Exercise Science and Sport Studies

Department Chair: Donald Fischer
Faculty: Donald Fischer, Janna LaFountaine, Mary Stenson
Instructors: Julie Deyak, Mike Durbin, Gary Fasching, John Haws, Carol Howe-Veenstra, Eric Kohn, Erin Ross, Justin Rost, Doug Schueller, Matthew Stenson, Emily Willaert

Exercise and physical activity play an important role in improving the quality of life of individuals, including decreasing the risk of disease and injury. The mission of the Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department is to prepare liberally educated men and women for graduate study in exercise related fields, and to prepare students to function professionally, competently, and ethically in the fields of exercise science and coaching. Consistent with the missions of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, the department seeks to foster inclusive and integrated learning, critical thinking, strong communication skills, and exploration of culture and gender related issues, as well as to provide leadership and service opportunities for students.


The Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department is committed to the process of formative assessment in order to enhance student learning. The assessment process employs a variety of assessment measures including (but not limited to):

1.     Embedded assessment of student learning within Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department courses
2.     Survey of senior students and graduates

Major (None)

Exercise Science and Sport Studies Minor
(24 credits with at least one course from each of the four categories)

Category A: ESSS 202, 203, 204, 205, 230, 231, 258, 259*, 260*, 261*, 263*, 264*, 267*, 269*, 270*, 273, 275, 299, 307, 310, 320, 321, 395, 397

Category B: ESSS 215, 306, 308, 396

Category C: ESSS 316, 390

Category D: ESSS XXX

*NOTE: a maximum of two "Theory of Coaching" courses may be applied toward the minor degree.

Courses (ESSS)