UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Exercise and Sports Studies

Division of Social Sciences
Recreation Center 2130
Department Phone:  (805) 893-2956
Department Chair:  Amy Jamieson
Email:  amyjam@ucsb.edu
Department Website:  ess.ucsb.edu
Social Media:  facebook.com/ucsbess  linkedin.com/company/ucsbess  twitter.com/ucsbess


The Department of Exercise & Sport Studies offers courses in Health & Wellbeing, Exercise Studies and Sport Management.

The mission of the Exercise & Sport Studies Department is to provide innovative, scientifically based knowledge that enables students to model healthy lifestyles, to prepare for advanced study and to be future leaders in the disciplines of health, wellness and sport.  The department is committed to maintaining a student-centered approach to undergraduate education that continuously blends theory and application.

Basic instruction (“1-” Exercise & Sport Studies courses) is offered at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Courses range in scope from a fitness related emphasis–aerobics, jogging, swimming and weight training–to individual and team sports such as basketball, golf, tennis and volleyball. Courses in the “1-” series with the “Intercollegiate” designation in the title may be repeated up to 12 times for a total of 6 units. No more than 6 units of “1-” courses may be counted toward degree requirements.

A physical examination performed by a private physician is recommended for any student intending to enroll in Exercise & Sport Studies courses.

Fines are imposed by the department for failure to return equipment or clothing on or before the date posted for such return at the end of each quarter, and for failure to close out lockers at the end of each quarter.