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Exercise Science and Sport Studies

Why do some athletes jump higher than others? Or run faster? How do catastrophic injuries take place and why? What are the best ways to prevent injuries? Recover from them? What traits do great high school coaches share? What are some best-practice methods of motivation?

Whether you’re interested in the physiological aspects of physical activity, the psychological or business angles of sport or both, we have the major for you.

“At Lakeland College, this degree is unique,” says April Arvan, associate professor of exercise science and sport studies. “With this degree in hand, you have the option to choose either the science field or the sport and athletic field. You can also couple this degree with others, such as business, for example, to really set yourself up for success.”

Choose Your Path

If you plan to enter fields such as rehabilitation, physical therapy, fitness club management or personal training, the exercise science emphasis is ideal.

“A lot of times, we have students who are interested in being physically active throughout their lifetime,” says Kelly Quick, assistant professor of exercise science. “Maybe they encountered an injury playing sports and went through the rehabilitation process … sometimes we get people who have big hearts and just want to help people be well.”

If your goal is to coach sports in high school or college, the sport studies emphasis is the perfect fit.

Either way, your exercise science and sport studies major – with its broad curriculum – will give you a competitive edge as you pursue careers in movement-based fields.

“Really, the options are limitless depending on what a student’s interest is at the sport level,” says Arvan.

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Exercise Science and Sport Studies Major - Exercise Science Emphasis (61 semester hours)

  • BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 semester hours)
  • BIO 212 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 semester hours)
  • ESS 143 Introduction to Exercise Science
  • ESS 201 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • ESS 220 Fundamental Aspects of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • ESS 341 Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • ESS 342 Physiology of Exercise (Writing Intensive)
  • ESS 343 Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Science
  • ESS 400 Internship in Exercise Science and Sport Studies (3 semester hours)
  • ESS 425 Exercise Prescription I
  • SOC 210 Majority-Minority Relations
  • one of the following:
    • BIO 110 Life Sciences for Health Careers (4 semester hours) **
    • BIO 111 Life Sciences I (4 semester hours) *
  • Twenty-two (22) semester hours from the following of which no more than four (4) semester hours may be Biology (BIO) coursework:
    • BIO 262 Genetics (4 semester hours)*
    • BIO 330 Microbiology (4 semester hours)*
    • BIO 351 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (4 semester hours)*
    • BIO 441 Neurobiology (4 semester hours)*
    • CHM 131 Principles of Chemistry I (4 semester hours)*
    • CHM 132 Principles of Chemistry II (4 semester hours)*
    • ESS 111 First Aid and Emergency Care (2 semester hours)
    • ESS 112 Strength and Conditioning Techniques** (2 semester hours)
    • ESS 135 Medical Terminology (2 semester hours)*
    • ESS 202 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries**
    • ESS 280 Special Topics in Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    • ESS 324 Programming of Athletic Facilities and Events**
    • ESS 344 Anaerobic Conditioning**
    • ESS 426 Exercise Prescription II**
    • ESS 480 Special Topics in Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    • ESS 490 Independent Study in Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    • MAT 162 Pre-Calculus*
    • MAT 220 Probability and Statistics*
    • PHY 211 General Physics I (4 semester hours)*
    • PSY 200 General Psychology**
    • PSY 305 Health Psychology**
  • * Courses suggested for students wishing to pursue pre-professional health/rehabilitative studies.
    ** Courses suggested for students wishing to pursue training-related professions in exercise science.

Exercise Science and Sport Studies Major - Sport Studies Emphasis (54 semester hours)

