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Sport and Exercise Science Advising Information

Sport and Exercise Science Major Entrance Requirements: The student must complete one year of full-time study (24 credits minimum) or 32 credits as a part-time student. In addition, a student interested in the Sport and Exercise Science major will meet  faculty members for a question-and-answer session before the application form is signed.

  • General Advising Information: PDF documents specific to this program are provided below. The full course catalog, policies, textbook information, and other resources are available from the Office of the Registrar.

    For additional advising information, contact your academic advisor or visit the advising page on myWLC (log-in required). Course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, curriculum changes, or course enrollment numbers.

    • Students who are considering a Sport and Exercise Science major should meet with an SPE professor prior to planning their courses schedule for the following year.
    • Students wishing to enroll in the COM 405 Sports Communication elective should take a minimum of a 200 or 300 level communication course first.
    • An internship is required for all SPE majors and can be completed during the academic year or summer.
    • Students considering graduate school should investigate potential universities during their junior year. Graduate Record Exams (GRE) should be taken at the end of the junior year or early in the senior year.
    • Several local medical facilities offer shadowing opportunities for our students. If you need assistance setting up an opportunity, contact an SPE professor.



    • A career in physical therapy requires a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited DPT program. Course requirements for all DPT programs (pdf)
    • Most DPT programs require or recommend the following courses and students interested in pursuing a DPT degree should enroll in these course additions to the major requirements.
      • Two semesters of general chemistry: CHE 161, 162
      • Two semesters of general biology: BIO 201, 202
      • Two semesters of physics: PHY 201, 202
      • Advanced Physiology: BIO 455
      • Cell Biology prior to Advanced Physiology: BIO 331
      • These courses within general degree requirements: ENG 101, MAT 117, BIO 225 & 255 and CSC 100 or higher


    It is recommended that all students receive one of several certifications prior to graduation. These programs include personal training, strength and conditioning, and clinical exercise specialist.

    Group Exercise Instructor (ACE Certification)

    Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM Certification)

    Personal Trainer (ACE Certification)

    Personal Trainer (ACSM Certification)

    Personal Trainer (NASM Certification)

    Personal Trainer (NFPT Certification)

    Strength and Conditioning Specialist


    Many more career options exist for Sport and Exercise Science majors. Here are other areas to explore:

    American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists - The ABPTS offers board-certification in eight specialty areas of physical therapy: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women's Health.

    Cancer Exercise Trainer

    Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist

    Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Specialist Certification

    Certified Exercise Physiologist

    Community Health Educator

    Corporate Wellness

    Public Health Specialist