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2023-2024 Springfield College Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Springfield College Catalog

Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training, B.S.


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Program Description


With an international reputation as a leader in the field of exercise science, Springfield College was one of the first institutions in the United States to develop curriculum dedicated to the discipline. The major emphasizes that physical activity is inextricably linked to good health, prevention of disease and enhanced human performance. The curriculum is rooted in the Humanics Philosophy of spirit, mind and body. Coursework provides a strong science base, including courses in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, exercise prescription, psychology, measurement, nutrition, and management.

Springfield College offers an accelerated five-year Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training Degree program. This program is designed for persons who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to provide quality health care to those engaged in physically active lifestyles. Emphasis is placed on minimizing risk of injury/re-injury and illness, improving functional outcomes and enhancing/supporting safe participation and return to activity, sport and work. Upon successful completion of this accelerated five year program, students earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training. The program is divided into two phases: a pre-professional phase in which students complete the General Education Program, core Exercise Science coursework and Pre-professional Athletic Training related requirements, and the professional phase, which includes four semesters and two summers of graduate-level professional athletic training education and clinical experience. Students enter the program as first-year students.

Program Highlights


Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required Credits: 120

School: School of Physical Education, Performance and Sport Leadership

Department: Exercise Science and Athletic Training

Modality: On-Ground

Locations: Main Campus (Springfield)

Additional Information: https://springfield.edu/programs/athletic-training

Program Standards


Students are required maintain the following performance standards:

  • A 3.000 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • A grade of C or better is required in all major requirements.

Undergraduate Curriculum Overview


The Academic Advising Center provides the following repositories of sequencing and curriculum guides for all undergraduate majors and minors to assist with course planning:  

Additional Notes:

  • There may be circumstances where credit totals do not reflect coursework that is eligible to count towards Core Curriculum and Major Requirement sections of a major simultaneously.
  • Degree requirements are subject to change. 

I. Core Curriculum (40 credits)


This Core Curriculum is faithful to the Springfield College mission and further strengthens the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body. It is a cornerstone of a Springfield College education. Regardless of one’s major, it provides a strong, developmental, and holistic foundation for leaders in service to humanity. Upon completion, all graduates will be prepared to learn, lead, and serve in diverse, multicultural, and global contexts as well as in any career path they may choose. They will have the knowledge, habits of the mind, skills, and abilities to face unexpected situations and challenges, the values and attitudes for self-motivation and a vision of service that stems from hope, optimism and making a difference, as well as the self-determination to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

View the Core Curriculum Requirements (40 credits)  section for a complete list of the domains and courses therein.

II. Major Requirements (84 credits)


*Coursework listed within the Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training major requirements section also satisfies the Scientific Reasoning, 200-level requirement of the Wellness and Physical Literacy, and Spiritual and Ethical Perspectives domains of the Core Curriculum.  There are 76 unique credits required in the Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training major.

III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)


IV. Additional Coursework


Students in the Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training major will also take the following coursework during their senior year that will be transferred to their graduate record after conferral of their Bachelor’s degree. Specifically, these courses do not contribute to the 120-credit minimum required for the Bachelor’s degree but must be taken during the student’s senior year to maintain the accelerated timeline associated with the Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training to Master of Science in Athletic Training program.   

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