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Exercise and Sports Studies (BS), 4-Year

ESS students working out in the Fitness Center

D’Youville's Exercise & Sports Studies program prepares students to understand various dimensions of the health professions, fitness industry, and 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'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. 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. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships SAT (M & EBRW) or ACT* / GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 + $3,000 Room and Board Waiver
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000 + $2,000 Room and Board Waiver
Dean's 80/980 or 18
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
$8,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,000
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $4,500
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,000
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $3,500

*D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Curriculum

Exercise and Sports Studies
Degree: B.S.

Core Course Requirements for the Major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 111

Introduction to Literature: Acad Writing

This course is an introduction to literature and the fundamentals of academic writing. Students learn the skills essential to college success:critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, scholarly discussion and collaboration, effective oral presentation, composition of writing for both readers and listeners.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
ENG 112

Liberal Arts Seminar: Research Writing

This course teaches academic research skills and writing based on a liberal arts topic. Topics vary by instructor.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 101

Principles of Sociology

This course examines interactions among individuals and groups within institutions. Attention is paid to the role of the state and the super-state in perpetuating social stratification in both North America and globally,and how unequal power relations organize society and shape identities. The ways in which individuals negotiate their lives in different social and economic contexts are also considered. Fundamental sociological concepts are investigated, such as culture,socialization, stratification,social structure,social institutions,and social interactions.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 101

General Psychology

This course is an overall survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Topics include biology of behavior,sensation and perception consciousness, learning and memory,intelligence,motivation and emotion, stress and personality.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PHI/RS 201

One Elective from PHI 201 or RS 201

Choose one elective from PHI 201 or RS 201
3
HUM

Five Humanities Electives

Choose five humanities electives.
15
HIS

One History Elective

Choose one history elective
3
PSC/ECO

One Elective from PSC 201, ECO 201 or ECO 202

Choose one elective from PSC 201, ECO 201 or ECO 202
3
MAT

One Elective from MAT 122 or MAT 125

Mathematics Core Course (Track #3: MAT 122 or MAT 125)
3
CSC

One Elective from CSC 110, CSC 151 or CSC 161

Choose one elective from CSC 110CSC 151 or CSC 161
3
BIO 107

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a study of the structural and functional relationships of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: CPC-022, 1 semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L

3.0
BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

This course accompanies BIO 107. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-107

1.0
BIO 108

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This continuation of BIO 107 emphasizes the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: CPC-022, Prior completion of BIO-107/L, BIO-108L

3.0
BIO 108L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

This course accompanies BIO 108. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-108

1.0
Electives Three Electives 9
Total 59

Subtotal: 59

In other academic areas required for the major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ESS 101

Introduction to Exercise and Sports Studies

This course introduces students to the many sub-disciplines of exercise and sports science. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to explore the various biological and psychosocial dimensions of physical activity, sport and health. Students will study a range of topics including links between physical activity and disease risk, aswell as the influence of exercise and conditioning on athletic performance, disease prevention, and physical fitness.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
ESS 201

Prin of First Aid in Athletic Injuries

This course is designed to familiarize students with the basic knowledge regarding the immediate and temporary care of athletic- and sports-related injury and illness. Safety concerns regarding exercise facilities and equipment, risk management and development of an emergency action plan will also be emphasized, as well as, recognition and care for both major and minor injuries and illnesses. The present course will also stress issues pertaining to professional certification,medical liability and other legal issues regarding the health, fitness and competitive sports industries.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

3.0
ESS 270

Exercise and Sports Studies Practicum

This course gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the health and fitness industry and to explore the career options available in the field of exercise and sports studies. Students will research the various career pathways open in the exercise and sports field through both secondary sources and documented first-hand observation within various educational settings, community-based athletic programs, fitness centers, sports medicine clinics, athletic teams or corporate settings.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

3.0
ESS 410

Strength & Conditioning Seminar

This course will address current and emerging topics within the Exercise & Sports Studies academic discipline.Course content will evolve with the ever-changing dimensions of physical activity, health and athletics. Topics included in this course will change in order to best address current and pertinent issues in ESS

Prerequisites: None

3.0
ESS 470

Exercise and Sports Studies: Internship

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within an exercise and sports studies facility. By agreement of the instructor, student and community internship site supervisor, the student will volunteer for a total of 200 hours at a designated internship site.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

3.0
ESS 490

Exercise and Sports Studies Seminar

This course provides the student with extensive faculty and peer guidance and feedback throughout a research or community-based internship experience.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

0.0
SOC 312

Sociology of Sports and Phys Activity

This course explores the social and cultural aspects of sport and physical activity. Students will study a range of topics including drug use in sport,equality of opportunity for women and people of color,social patterns and cultural perceptions of sports injury,exercise and preventive health,homophobia,gender and racial discrimination in sport,educational impacts of athletic participation and adolescent health,and violence in sport.Sociological,anthropological and historical perspectives will be used in this course.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
Total 18

Subtotal: 18


Additional course requirements for Track 1 - Exercise Studies:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 111

Chemistry for Health Sciences

This is a survey of general and organic chemistry that emphasizes fundamental principles and the properties and characteristics of important groups of chemicals. This course consists of three lectures per week.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
CHE 112

