Sport psychologists work with athletes at all levels. Students in this concentration take courses that emphasize functionality of the body, thought processes, coping styles, and communication of not only individual athletes but as it pertains to teams as well. Other areas of emphasis also include rehabilitation and mental health counseling for issues specific to athletes.

A degree in Sports Psychology can launch students into entry level career paths such as:

  • Public School Athletic Programs
  • Community outreach programs
  • Life Coach
  • Performance coaching and training

Salary for a graduates with a degree in sport psychology: $40,000 to $80,000.

Sport Psychology Major Concentration Requirements:


  • SM 102 Sport and Society
  • PSYC 210 Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • PSYC 215 Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • PSYC 337 Motivation in Sport and Exercise
  • PSYC 376 Psychology of Athletic Injury
  • PSYC 385 Applied Sport Psychology
  • PE 382 Prevention, Care and Treatment of Athletic injuries

Group A – Choose one from the following:

  • PSYC 324 Child Psychopathology
  • PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology

Recommended Courses:

  • PE 250 Motor Learning
  • PSYC 365 Psychology of Addiction
  • PSYC 372 Positive Psychology
  • BIO 241 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 242 Anatomy and Physiology II

Recommended: Choose one of the following:

  • PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology I: Conception through Adolescence
  • PSYC 351 Developmental Psychology II: Emerging Adulthood and Aging
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Nathan Hough

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Professor of Psychology
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