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2023-2025 - Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2025 - Undergraduate Catalog

Coaching Minor

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Coaching Minor

Athletics hold a prominent position in society, with millions of children, adults, and older adults participating in sports every year. Participation in recreational or organized sports can influence a person’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development, especially for children and adolescents. The types of experiences people have while playing sports are strongly impacted by the competencies and qualifications of their coaches. Therefore, coaches must be trained to work with athletes in an effective, ethical, and safe manner. Informed by research and best practices, the Coaching Minor provides students with the latest knowledge and hands-on experiences for developing their coaching style.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in declaring the Coaching Minor must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Overall GPA of 2.00 or higher

Note: It is strongly recommended that students complete BIO 150: Human Biology as one of their Natural World & Technology General Education courses because it is a prerequisite for ESC 340 and ESC 343, both of which are required for the minor. Completion of Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (BIO 237 and BIO 238) or Human Physiology (BIO 350) is also acceptable. Other biology courses are not adequate substitutes. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that students complete PSY 101: General Psychology as one of their Interconnections General Education courses because it is a prerequisite for ESC 325, which is required for the minor. While these are not requirements for declaring the minor, they are necessary to progress through it.

Course Requirements (19 credits)

The Coaching Minor is 19 credits across 6 courses and students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to complete the minor successfully.

The five required courses are:

  • ESC 220: Fundamentals of Coaching Credits: 3
  • ESC 244: Movement Science & Skill Analysis Credits: 3
  • ESC 325: Sport Psychology Credits: 3
  • ESC 340: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries Credits: 3
  • ESC 343: Foundations of Exercise Physiology Credits: 4

Students must also take one elective course from the following options:

  • DS 100: Introduction to Disability Studies Credits: 3
  • ESC 213: Organization & Administration for Fitness & Sport Facilities Credits: 3
  • ESC 260: Principles of Nutrition Credits: 3
  • ESC 387: Theory & Practice of Power & Agility Training Credits: 3
  • ESC 445: Coaching Internship Credits: 3
  • HCS 225: Communication and Sport Credits: 3
  • PSY 361: Psychology of Group Interaction Credits: 3
  • SOC 275: Sociology of Sport & Leisure Credits: 3

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