Sport & Fitness Management

Bachelor of Science

From profitable professional teams to collegiate programs and Little League, sports managers have the unique ability to bring communities together and inspire healthy lifestyles in all corners of the world.

Program Overview

Inspire athletes to achieve and exceed their goals.

The Sport & Fitness Management emphasis is an introduction to the business aspect of sport and fitness, including marketing, events and facility management. Through courses in Financial Accounting, Microeconomics, Program Design for Physical Activity Settings and more, you’ll acquire a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of sport management. You’ll also have the opportunity to take classes and conduct research in our state-of-the-art, High Altitude Performance Lab. To gain hands-on experience, you’ll be required to participate in an internship at a professional site in an area of exercise and sport science. The program is a perfect place to start if you have a passion for sports and want to pursue an exciting and rewarding career managing athletes of all levels.

Rewarding careers

The Sport & Fitness Management program is a perfect start for students who have a passion for sport and want to find exciting and rewarding careers beyond being an athlete.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 View
ACC 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3 View
BUAD 220 Spreadsheets and Analysis 3 View
CS 120 Professional Computer Skills 3 View
ECON 202 Microeconomics 3 View
ESS 282 Principles of Sport and Fitness Management 3 View
ESS 382 Management of Sport and Fitness Facilities 3 View
ESS 385 Physical Activity Programming 3 View
ESS 405 Practicum in Exercise and Sport Science 1 View
ESS 440 Topics in Sport & Fitness Management 3 View
ESS 450 Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings 3 View
ESS 498 Internship in Exercise and Sport Science 3-12 View
MATH 140 College Algebra (GT-MA1) 3 View
ROE 333 Recreation and Sport Marketing 3 View
ROE 466 Facilities and Administration 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Graduate Research: Collaborate on research projects with students in the High Altitude Exercise Physiology master’s program.
  • High Altitude Performance Lab: Take classes and conduct research in our state-of-the-art facility.
  • Publish Research: Publish your work in the Center for Wellness and Human Performance Health & Fitness Journal.
  • Wellness Elevated: Work with clinical populations and their exercise programming for a semester or more.
  • Association for Students of Exercise Sports Science: This club is specifically tailored to ESS majors. Outings and events provide social support, professional development and networking opportunities.

The business side of sports

Learn the business side of athletics to shape that passion for competition, exercise and fitness into a fulfilling, lifelong career.

Department Chairperson

Lance Dalleck, Ph.D.

Professor of Exercise & Sport Science

Administrative Assistant

Terri Stinson

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.7129

970.943.7125

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Paul Wright Gym 209
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231