The Sport Science major is designed for students interested in fields related to health, wellness, fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, and physical therapy. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in the sport sciences, including coursework and practical experiences, to prepare students for graduate studies in a variety of health, wellness, and sport related areas.
Sport Science at Loras:
Is a NSCA recognized program. As a part of the Sport Studies curriculum, students are prepared for and given the opportunity to take the exams to become NSCA Certified Personal Trainers or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists.
Graduates of the Sport Science major find employment as personal trainers, corporate fitness specialists, physical therapists, chiropractors, coaches, health & fitness educators, and sport nutritionists.
Graduates often continue their education beyond Loras, earning graduate degrees in physical therapy, exercise physiology, and exercise science at schools within Iowa and across the nation.
The Human Performance Lab for Sports Science majors at Loras includes an new medical grade treadmill, Dartfish motion analysis software, and advanced metabolic analysis equipment, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in fitness and performance testing.
Students complete an off-campus internship to develop professional knowledge and experience in an area of interest. Recent internship sites have included:
Baylor University Strength & Conditioning, Waco, Texas
Mid-West Medical Center, Galena, Illinois
The Dubuque Fighting Saints (strength & conditioning)
Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque
Lettman Chiropractic Rehab, Dubuque
Sara A. Glover, Ph.D.