College for Women | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Exercise and Sport Science

Are health and fitness important to you? Interested in the science of human movement? The St. Kate’s exercise and sport science degree offered on our St. Paul campus explores human performance, including health and wellness, strength and conditioning, weight management and athletic ability.

what can I do with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science?

With an exercise and sport science degree from St. Kate's, you'll be provided an excellent base of skills and experience perfect for pursuing graduate studies in a variety of healthcare disciplines, such as:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Athletic Training

With the St. Kate's EXSS degree, you can also pursue these careers:

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Wellness Coach
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

what will I study?

As an exercise and sport science major at St. Kate’s, you build skills to work in a variety of settings. You'll study topics such as biomechanics, exercise physiology (how the body responds and adapts to exercise), fitness training, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), performance analysis and sports medicine.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for national certification exams to become an American College of Sports Medicine-Certified Exercise Physiologist and a National Strength and Conditioning Association-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Did you know?

  • Exercise and Sport Science is offered as a major, minor, and second degree.

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why St. Kate's?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning to achieve your goals.


St. Catherine University has the only accredited exercise and sport science program in Minnesota. St. Kate’s Exercise and Sport Science program is full accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Exercise and Sport Science program at St. Catherine University reported:

  • an 87% passing rate for students sitting for a national certification exam
  • an 85% placement in discipline-specific jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation
  • a 97% satisfaction rate with employers and internship supervisors

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Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty specialize in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and human movement. They are renowned in undergraduate research, strength training for aging populations, and human performance.

The St. Kate's Experience

The St. Kate's Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.