The Exercise Science program aims at developing those cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills that equip students to perform competently in the program's science based core and selected electives. The interdisciplinary academic structure of the program arises from the belief that critical thinking, effective writing, clear articulation, and strong analytical skills are crucial elements in the mastery of all subject matter. In this, and in its emphasis on developing the well-rounded person, the Exercise Science program pursues goals and objectives that are congruent with those of the College of Liberal Arts curriculum.
The Exercise Science program at Willamette University is designed to meet the needs of our student population, focusing on the development of the total person as it is expressed in the classical Greek emphasis on the interaction of mind, body, and spirit. The department achieves these ends by offering an Exercise Science major and service classes.
The major provides students with the essential knowledge and training to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities. In the past decade, the majority of graduates from the program have continued on to graduate studies in fields such as allied health and medicine, teaching, research in Exercise Science, and activity related business. Individual internship programs and field experiences are available to expand students' practical knowledge in their particular areas of interest.
The focus of the service activity offerings is the development of leisure and lifetime skills to accommodate the changing lifestyles of our society and increase the potential for personal fulfillment through physical activity.
The department is housed in the 84,000-square-foot Lestle J. Sparks Center. Departmental teaching and research facilities include two wired classrooms in Sparks Center, a separate Integrated Exercise Science laboratory in Gatke Hall and a cadaver laboratory in Collins Science Center.
Requirements for the Exercise Science Major (14 Credits)
8 credits in Exercise Science, 6 other credits
- BIOL 246 Human Anatomy (1)
- BIOL 260 Human Physiology (1)
- EXSCI 135 Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Exercise Science and Sport (.5)
- EXSCI 340 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (1)
- EXSCI 347 Biomechanics (1)
- EXSCI 356 (W) Research Design in Exercise Science (1) OR PSYC 252
- EXSCI 360 Physiology of Exercise (1)
- EXSCI 496 Senior Seminar in Exercise Science (1)
- MATH 138 (QA*) Statistics (1) OR SOC 301, OR ECON 230, OR IDS 138, OR PSYC 253**
Exercise Science Core Total = Five and one-half (5.5). Outside Major Core Total = Three (3).
Required Electives: Two and one-half credits from the following
- EXSCI 221 Epidemiology (.5)
- EXSCI 241 Methods of Teaching Activities and Sports (.5)
- EXSCI 248 Exercise Science for Special Populations (.5)
- EXSCI 251 Sport Leadership and Management (.5)
- EXSCI 330 The Science of Nutrition (1)
- EXSCI 357 Motor Learning & Control (.5)
- EXSCI 358 Special Topics in Exercise Science (.5)
- EXSCI 394 Junior Internship (.5-1.0)
- EXSCI 445 Advanced Injury Management (.5)
Required Integrated Courses
Three credits from the following (3)
- ANTH 344 Medical Anthropology (1)
- BIOL 125 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity (1)
- BIOL 130 Cell Biology and Genetics (1)
- CHEM 115 (NW) Introductory Chemistry I (1)
- CHEM 116 (QA) Introductory Chemistry II**
- CS 125 Problem Solving with MATLAB (1)
- CS 141 (QA*) Introduction to Programming
- PHIL 332 Philosophy of Science
- PHYS 221 (QA; NW) Introductory Physics I (1)
- PHYS 222 (QA; NW) Introductory Physics II (1)
- PSYC 210 Introduction to Psychology (1)
- Any 300 level PSYC course (1)**
- SOC 119 Medical Sociology (1)
- SOC 132 (W) Sports and Society (1)
* Prerequisite needed
** Prerequisite may be required