Using Your Degree

St. Kate's exercise and sport science major is excellent preparation for careers in

  • sports medicine
  • injury management/sports management
  • strength and conditioning/health promotion
  • physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • athletic training/personal training
  • coaching/teaching/research
  • sports psychology/clinical exercise physiology
  • sports camps
  • broadcasting/journalism
  • sporting equipment design/sales

Our alumnae include:

  • Jordan Lee Lord, athletic director of Kishwaukee College, Illinois.
  • Melanie Pusateri, physical education teacher and girls’ head swim coach at Edina Senior High School, Minnesota.
  • Anita Sandborgh, adjunct instructor for adaptive physical education at St. Kate’s.
  • Maria Nhambu Bergh, producer of “Aerobics With Soul” videos and national presenter for “African Women on Tour.”
  • Rebecca Zenefski, head coach at Minnesota Select Volleyball Club, varsity volleyball coach at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, and photographer/owner of By Rebecca Studios LLC.
  • Mary Flood Ranta, volleyball coach at Stillwater Public Schools, Minnesota.
  • Catherine M. Sykes, assistant principal of Pinellas County Schools, Florida.

Advanced study

“St. Kate’s professors really care about my academic success.” — student Stephanie Meschke

Your exercise and sport science (EXSS) degree from St. Kate's will also open doors for graduate work.

  • Janice Klein Rodda earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and operates Camp Keystone for Boys and Girls in Florida.
  • Peggy Kemp Kratz earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology and works in cardiac rehabilitation at Fairview Southdale Hospital. She is also an adjunct instructor in St. Kate’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
  • Sheila Cain earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology and is head coach for men and women’s swimming at the University of Chicago.

Many EXSS majors pursue St. Kate’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program via our unique dual-degree EXSS-DPT offering. They include alumnae Jody Kemp, Kathryn Kaufmann and Lana Brand.

Opportunities for women
Women’s health and wellness is a growing concern in research, education and practice. Women with a background in exercise and sport science are in high demand — and St. Kate’s is a national leader in educating women.

Our professors understand the important role women play in society, and many are committed to research that focuses on women's health and well-being. Learn more in our University magazine, SCAN.