Majors and Minors /
Health and Sport Sciences
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Majors: Exercise Science • Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy • Athletic Training • Athletic Training: Pre-Physical Therapy
You're passionate about sports, health, exercise and the science of optimizing the body’s performance.
At Capital, turn your passion into knowledge and a profession. The coursework in Health and Sport Sciences at Capital is diverse, which will give you a solid foundation in the fundamentals and the flexibility to work with your advisor to tailor the program to your specific interests and goals.
The Capital Center is a 126,000-square-foot health, education, recreation and athletics complex that houses a 2,200-seat performance area, indoor track, multipurpose forum, classrooms, exercise science lab and fitness center. Technology-equipped classrooms and labs for health, physical education, fitness and science round out the indoor facilities. Outdoor facilities include tennis courts and a variety of athletic fields.
With a broad curriculum that can be shaped to fit your educational and career goals, Capital can prepare you for commercial or community service positions in health and fitness management. Our athletic training major, which is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE), will prepare you to become an athletic trainer.
We offer multiple routes to a degree in physical therapy, including majors in biology, athletic training or exercise science. If you plan to pursue a graduate degree in health sciences or exercise physiology, Capital’s exercise science program will give you the foundation you need in science-based curriculum, including advanced work in biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Our small class sizes set the stage for an optimal learning experience, but you won't be sitting behind a desk for long. We embrace high-impact practice proven to improve learning, like internships, clinical experiences, undergraduate research and capstone projects. Leveraging Capital’s location in the thriving capital city of Columbus, we connect our students to practical learning experiences in world class hospitals, research and technology companies, educational institutions, sports teams and more. Each Health and Sport Sciences major has a strong internship or practicum component, ranging from six clinical rotations for athletic training majors to numerous volunteer hours for students seeking admission to physical therapy programs. Education and health and fitness majors also are required to gain professional experience by participating in a practicum. You'll have lots of choices, but past experiences have included everything from establishing nutrition programs at the National Dairy Council to developing exercise programs for students with disabilities in local school districts.
Where you’ll go
From the beginning, your Capital education will be infused with critical thinking and problem solving — first through broad-based learning in our liberal arts core that will make you a well-rounded, educated citizen — and then through focused study in your Health and Sport Sciences major. Wherever your path takes you, you’ll graduate prepared for the next step in your career or your education, and you'll have the skills to adapt to a changing world — professional or otherwise.
Our graduates go on to motivate and inspire student-athletes as coaches, athletic trainers and teachers. They bring healing and restore mobility as physical therapists. They champion healthy lifestyles as recreation program directors, health and fitness club directors, strength coaches and personal trainers. They shape leaders who have integrity on the field and off as athletic directors. They positively impact their discipline by pursue advanced degrees in exercise physiology, education, physical therapy, sports administration, and community and/or health education.
Find out more today by exploring our online course bulletin, scheduling a visit and requesting more information.
Members of the Health and Sport Sciences faculty have expertise as exercise physiologists and certified athletic trainers with numerous years of experience. The faculty also includes adjunct faculty members with experiences and educational training in the field to enhance program offerings.
Dr. Megan Beard is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences. In addition to teaching she spends time mentoring students in various research projects, which have resulted in presentations at national conferences including the National Athletic Trainers’ Associations Clinical Symposia. Her areas of research interests are in running-related injuries, running addiction, runners’ perceptions of treatment by health care professionals, running biomechanics and hand-held dynamometry.
She is a member of the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association, and National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer by the Board of Certification Inc., and a Licensed Athletic Trainer by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board. Read her bio.
Now in his 10th year as an instructor in health and sport sciences, Benjy Pester has taught a wide range of courses in the care, prevention and evaluation of athletic injuries as well as biomechanics. Prior to becoming a full-time instructor, he spent eight years as an assistant athletic trainer at Capital where he worked with the football, men's soccer and men's basketball teams. After graduating from Capital in 2003, Pester served as a graduate assistant at The Ohio State University where he earned a master's degree in allied health education. During his time with the Buckeyes, Pester worked with the football and tennis teams. Pester is certified by the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer, certified First Aid/CPR instructor through the American Heart Association and an approved preceptor for athletic training students. He is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Christie-Lee Miller may be from Pittsburgh, but she's a big fan of the city of Columbus. Ohio's capital city is one of the many things that attracted her to Capital University in 2004.
