Exercise Science

Programs offered
  • Exercise Science (major and minor)

The Exercise Science faculty are committed to delivering a program that promotes health through physical activity while valuing and examining physical activity through a Christian worldview. 

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Exercise Science (BS)

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  • A minimum 73 credits are required for this major, including 35 upper-division credits.
  • A minimum 34 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • In this major, you are required to complete the 44 credits of core courses, as well as the remainder additional credits.
  • This major includes 3 elective credits.
  • In this major, you are required to complete PE 4899 “Senior Capstone,” in which you research a topic, write a well-documented paper, and present it before your professors and peers.

Exercise Science minor

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  • A minimum 34 credits credits are required for this a minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in at least 9 credits taken at SPU applicable to this minor prior to being accepted to this minor.
  • Courses include two quarters of “Human Anatomy and Physiology,” “Exercise Physiology,” “Biomechanics,” “Responding to Emergencies,” and “Teaching Team and Individual Sports.

Apply to the major or minor

  • You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in at least 9 credits taken at SPU to apply for this major or minor.
  • Apply to this major or minor through the Major or Minor Application.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when you are admitted to this major or minor.

Future teachers

Elementary Teacher Certification

If you plan to obtain elementary Residency Teacher Certification and are interested in teaching health and fitness, you must major in the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in Health and Fitness.

The concentration consists of courses in nutrition, health, and physical education, and the advisor for the Integrated Studies: Health and Fitness Concentration is Dr. JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner (jaas@spu.edu).

Secondary Teacher Certification

If you plan to seek secondary Teacher Certification and obtain a Washington state teaching endorsement in health and fitness, you must complete a minimum 45 credits in Physical Education to obtain your original/first endorsement or a minimum 24 credits in Physical Education to obtain a supporting/ second endorsement.

See Certification Requirements in School of Education for more information. Advisor Dr. JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner can be contacted at jaas@spu.edu or 206-281-2941. 

Lab

Health and Human Performance 

Visit the Health and Human Performance Department in the School of Health Sciences to see how a degree from this department can help you achieve your goals to make a difference in the world.

Time Schedule: Health and Human Performance

Course Planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.

Students walking towards the coast at Camp Casey

Lifetime Activity Courses

From “Outdoor Survival” to “Introduction to Ballet,” explore lifetime activity courses available to all students.