conditioning, and wellness programs.

Students in the program learn how to assess and evaluate fitness levels for individuals and groups, design, implement, manage, and evaluate fitness programs. All students complete a mandatory three-month internship in a local health/fitness facility. Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities in both public and private health and fitness facilities, worksite and health care settings. The program also provides appropriate preparation for individuals desiring to pursue graduate study in fitness, health, and exercise science programs. For further information, contact the Sport Studies Program Director.


Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  1. Understand the physiology of the human body at rest and during times of physical stress, with the goal of improving human performance;
  2. Be able to assess the fitness level of apparently healthy individuals and those with known pathology;
  3. Be able to prescribe and develop appropriate exercise and lifestyle modification programs to assist clients in achieving their fitness and/or rehabilitation goals;
  4. Develop programming, staffing, and facility and equipment needs for a health/fitness facility.


General Education Program 38 hours
Exercise Science Concentration 54 hours
University Requirements 4 hours
University Electives 24 hours
Total Hours Required 120 hours

All courses in the Exercise Science concentration must be completed with a minimum grade of "C"

Exercise Science Major

Course Title Hours
BIOL 1130* Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
BIOL 1131* Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
BIOL 3630 or SSES 3050


Biomechanics and Functional Kinesiology

PSYC 1101* Introduction to Psychology 3
EMTP 1010 First Aid/CPR 2
SSPE 2100 Health and Nutrition Across the Lifespan 3
SSPE 2200 Human Nutrition 3
ATTR 2300 Athlete Health Maintenance 3
SSSM 2200 or SSSM 3000 Risk Management / Introduction to Sport Law 2 or 3
SSSM 3100 Ethical Aspects of Sport 3
SSSM 3200 Psychology of Sport 3
COMM 1103* Public Speaking and Human Communication 3
SSES 1200 Principles of Personal Fitness 2
SSES 2100 Introduction to Exercise Science 2
SSES 3000 Physiology of Exercise 3
SSES 3100 Scientific Foundations and Techniques of Strength and Conditioning 3
SSES 3500 Exercise Prescription 3
SSES 3600 Exercise Testing & Measurement 3
SSES 4200 Management of Fitness Facilities 3
SSES 4985 Internship in Exercise Science 12

*Note:  The BIOL sequence (BIOL 1130, 1131) fulfills the GEP Natural Sciences.requirement

PSYC 1101 fulfills the GEP Human Behavior requirement

COMM 1103 fulfills the GEP Oral Communications requirement

Sport Studies

Contact Information

Sport Studies
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Steven D. Rader
Program Director
Kricker 271
(740) 351-3634 

Kelley Frantz
Academic Administrative Assistant I
(740) 351-3169 

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