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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a 

Coaching Minor

The coaching minor prepares Ship graduates to work with athletic teams in youth sports, junior or senior high school sports, or in recreational sports settings. This minor does not prepare teachers to teach physical education classes in a school setting. Many Shippensburg University students enroll in the coaching minor to supplement their chosen major, which can be a stepping stone to many career options. For example:

  • Elementary education and Secondary education majors who minor in coaching are trained to teach during the day and coach after school.
  • Biology majors who select the coaching minor have gone on to graduate school to study exercise physiology after graduation from Shippensburg University.
  • Psychology majors with a coaching minor have gone on to graduate school in sport psychology.
  • Business majors with the coaching minor have gone on to graduate school in sport management and marketing.

Responsible coaches are educated and prepared to contribute to the positive influence sport has on individual players and society at large. For those who wish to coach in a secondary educational setting, the coaching minor will be particularly advantageous. It will also be helpful for anyone who intends to work within a recreational or leisure sport environment involving children or adults, such as swim clubs, community leagues, junior/senior high schools and colleges.

Degree Requirements
The minor has a total of 18 credit hours, consisting of six required core courses. Students in the coaching minor will need a minimum grade of “C” in each course in order to complete the minor. Required courses include:

  • BIO150 Human Biology
  • ESC243 Physiological Basis of Sport
  • ESC244 Mechanical Analysis of Sport Skills
  • ESC325 Sport Psychology
  • ESC340 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • ESC400 Methods of Coaching