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The Strength and Conditioning major at UW Oshkosh utilizes an educational curriculum grounded in evidence-based research and a variety of clinical experiences to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to develop training programs for those with the primary goal of improving athletic or sport performance. 

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Is this major for me?

If you want to pursue a career in the strength and conditioning field and enjoy working with individuals or teams in the athletic environment, the Strength and Conditioning major is for you.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam, the gold standard certification in strength and conditioning.

How can I use this major?

From an employment perspective, many facilities require their staff to carry the CSCS certification. Colleges and universities, private training facilities, and sports medicine clinics employ professionals with the CSCS credential. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) also requires strength and conditioning coaches to be certified when working with their student-athletes. In the near future, individuals who want to be employed as a CSCS need to be educated through an accredited program.


  • Private training facilities
  • Colleges and universities
  • Sports medicine/physical therapy clinics
  • High schools
  • Professional sports settings
  • Health Clubs


Pre-Admission Courses (9 cr.)
Students must earn a “C” or better in the following:

Kinesiology 121 – Orientation to Kinesiology (1 cr) [“B” grade or better]

Kinesiology 122 – Kinesiology Admissions Seminar (1 cr)

Kinesiology 170 – Medical Terminology (1 cr)

Kinesiology 171 – Prevention, Recognition, & Treatment of Athletic Injuries (2 cr)

Biology 211 – Human Anatomy (4 cr)

Required CourseS (42 cr.)

Biology 212 – Human Physiology (4 cr)

Kinesiology 104- AED, CPR, and First Aid (1 cr)

Kinesiology 173 – Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology (3 cr)

Kinesiology 201- Strength Training Techniques (1 cr)

Kinesiology 202- Advanced Strength Training Techniques (1 cr)

Kinesiology 331- Motor Learning (3 cr)

Kinesiology 340- Biomechanics (3 cr) *previously Kinesiology 280*

Kinesiology 349 – Behavioral Aspects of Kinesiology (3 cr)

Kinesiology 350 – Physiology of Exercise (3 cr)

Kinesiology 351 – Nutrition for Health & Performance (3 cr)

Kinesiology 352 – Fitness Assessment Techniques (3 cr)

Kinesiology 370- Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning (3 cr)

Kinesiology 371- Strength and Conditioning Program Design (3 cr)

Kinesiology 443- Progressive Training Techniques (2 cr)

Kinesiology 447 – Admin. & Facilities Mgmt in Kinesiology (3 cr)

Kinesiology 461- Clinical Experience in Strength and Conditioning (3 cr)

Capstone Course (12 cr.)
Kinesiology 480 – Internship in Kinesiology (12 cr)

Admission To The Major

When students declare a Strength and Conditioning major they automatically enter the pre-major program.

In order to obtain entrance into the major, students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in the following prerequisite courses: Biological Concepts, Human Anatomy, Medical Terminology, and Prevention, Recognition & Treatment of Athletic Injuries. Students must also earn a grade of “B” or better in Orientation to Kinesiology and pass the Kinesiology Admissions Seminar to apply to the program. While there is no official minimum GPA for admissions, students in the Department of Kinesiology must finish with a 2.75 GPA. Therefore, pre-admission grades and GPA are reviewed to assess likelihood of success in completing the majors.

The student then submits an application portfolio that includes a cover letter, a resume, an admissions essay, a report indicating at least two hours of volunteer service, and a report indicating performance in all classes and performance in the prerequisite classes listed above.

***The volunteer requirement will be waived for students applying during the Fall 2022 semester due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place at volunteer locations.***

First Year

Any student interested in completing the Strength and Conditioning major should enroll in the following courses during their first semester (along with appropriate USP courses):

  • Biology 105 – Biological Concepts (4 cr.)
  • Kinesiology 121 – Orientation to Kinesiology (1 cr.) [“B” grade or better]
  • Kinesiology 170 – Medical Terminology (1 cr.)


The following courses should be taken in the second semester (along with appropriate USP courses) to apply at the end of the second semester:

  • Biology 211 – Human Anatomy (3 cr.)
  • Kinesiology 122 – Kinesiology Admission Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Kinesiology 171 – Prevention, Recognition & Treatment of Athletic Injuries (3 cr.)


