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University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Department of Kinesiology

Exercise Science

Strength and Conditioning (B.S.)


The undergraduate concentration in Strength and Conditioning has received a certificate of recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The program combines applied research, theoretical coursework and practical application of theory in a unique learning environment. Our faculty members are among the most-respected experts in strength and conditioning. Many of our graduates are leaders in this field and hold positions with organizations such as the National Football League, the Olympic Training Center, and institutes of sport worldwide.

The Strength and Conditioning concentration is designed for students who intend to become strength and conditioning coaches, work in the fitness industry, or pursue graduate school in a related area. As part of this concentration, students focus on the sciences to provide a foundation for exercise testing and prescription, teaching exercise techniques, and program development. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take the National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) certification (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CSCS) examination.

The curriculum is dedicated to preparing students both professionally and academically for their future career.  A high degree of excellence is expected in all aspects of career development, including practical and academic success.  As part of the program, many students participate in the best internship opportunities available. 


Admission to the undergraduate program in Strength and Conditioning is competitive.  After completing a challenging set of prerequisites (please see our undergraduate application process and Strength and Conditioning Program Guidelines pages), students apply into the program during the second semester of their sophomore year. 

Successful candidates typically have a GPA above 3.0 and competitive grades (B or higher) in Biological and Physical Science Prerequisites.

Our policy states:

  1. The faculty of the Department of Kinesiology admits only the most qualified applicants. The number of applicants admitted into a concentration may vary, but only 10-15 students will be admitted into most concentrations.
  2. The successful applicant shall have completed most of the suggested courses listed for the first three semesters of the desired concentration. Please see our Guidelines and Sample Semester Sequence for more information.  It is anticipated that the applicant will have satisfactorily completed PNB 2264 and PNB 2265, or their equivalents before the semester of admission. The recommended academic grade for admission in all prerequisites is a B or better.
  3. The successful applicant shall have demonstrated an interest in the desired concentration, having completed task-related activities (either paid or volunteer positions). (If desired, students interested who wish to gain hands-on experience may be able to find opportunities at a number of sites, including health clubs, youth teams, the Human Performance Laboratory, and/or the Division of Athletics).
  4. The successful applicant must have a grade point average that is competitive with other students applying during the same semester for the desired concentration. 
  5. The Department of Kinesiology strongly encourages minority applicants, and will vigorously recruit such applicants.

For more information, please visit our How to Apply to Undergraduate Programs page and see Dr. William Kraemer at his office in Gampel Pavilion.