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We are excited to announce that a new Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science has been approved for the fall of 2014! The new curriculum creates three new 'academic tracks': Exercise Science, Medical Fitness, and Strength and Conditioning, allowing students to receive more advanced coursework in their specialty. The new Health Science emphasis, which can be substituted for the required minor, will allow students to complete the prerequisites for entry into either Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant graduate programs. For more information, please click the careers button below.Welcome to the online home of the Physical Education program at USC Upstate. Our mission is to prepare our students to be highly competent and thoughtful professional educators or practitioners in their chosen field, using the most effective classroom and hands-on learning experiences. We encourage students to be professional in all aspects of their academic careers.
The physical education major has two areas of concentration. The physical education teacher education (PETE) concentration prepares students to teach physical education in
grades K-12. In addition to a core program in the liberal arts, students
undertake studies in the professional education area as well as in-depth study
in physical education. Directed teaching for PETE majors is arranged at both
the elementary and secondary levels. Requirements for acceptance into the Teacher Education program can be found here.
Students choosing the exercise and sport science concentration are trained for a variety of careers, including fitness
specialist, personal training and strength and conditioning specialist.With graduate training, students can pursue careers in sport nutrition, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy.Preparation for both
the NSCA’s certified strength and conditioning specialist exam and the ACSM’s health fitness specialist exam is built into the curriculum, and students passing one of these national exams can expect enhanced job opportunities.
Dr. Ben SnyderProgram CoordinatorExercise and Sports Science DirectorPhone: 864-503-5528Fax: 864-503-5574
Dr. Jim KamlaPhysical Education Teacher Education DirectorPhone: 864-503-5851Fax: 864-503-5574
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