Feb 29, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Sport and Lifestyle Studies (B.S.S.L.S.)

Major code BS5512

Patton College of Education  
Recreation, Sport Pedagogy and Consumer Sciences    
Patton Hall 202
Athens, OH 45701

Kathy Normansell, Program Coordinator

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Sport and Lifestyle Studies degree is offered through Ohio University’s Department of Recreation, Sport Pedagogy, and Consumer Sciences on the Eastern campus, Lancaster campus, and Zanesville campus. This major provides a broad background in the recreation, sports, health and fitness professions preparing graduates for meaningful employment in the field of sports and recreation. Courses emphasize practical skills in leadership, critical thinking, and creative problem solving within the Liberal Arts tradition, which are also transferrable to a wide range of non-recreation employment opportunities.  The flexibility in course selection, along with the requirement for a minor or certificate, allows students to tailor the degree towards their personal needs and interests, thus enhancing their potential to meet community job market demands.  Students who follow advising guidelines may be able to complete two minors or a double major.  The Bachelor of Science in Sport & Lifestyle Studies may also serve as a degree completion program for transfer students with an associate degree with an emphasis in sport, recreation, or fitness. 

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond Ohio University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements. Students must receive a C or higher in any major required course.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements. Students transferring with an Associate Degree from another institution may seek written permission from the Program Coordinator to waive the minor requirement.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the Sport and Lifestyle Studies Program will be prepared for work in a variety of sport and activity settings. Previous graduates have gained employment with minor league baseball, community recreation and fitness centers, city Parks and Recreation Departments, high school athletics programs and senior living centers. Others have continued their education in a Masters degree program or sought non-recreation jobs in business management and ownership.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Major Hours Requirement

The Sport and Lifestyle Studies program requires a minimum of 120 hours.

Field Experience

Complete the following course for 2 credit hours or more:

Extra Departmental and Professional Requirements

Business Requirements

Complete one of the following:

Biological Sciences Requirement

Complete one of the following:

Activity Courses Requirement

Complete a minimum of 3 different one hour courses from any 1000-level PAW offerings.

Complete a minimum of 3 different one hour courses from any 1000-level REC offerings.

Upper Level Requirements

Complete a minimum of 6 additional hours at the 3000 or 4000-level from the following subject areas: COED, COMS, HLTH, REC, PETE, PSY, SAM, and SLS. Upper level courses from other departments may fulfill this requirement with written approval from the Program Coordinator.

Minor/Certificate Requirement

All SLS majors are required to complete a minor or certificate program under consultation with their advisor. Students transferring to Ohio University with an associate or baccalaureate degree may apply in writing to the Program Coordinator to have the minor/certificate requirement waived.


Complete additional courses to fulfill 120 hours University graduation requirement.