Sports Medicine and Exercise Science


Sports Medicine and Exercise Science


Sports Medicine and Exercise Science


Dr. Benjamin Carr

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The Sports Medicine and Exercise Science program is a highly rigorous interdisciplinary major which integrates basic and applied sciences to prepare students for wide range of careers in health and fitness. A Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science is an accredited degree that begins preparing students for fulfilling careers in vocations such as physical and occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, fitness, education, and medicine.

Students that pursue a sports medicine and exercise science major should have strong skills in math and the sciences, an interest in the inner workings of the human body, excellent interpersonal skills, and a desire to help others in a hands-on capacity.  Students who are interested in the "sports" aspect, but not necessarily the sciences, often find a better fit in Sports Administration, Business, Communication (Sports Broadcasting emphasis), or Public Administration.  Please speak with your admission counselor or a faculty advisor with any questions.

Why choose a major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science at Belhaven University?

This field of study is broad and will allow you to choose from a number of exciting career possibilities. When you choose to earn a sports medicine and exercise science degree at Belhaven, you will get the personalized instruction and one-on-one interactions with professors that many colleges can’t give you.

Our new enhanced facilities, computers and technology set us apart from other programs and we give you the opportunity to use modern scientific instrumentation and methods. You will not only expand your knowledge in the classroom, but you will also gain hands-on experience during your 200 on-site clinical observation hours.  Our coursework prepares you for graduate school and gives you a competitive edge.

What will I study?

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Injury Care & Prevention
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology Lab
  • Biomechanics
  • Sport & Exercise Nutrition

What can I do with a degree in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science?

  • Bio Mechanist
  • Physical/Occupational Therapist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Director
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Medical/Osteopathic Doctor
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Nutritionist/Dietician

What Kind of opportunities do students have in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science?

  • Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Club (SPEX Club)
  • Professional guest speakers
  • Field trips and learning experiences in professional venues
  • Community and professional service projects
  • Intern clinical experience in career field

What are Belhaven graduates doing now?

  • Graduate school
  • Physicians, dentists or nurses
  • Private and public environmental quality or preservation jobs
  • Research associates
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Teachers in higher education and high school level
  • Medical missions
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches

The School of Science and Mathematics also advises students for a number of programs in the health-related professions: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy. These programs and the pre-requisite requirements are listed in the current catalogue on the Pre-Professional Programs page.

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