"Columbus is pretty awesome, and you're only five minutes from downtown," she said. Other big draws were the ability to study athletic training while participating as a track and field student-athlete and the large number of internship opportunities in the area. Not to be overlooked, the small class sizes were a big plus as well.
Today, Miller is work at her dream job as an athletic trainer at the University of Michigan, where she has worked with the women's lacrosse, track and field and cross country teams. Prior to accepting the position at a major university, Miller interned with the Columbus Crew and the Columbus Destroyers, and at summer camps at The Ohio State University. After earning her undergraduate degree in athletic training from Capital, she went on to obtain a master's degree in sports medicine and nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh. Even though Miller is living her dream at a Big Ten school, don't be fooled. She is a strong advocate for the individual attention and small classes Capital provided. "You get as much or more experience at Capital," she said. "Because it's a smaller school, you have more access and opportunity to work closely with the head athletic trainer."
Kelly Leonard will graduate from Capital University this spring, which makes this a time to plan for tomorrow, but also a time to reflect on today.
"Coming here was the best decision of my life," Leonard said about choosing the athletic training program at Capital. "I would do it all over again. I'm sad that I only have one semester left."For the past four years, Leonard has been pursuing a degree in athletic training while also playing on the women's volleyball team. Both are commitments that require a hefty dose of time management. This past summer she took advantage of another opportunity — interning in the Sports Metrics Program at Cincinnati Sports Medicine, where she worked closely with high school athletes. "It gave me a better look at the different groups of people you can serve and the variety of settings you can work in," she said. "I worked with specific sports teams, so I was doing conditioning and working with the high school athletes." With graduation just a few months away, Leonard is focused on the next step she need to take to achieve her educational and professional goals: a master's degree. She's currently applying to graduate schools, and hopes to land a graduate assistantship in athletic training while earning her master's. Both will move her father along the path toward her long-term goal of working at a college. As the process unfolds, Leonard can't help but express her gratitude for the many people who helped her through the undergraduate years. "I really enjoyed the professors here at Capital," she says. "Bonnie (Goodwin) is always willing to help any student."
Below are our majors for traditional undergraduate students.
ARTArt EducationArt TherapyStudio ArtBIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCEBiologyEnvironmental ScienceBUSINESSAccountingBusiness ManagementFinancial EconomicsMarketingCHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRYBiochemistryChemistryCOMMUNICATIONCommunicationTheatre StudiesCONSERVATORY OF MUSICCompositionJazz StudiesKeyboard PedagogyMusicMusic EducationMusic IndustryMusic TechnologyPerformanceEDUCATIONAdolescent to Young Adult Early ChildhoodMiddle ChildhoodMulti-AgedIntervention Specialist (Mild/Moderate)ENGLISHCreative WritingJournalism and Professional WritingLiteratureHEALTH AND SPORT SCIENCESAthletic TrainingExercise ScienceHISTORYHistoryInternational StudiesMATHEMATICS, COMPUTER SCIENCE AND PHYSICSComputer Science Computer Science - Engineering Dual DegreeMathematicsMathematics - Engineering Dual Degree
MEDIAEmerging MediaFilm and Media ProductionPublic RelationsMILITARY SCIENCEROTCNURSINGNursingPOLITICAL SCIENCE & ECONOMICSEconomicsEconomics – Political SciencePolitical SciencePRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDIESPre-DentistryPre-LawPre-Law (3+3 Accelerated)Pre-MedicinePre-Occupational TherapyPre-OptometryPre-PharmacyPre-Physicians AssistantPre-Physical TherapyPre-PodiatryPre-Public Health Pre-SeminaryPre-Veterinary Medicine
PROFESSIONAL STUDIESInterdisciplinary StudiesProfessional Studies – Music TechnologyPSYCHOLOGY, CRIMINOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGYCriminologyPsychologySociologyRELIGION AND PHILOSOPHYPhilosophyReligionWorship MinistriesYouth Ministry and Christian EducationSOCIAL WORKSocial WorkWORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURESFrenchSpanish