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Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science NEW!


We are excited to announce that a new Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science has been approved for the fall of 2014! The new curriculum creates three new academic tracks: exercise science, medical fitness and strength and conditioning, allowing students to receive more advanced coursework in their specialty. The new health science emphasis, which can be substituted for the required minor, will allow students to complete the prerequisites for entry into either physical therapy or physician assistant graduate programs. For more information, please click the careers button below.

Welcome to the online home of the physical education program at USC Upstate. Our mission is to prepare our students to be highly competent and thoughtful professional educators or practitioners in their chosen field, using the most effective classroom and hands-on learning experiences. We encourage students to be professional in all aspects of their academic careers.

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The physical education teacher education (PETE) concentration prepares students to teach physical education in grades K-12. In addition to a core program in the liberal arts, students undertake studies in the professional education area as well as in-depth study in physical education. Directed teaching for PETE majors is arranged at both the elementary and secondary levels. 

Exercise and Science students are prepared for a variety of careers, including fitness specialist, personal training and strength and conditioning specialist. With graduate training, students can pursue careers in athletic training, sport nutrition, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant. Students are also prepared to take either the NSCA’s certified strength and conditioning specialist exam (CSCS) or the ACSM’s health fitness specialist (HFS) exam. Passing one of these national exams can result in enhanced job opportunities.

Contact Us

Dr. Ben Snyder
Program Coordinator
Exercise and Sports Science Director
Phone: 864-503-5528
Fax: 864-503-5574

Dr. Jim Kamla
Physical Education Teacher Education Director
Phone: 864-503-5851
Fax: 864-503-5574

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800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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