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Strength and Conditioning (STCN)

The mission of the Strength and Conditioning concentration provides students with the necessary knowledge to incorporate exercise physiology concepts into activities that enhance fitness and performance. This concentration covers everything from the development of plans to enhance fitness in apparently healthy populations to improving performance in elite athletes. Strength and Conditioning takes into consideration a combination of the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological aspects of training in the development of individual and team needs for customized programming. The concentration serves as the foundation for students to become sport scientists, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, and specialists within corporate fitness/wellness programs. The goals of this concentration are to prepare students to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and to prepare them for careers in the strength and conditioning industry. To monitor this, the Department of Kinesiology publishes the following outcomes: pass rates for the CSCS exam and placement, graduation, and retention rates for students who graduated from the Strength and Conditioning concentration.
Current placement, graduation, and retention rates for the Strength and Conditioning concentration are 83%, 82%, and 100%, respectively, with a current enrollment of 94 students. For questions about the program, contact the Program Director, Dr. Zachary Gillen (
View the STCN curriculum

  • Community college transfer hours may not exceed 62 hours toward this curriculum.  
  • Please review your CAPP/DegreeWorks before each advisement meeting (see MSU MyState)  
  • It is each student’s responsibility to determine and obtain coursework required for any post-graduate studies and communicate those requirements with his/her advisor.  
  • Any questions regarding curriculum or advisement can be answered by logging into the Kinesiology Advising Hub or through your myState
  • General Education Requirements and MSU Course Catalog may be found at