Exploring and enhancing physical activity.
Students can choose from two specializations - Exercise Science and Sport Management. Exercise Science prepares students to be involved with improving the health and overall well-being of people. Classes help develop skills in exercise assessment, prescription and programming for athletic, healthy and special populations. Our students also have the opportunity to become certified strength and conditioning specialists. The sport anagement specialization focuses on the business of athletics. The curriculum prepares students for careers in sport event management, intercollegiate athletic departments, minor league sport, sport facility management, sport marketing, sport promotions and other areas of the expanding sport/business and sport/entertainment industries.
The Bachelor of Science in Education for Physical Education degree provides aspiring teachers with the knowledge and skills to develop and deliver quality K-12 physical education programs. Our curriculum aligns with South Dakota’s physical education standards and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) beginning teacher standards. Students pursuing a degree in this program receive content specific teaching methodology including effective classroom management models. Practical application and field experiences allow students to gain experience in the classroom setting and in local community school settings. Content methodology courses are required for both elementary and secondary levels and all students are required to pass a Physical Education Content Exam in order to be certified to teach in the state.
Our students not only get hands-on experience through internships, they also are very active in departmental research using a wide range of equipment.
An internship is a component of all our academic programs giving students the opportunity to get field experience to supplement their time in the classroom.
The division offers two organizations for students to get involved - the Sport Management Alliance and Exercise Science Club.