Exercise Science – The Exercise Science major (reference number 554) provides students with classroom and laboratory experiences concentrating on the science of human performance. Practicum and internship opportunities permit students to gain experience and develop skills in various applied settings such as physical therapy, cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, fitness management, strength/conditioning and university research. Exercise Science also offers excellent preparation for students who wish to pursue graduate level education in this dynamic field.
Physical Education – The physical education teacher education (PETE) major leads to a B.S. degree and the potential for certification as a teacher. The program is specifically designed to prepare students to become physical education teachers either in the public/private school system. In addition opportunities exist for employment within the business community. Students who complete the professional education requirements, may be certified in the teacher education program.
The physical education movement studies major leads to a B.S. degree. The movement studies concentration expands the career options for physical education majors beyond the school setting. The program is specifically designed to prepare students to become a movement activity specialist in the private/business sectors. Students, who complete this program, may move to the teacher preparation concentration if they want to be certified in the teacher education program.
Recreation Administration – The Recreation Administration program at Western Kentucky University provides professional preparation in recreational services. Since the 1970s, graduates have found employment in a wide variety of recreation careers, including: Municipal parks and recreation departments, State agencies (State Parks, Conservation, Fish and Wildlife), Federal agencies (National Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Military recreation departments (MWR), Organized camps, Youth service agencies (Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 4-H, etc), YMCA, University recreation, and Sport organizations.
Sport Management – The Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management is a program which prepares students for successful careers within the sport industry. Students will complete the WKU required general education courses with some required as pre-requisites for application into the degree program. Additionally, students will take 51 hours of major courses and then use the remaining 32 hours to either 1) take other electives of interest to the student or 2) select a minor that best prepares them for entry level positions related to their interest within the sport industry. Complementary minors include but are not limited to; athletic coaching, broadcasting, business administration, and facility and event management.