Exercise Science BA or BS Degree
Schreiner University offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Exercise Science. The University also offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sport Management.
Left to right: Dr. Kyle Busing, Adam Lopez and Will Ramon ’12 take time to pose during a recent visit to campus in which Lopez underwent fitness testing by Busing and his students. Ramon is Lopez’s strength and conditioning coach .... read more
Exercise Science is the scientific study of human movement and performance, and career opportunities range from scientific investigation to practical applications of these concepts. Many professional possibilities exist in the area of Exercise Science, and more are becoming available each year. These may include working in clinical rehabilitation settings, serving as a Strength and Conditioning coach or becoming an exercise leader in a corporate wellness setting. Many Exercise Science students pursue graduate school and use this degree as a foundation to enter physical therapy school. While there are many opportunities for students that hold a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science, many careers require further study in graduate school.
Careers in Exercise Science
An Exercise Science major may seek employment in a number of areas. Jobs exist in the private and public sectors. Some examples include:
Athletic Enhancement Programs
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Exercise Test Technologist
Working in various phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Working within a Corporate Wellness Program
Working for a private company that "farms out" employees to a number of corporations
Private Sports Medicine Clinics
Commercial Health and Fitness Facilities
State and Federal Wellness Programs
Community Health and Fitness Programs
Physician's Private Practice
As you can see the career potential for the Exercise Science major is quite diverse. Success will depend upon their education and their drive to succeed. As the U.S. population continues to age, the number of career opportunities for Exercise Science professional continues to grow.
BA SPORT MANAGEMENT DEGREE
Schreiner offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sport Management. The Sport Management major prepares students for careers in the fields of sport business, management of sport, and sport marketing by combining business related courses with studies of sport and physical education. The Sport Management major at Schreiner University is designed for those individuals who wish to embark on one of the following career paths: (1) pursue a career in Sport Administration, such as an Athletic Director at a high school; (2) go on to graduate studies and work on the college/university level; (3) work with professional sports teams and professional athletes; and/or (4) manage and direct sport facilities such as health clubs, sports arenas, ball parks, and stadia.
SU Grad Witnesses Sport History
Witnessing one’s team literally at the top of its game is the hope of many. Brad Thomas got to live the dream in fall 2014.
Thomas, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management in 2012, joined the Kansas City Royals baseball team as an account executive in group and suite ticket sales in November 2013—just in time to witness the organization’s first post-season run in 29 years.
“The Royals took all of their front office staff to all the World Series games,” says Thomas. “I got to view the full spectrum of the series.”
A graduate of Randolph High School in San Antonio, Thomas loves baseball. He played four years on the Mountaineer baseball team, and was academic all-conference three years. He didn’t start Schreiner as a sport management major, but decided to take courses in the subject from Dr. J. Barry Shaw and Dr. Tom Wells, and “fell in love with it. That turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
After graduation he took on three part-time jobs, one with the Houston Astros urban youth league. Then he joined the Minnesota Twins organization for 14 months before moving to the Royals.
Thomas hopes to keep working in baseball in one form or another. “I never planned on being in sales, but I love being around the game.” He misses playing, however, and should the opportunity arise, he might consider coaching.
He’s enjoying Kansas City and his work, but Thomas fondly remembers his alma mater. “Schreiner University is my home, more than anywhere else.”
About the photo: Brad Thomas with the 2014 American League Championship trophy