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Sports Medicine Concentration

(122 semester hours)

The Sports Medicine concentration provides a preprofessional program of study with a focus on exercise and sport science that also encompasses other fields of science (biology, chemistry, physics, health, and nutrition). Completing this concentration is a first step toward a career in the field of sports medicine, providing students with the necessary academic and clinical experience for future study in allied health fields. Examples include, but are not limited to, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, podiatry, dentistry, and medicine.

Student Learning Goals

Students completing this program will understand the basic scientific theories and principles that serve as a foundation for the allied health and medical professions as well as the sociohistorical, behavioral and biophysical aspects of exercise and sport. They will understand the structure and function of the human body and the stresses associated with movement, exercise and the demands of various sports as well as prevention, care and treatment of injuries and illnesses that commonly occur in physical activity.

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category


Students may select courses for:


Literature (GLT)


Fine Arts (GFA)


Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)


One additional GLT, GFA, or GPR course


Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)


Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
required: ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one other GRD course




Department specifies courses for:


Mathematics (GMT)
required: STA 108


Natural Sciences (GNS)
required: BIO 111 and CHE 111


Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
ESS 330 and PSY 121



II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.


III Major Requirements

ESS 250, 330*, 351, 375, 376, 386, 388 and 6 activity courses** must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher.

NOTE: No required ESS course may be taken more than twice. Students who receive a grade below C twice in the same required ESS course will be dropped from their concentration. Students who receive a grade below C twice in the same ESS Theory Core course will be dropped from the major.

*ESS 330 satisfies 3 hours of GSB.

**The 6 activity courses must include ESS 120, 130, and at least one of the following aquatics activities: 150, 151, 202, 203, 252, 254, 256.

IV Related Area Requirements

BIO 111*, BIO 271, and 277; CHE 111*, 112; CST 341; HEA 201; NTR 213; PSY 121*; STA 108*

*BIO 111 and CHE 111 satisfy GNS; PSY 121 satisfies 3 s.h. of GSB; STA 108 satisfies GMT.

V Additional Concentration Requirements

ESS 220, 353, 379, 390, 391, 441

VI Electives

At least 9 s.h. of electives must be chosen from the following:

BIO 112; CHE 114 and 115, 205 and 206, 351, 352 and 354, 556, 557 and 558; CSC 101; ESS 459, 468, 469, 570, 595; HDF 211; ISM 110 or 210; MAT 191; NTR 313, 531, 550, 560; PHY 211 or 211A, PHY 212 or 212A; PSY 250, 341.

VII Additional Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.30 and a grade of at least C (2.0) in each required ESS course at the 100–499 levels is required for permission to enroll in any ESS 500-level course.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer must be obtained during enrollment in ESS 391.
  • To qualify for graduation in this concentration, all majors must achieve a grade of C (2.0) or better in each required course with an ESS prefix.
  • To graduate, all majors must obtain at least 36 s.h. in courses at the 300 level or above.
  • Formal admission to the Sports Medicine concentration requires:
    • Successful completion of BIO 111, 271, and 277; CHE 111 and 112; ESS 220
    • Completion or current enrollment in ESS 353, 390 and 391
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for admittance to program
    • Completion of application in ESS Department office prior to enrollment in ESS 441. Student should obtain detailed information early in their program of study to identify themselves as potential ESS Sports Medicine concentration students.
  • Students must be formally admitted to the concentration prior to enrolling in ESS 441.