Sport and Performance Psychology, B.S.

The field of sport and performance psychology is a fast-growing discipline that addresses mental health within performance-based arenas. 

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Program Intro

CBU's B.S. in Sport and Performance Psychology is a degree designed to prepare individuals to address the current performance mental health challenges through a multidisciplinary focus on research and application centered around an empathetic approach — a skillset that is highly sought after by potential performance employers.

43 Units

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15 Required Major Courses
100 % Christian Faculty and Staff

Why Study Sport and Performance Psychology at CBU?

Take relevant and interesting courses

Curriculum is focused on core disciplines, including social focus, cognitive practices, athletic application, theoretical knowledge, professionalism and ethics.

Get hands-on experience

This degree is perfect for any student who wishes to remain in athletics or the performance field and feels called to impact others in their cognitive development. A student earning this degree has the ability to work with performers in a gamut of different areas: athletics, military, performing arts and business.

What You'll Learn

Students in CBU's sport and performance psychology bachelor's program will learn to:

Program Details

SPP 420: Social Implications of Sport and Performance

This course explores the establishment of relationships among psychology, social relationships, and performance within various social environments and contexts. 

SPP 430: Ethics and Leadership in Performance Psychology 

This course is centered around the leadership and ethics needed to build and develop professional relationships within a sport psychology setting. 

SPP 499: Sport and Performance Psychology Capstone

This course provides students the opportunity to evaluate their own strengths/weaknesses and demonstrate an understanding of the integration of a Christian worldview and their major field of study. 

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Ed Garrett, PsyD., PsyD., BMHC

Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology
Director, The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology
Program Coordinator, BS in Sport and Performance Psychology / External Liaison for Community Engagement

Office Phone: 601-667-9706
Office Location: James 128

Kristin Mauldin, PhD

Associate Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology
Director, Sport and Performance Psychology Program

Office Phone: 951-343-4391
Office Location: James 136B

Lauren Ostrander

I am so grateful for my experience in this program, to the professors who offered mentorship and guidance, and to this field that serves to help athletes and performers become the best they can be. The excitement for where this field can go is evident in the tone and themes of this program, and I am proud to have been a part of it.

Lauren Ostrander '22

Career Possibilities

Upon completing CBU’s undergraduate sport and performance psychology program, students will be well prepared for careers in the industry. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Sport and Performance Cognitive Coach
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Psychologist

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