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)


  • A minimum 80 credits are required for this major, including 35 upper-division credits.
  • In this major, you are required to complete the 54 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


  • A minimum 36 credits are required for this a minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • Courses include two quarters of “Human Anatomy and Physiology,” “Exercise Physiology,” “Biomechanics,” “Wellness and Physical Activity,” “Psychological Aspects of Health and Physical Activity,” “Applied Exercise Science,” and “Functional Anatomy.”

entering and completing the major or minor

In order to earn a degree, you must complete an academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, and students are not required to enter a major immediately upon admission to the University. However, you should enter a major by the end of your sophomore year to help ensure your timely completion of a degree. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should identify and enter their major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you wish to enter a major or minor in this department, you may select a program by using the online Major or Minor Application form. You will receive an email notification of acceptance.
  • If you are an SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, use the online Major or Minor Application form to select your major or minor. You will receive an email notification of acceptance. Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the 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 and health and fitness, 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 Health and Fitness to obtain your original/first endorsement or a minimum 24 credits in Health and Fitness 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. 


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.