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Degree in Sport and Exercise Science

If you’re interested in helping others improve and maintain their health and fitness or if you enjoy sports, you may want to consider a degree in Exercise and Sports Science (ESS). While not a teaching degree, a program in ESS will prepare you for a career in the multibillion-dollar fitness and sports industry.

In the exercise & sports science degree program at Cumberlands, you’ll study with caring and experienced faculty who know how to help you tailor your degree program to fit your interests and career goals. As you build a strong academic foundation through this sport science degree, you will learn a variety of skills necessary to help individuals live healthier lives, including the use of technology and communication skills.


Just what can you do with an undergraduate degree in exercise science anyway? A lot, actually. There are a number of exercise science major jobs ready for the right person with the right education. Upon successful completion of the sport science degree coursework, you will be eligible to take a national certification examination from organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF), or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Career options with your bachelor's in exercise science include:

  • Personal Trainer (certification may be necessary)
  • Geriatric Fitness Instructor
  • Coach
  • Scout
  • Sports Club Instructor
  • Intramural/Recreational Sports Director
  • Camp Activities Instructor/Director
  • YMCA Fitness Instructor
  • Church Recreation Leader
  • Sports Information Director
  • Assistant/Associate Athletic Director
  • Fitness Equipment Sales
  • Health and Fitness Club Manager
  • Community Recreation
  • Parks and Recreation Instructor
  • Hospital-Based Fitness Instructor

What's the Difference Between a Bachelor's and an AAS in Exercise Science?

There are a number of careers in the field of exercise science you can pursue without a degree. However, a degree in sports science can open a number of doors that otherwise may have been closed. Whether it’s a bachelor’s or an associate, a degree listed on your resume can help you better compete for those career opportunities. So, which one is right for you? An associate or a bachelor’s?

Associate in Applied Science in ESS

Typically, an associate degree program will focus on specific industry skills. It takes less time to complete than a bachelor’s degree, so you can start your professional career faster and more cost-effectively.

Bachelor's in Exercise Science

A bachelor’s degree provides a deeper examination of the field and a thorough, well-rounded education for transferable professional skills that can help you succeed in almost any career field. It can also lead to better career opportunities down the line.

Which degree program is right for you depends on your financial situation, career prospects, and time commitment. If you have questions, reach out to University of the Cumberlands to discuss your options.


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 


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