ESS Department

ESS Department
ESS Department
 

Certificates in Exercise & Sport Studies


The Department of Exercise & Sport Studies provides unique opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and develop specific expertise and skills in concentrated areas of study related to the emerging fields of fitness, health and wellness, personal training and sport management.

Individual clusters of concentrated coursework prepare candidates for graduate studies, industry examinations and credentialing as well as careers in sport management, health and wellness and a number of fitness related professions.

The curriculum in sport management and health and wellness is interdisciplinary in nature with a variety of internship opportunities readily available to students. The group fitness and personal training options include hands-on, practical experience as well as well defined on and off campus internship placements.

Students are advised to meet with certificate advisors to learn more about each offering and the associated courses and course credits prior to registration.



Certificate in Exercise & Sport Studies - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What certificate programs are offered through the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies?
  2. How many units are required to complete the ESS certificate programs?
  3. How does the certificate differ from a minor?
  4. How are the ESS certificate programs different from on-line or weekend certifications?
  5. How do I enroll in a program?
  6. Can any of the classes required for the Sport Management Certificate be taken pass/no pass?
  7. Which interdisciplinary courses required for the Sport Management Certificate are eligible for substitution?
  8. Can any of the classes required for the Exercise, Health & Wellness Certificate be taken pass/no pass?
  9. Is it possible to obtain more than one ESS Certificate?
  10. Are internships available through the Certificate Program?
  11. What types of internships are available?



1. What certificate programs are offered through the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies?

The department offers concentrated studies in exercise, health & wellness, and sport management. Successful completion of the required course work leads to a department certification. The curriculum within each area prepares students for graduate study and career opportunities in related fields.
In addition to the Sport Management Certificate Program, the Exercise, Health & Wellness Certificate Program offers 3 areas of emphasis: Personal Training Certificate Track Health & Wellness Certificate Track Group Fitness Instruction Certificate Track


2. How many units are required to complete the ESS certificate programs?

To complete the Sport Management Certificate 16 ESS units are required. Additional interdisciplinary classes are also required (see # 7). To complete the Exercise, Health & Wellness Certificate 18-26 units are required. Personal Training Certificate 18-20 units Health and Wellness Certificate 22-26 units Group Fitness Certificate 18-20 units


3. How does the certificate differ from a minor?

The certificate, similar to a minor, provides academic preparation for further study at the graduate level and/or opportunity for entry into the workplace. Unlike a minor, the certificate is not recognized on the student’s diploma but, rather, results in the student receiving a certificate from the ESS Department upon completion of the program.


4. How are the ESS certificate programs different from on-line or weekend certifications?

The ESS certificate programs consist of University of California level coursework that offer students theoretical and practical knowledge. Courses provide students with a strong foundation enabling them to pursue advanced degrees and career opportunities in the fields of personal training, health & wellness, and sport management.


5. How do I enroll in a program?

To begin the enrollment process for the Sport Management Certificate, contact Jon Spaventa at jon.spaventa@essr.ucsb.edu.

To begin the enrollment process for the Exercise, Health & Wellness Certificate, contact Amy Jamieson at amy.jamieson@essr.ucsb.edu.


6. Can any of the classes required for the Sport Management Certificate be taken pass/no pass?

The 3 interdisciplinary classes (Stats/Comm/Econ 3A) can each be taken for P/NP grade. Each of the 4 ESS classes (ESS 130/131/140/160) must be taken for a letter grade.


7. Which interdisciplinary courses required for the Sport Management Certificate are eligible for substitution?

The communication class can also be fulfilled by completing Soc 1 or PSY 1. Additionally, transfer equivalent classes per advisor approval can fulfill the communication class requirement.
The statistics class can be fulfilled by completing any of the following classes: PSTAT 5A; 5E; 5S; COMM 87 or High School AP Stats. Additionally, transfer equivalent classes per advisor approval can fulfill the Stats requirement.
The ECON 3A class can be fulfilled with a transfer equivalent approved by the Certificate Program Advisor.


8. Can any of the classes required for the Exercise, Health and Wellness Certificate be taken pass/no pass

The Exercise, Health and Wellness Certificate courses must be taken for a letter grade with the exception of the ES 1-activity courses and the ESS 193 Internship course which are only offered pass/no pass.


9. Is it possible to obtain more than one ESS Certificate?

Yes, however be sure to coordinate with the program advisors.


10. Are internships available through the Certificate Program?

Yes, internships are available through the ESS 193 independent study course. The internship course provides students with hands-on experience in their field of interest. Each student will work with the program advisor to schedule internships. Students will receive 1 unit for every 3 hours of work per week for a maximum of 4 units.


11. What types of internships are available?

Internship opportunities are available in a wide variety of areas within the field of exercise, health & wellness, and sport management. Students will work with the program advisor to schedule specific internships. Examples of internships include, but are not limited to:

  • UCSB Athletics Department
  • UCSB Athletic Training
  • UCSB Recreation Department
  • UCSB Personal Training
  • UCSB Strength and Conditioning
  • Spectrum Athletic Club
  • Santa Barbara Physical Therapy Offices
  • Goleta Valley Athletic Club
  • AYSO Soccer
  • Dos Pueblos and San Marcos High Schools
  • Elite Performance
  • San Francisco Giants Baseball
  • Los Angeles Lakers Basketball
  • Kobe Bryant Basketball Camp