Chemistry for Health Sciences II

This survey of metabolism in the cell includes the instruction of compounds and other components involved in metabolism and regulation of metabolism. The course consists of two lectures per week

Prerequisites: CHE-111

2.0
CHE 113L

Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lab

The laboratory exercises illustrate principles, techniques and practices of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. The lab consists of three hours of laboratory a week

Prerequisites: CHE-111, CHE-112

1.0
BIO 339

Human Gross Anatomy

This is a lecture and laboratory course in human gross anatomy, which uses cadaver dissection and other materials illustrative of human anatomy. Emphasis will be placed upon the anatomy of skeletal muscles, including their bony attachments, nerve and blood supply and their functions in movements. Additional dissections will involve a survey of abdominal and thoracic organs, anatomy of the head and contents of the cranial cavity. The course consists of two lecture hours and eight lab hours a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-339L. Physician Assistant students will take BIO-639L., (BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or BIO-317.

6.0
DTC 306

Principles of Nutrition

The course will introduce the student to nutrition science and public health issues related to nutrition. The fundamentals of carbohydrates, protein, lipids, vitamins, minerals and metabolism will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on diet planning and analysis, energy balance and the role of diet and physical activity in a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Highlights of current topics in nutrition, such as eating disorders, vegetarian lifestyles, and fad diets will also be addressed. Open to all students

Prerequisites: BIO-108 CHE-102

3.0
DTC 328

Nutrition for Fitness & Athletic Performance

This two-credit course will introduce the student to the integrated science of nutrition and exercise physiology. The course will explore macro- and micronutrient needs as related to energy demands, cellular function, and growth, maintenance, and repair. Students will explore how optimal nutrition is essential for optimal performance. The course will focus on scientifically sound, evidence-based practice and examine sources of unsound sport nutrition recommendations. Assignments will allow students to gain a greater understanding of the energy requirements of exercise as well as the barriers to increased physical activity. This course consists of two lecture hours.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: (DTC-306) or (NTR-325)

2.0
ESS 220

Human Biomechanics

This course is designed to apply principles of human anatomy that will develop into an understanding of human movement as it corresponds to athletic performance and injury prevention. Forces that act on various joints at rest and during physical activity will be discussed, with principles underlying human movement,muscle physiology and muscular contraction being emphasized.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

3.0
ESS 301

Fitness Eval & Exercise Prescription

This course is designed to familiarize students with the theoretical background and practical applications needed to competently assess levels of physical fitness,and develop exercise programs. Course content is highly focused toward the knowledge and skills required for ACSM Health Fitness Instructor (HFI)and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exams.

Prerequisites: ESS-201

3.0
ESS 306

Exercise Physiology

This course serves to develop in students an intimate understanding of systemic and metabolic physiology within the physically active individual. Students will gain a thorough understanding of various body systems and the acute responses and chronic adaptations that occur as a result of exercise stress. Overall, students will develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the functional limitations of the human organism during exercise as it relates to the many sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, including respiratory physiology, skeletal muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, neuromuscular physiology and exercise endocrinology.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

3.0
Electives Seven Electives 21
Total 47

Subtotal: 47

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


Additional course requirements for Track 2 - Sport Studies:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ESS 206

Coaching Theory & Methodology

This course is designed to analyze the fundamental theories and practices of coaching sports and/or athletics, and to familiarize students with the inherent differences of coaching theory at various levels of competitive and recreational athletics. It includes a study of the psychological and sociological aspects of coaching, the use and implementation of coaching strategies, the organization of practices and games, communication with athletes, fans, schools,parents and the media, as well as the ethics of coaching.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
ESS 232

Sport & Exercise Psychology

This course is designed to explore the relationship between sport, fitness, and various inherent behaviors unique to the sport and fitness industries. The application of psychological theory, research, and practice to sport and fitness settings can contribute immensely to an individual's athletic performance and level of participation. This course seeks to provide a solid scientific foundation to further study the practice of sport and exercise psychology. Furthermore, possessing an understanding of the psychological/mental factors that affect athletic performance in sport,physical activity and exercise is an important skill to possess for the individual practitioners in the exercise and sports studies field.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

3.0
ESS 307

Sports & Fitness Management

Sports and fitness management serves as an examination of the principles, topics and theory pertaining to the administration and management of sports and fitness organizations. This will include, but not be limited to, the objectives, structures, philosophy, history and legal aspects of sports and fitness organizations. Current issues and trends pertaining to management of sports organizations and/or fitness facilities are analyzed.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

3.0
PSY 203

Developmental Psychology

This course explores milestones of physical,cognitive and psychosocial development from conception through old age. Emphasis is placed on global principles that guide human growth and change across the lifespan. The course meets the core requirement in psychology.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 322

Health Illness & Society

This is a critical survey and analysis of theory and research on health institutions in modern society as well as social etiology of disease,sociological components in treatment,hospital organization and medical practice and sociology of medical education.

Prerequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

3.0
SOC 400

Social Epidemiology

This course focuses on social epidemiology,the factors determining the occurrence and distribution of disease,health defects,disability and death among groups. The interdisciplinary nature of epidemiological theory,statistical measures commonly used,and an analysis of the distribution of health care in the United States are studied.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
Electives Nine Electives 27
Total 45

Subtotal: 45

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


Additional course requirements for Track 3 - Health Professions:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 111

Chemistry for Health Sciences

This is a survey of general and organic chemistry that emphasizes fundamental principles and the properties and characteristics of important groups of chemicals. This course consists of three lectures per week.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
CHE 112

Chemistry for Health Sciences II

This survey of metabolism in the cell includes the instruction of compounds and other components involved in metabolism and regulation of metabolism. The course consists of two lectures per week

Prerequisites: CHE-111

2.0
CHE 113L

Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lab

The laboratory exercises illustrate principles, techniques and practices of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. The lab consists of three hours of laboratory a week

Prerequisites: CHE-111, CHE-112

1.0
DTC 306

Principles of Nutrition

The course will introduce the student to nutrition science and public health issues related to nutrition. The fundamentals of carbohydrates, protein, lipids, vitamins, minerals and metabolism will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on diet planning and analysis, energy balance and the role of diet and physical activity in a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Highlights of current topics in nutrition, such as eating disorders, vegetarian lifestyles, and fad diets will also be addressed. Open to all students

Prerequisites: BIO-108 CHE-102

3.0
DTC 328

Nutrition for Fitness & Athletic Performance

This two-credit course will introduce the student to the integrated science of nutrition and exercise physiology. The course will explore macro- and micronutrient needs as related to energy demands, cellular function, and growth, maintenance, and repair. Students will explore how optimal nutrition is essential for optimal performance. The course will focus on scientifically sound, evidence-based practice and examine sources of unsound sport nutrition recommendations. Assignments will allow students to gain a greater understanding of the energy requirements of exercise as well as the barriers to increased physical activity. This course consists of two lecture hours.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: (DTC-306) or (NTR-325)

2.0
ESS 220

Human Biomechanics

This course is designed to apply principles of human anatomy that will develop into an understanding of human movement as it corresponds to athletic performance and injury prevention. Forces that act on various joints at rest and during physical activity will be discussed, with principles underlying human movement,muscle physiology and muscular contraction being emphasized.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

3.0
ESS 301

Fitness Eval & Exercise Prescription

This course is designed to familiarize students with the theoretical background and practical applications needed to competently assess levels of physical fitness,and develop exercise programs. Course content is highly focused toward the knowledge and skills required for ACSM Health Fitness Instructor (HFI)and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exams.

Prerequisites: ESS-201

3.0
ESS 306

Exercise Physiology

This course serves to develop in students an intimate understanding of systemic and metabolic physiology within the physically active individual. Students will gain a thorough understanding of various body systems and the acute responses and chronic adaptations that occur as a result of exercise stress. Overall, students will develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the functional limitations of the human organism during exercise as it relates to the many sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, including respiratory physiology, skeletal muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, neuromuscular physiology and exercise endocrinology.

Prerequisites: ESS-101

3.0
HSM 203

Medical Terminology

This course applies medical terminology including word components (root word, prefix and suffix), medical abbreviations, pathologies and diagnostic tests. Students also learn how to conduct a chart review, interpret admission notes, surgical reports, discharge summaries, and understand the components of a SOAP note.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
MAT 123

Introduction to Applied Statistics

This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression,confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results. Not open to those who have taken MAT 120

Prerequisites: one computer science course or take 1 course from PHY-101L PHY-103L or PHY-111L or be a pre-pharmacy student.

4.0
PHY 111

Introduction to Physics

This course is designed for health services/PT majors and for other students who wish to use it to fulfill the core requirement in science. The course lecture must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, the corresponding lab. PHY 111 covers kinematics, dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum, and rotational motion. PHY 112 covers statics, fluids, oscillations, sound and waves, temperature and heat, electricity and magnetism, and ray optics.

Prerequisites: MAT-122 or MAT-125

3.0
PHY 111L

Introduction to Physics Lab

This course is an introductory astronomy course for students from all majors. Students are introduced to the basics of the telescope, light, the seasons and the tides, the moon, the sun, the solar system, stars, galaxies and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Experience involving field use of telescopes and other observational tools is incorporated into the course. Astronomy will satisfy the non-lab core science elective or can also be used as a free elective. If taken in conjunction with the optional PHY 142L, it will also fulfill the core science requirement for a laboratory-based science course.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PHY 112

Introduction to Physics

This course is designed for health services/PT majors and for other students who wish to use it to fulfill the core requirement in science. The course lecture must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, the corresponding lab. PHY 111 covers kinematics, dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum, and rotational motion. PHY 112 covers statics, fluids, oscillations, sound and waves, temperature and heat, electricity and magnetism, and ray optics.

Prerequisites: MAT-122 or MAT-125

3.0
PHY 112L

Introduction to Physics Lab

This laboratory accompanies the introductory astronomy course. The laboratory work supplements the lectures in PHY 142, focusing on the underlying physics of light, optics, wave motion and planetary motion.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
Electives Four Electives 12
Total 45

Subtotal: 45

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'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.

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

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