Health, fitness & sport science

Devoted to a healthier world.

At Bluffton you will discover a wide range of learning experiences in the education, recreation, wellness and sport management areas. 

In preparation for life after Bluffton, you will be encouraged to obtain professional experience through internships, student teaching, coaching and to earn CPR and first aid certification.

There will be ample opportunity for you to participate in intercollegiate and intramural sports as well as other clubs and activities.  






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The exercise science major is a foundation for a number of different opportunities in fitness and health-related fields including pre-athletic training, pre-chiropractic training and cardiac rehabilitation. Entry-level exercise science positions can be found in commercial, agency, corporate, hospital, clinical and recreational settings, including health clubs and community centers, specialized training centers such as Para-Olympics and professional sports teams, personal consulting and educational institutions. >>>occupational outlook

All majors are required to perform an internship which provides additional experiences in the field.   




Due to the increasing interest and participation in sport and physical fitness, there is a need for qualified leadership in the area of sport management. Graduates will find careers in athletic administration, corporate fitness, sporting goods retail, sports information, YMCA/YWCA and other similar opportunities.

An integral part of the major an internship in a job setting. The sport management major incorporates courses in communication and business to offer concentrations in sport communication and sport organization.

Bethany Behnfeldt '13

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As a summer intern for the parks and recreation department in Green, Ohio, Bethany Behnfeldt helped with adult sports programs and assisted in setting up and tearing down for events. After finishing her academic coursework, she was immediately hired by Green and later promoted to full-time recreation coordinator.

“All the hard work I was doing in the classroom with support from professors just really paid off when it came to the internship.”  >>> Bethany's story


Concentration options:

    Additional communication courses provide a foundation for a career in sports news writing, news casting or as a sports information director.
    Additional business courses provide an introduction to the management side of sports.

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The sport and recreation leadership program is designed to empower students to succeed and become a leader in the sport or recreation industries. This broad-based curriculum will give you greater flexibility in both areas for future employment opportunities. 

As a student you will find yourself directly involved in planning special events, programming activities for youth and adults, creating business and marketing plans and much more. An upper-level internship is required.

Graduates find career opportunities in settings such as resorts, convention and visitor centers, private recreation clubs, non-profit community organizations, municipal parks and recreation departments, sports facilities, outdoor/adventure centers, cruise ships and professional meeting and event planning. >>>occupational outlook

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The strength and conditioning major has a strong scientific base and experiential learning component for students interested in the field of health, fitness and sport science.

TOllie Moorerhis program is designed for students interested in professional careers as a strength and conditioning specialist or coach who trains athletes for improvement of athletic performance, or a group exercise instructor, personal trainer or health-fitness specialist who works with individuals to improve health and fitness, or a health club manager. The major requires an upper-level internship experience. >>>occupational outlook

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This strength and conditioning major hopes that his hard work motivates others to begin leading healthier lifestyles. Even if that involves little steps in eating healthier meals or taking 20 minutes to do some yoga.

"I don’t feel I have to make people look muscular. I just want to have people feeling in shape, feeling good and feeling vibrant.”  >>> Ollie's story


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Are you interested in health, fitness & sport science but leaning toward a major in another department? Consider a minor in coaching, wellness, exercise science or recreation management. 

Coaching minor 

Persons other than exercise science majors may be interested in a minor in coaching. The minor requires a coaching internship.

Wellness minor

Persons in areas other than the food and nutrition and exercise science majors (which have a wellness concentration for the major), may be interested in a minor in wellness.

Recreation management minor

The recreation management minor allows students to develop recreation skills and interests through a variety of avenues and to better understand the importance of leisure in our society.

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