The Bachelor of Science Degree in Strength and Human Performance curriculum provides a challenging and creative learning environment with an intensive program of study that is focused on exercise physiology, psychology, prescription, and application. Current and future health professionals seeking to expand their knowledge in exercise science and its application in the sports, health, and wellness industry will benefit from the Bachelors of Strength and Human Performance program. Students will choose between the Strength and Human Performance Practicum or the Strength and Conditioning Concentration.

Students that choose the BS in Strength and Human Performance Practicum will complete an 80-hour practicum in exercise and sports science-related field. The practicum experience includes field assignments that allow students to observe and document how professionals perform their job duties. The practical application of coursework is a crucial element in the education of students pursuing a career in exercise and sport science. The goal of the practicum is to bridge the gap between classroom theory and real-world job duties.  

Students that choose to enroll in the BS in Strength and Human Performance with a Concentration in Strength and Conditioning will complete a 300-hour in-person internship simulating real-world job responsibilities in a related field. Students are enrolled in (4) Internship Experience courses during their last trimester designed to prepare students to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Students can apply for site placement at training facilities anywhere in the country. The internship is a full-time commitment with assigned work schedules for 300 total hours over 12 weeks. Interns will perform hands-on applications, as relevant to the field and will receive academic credit for their fieldwork experience and academic preparation for the CSCS.

Students that complete the BS in Strength and Human Performance may be eligible for the following certifications. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certifications:

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT)

  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)

  • ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM-GEI)

  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP)

  • ACSM Exercise is Medicine Credential

  • ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET)

  • ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT)

  • ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS)

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

  • Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS)

  • NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)