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Delve into the science of physical activity, exercise, and sport in preparation for a career in physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, fitness and wellness, and beyond. Our BSEd in Exercise and Sport Science in our nationally ranked department combines coursework, research, and experiential learning opportunities that allow you to specialize based on your academic and career goals.

Students in this degree program may also take part in research as part of the Non-Invasive Muscle Physiology Lab in the Department of Kinesiology.

Program Highlights

  1. Department ranked No. 7 by the National Academy of Kinesiology
  2. Diverse research, internship and service-learning experiences
  3. High placement rate into doctor of physical therapy programs

Exercise and Sport Science Programs at UGA

Understand more about movement and how it enhances health, fitness, or performance as a student in the University of Georgia's Department of Kinesiology.


Our flexible program offers a variety of learning opportunities in the classroom, research labs, and in the field through internships and service-learning experiences. Gain a foundation in exercise and sport science with the opportunity to specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Pre-physical therapy
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-physician assistant
  • Pre-occupational therapy
  • Strength, conditioning, or fitness specialist
  • Pre-graduate study in biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise and sport psychology, or a related field

You will take 35 hours of core exercise science coursework, including:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Fitness testing and exercise prescription
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor control
  • Exercise psychology
  • Measurement
  • Exercise epidemiology

For an additional eight hours, choose from among research, practicum / internships, and service-learning experiences. You will also select 19 hours of major electives involving coursework and hands-on experience in your area of emphasis.

Our faculty members are nationally recognized in areas including biomechanics, exercise physiology, and exercise psychology.

Most classes take place in the Ramsey Center, providing the opportunity to develop relationships with fellow students and faculty. Small class labs provide ample hands-on experience. You also have the option to pursue internships or join department research projects on topics including weight loss, disability, and measuring physical activity with tracking devices.

Example Course Sequence


Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. Therefore, a student must be accepted to UGA before entering a College of Education program.

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Part 2: Apply to the BSEd in Exercise and Sport Science

The exercise sport science program is high demand with limited enrollment. Acceptance is competitive. Acceptance criteria includes the following:

  • ENGL 1101 GPA + ENGL 1102 GPA + MATH OR STAT prefix course GPA (20%)
  • CHEM 1211/L GPA + CHEM 1212/L GPA + CBIO 2200/L GPA + CBIO 2210/L GPA + PHYS 1111/L GPA (52%)
  • KINS 2010 GPA (8%)
  • Essays of purpose on Exercise and Sport Science (20%)

Exercise and Sport Science Application Information

Fall 2020 Online Application Now Available!

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Deadline to Apply

  • Deadline(s) to apply: Third Fridays in January and August
  • NEXT DEADLINE: Friday, January 17th at 11:59 p.m.

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Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

All undergraduate students at UGA meet with an academic advisor each semester. This meeting is critical to a student's success as a chance to discuss courses and electives, certification criteria, and general graduation requirements.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Student Life

Join like-minded students in the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Club and the pre-Physical Therapy Club, which offer professional development, social, and service activities on campus and in the community, as well as other organizations for specific professions.

Tailor your studies through a variety of research, internship, and part-time employment options that can help hone your skills and provide professional experience.

See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Faculty and Staff

Nathan T. Jenkins

  • Associate Professor

Chris D. Mojock

  • Clinical Associate Professor