Kinesiology and Sport Science

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Kinesiology and Sport Science

Kinesiology - from the Greek word kinesis (movement).  Sport Science - a multifaceted field of study that includes physical activity as well as the business environment of sport.

The Division of Kinesiology and Sport Science is committed to be a leader in preparing students to critically analyze issues and problems related to exercise science, sport management and physical education.  In addition, we ensure that our students are proficient in the outcome areas of practical and theoretical competence, communication, personal and professional decision making, ethical and legal practices, professional development, and self-enhancement.

Sport Management

Sport Management is a multi-billion dollar business making it one of the largest industries in the United States.  Due to our program's versatility a large number of opportunities exist in multiple areas of the sport industry, including management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, communications, and community relations.  Sport related knowledge can bring a unique aspect not only to the sport industry, but to businesses as well. Read more > 

Exercise Science

What is Exercise Science?

Exercise Science is a discipline based on the scientific principles that underlie human movement, and requires the development of basic skills in:

  • exercise assessment, prescription and programming in healthy and special populations
  • enhancement in coaching or specializing in human performance
    In recent years, the public has recognized that adopting a lifestyle combining regular physical activity with good nutrition reduces the risk of death or debilitation from cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes.  As a result, employment opportunities in exercise science and related health fields have increased dramatically.
  • Approximately 50% of our graduates enter other health related professional programs in Physical Therapy, Medicine, Chiropractic, Physician Assistant OR enter graduate school
  • The other 50% of grads enter the exercise science field directly in areas such as: strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, community health and wellness, or personal training.

The University of South Dakota Exercise Science Specialization has been endorsed by The National Strength & Conditioning Association as an "Education Recognized Program" and is valid until 2015









Sport Science

\\usd Continuously challenging students to make connections between theoretical frameworks and practical applications.