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Fitness and Sport Studies

Program Overview

Program Overview

Kick your future into high gear with a degree in fitness and sports studies. This unique program combines the fundamentals of kinesiology with courses in business and psychology to equip you with all the skills you’ll need to thrive in the fields of fitness, wellness and strength and conditioning. 

Explore how the human body grows stronger and healthier, and study how the human brain forms habits that change lives. Learn from compassionate, experienced professors who will propel you into motion to achieve your goals. And when you graduate, you will have the personal and professional skills to transform lives and in turn, help others achieve their goals.

Gain experiential knowledge and practice in a faith-informed setting to help discern your career path, whether that is becoming a personal trainer, founding a gym, leading in corporate wellness or creating a position that might not yet exist. You’ll be well-prepared for entrance and certification exams for graduate school or the workforce, and you’ll undoubtedly be a force for positive change in your community.



Specific courses required

  • BY 2434 - Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BY 2444 - Anatomy and Physiology II
  • EX 2533 - Kinesiology
  • EX 3002 - Mechanics of Movement
  • EX 3363 - Biostatistics
  • EX 4113 - Exercise Physiology
  • EX 4123 - Exercise Physiology Lab
  • EX 4133 - Exercise Evaluation and Prescription
  • EX 4153 - Strength and Conditioning Program Design
  • EX 4163 - Applied Exercise Physiology
  • EX 4224 - Externship in Kinesiology
  • HL 1303 - Healthful Living
  • HL 3302 - First Aid and Emergency Care
  • PE 2203 - Foundations in Kinesiology
  • PE 2222 - Introduction to Coaching
  • PE 2402 - Concepts of Motor Learning
  • PE 4502 - Seminar in Kinesiology
  • NUTR 2613 - Principles of Nutrition
  • NUTR 3703 - Sports Nutrition
  • CM 1013 - Introduction to Chemistry
  • OR

  • PH 1013 - Fundamentals of Physics
  • OR any other physical science approved by department chair

Business/Management Elective Block - choose 2 courses (6 hours)

  • PE 4323 - Administration of Exercise Related Programs
  • SPMG 2503 - Introduction to Sport Management
  • MG 3503 - Leading and Managing People
  • MK 3503 - Principles of Marketing

Psychology Elective Block - choose 2 courses (6 hours)

  • PS 2313 - Behavior Modification
  • PS 4423 - Abnormal Psychology
  • EX 2013 - Psychology and Sociology of Sport
  • EX 4Xn3 - Special Topics in Exercise Science: Exercise Psychology


All students majoring in Fitness & Sport Studies must achieve a "C" or above in all department courses required for the Fitness & Sport Studies major. Students must complete both the business/management block and the psychology block.


Student to faculty ratio


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

  • Ruth Henry headshot

    Ruth Henry

    Department Chair, Kinesiology

    Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise science, she teaches the statistics and research courses.

    Meet Ruth Henry
  • Kent Johnson headshot

    Kent Johnson


    Cofounder of EXNS program Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise physiology, leads the cardiovascular laboratory, and is a fellow in the ACSM.

    Meet Kent Johnson
  • Laurel Littlefield headshot

    Laurel Littlefield

    Associate Professor

    Laurel Littlefield joined the Kinesiology department in 2018 as an associate professor. Prior to working at Lipscomb, Laurel was a faculty member at Lubbock Christian University from 2013 - 2018....

    Meet Laurel Littlefield
  • Jeremy Townsend headshot

    Jeremy Townsend

    Assistant Professor

    Jeremy Townsend is currently an Assistant Professor in Exercise and Nutrition Science at Lipscomb University. He received his Bachelor's degree from Harding University where he was a captain of the...

    Meet Jeremy Townsend
  • Matthew Ruiz headshot

    Matthew Ruiz


    Professional expertise in sport, exercise and performance psychology.

    Meet Matthew Ruiz
  • William Vantrease headshot

    William Vantrease

    Assistant Professor

    William Vantrease serves as an Assistant professor in the Kinesiology Department.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Master's degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science both from Lipscomb...

    Meet William Vantrease
  • David Bender headshot

    David Bender

    Assistant Professor

    David Bender joined the Lipscomb faculty in 2020 as an assistant professor in nutrition and kinesiology. In 2002, Bender enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served from 2003 to 2011...

    Meet David Bender
  • April Ezell

    April Ezell

    Adjunct Faculty

    Ezell is an instructor in the kinesiology program. She was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Lipscomb from 1978-1983. While at Lipscomb, she was a member of the Lady Bisons,...

    Meet April Ezell

Career Paths

Fitness Trainers and Instructors

Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercises (exercises for the heart and blood circulation), strength training, and stretching. They work with people of all ages and skill levels.

Health Educators and Community Health Workers

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities..

Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.