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Exercise Science Degree

BSS in Sports Strength and Conditioning

Sports strength and conditioning specialists leverage scientific knowledge to improve performance. The United States Sports Academy’s bachelor’s degree in strength and conditioning will prepare you for collegiate or professional positions combining strength training, aerobic conditioning, and other science-based methods to help athletes improve their performance. You’ll also focus on athlete health and injury prevention. This program also fully prepares you to further your education in a master’s level sports discipline.

Here are a few more ways our program stands out:

Online or in-person program. All Academy exercise science courses are online. Beginning in fall 2023, this program will be offered in-person on the Academy campus, too.
National certification preparation. With our degree in strength and conditioning, you will be prepared for national certification exams from the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Nationally endorsed. This degree is endorsed by the NSCA Education Recognition Program, which recognizes and distinguishes approved and standardized strength and conditioning curriculum.
Hands-on internships. As part of your strength and conditioning degree, you will be placed in internships that enhance in-class learning and give you experience working with real athletes.

The number of jobs in this field is expected to grow 9% — faster than the average job growth.  Graduates of USSA’s exercise science program are qualified to work in these roles:

  • Sports Administrator

  • Fitness Trainer

  • Exercise Physiologist

  • Strength and Conditioning Director

  • Sports Coach

  • Sports Development Officer

Major Core and Required Courses

Technology in Sports
Applied Sports Performance
Sports Medicine
Sports Nutrition
Exercise Physiology
Personal Training
Sports Strength and Conditioning
Exercise Testing and Prescription
Sports Marketing
Professional Examination Preparation
Ethics in Sports
Organization and Management in Sports
Leadership Principles in Sports
Contemporary Issues in Sports
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We are committed to making your exercise science degree affordable as well as accessible. We offer a low per-credit-hour fee and don’t require a residency, saving you travel and related costs. You’ll have 16 weeks to complete each course in the bachelor of sports coaching program and your books are included.

We offer generous scholarships and helpful financial aid. And, we are dedicated to supporting veterans and active military members who selflessly support all of us.

Minor Concentrations

Analytics in Sports
Sports Media and Communication
Business Administration
Women’s Studies
Nutritional Sciences
Project Management
Esports Management
Sports Coaching

“If a student is interested in having a career in coaching, and wants to be as proficient as possible on day one, there is no match to the detail oriented, all encompassing sports education you receive at the United States Sports Academy.”

Acasio Roche
B.S.S. Sports Coaching 2023
NCACE Accredited 2021


The BSS in Sports Coaching is accredited at Level 3 status by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education

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