Sports and coaching science equips students for certification via various sports organizations
relevant to their athletic area of interest and prepares them for careers in athletic
coaching and ancillary fields.
Why sports and coaching science at OSU?
Oklahoma State is one of only four universities in the country to offer an undergraduate
degree in sports and coaching science. Courses are taught from a practical learning
approach and students are exposed to numerous internship opportunities, including
working in professional, collegiate or secondary sport organizations as well as elite
training facilities, athletic league officiating or small businesses.
Graduates can work with high performance sports and intramural athletics as well as
hold roles in administration and facilities management. Those who pursue additional
graduate education may find careers in sport psychology, athletic training, strength
and conditioning, collegiate coaching and sports management.
Fitness Trainer and Instructor
Umpire, Referee and Other Sports Official
Sports Facility Administrator
Students are expected to gain professional experience outside the classroom, including
completion of a required internship. Typically, the internship experience is during
the end of the degree program and part of a summer semester. Possible internship sites
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Performance Center
U.S. Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
High school, collegiate, semi-professional and professional sports organizations
Quality of program
"As OSU strives to build athletic programs, while simultaneously creating
one of the healthiest collegiate campuses in the country, it understands the role
of coaching in achieving athletic goals at all levels. The skills you derive from
a world-class coaching program, like that of OSU, are going to serve you in every
role you take on, regardless of your career."
- Joe Jacobi, Olympic Gold Medalist and Chief Executive Officer for USA Canoe/Kayak
Gold medal instruction
Students have the opportunity to learn from legendary Coach John Smith, OSU head wrestling
coach and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Smith teaches the elective course, "Building
and Sustaining a Successful Sports Program."