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Sport and Lifestyle Studies

Sport and Lifestyle Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Sport and Lifestyle Studies degree is offered through Ohio University’s Department of Recreation, Sport Pedagogy, and Consumer Sciences. This major provides a broad background in the recreation, sports, health and fitness professions preparing graduates for meaningful employment in the field of sports and recreation. Courses emphasize practical skills in leadership, critical thinking, and creative problem solving within the Liberal Arts tradition, which are also transferrable to a wide range of non-recreation employment opportunities.

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OHIO Zanesville first-year students received financial aid in Fall 2021**

Sports and Lifestyle Courses

The Sport and Lifestyle Studies program requires a minimum of 120 hours. Students can tailor this degree toward their personal interests and may be able to complete two minors or a double major.


Sample Curriculum

Core Requirements

  • COED 2120 - Introduction to Coaching 
  • COED 2130 - Youth and Sports 
  • COED 3130 - Human Dynamics in Sport 
  • COMS 4050 - Meeting and Conference Planning 
  • REC 3620 - Convention and Event Planning 
  • EXPH 1490 - Introduction to Exercise Science 
  • HLTH 2020 - Introduction to Health and Lifestyle Choices 
  • HLTH 2020C - Introduction to Health and Lifestyle Choices 
  • PETE 2000 - Cultural Perspectives and Physical Activity 
  • REC 2010 - Recreation and Leisure in Society 
  • REC 2150 - Outdoor Recreation and Education 
  • REC 2750 - Inclusive Recreation 
  • REC 4210 - Principles of Aging, Physical Activity, and Recreation 
  • SLS 2000 - Sport and Physical Activity Skill Development 
  • SLS 3010 - Ethics and Risk Management in Sport and Physical Activity 
  • SLS 3900 - Professional Development in Sport and Lifestyle Studies 
  • SLS 4500 - Capstone in Sport and Lifestyle Studies 


Field Experience

Complete the following course for 2 credit hours or more:

  • COED 4920 - Practicum in Coaching 


Extra Departmental and Professional Requirements

Business Requirements

Complete one of the following:

  • MKT 2020 - Marketing Principles
  • MGT 2000 - Introduction to Management 
  • SAM 1000 - Entrepreneurial Accounting 
  • SAM 3020 - Consumer Marketing 
  • SAM 3050 - Supervision Management 
  • BMT 2000 - Introduction to Business Computing

Biological Sciences Requirement

Complete one of the following:

  • BIOS 1030 - Human Biology I:Basic Principles 
  • BIOS 1300 - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Activity Courses Requirement

Complete a minimum of 3 different one-hour courses from any 1000-level PAW offerings.

Complete a minimum of 3 different one-hour courses from any 1000-level REC offerings.

Upper-Level Requirements

Complete a minimum of 6 additional hours at the 3000 or 4000-level from the following subject areas: COED, COMS, HLTH, REC, PETE, PSY, SAM, and SLS.

Minor/Certificate Requirement

Complete a minor or certificate program.


Complete additional courses to fulfill 120 hours University graduation requirement.


    Potential Careers

    Graduates of this program will be prepared for work in a variety of sport and activity settings. Previous graduates have gained employment with minor league baseball, community recreation and fitness centers, city Parks and Recreation Departments, high school athletics programs and senior living centers.

    • As of 2022, Fitness Trainers and Instructors earn an annual median wage of $45,380 per year.
    • Employment demand for Fitness and Wellness Coordinators in Ohio is projected to grow by 9% by 2032.



    Tuition and Fees

    The OHIO Guarantee takes the guesswork out of budgeting for college and provides a fixed rate table for tuition and most fees for four years (or 12 consecutive semesters). 

    Financial aid for undergraduate students (regardless of discipline) is available in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans. Visit our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to learn more.


    West Virginia and Kentucky Residents

    Exploring the Southern or Eastern Campus? Residents of West Virginia can now qualify for in-state tuition. Kentucky residents in nearby counties can qualify for in-state tuition at OHIO Southern or Athens. Access the resources of a large, public university at an affordable, regional campus rate.

Program Admission Requirements

First-Year Students

Anyone who holds a high school diploma or has a GED certificate is eligible for admission to any Ohio University regional campus. Regional campuses have a rolling admissions policy which means that students may be admitted anytime during the year. Applicants will be accepted until class begins each semester. However, prospective students are advised to begin the application process as soon as possible so that they may be given important dates and deadlines in a timely manner. Freshmen applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

Transfer and Current OHIO Students

You are a transfer applicant if you have completed nine or more semester (12 quarter) hours at another institution after you graduated from high school. If you have completed fewer than nine semester hours, you will apply as a freshman applicant. To apply as a transfer student, applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

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