Sports and Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science

Our Bachelor of Science in Sports and Health Sciences is a scientific study of human movement and human behavior relative to exercise, fitness, nutrition, health, and wellness. This degree is designed to prepare you to meet challenges in these dynamic and emerging fields of study. You will engage in core issues and concepts in areas such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, kinesiology, and exercise programming and testing. It is an appropriate choice for students pursuing careers as coaches and scouts, exercise physiologists, fitness trainers, health educators, program directors, umpires and other sport officials, managers, and more. 

This B.S. degree in Sports and Health Sciences is affiliated with the guidelines of the American Sport Education Program (ASEP).

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Sports psychology and human behavior in a sport and exercise setting
  • Principles and terminology of basic chemistry
  • First aid and emergency treatment of sports injuries
  • Exercise programming, testing, and physiology
  • Training, conditioning, and health and wellness
  • Coaching theories and methods, and leadership concepts
  • Nutrition and exercise programs
  • Sports law, risk, and regulations
  • Business skills for the fitness and wellness industry

Note: Some courses in this program require you to purchase lab kits. These costs are not covered by our undergraduate book grant.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply fundamental concepts of human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health, and kinesiology to applications in sports and fitness.
  • Perform motivational strategies and tactics designed to guide practice and performance in physical activity.
  • Design a healthful diet for varying populations based off sound nutritional principles and concepts generated from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Critically analyze steroids usage on athletic performance including associated muscle reaction and medical risks.
  • Illustrate appropriate procedures for treating upper and lower body sport injuries.
  • Construct exercise programs applicable in fitness, rehabilitation, and athletic training settings.
  • Evaluate suitability of common exercises based on muscle action for exercise program design.

Degree at a Glance


Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


Coaching Studies

Explores strategies of effective communication with athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, and parents. The curriculum evaluates technical and tactical sport skills, as well as leadership strategies and their application to coaching principles. A focus on coaching leadership can also be applied to other business endeavors and personal life,

Sample Courses

  • LSTD209 - Sports Law, Risk, and Regulation
  • SPHE350 - Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills
  • SPHE318 - Coaching Theory and Methodology
  • SPHE416 - Athletic Programs Administration
  • SPHE417 - Leadership Concepts in Coaching
  • SPHE323 - Sports Conditioning
  • SPHE351 - Coaching Basketball Technical and Tactical Skills
  • SPHE352 - Coaching Football Technical and Tactical Skills

Exercise Science

Offers scientific knowledge used to train athletes and clients in fitness and athletic performance, including exercise prescription principles for training variation, injury prevention, and reconditioning. Examines sports nutrition and supplementation, lower and upper extremities function during exercise, and mental training strategies aimed at improving athletic performance.

Sample Courses

  • MATH302 - Statistics
  • SPHE317 - Sports Medicine
  • SPHE425 - Therapeutic Exercise
  • SPHE315 - Training and Conditioning
  • SPHE323 - Sports Conditioning
  • SPHE324 - Biomechanics

Fitness and Wellness Professional Studies

Examines health care financing and economic principles, as well as environmental, sociocultural, and other factors that influence fitness and wellness practices. Topics include the physical, intellectual, and social components of wellness, as well as sports facility and event management and other business aspects, including risk management, marketing, leadership, and personnel.

Sample Courses

  • SPHE316 - Sports and Recreation Facility Management
  • SPHE460 - Business Aspects of Fitness and Wellness
  • SPHE461 - Current Issues and Trends in Fitness and Wellness
  • PBHE209 - Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • PBHE315 - Health Economics and Finance
  • PBHE427 - Epidemiology


This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.

View other concentrations in this program to see sample courses.

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Undergraduate students with less than 9 transferable credit hours may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment to determine current math and writing skill levels.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or