Who We Are

In this major, you will take foundational 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.

As an SPU Exercise Science major, you examine the health and fitness benefits of physical activity and exercise using a science-based approach. You will study anatomy and biomechanics; exercise physiology and motor control; and, sports and exercise nutrition.  Our approach combines classroom learning, laboratory work and an internship in a Seattle-are professional setting.

Our Mission

In September 1914, Seattle Pacific added physical education to its curriculum, advising that “courses consist of classes both in theory and in practice.” The forerunner of today’s Health and Human Performance Department, these new courses established the importance Seattle Pacific placed on health and fitness education.

Today, HHP faculty are experts and active professional practitioners in their fields. This gives students access to the most up-to-date training and equipment in those disciplines. Dedicated educators, HHP faculty care about their students and — with SPU’s exceptional faculty-to-student ratio — work closely with them to help them succeed.

Learning Outcomes

Eight, key learning outcomes frame our curriculum. By studying Health and Fitness Education students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the significance of physical activity, sport, and exercise in the context of overall wellness.
  2. Engage effectively in regular, personal leisure time physical activity.
  3. Support or initiate public policy that encourages physical activity within diverse communities.
  4. Model interest in physical activity as a priority in life.
  5. Articulate a view of physical activity and wellness from the context of a Christian worldview.
  6. Gain practical and applied experience through practicum and clinical internships.
  7. Demonstrate introspective analysis of the critical issues facing professionals and participants in wellness, physical activity and sport through research and presentation of senior colloquium.
  8. Engage in service and leadership on behalf of physical activity, sport, and exercise in their community and with relevant professional organizations.