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With a degree in Exercise Science, Athletic Training, or Sport Management from MSU Denver, you will gain the skills and expertise needed to grow along with the industries. 

Our faculty members and instructors offer a blend of scientific and technical expertise. You’ll enjoy a hands-on experience, individual attention, and learning opportunities that provide you with the foundation for a fulfilling career in the sport industry. A degree from MSU Denver’s Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences can get you just about anywhere in your desired industry.

Whatever your passion is, our faculty can help you develop the skills necessary for a successful career. Our graduates have the knowledge and flexible skills for a successful career in whichever industry they choose to pursue.

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Athletic Training

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Exercise Science Program - CAAHEP & CoAES Accredited

Career Opportunities: Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation - Worksite health promotion - Physical medicine research - Strength and conditioning - Public and private wellness programs - Personal training

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Sport Management Program - COSMA Accredited

Career Opportunities: Game and event operations - Facilities management - Ticketing and sales - Sport marketing/promotions - Sport communication - Sport law - Player relations

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Athletic Training Program - CAATE Accredited

Career Opportunities: Youth sports programs - College and university athletics - Sport medicine clinics - Health clubs - Professional and Olympic sport organizations - Athletic training education - Corporate wellness and industrial health care programs

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Athletic Training Program Update

Not Accepting New Undergraduate Students

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) mandates that “CAATE accredited professional athletic training programs must result in the granting of a master’s degree in Athletic Training” with the requirement that institutions cannot enroll an undergraduate cohort after fall 2022.  With this being said, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSU Denver Athletic Training Program has made the difficult decision to not accept new undergraduate athletic training students.

The Athletic Training faculty are working diligently to create a rigorous academic program that will prepare students for graduate studies in athletic training as well as physical therapy and occupational therapy. Beginning in fall 2021, students are being encouraged to change their major to Exercise Science and meet with Clare Kost, HPS Department academic advisor and/or an athletic training faculty advisor to discuss their academic and career goals. Students will have access to the courses that CAATE has mandated as prerequisite courses for admittance to master’s level athletic training programs in addition to courses that will introduce them to the many facets of allied health care which will give students a solid foundation as they enter graduate school.  These pre-requisite courses are taken as part of the exercise science major, general studies requirements and electives as necessary.

Students who are currently enrolled in the clinical portion of the Athletic Training program (i.e., assigned to a clinical athletic training site and active in the Typhon clinical tracking system) are NOT affected by this change.  All current clinical athletic training students will have full support to complete their bachelor’s degree to be qualified to take the national Board of Certification examination.

Physical Activity & Lifetime Wellness Program

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The Physical Activity and Lifetime Wellness program at MSU Denver provides an opportunity for students to choose from a variety of classes that focus on increasing fitness, improving overall well-being and developing healthy habits. Physical activity patterns during college are important influences on habitual physical activity during the full span of the adult life and, consequently, have significant implications for short- and long- term health outcomes. Regular exercise will boost your physical and psychological well-being and can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Our classes provide a non-intimidating environment that invite people of all walks of life, abilities, and cultures to join and learn how to be the best you!

All courses include aspects of:

  • Movement and fitness
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Basic nutrition guidelines
  • Positive lifestyle behaviors

Click on the link to view current courses: Fall 2022 class offerings
*These are 2-credit activity courses and are open to MSU Denver, CCD, and UCD Students! Up to 14-credits can be applied toward graduation requirements

Physical Activity & Wellness Course Descriptions

Why Physical Activity Matters

Physical Activity Basics

Información básica sobre la actividad física

Current Students

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Faculty & Staff

Susan Bertelsen Headshot

Susan Bertelsen, Ph.D.


K-12 Physical Education, Exercise Science, & Health Education

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Colleen Colles Headshot

Colleen Colles, Ph.D.


Sport Management

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Kelly Evans Headshot

Kelly Evans, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sport Management

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Chad Harris Headshot

Chad Harris, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Human Performance and Sport

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Jenn Huseman Headshot

Jennifer Huseman, EdD, LAT, ATC

Clinical Education Coordinator

Athletic Training

Clare Kost Headshot

Clare Kost

Academic Advisor

College of Professional Studies

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Joe Morales Headshot

Joe Morales

Equipment Manager

Human Performance and Sport

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Tony Nunez Headshot

Tony Nunez, Ph.D., CSCS, ACSM EIM-L1

Associate Professor

Exercise Science

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Chris Odell Headshot

Chris Odell, Ph.D., LAT, ATC,


Athletic Training

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Gabriela Headshot

Gabriela Rodriguez

Academic Department Coordinator

Human Performance and Sport

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Joe Quatrochi, Ph.D., ACSM-EP


Exercise Science

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Ben Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM EP


Exercise Science

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Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences

Email: [email protected] l Phone: 303-615-1818

Main Office Location:
Physical Education/Event Center (PE) 217
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 173362
Campus Box 25
Denver, CO 80202