Undergraduate Majors

Circuit Training Class

The Health and Human Performance Department at SPU offers two undergraduate majors: Exercise Science and Health and Fitness Education. Students majoring in Exercise Science study a track that includes chemistry, while those majoring in Health and Fitness Education study a track emphasizing information delivery and includes pedagogy.

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science major provides you with a solid foundation in these areas:

  • Anatomy and biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology and motor control
  • Sports and exercise nutrition

If you intend to become a personal trainer/strength coach, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or coach, or if you intend to pursue a career in medicine or research, the Exercise Science major is for you. This program includes an internship and a practicum.

Health and Fitness Education

The Health and Fitness Education major prepares you to become a health and fitness educator who can plan, administer, and evaluate activities for people of all ages and fitness levels.

If you intend to earn a Residency Teacher Certification or become a personal trainer, athletic director, community recreational director, or the like, this program is for you. This program includes an internship and a practicum.

Marcus Hahnemann

Finishing at Home

After graduating, Exercise Science major Marcus Hahnemann traveled to Europe and made a lasting impression on international professional soccer as an all-star goalkeeper. Now he’s back in Seattle.