  • BIO 110 Life Sciences for Health Careers (4 semester hours)
  • BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 semester hours)
  • ESS 144 Introduction to Sport Studies
  • ESS 201 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • ESS 220 Fundamental Aspects of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • ESS 253 Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • ESS 264 Youth & Adolescence in Sport
  • ESS 315 Sports Marketing and Promotion
  • ESS 320 Gender & Racial Issues: Diversity in Sport
  • ESS 324 Programming of Athletic Facilities & Events
  • ESS 400 Internship in Exercise Science and Sport Studies
  • ESS 410 Organization & Management of Sport Programs (Writing Intensive)
  • ESS 450 Essentials of Ethics and Law in Sport
  • One course from the following:
    • ECN 301 The Economics of Sport
    • SOC 321 Sociology of Sport
  • Ten (10) semester hours from the following of which no more than six (6) semester hours may be Coaching (CHG) coursework:
    • BUS 330 Management Principles
    • CHG 222 Principles and Organization of Athletic Coaching (2 semester hours)
    • CHG 231 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Football (2 semester hours)
    • CHG 232 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Wrestling (2 semester hours)
    • CHG 240 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Softball (2 semester hours)
    • CHG 241 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Basketball (2 semester hours)
    • CHG 242 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Baseball (2 semester hours)
    • CHG 251 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Volleyball (2 semester hours)
    • CHG 252 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Tennis (2 semester hours)
    • CHG 261 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Soccer (2 semester hours)
    • CHG 262 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Track and Field (2 semester hours)
    • ESS 111 First Aid and Emergency Care (2 semester hours)
    • ESS 112 Strength and Conditioning Techniques (2 semester hours)
    • ESS 135 Medical Terminology (2 semester hours)
    • ESS 202 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • ESS 280 Special Topics in Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    • ESS 400 Internship in Exercise Science and Sport Studies (Additional)
    • ESS 480 Special Topics in Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    • ESS 490 Independent Study in Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    • NPO 365 Fundraising

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Recent Grads, Real Careers

Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland College execise science and sports studies students from recent graduating classes have landed:

  • Medical only specialist, Society Insurance
  • Regional manager/director of operations, Anytime Fitness
  • Personal trainer, Experience Fitness
  • Head personal trainer, Xperience Fitness
  • Optimal health coach/wellness program assistant, Trotter Wellness
  • Sales and marketing, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Assistant football coach, Benedictine University
  • Basketball director at Players Choice, Inc.
  • Graduate student, sports psychology, Minnesota State University
  • Fitness coach, Underground Functional Fitness
  • Health and wellness coordinator, Verizon Business
  • Personal trainer, Sports Core

Listed below are some of the Internships that Lakeland College students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:

  • Anytime Fitness - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Apex Sports - Plymouth, Wis.
  • Aurora Health Care Rehabilitation Center - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Bellin Health & Fitness - Green Bay, Wis.
  • Cedar Grove-Belgium High School football - Cedar Grove, Wis.
  • Fox Valley Physical Therapy - Oshkosh, Wis.
  • LPGA - Kohler, Wis.
  • North Fond du Lac High softball team - Fond du Lac, Wis.
  • Oneida Community Health Center - Green Bay, Wis.
  • Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Players Choice - Appleton, Wis.
  • Progressive Beginnings - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Sheboygan A’s semi-pro baseball team - Sheboygan,Wis.
  • Sheboygan County Rebels football team - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Sheboygan North High School wrestling team - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • XLR8 Sports Training - Appleton, Wis.
  • YMCA -Sheboygan, Wis.
  • YMCA - Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

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Snapshot of Success

Name: Jake Frias

Hometown: Oak Lawn, Ill.

Title: Personal trainer; head high school wrestling coach

Business: Sports Core, Kohler, Wis.; Cedarburg High School

Driven is what defines Jake, who earned his bachelor’s degree in 2010 and his master’s in counseling three years later.

Lakeland, Jake says, is a serious school. But the culture of the school also includes something else, a valuable characteristic that helped Jake thrive.

“Lakeland, in a nutshell, is about ‘compassionate business,’" Jake says. “They expect you to get the job done, but they also care about you. If you fall down, everyone at Lakeland will pick you back up and help you get back to work.”

Jake credits his advisor, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Kelly Quick, with challenging him to excel, network and set his goals high when it came to internships. Jake also credits his on-campus fraternity, Mu Lambda Sigma, with providing a strong support system.

“Everyone at Lakeland showed me how to become a caring, compassionate, hard-working individual,” Jake says. “Everyone cleared a path for me to travel down. The small class sizes kept you accountable. If you weren’t in class, you’d hear about it. I really think I’d have been lost at a bigger school.”

Jake, an NCAA Division III Academic All-American wrestler his senior year, now teaches the sport at Cedarburg High School – in addition to working as one of the lead personal trainers at the highly regarded Sports Core fitness facility in Kohler, Wis.

Last season, while coaching wrestling at Sheboygan North, one of his wrestlers won a state championship – the first for the school in two decades.

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