Sport and Exercise Science

    • Students employ four, state-of-the- art laboratory facilities, including the Human Performance Center, which includes a ParvoMedics metabolic measurement system that will measure the cardiovascular performance of test subjects on a Computrainer stationary bicycle specifically designed to interface with the ParvoMedics unit, or a high-speed treadmill, the surface of which measures 40 square feet.
    • The Center will also house sophisticated motion capture equipment and its associated telemetry equipment that use
      a series of cameras to record the movements of test subjects from a variety of angles that can then be analyzed to determine muscle strength, the presence of medical abnormalities and the biomechanics of movement.
    • Students will work hands-on with the athletes in Gannon's 20 NCAA Division II sports to help maximize performance.
    • The program has several degree options that allow the student to complete their education through to the Master's degree in as few as five years.

    You Will Learn

    The Department of Sport and Exercise Science instills in
    its students the knowledge, skills and abilities that make them leaders in the promotion of safe, active and healthy lifestyle behaviors, both on and off the playing field. This is achieved through active engagement in novel and applied research activities, through assisting students in making connections between theoretical concepts and real-life applications, through fostering a positive, engaging, and interactive learning environment, through the active promotion of advanced-level educational opportunities and through participation in local and regional community health initiatives. It is with these initiatives in mind that the curriculum is designed to advise our student body and guide our departmental activities.

    You Will Experience

    Internships are an integral part of the curriculum at the undergraduate level. Students have the opportunity to complete a 100+ hour practicum experience in a setting reflective of their career interests. These opportunities, both on and off campus, provide hands-on learning experiences and allow students to apply their knowledge in real world settings, preparing them for their future careers. Some internships opportunities include:

    • athletic training
    • fitness facilities
    • physical therapy centers
    • sports dentistry

    You Will Achieve

    A degree from the sport and exercise science program prepares the student for a variety of career opportunities, some at the entry level, and others that require advanced education. Graduates of the program have sought employment and graduate education in a wide array of fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:


    • athletic training
    • biomechanics
    • cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
    • coaching
    • corporate wellness
    • exercise physiology
    • group exercise instruction and personal training
    • medicine
    • physician assistant
    • physical and occupational therapy
    • strength and conditioning
    • sports nutrition


    You will Study

    Students are exposed to a vast array of topics in sport and exercise science, and gain a wide breadth of knowledge of the physical, psychological, social and ethical principles that influence human performance, both elite and recreational. Courses in the curriculum include:


    SPRT 420: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

    General foundations and specific concepts related to injury prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries are presented in this course. The course is designed to introduce the student to the basic knowledge and skills necessary to recognize, evaluate and treat athletic injuries of the head and face, spine, torso and extremities.



    SPRT 416: Human Motor Control

    This course is directed at studying the nature of movement and how that movement is controlled. Sample topics include such issues as the role of the central nervous system in the organization of movement, the role of sensory information and how the body uses this information
    to select and control movement, the best ways to study movement, and the identification and measurement of those with movement disorders.



    SPRT 240: Sport Psychology: Theory and Application

    This course covers a comprehensive introduction to the psychological factors that relate to sports involvement and performance. Issues studied throughout the course include psychological aspects of elite athletes' motivation and performance, intervention and performance enhancement, and anxiety and skill performance.


    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $32,600
    • Mid-career salary: $51,000

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (