Exercise and Sport Science, B.A.

Program Overview

Do you have a vibrant social personality that drives you to help people? Are habits like eating well or working out a priority for you? Does motivating, teaching, and being a catalyst for behavioral change in the health and lifestyles of others interest you? If so, a PLNU degree in exercise and sport science can lead to a very fulfilling and worthwhile career.

Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science isn’t simply lifting heavy weights or being able to run fast — it's about working with people to overcome their fears; identify and prevent injuries; help them avoid preventable disease; and live out a healthy, happy lifestyle. From biomechanics and anatomy to physiology or psychology, expect to find yourself gaining important skills in fitness assessment, exercise prescription, proper nutrition for fueling performance, and ethical/faithful leadership in this fast-growing discipline.

Student Profile

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Troy Litchfield

Becoming a firefighter isn’t the career most people think of when pursuing a bachelor’s in kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training. But, for Troy Litchfield (12), this degree prepared him in multiple ways to pursue his lifelong dream job. Read more


PLNU exercise and sport science majors are also required to complete concentrations in either fitness professional or physical education and sport performance, which aim to engage students in topics around the health and fitness industry, strength and conditioning, nutrition, learning theory, physical education, coaching, and many more conversations.

Concentrations:

  • Fitness Professional
  • Physical Education and Sport Performance

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The health and fitness industry is poised for huge growth as public demand for healthier lifestyle options has propelled exercise and sport science careers into some of the top job opportunities available. Increased public understanding and awareness continues to grow the need for alignment between fitness, nutrition, stress management, and treatment of preventable disease. PLNU exercise and sport science graduates are trained to successfully navigate the collaborative fitness and medical field to uncover ways of improving people's life and health. You will also leave with the scientific basis to achieve professional fitness certifications and specialized training to serve this growing need effectively.

Spotlight

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Jeff Sullivan, Ph.D., ATC

When students ask PLNU professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology Dr. Jeff Sullivan for career advice, he tells them to find what they’re passionate about and distinctly gifted in and use that to partner with God in what He’s doing. For Sullivan, this is more than advice; these are the words he lives by. Read more

A Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science can lead to a variety of careers, including the following:

  • Fitness Industry Professional
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Personal Training
  • Pre-health Professional (i.e., Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Athletic Training, or Pre-Physician Assistant)
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Sports Coach
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Nutritionist