Kinesiology and Sport Science

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About Us

The Division of Kinesiology and Sport Science offers comprehensive professional preparation programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 


Sport Management - What's it all about?

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. If you are interested in supervising employees at a professional sport stadium, managing a large sport fitness complex, conducting the event management logistics for BCS bowl a PGA golf tournament or coordinating the compliance policy for an intercollegiate athletic department USD has the Sport Management program for you.  The curriculum, housed in the Division of Kinesiology & Sport Science 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.  Sport management students have served behind the scenes at the Olympics, major golf tournaments, FIFA's World Cup, dozens of intercollegiate athletic departments and conferences as well as a plethora of professional and minor league teams. While education is a vital ingredient to achieving success, USD Sport Mangagement majors are strongly encouraged to meet academics and practitioners in the sport management field by attending conferences such as those held by North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow (SEVT) and the Stadium Managers Association (SMA).  

Exercise Science - What's it all about?

The latest addition to the EXS program is the "state of the art" 3D Motion Analysis Biomechanics Laboratory with a Vicon 6 camera system and 2 AMTI force plates.  This addition is helping with undergraduate and graduate education.  We also are involved with metabolic testing with the acquisition of the K4 B2 wireless metabolic unit to assess high intensity workout programs with our undergraduate and graduate students.  Many of our students do take the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist exam during their senior year with support from the South Dakota NSCA, Regional NSCA, and the National Strength & Conditioning Association towards providing our students with internships and possible job placement.

Mission Statements
  • Exercise Science - We engage in interdisciplinary collaborative research that focusses on activity across the lifespan which educates individuals to promote functional fitness.
  • Sport Management - We stimulate our students' intellectual, personal, and professional growth through a challenging academic program augmented by relevant practical experiences pertaining to sport business.
  • Physical Education - We prepare skilled individuals whose leadership, practice and decisions are based on sound pedagogical principles learned in a professional preparation program.

A Popular Major

KSS Kinesiology encompasses the art and science of human movement. We emphasize theory and back it with experience.