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Exercise and Sports Studies (BS), 4-Year

ESS students working out in the DYC College Fitness Center

D’Youville College's Exercise & Sports Studies program prepares students to understand various dimensions of the health professions, fitness industry and/or competitive athletics.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

People are becoming increasingly conscious about the importance of exercise and sports as vital elements to maintaining and improving their own personal health. In fact, interest in sports as a whole has become so great that industry experts estimate the size of the global sports industry at $1.5 trillion dollars worldwide -- making sports one of the largest industries in the world.

If you're interested in a career in sports, fitness, or healthcare, D'Youville College's Exercise and Sports Studies program offers three pathways to earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports studies designed to prepare you for a career in these rapidly-growing industries.

Pathways to earn a degree

Bachelor's Degree

Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree can choose from two tracks:

  • Exercise Studies Track: Students in this track learn the health and fitness aspects of the exercise sciences, ideal for preparing for a career in the fitness industry as a professional offering training and guidance in a variety of settings.
  • Sports Studies Track: If you're interested in sports management, the business of fitness, or coaching, the Sports Studies Track provides you with a solid foundation by teaching you the social, psychological, business, and management aspects of these industries.

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) + Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Combined Degree Program

If you're interested in a career as a professional physical therapist, our sequential degree program allows you to enter D'Youville as a freshman and graduate in six years with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sports Studies and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

As a student in the sequential degree program you'll be eligible for direct entry into the three-year professional graduate DPT program after you receive your bachelor's degree...no additional application or GRE test required. Simply maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a B or better overall and a 3.2 GPA in all the DPT prerequisite courses and you're in!

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • D'Youville's growing NCAA Division-III athletic programs for men and women provides sports participation and learning opportunities as a student in the Exercise & Sports Studies program. 
  • Our nationally-recognized Center for Research on Physical Activity, Sport, & Health will provide you with the kind of research experience that's respected and sought-after by employers and graduate programs.
  • By combining classroom instruction with internship experiences, our program will prepare you to enter a professional role in the sports/fitness and wellness industry as soon as you graduate.
  • D'Youville's commitment to a liberal education means that you'll learn how to solve problems, think critically, work well with others, and communicate effectively...all skills that today's employers are looking for.

AUTOMATIC MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 $4,000  

2.5

Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Curriculum

Course Requirements

Core Course requirements for the major

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 111 English Communication I 3
ENG 112 English Communication II 3
PHI 201 Ethics in Theory and Action 3
  OR  
RS 201 Religion and Social Responsibility 3
  Five (5) Humanities Electives 15
HIS History Core Elective 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
PSC 201 American Government and Economics 3
  OR  
ECO 201 Principles of Economics – Macro 3
  OR  
ECO 202 Principles of Economics – Micro 3
MAT 1xx Mathematics Core Course (Track #3: MAT 122 or 125) 3
CSC 110 Computers and Computing 3
  OR  
CSC 151 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
  OR  
CSC 161 Introduction to Multimedia 3
BIO 107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 107L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIO 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 108L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
  Three (3) Free Electives 9
Subtotal 59

Other academic areas required for the major

Course Number Course Name Credits
ESS 101 Introduction to Exercise and Sports Studies 3
ESS 201 Principles of First Aid, Safety and Athletic Injury 3
ESS 270 Exercise and Sports Studies: Practicum 3
ESS 410 Strength and Conditioning Seminar 3
ESS 470 Exercise and Sports Studies: Internship 3
ESS 490 Exercise and Sports Studies Seminar 0
SOC 312 Sociology of Sports and Physical Activity 3
Subtotal 18

Additional Course Requirements for Exercise Studies Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 111 Chemistry for the Health Sciences I 3
CHE 112 Chemistry for the Health Sciences II 2
CHE 113L Chemistry for the Health Sciences II Lab 1
ESS 220 Human Biomechanics 3
BIO 339 Human Gross Anatomy 6
DTC 306 Principles of Nutrition 3
DTC 328 Nutrition for Fitness and Athletic Performance 2
ESS 301 Exercise Prescription and Fitness Evaluation 3
ESS 306 Exercise Physiology 3
  Seven (7) Electives 24
Subtotal 47

Additional Course Requirements for Sports Studies Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
ESS 206 Coaching Theory and Methodology 3
ESS 232 Exercise and Sports Psychology 3
ESS 307 Sports and Fitness Management 3
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 322 Health, Illness and Society 3
SOC 400 Social Epidemiology 3
  Nine (9) Electives 27
Subtotal 47

