Exercise & Sport Sciences

Why study exercise & sport sciences?

Exercise & sport sciences majors will practice experiential learning to study a wide range of coursework that will prepare them for exciting career opportunities.

  • This program meets accreditation standards set by American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and graduates are eligible to become certified with ACSM or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • Augustana prepares students to make an immediate impact following graduation from master’s programs in athletic training, physical therapy, chiropractic or fitness wellness.
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Exercise & Sport Sciences at AU

Course Descriptions

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Additional career opportunities include occupational therapy, strength coaching and physical education

Hands-On Learning

Internship opportunities include:

  • Avera Sports
  • Sanford POWER
  • Good Samaritan Society
  • GreatLIFE Fitness
  • Orthopedic Institute
  • Prairie Rehabilitation

Students may engage in research throughout the year through summer research and classes.

Research opportunities include:

  • South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN)
  • Sanford Health

Practicum experiences include:

  • Active Generations
  • Girls On The Run
  • Exercise is Medicine promotion

Exercise & sport sciences students study away in:

  • Costa Rica — focusing on exercise science with AU faculty
  • Norway — with AU faculty
  • Greece — focusing on culture, health and well-being with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Students can complement their studies with a minor in coaching.

Exercise & sport sciences students often participate in:

  • Exercise is Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy & Chiropractic Pre-Graduate Club (PT/OT/Chiro Club)