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Exercise Science and Sports Performance Degree




Why a B.S. Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Performance?

Exercise science and sports performance is a growing area of study useful in a wide range of different professional careers, from coaches and fitness trainers to sports psychologists and athletic directors. Courses in this program are designed to prepare students for additional certifications and real world experience that will enhance their marketability in the professional world.




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Located within the Division of Health Professions, the B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Performance prepares students to teach and/or coach in the community and school settings and to obtain professional certifications recognizable in athletic, exercise, and fitness professions.

2023-2024 Program Catalog

A minor in Exercise Science and Sports Performance is also available.




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McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights

Graduates are eligible to receive additional certifications, such as:

      • American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructor

      • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association

      • Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

      • Personal Trainer through the ACSM

      • Clinical Certifications through the ASCM




Interesting Courses


  • Foundations of Human Movement

  • Sport and Health Psychology

  • Administration and Development of Physical Education and Athletic Training Programs



Club Information / Honor Societies


  • Wonders of Wellness

  • Fitness Club
  • Colleges Against Cancer (affiliated with the American Cancer Society)

  • Pre-Professional Students in Health Care

  • Iota Tau Alpha (Athletic Training Honor Society)




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