Health and Human Performance Majors

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 instructional methods.

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Exercise Science

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

  • 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 a practicum (field experiences in which you’ll observe and document how working professionals perform their jobs, with limited responsibilities as a student) and an internship (more like a real job, where you’ll independently apply your skills and knowledge in the workplace).

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 a practicum and an internship.

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Seattle Pacific first added courses in physical education in 1914, recommending that “the courses consist of classes in both theory and practice.” Courses in tennis and basketball, for both male and female students, soon began.