The Strength and Conditioning minor offers an accessible solution to students interested in this specialized area no matter what their career track is. Addition of this minor parallels the National Strength and Conditioning Association guidelines for preparation to sit for either the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-PT) national exam.

This course of study, as well as personal training, are popular interest areas for students in the Department of Exercise Science and across society.

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Exercise Science Department is to prepare, educate, and empower students in their individual journeys toward becoming critical practitioners skilled at evaluating, deconstructing, and addressing the problems and issues central to the narrower topic of sport, as well as the broader issue of physical activity across the lifespan. By blending scholarly study and professional practice, department faculty create learning opportunities and experiences that nurture students’ exploration of the physical, psychological, social-humanistic, and professional aspects of physical activity, and their associated impact on health, society, and quality of life.

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Coles, Rick

Professor of Exercise Science, Associate Head Coach of Football

Brittany Followay

Followay, Brittany

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, Chair of Exercise Science, Graduate Program Director


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers.

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Requirements for a Minor in Strength and Conditioning
Total Credits 20 total credits, including 18 credits in the department
Core Courses EXS 181 Resistance Training, 282 Functional Testing, 286 Nutrition for the Health Sciences, 287 Functional Anatomy, 381 Advanced Concepts of Strength and Conditioning
Elective Courses 4 elective credits with approval from the minor advisor. Potential courses include EXS 211 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, 245 Theories of Coaching I, 246 Theories of Coaching II, 333 Physiology of Exercise, 340 Adapted Physical Education, 352 Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity, 353 Sociological Aspects of Physical Activity, 362 Therapeutic Rehabilitation, ECO 321 Economics of Professional Sports