Pursuing Your Passion for Exercise and Physical Activity
Concordia’s exercise & sport science (ESS) program explores the latest scientific concepts and applications of exercise, fitness, and human performance, preparing students to teach and model a healthy, active lifestyle. An ESS degree opens doors to a variety of careers in the growing health and fitness industry. It can also lead to graduate studies and a rewarding career in science and healthcare. Applying the best in science and sports training knowledge to build sound bodies and minds is an admirable goal and key to a successful career.
Concordia’s ESS program applies an evidence-based approach to the multidimensional study of human movement, while engaging students in hands-on experiences to promote critical thinking, effective communication, and a comprehensive understanding of the discipline. Students will gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in careers or graduate study in the growing fields of health, fitness, performance, medicine, and rehabilitation.
Concordia’s smaller classes, practical labs, and relevant field-based experiences prepare students to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for employment or graduate school. The ability to apply evidence-based knowledge into real-world situations is a focal point of our ESS program.
- Concordia’s Human Performance Lab has assessment equipment and programs that rival major research institutions, including a Quinton EKG, Parvo Metabolic Cart, and Bod Pod
- The ESS faculty has developed relationships, partnerships, and collaborative projects with premier athletic clubs, local fitness center, clinics, and research labs in the area, keeping the curriculum current and providing a relevant place for continued learning and advancement for both faculty and students
- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts jobs for fitness workers will increase faster than other occupations – with educated and experienced professionals (those with degrees and professional certification) having the best chances to get new jobs
“In Concordia’s ESS program, I received a solid foundation that prepared me to be successful in my master’s degree in athletic training. Every day of my graduate program, I used skills and abilities I learned and developed at Concordia. Not only was I proficient in the basic skills (blood pressure, fitness assessment, use of modalities, etc.), I was also confident and comfortable using them in real-world situations.” – Tina Garcia ’10