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The mission of the University of South Carolina Aiken Department of Exercise and Sports Science is to provide quality classroom, laboratory, and applied educational experiences for undergraduate students pursuing a broad spectrum of exercise-related employment and future scholastic opportunities. In teaching, we utilize a student-centered learning environment where students are engaged in an atmosphere of critical inquiry. In addition to general education and core courses, students are required to select an area of specialization in fitness management, basic sciences, or allied health designed to prepare them to meet the standards for employment or future scholastic goals in one of the three areas.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Sports Science is a challenging major with concentration options in fitness management, basic sciences, and allied health. In fitness management, a six credit hour internship is required and upon completion of the major degree requirements a minor degree in business administration is also awarded. In basic sciences, instruction in research methods is provided and research experiences are available. In allied health, a three credit hour internship is required. For each concentration, along with classroom instruction, the student is provided with learning opportunities in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, the USCA Wellness Center, Athletics, and off-campus sites.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree, the graduate is prepared to seek a career in, exercise, health, wellness, rehabilitation, or to continue their education in specialized certification programs or graduate school programs such as physical therapy.