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Strength and Conditioning



The Strength and Conditioning minor offers an accessible solution to students interested in this specialized area no matter what their career track is. Addition of this minor parallels the National Strength and Conditioning Association guidelines for preparation to sit for either the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-PT) national exam.

This course of study, as well as personal training, are popular interest areas for students in the Department of Exercise Science and across society.

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Exercise Science Department is to prepare, educate, and empower students in their individual journeys toward becoming critical practitioners skilled at evaluating, deconstructing, and addressing the problems and issues central to the narrower topic of sport, as well as the broader issue of physical activity across the lifespan. By blending scholarly study and professional practice, department faculty create learning opportunities and experiences that nurture students’ exploration of the physical, psychological, social-humanistic, and professional aspects of physical activity, and their associated impact on health, society, and quality of life.

Program Spotlight


Brittany Followay

Brittany Followay

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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Mark Cole

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, Assistant Coach of Football

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Ron Ernst

Ronald Ernst

Professor of Exercise Science, Head Coach of Football, Assistant Athletic Director

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Twenty-two total credits, including 18 credits in the department, including: EXS 181, 281, 286, 287, 381, plus four elective credits with approval from the minor advisor. Potential courses include EXS 211, 245, 246 333, 340, 352, 353, 362, ECO 321.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.