At Loras, the study of Sport Science is dedicated to understanding the theory and practice of physical activity in a range of specialty areas, including strength and conditioning, motor development and learning, exercise physiology, biomechanics and exercise psychology. Grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation, the Sport Science major includes courses within the disciplines of psychology, biology, chemistry and physics, and strives to help students gain a clear understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of kinesiology. In addition, the program includes a variety of hands-on experiences to help students explore practical applications and career opportunities.
The Sport science program at Loras is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). As a part of the Sport Science curriculum, students are prepared for and given the opportunity to take exams to become NSCA-certified personal trainers or certified strength and conditioning specialists.


The Kinesiology / 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. 

Kinesiology / 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 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.

Student Experience:

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

Undergraduate Bulletin Core Curriculum:

Sara A. Glover, Ph.D.
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Career Opportunities

After receiving your degree from Loras, your career could take off into one of these fields:

• Physical Therapist
• Sport Nutritionist
• Cardiac Rehabilitation
• Strength and Conditioning Coach
• Personal Trainer
• Corporate Wellness Coordinator
• Chiropractor
• Nursing
• Physician assistant
• Health & Fitness Educator                                                                                   • Other health fields
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