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Programs in Exercise & Sports Science

Boost human health and injury recovery by integrating nutrition, physiology, and exercise into daily routines.

Exercise and sports science practitioners provide healthcare, instructions, and performance enhancement techniques for the physically active population. Our comprehensive programs grant you foundational knowledge and skills for this practice by examining the effects of physical activity on the human body. 

Under the guidance of our expert faculty, you will combine hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art facilities with invaluable research studies in your designated area of interest.

9:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

100% Employment Rate for Exercise and Sports Science Graduates

20% Job Growth by 2031 for Coaches and Scouts

$59K+ Annual Median Pay for Exercise Scientist

Professional Opportunities

Our flexible minors programs prepare you for fulfilling occupations in exercise physiology, physical therapy, athletic training, or other related career paths that inspire success. With the possibility to study abroad, engage in research opportunities as part of the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) program, and interact daily with experts from our faculty, you will prepare for rewarding careers in a variety of current and emerging healthcare and fitness fields. 

Job opportunities:

  • Hospitals/medical centers 
  • Sports medicine clinics 
  • Universities/colleges/schools
  • Wellness centers 
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Athletic coach

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.


    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn more about the department

    The department consists of both the athletic training and exercise and sports science programs. Each program has laboratory space for experiential learning activities. Students also engage in research studies with faculty in areas ranging from biomechanics, concussions and sports performance.