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Sport and Exercise


Benedictine University's weight room; image has white overlay; sport and exercise science

Students in Benedictine’s sport and exercise science program graduate with an applied knowledge of sport science, are able to assess athletes and clients and apply assessment data to exercise programs.

Students gain the technical knowledge, skills and abilities needed to enter into a role as an exercise professional or continue on to graduate study. Our faculty pride themselves on being able to give students the tools they need to succeed — not just in knowledge of their chosen field, but also the communication skills and professionalism necessary to conduct themselves appropriately in the workforce. Our program also prepares students to pass the exam for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification administered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Exercise physiology lab, getting students into a mask for testing

Students in the Sport and Exercise Science program have the opportunities to:

Assess athletes and clients and apply assessment data to exercise programs.
Acquire technical knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter into a role as an exercise professional or continue into graduate study.
Complete pre-professional coursework to prepare for graduate programs in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy.
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physical therapist helping patient to walk while holding on to bars.

What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Sport and Exercise Science Alumni

Students in sport and exercise science can take advantage of field experiences and internships at locations such as Optimal Health Medical Fitness, Functional Effect, Tenacity Performance Training Inc., local park districts and more.

The Program

The sport and exercise science (SES) program provides relevant, relatable and rigorous education for students. Faculty provide holistic education opportunities to students in order to develop the necessary competencies, professionalism and communication skills needed to acquire full-time positions and/or enter graduate study programs in the areas of sport, exercise and fitness.

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Sports and Exercise Science

Athletic Training

The SES program provides the opportunity for students to complete prerequisite coursework that makes them eligible to apply for graduate programs in athletic training. Prerequisites for graduate programs in athletic training vary between universities. Therefore, students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor to determine which courses are most appropriate for their specific graduate school plans.

Career Options

Graduates of the sport and exercise science major have a variety of career options available to them. These include sport coaching, strength and conditioning, health and fitness, personal training, corporate fitness, community recreation and fitness, as well as graduate study in athletic training and physical therapy.

MSCEP, sports exercise science