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Study Human Performance/Strength Conditioning

Major in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Human Performance/Strength Conditioning

Optimize sports performance, health, and fitness.

Our students gain the techniques to be successful strength and conditioning coaches or fitness professionalsApply scientific principles to help athletes achieve their maximum potential. Through data analysis, physiological assessments, and evidence-based approaches, fine-tune training regimens.

Sports performance optimization also encompasses injury prevention strategies, recovery techniques, and sports-specific conditioning. 

Human Performance Lab

Conduct experiments and explore the latest techniques in physiology, biomechanics, clinical exercise, and more.

Work with Athletes

Collaborate with student-athletes to complete fitness assessments and athletic regimens. 

Hands-On Learning

Our program incorporates laboratory work, research internships, and practical training, enabling you to develop technical expertise.

What is a strength and conditioning coach?

A strength and conditioning coach helps clients improve their physical performance and overall fitness through structured exercise programs. They develop and implement individualized training programs that are designed to improve:

  • Strength
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility

In addition to training programs, coaches provide guidance on nutrition, injury prevention, and recovery strategies.

Earn your Strength and Conditioning Certification

Our curriculum prepares students to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the industry standard for strength coaches.

This emphasis track also prepares students for the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Exercise Science jobs in the Human Performance/Strength and Conditioning

Our students choose from a wide variety of career options post-graduation. 

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Director of Performance
  • Sports Scientist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Professional/Instructor
  • Corporate and Community Wellness Specialist
  • Fitness Management
Many Pitt State graduates apply to Master’s programs in exercise science, strength and conditioning, and sports science.

Additional information
for the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

Catalog – see program guides