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Sports Biology

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Program Information

This pre-professional program educates students in sports biology and prepares them for acceptance to health professions and graduate schools, as well as leadership roles in new careers in sports science and sports medicine. The program represents an expansion of the science program, which has a history of successfully placing students in health professions and graduate schools. In view of the reputation of the College in sports and the success the pre-professional science program has enjoyed, the program-which combines sports and sciences-is uniquely suited to Springfield College. It is particularly tailored for students who are strong in the sciences and are interested in sports.

The early curriculum gives students a grounding in the basic sciences as well as an opportunity to interact with working professionals to help students define their career objectives.  Students then go on to take advanced courses in science and movement.  In addition to academic work, students have the opportunity to participate in a research and/or shadowing program to provide hands-on real-world experiences.

For more information on the Sports Biology major and the Science programs, click here.

To view a major program sequence to assist with course planning, click here.

Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Sports Biology

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

Contact Information

For more information about the Sports Biology major, contact Dr. Julie Smist of the Chemistry/Biology Department at (413) 748-3382 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

I. Curricular Requirements

IA. Core Curriculum (40 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being. 

For specific requirements, see the Core Curriculum Program Requirements - Undergraduate Students (40 credits)   section.

To view the general education requirements for students entering Springfield College before Fall 2020, Click Here   

II. Major Requirements

Select two of the following math courses (6 credits):

One math course will count toward a General Education Program requirement.

B. Additional Requirements

Select four courses (with accompanying lab where applicable) from the list below (12-16 credits).

Note: two of the four courses selected must have an accompanying lab.

Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

Program Standards

All biology majors must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses required for the major, including selectives.

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