Additional Course Requirements for Health Professions Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 111 Chemistry for the Health Sciences I 3
CHE 112 Chemistry for the Health Sciences II 2
CHE 113L Chemistry for the Health Sciences II Lab 1
ESS 220 Human Biomechanics 3
HSM 203 Medical Terminology 1
DTC 306 Principles of Nutrition 3
DTC 328 Nutrition for Fitness and Athletic Performance 2
ESS 301 Exercise Prescription and Fitness Evaluation 3
ESS 306 Exercise Physiology 3
MAT 123 Introduction to Applied Statistics 4
PHY 111\L Introduction to Physics I 4
PHY 112\L Introduction to Physics II 4
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3
  Three (3) Electives 9
Subtotal 45

Totals

Totals for Exercise Studies Track

Requirement Credits
Core requirements 59
In other academic areas required for the major 18
In the specific area of concentration 47
Total 124

Totals for Sports Studies Track

Requirement Credits
Core requirements 59
In other academic areas required for the major 18
In the specific area of concentration 45
Total 122

Totals for Health Professions Track

Requirement Credits
Core requirements 59
In other academic areas required for the major 18
In the specific area of concentration 45
Total 122

Careers

Careers

Researchers and healthcare professionals are increasingly emphasizing the importance of fitness in supporting both physical and mental health. As a result, opportunities for graduates in Exercise & Sports Studies are on the rise. A degree from D'Youville in Exercise & Sports Studies will prepare you to begin a career in any of these settings (and more!):

  • Professional Athletics
  • College/University Strength & Conditioning
  • High School
  • Health & Fitness Industry
  • Personal Training
  • Corporate Fitness
  • Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Exercise Physiology/Research
  • Community Organizations (YMCA, etc..)
  • Military
  • Hospital/Medical Facility
  • Sports Marketing/Promotion/Management
  • Athletic Administration
  • Hospitals/Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Sociology
  • Sports Journalism
  • Coaching

As the industry grows, being able to prove your expertise through professional certifications is becoming more important than ever. Students completing the Exercise Studies or Health Professions tracks of the ESS program will be prepared for the credentialing examinations administered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Our multidisciplinary approach prepares you to qualify for these important credentials and prepares you to pursue advanced graduate degrees in a number of fields including exercise physiology or health and human performance.

Internships

Internships

If you're interested in beginning your professional career immediately after graduation, the numerous internship opportunities available to ESS students will allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom into practice through hands-on, real-world experiences. It will provide you with the valuable on-the-job experience employers are looking for while allowing you to investigate a wide range of career experiences and build the kinds of professional contacts that often prove invaluable after graduation.

Because we understand the importance of putting theory into practice, we've structured the ESS program to integrate internship experiences into the curriculum, allowing you to put what you learn in the classroom into practice immediately. This integration allows you to receive an education that emphasizes both academic rigor and practical experience in a supportive environment that recognizes the demands of sports and fitness practitioners. 

D'Youville Athletics

D'Youville College's ever-growing NCAA Division-III men's and women's sports teams can provide the basis for learning and internships experiences spanning aspects of the health, fitness, and sports industries. Through experiences with the teams, you'll gain valuable experience in fitness training, sports management, and even coaching, providing you with the real-life experiences that employers are looking for.

Benefits of ESS Internships

Through your internship experiences, you'll:

  • Have the opportunity to explore various employment and career settings in order to discover what's right for your personal and professional goals and interests.
  • Grow your resume through real-world experiences in professional settings.
  • Develop networking skills and professional contacts in the exercise and sports sciences fields.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Freshman Applicants: Exercise Track/Sports Track

Applicants must meet these criteria for entrance into the Exercise Studies and Sports Studies tracks of the ESS program:

Admission Requirements
Combined SAT score of 980 (or ACT of 19)
High school average of at least 80 percent

High School rank in the upper one half of the class

FRESHMAN & Transfer APPLICANTS: Health Professions/DPT track

See admissions requirements for Six-Year Physical Therapy Sequential BS + DPT.

Transfer Applicants: EXERCISE TRACK, SPORTS TRACK

Transfer applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Daniel Glover

our alumni

"I worked with faculty to create an exercise program for senior citizens that we implemented at several area community centers."

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Dan Glover

Our alumni

"I always had a passion for athletics and fitness and wanted a career in Sports Management."

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