Oklahoma State University is the first college or university in the state to offer a four-year degree in Sports and Coaching Science.
Program coordinator and associate professor Dr. Tim Baghurst says the bachelor's degree provides access to education that was previously only offered as a minor.
"I think it's going to generate a lot of interest with a lot of students who have interest in sports, but don't know how to combine their passion with a future career."
The program will prepare students for careers in professional, collegiate, or secondary school sport organizations, elite training facilities, athletic league officiating, or other sport-related businesses.
Core classes for the degree are in health and human performance with electives offered from sports management, sports media, nutritional science, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation.
More information about the degree can be found at education.okstate.edu/spcs.