Formal application for the program should also be submitted at the end of the second semester. This is done by submitting an admission portfolioStudents are required to submit an admission portfolio to be considered for acceptance into the major. Formal acceptance is necessary prior to completing some 200- and all 300- or 400-level courses within the major. 

Students may apply once they have completed Kinesiology 121, 122, 170, 171, and Biology 211.

The deadline for the admission portfolio is at the end of each semester. Students may apply for admittance while the courses listed above are in progress. Admittance, however, is dependent upon completion and the student’s grade in each course.

NOTE: Students may apply at the end of either semester as long as the prerequisite courses have been completed.


Additional Admissions Requirements


  • Students must complete and document at least two hours of approved volunteer experience (form can be found here) within the field prior to the application deadline.
  • ***The volunteer requirement will be waived for students applying during the Fall 2022 semester due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place at volunteer locations.***

If you have any questions about whether or not you should apply please contact the Admissions Committee chair, Dr. Schmidt (


Kinesiology students will begin advisement at the  University Advising Resource Center (UARC). Once students are admitted to a major, they will be assigned a faculty advisor in the Department of Kinesiology. Students are expected to meet with their faculty advisor each semester, at least one week prior to their registration date.

When students arrive at the meeting with the advisor they should bring:

  • An updated Academic Report (don’t print)
  • A list of courses they plan to take the following semester
  • A copy of the the major 4-Year Plan found on the Student Resources page


A major function of the advisor is to work with the student in designing their curriculum, so they not only complete the requirements of the program but also maximize the worth of their undergraduate education. Another purpose of an academic advisor is to give students counsel with respect to their intended career directions. Although faculty and staff will do their best to follow the student’s progress, it is the student’s responsibility to make absolutely sure they complete all degree requirements and are thus eligible to graduate.

If you have questions prior to program admission, Dr. Dan Schmidt, Mr. Craig Biwer, and Dr. Brian Wallace are the primary faculty advisors for this major. 

NOTE: It is crucial that students meet with an advisor every semester as courses in the department may not be offered each semester. Your advisor will help you choose the best elective courses for your intended career goals.


Wait List Policy

If a class you’d like to take is full, you may elect to get on the wait list. You can view full courses in TitanWeb by unchecking the “Show Open Only” box when searching for Kinesiology. If the full class has an online wait list, it will display a yellow triangle in the status box. To join the wait list simply “enroll” in the course, checking the box for “wait list if class is full.” You should see a message confirming that you’re on the wait list upon completion.

If you need assistance, contact Deb Suess in the Kinesiology office at (920) 424-0834. Don’t procrastinate, or our ability to help may become limited.

Careers and Internships

The Kinesiology internship provides the opportunity for development and practice at a clinical placement of the student’s choosing (with approval from the Department of Kinesiology). Theory, principles and techniques, as well as the skills learned in the classroom are developed throughout the internship placement. The internship experience is required and is viewed as an integral part of the student’s professional preparation. The internship is designed to provide a quality, hands on leadership experience that is specifically related to the student’s career goals.  The internship experience should be compatible with the goals of the Department of Kinesiology, the student’s professional goals, as well as with the specific needs of the internship site.  Students attain internships in selected business, industry and commercial settings throughout the state, country and possibly internationally. 


Strength and Conditioning majors should pursue internships that allow them to develop and enhance their ability in the performance enhancement or strength and conditioning environment.  The Department of Kinesiology has developed strong relationships with many different types of internship sites, including, but not limited to:

  • Bellin Health at Titletown (Green Bay, WI)
  • Aurora Baycare (Green Bay, WI)
  • Athlete Performance (Mequon, WI)
  • NX Level Performance (Waukesha, WI)
  • Sports Advantage (Verona, WI)
  • XLR8 Sports Training (Menasha, WI)
  • University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
  • US Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

For questions about the internship, please contact:

Craig Biwer MS, CSCS, ACSM-EP
Internship Coordinator