The mission of the Master of Science in Sports Science is to prepare scholarly and innovative leaders in sports, physical activity, and recreation. Attention is focused on research and theoretical development. Individuals are provided with the means and understandings necessary to effectively lead physical activity programs in school and non-school settings.
The program consists of two concentrations; (1) Strength and Conditioning, and (2) Exercise Physiology.
- The Strength and Conditioning concentration (31 semester hours) is designed to prepare students to work with athletes as strength and conditioning coaches in college, professional, private, and secondary school settings. Students will develop the skills necessary to design and implement population-specific training programs that enhance athletic performance and reduce injury risk. The foundation of coursework is in areas of bio-mechanics, exercise physiology, performance testing, periodization, program design, and sports nutrition. In addition, all students will have opportunities to complete various fieldwork experiences.
- The Exercise Physiology concentration (34 semester hours) is designed to prepare students to work as exercise instructors (for healthy, athletic, and special populations), cardiopulmonary rehabilitation professionals, or within management in the health, medical, and fitness industries. Students will study the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from physical activity. The foundation of coursework is in areas of exercise physiology, skeletal muscle physiology, laboratory techniques, exercise prescription for special populations, and exercise techniques.