As an SPU Exercise Science major, you examine the health and fitness benefits of physical activity and exercise using a science-based approach. This approach combines:
Classroom learning, including chemistry
An internship in a Seattle-area professional setting
Whether you plan to enter the workforce after graduation or attend graduate school for an advanced degree or certification, an Exercise Science degree provides you with a solid foundation.
In this major, you will take courses such as “Motor Learning and Development,” “Biomechanics,” “Exercise Physiology,” and “Sports and Exercise Nutrition.” You will benefit from outstanding faculty members who not only have years of experience working within academic settings, but also have significant experience in the exercise industry — working with recreational and elite populations, as well as coaching and training athletes. In this program, you will:
Move through a sequential, comprehensive curriculum that prepares you to enter a variety of movement-related careers, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sports medicine.
Learn from practical hands-on experiences throughout the program in areas such as research, physical-fitness testing, and exercise prescription and leadership.
Access state-of-the-art equipment in the HHP Lab, which includes assessment of maximal oxygen uptake, in-vivo muscle mechanics, motor skills, isokinetic dynamometry, and functional movement screening that will be used with future clients, patients, and students.
Participate in a required internship, to gain valuable real-world experience in a local organization such as a fitness center, rehabilitation center, local sports organization, or research-based laboratory.
Fulfill the requirements of your senior colloquium and capstone by completing an original research project and paper and presenting it during the annual Health and Human Performance Colloquium.
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After graduation, you will be equipped to enter a variety of careers or earn a professional certification.
Major courses and degree requirements
As an Exercise Science major, you will be required to take a minimum of 80 credits, including at least 35 upper-division credits.
Review the Exercise Science major courses and requirements.