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Exercise and Health Science


Degrees Available: Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in studying how the human body works? Are you curious as to how to improve athletic performance? Do you plan a career in a medical, health-related field or in fitness and coaching? If your answer is “YES” to any of these questions, then welcome to Exercise and Health Science!

Students in an exercise science lab

What is Exercise and Health Science (EXHS)?

Exercise and Health Science (EXHS), explicitly highlights the relationship between human function, physical activity and health that is at the core of our program.  You may have also heard other terms such as; Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Human Physiology, Integrative Physiology, and Movement Science.

If you value the hands-on study of the human body, the comprehensive analysis of human physical function, and the effects of physical activity on health and disease then you will appreciate these characteristics of our program.  You will become proficient in all the elements of a liberal arts education (information literacy, written and oral communications, quantitative analysis, critical thinking) and at the same time you will be preparing for advanced study and a career in any field of your choice.

Featured Students and Alumni

Exercise and Health Science

Sydney Wilson '22

  • Internship involves shadowing medical professionals in Mombasa, Kenya, at country’s second-largest hospital
  • Presents extraordinary opportunity for students who plan to be physician assistants
  • Exercise and health science major was chosen out of the largest applicant pool in the organization’s history
Exercise and Health Science

Bella Medina '21

  • Attending the University of Hartford in Connecticut for M.A. in prosthetics and orthotics
  • Advanced opportunities on campus and co-facilitated Queer, Trans, Students of Color Club
  • Learned leadership skills through extensive campus involvement
Exercise and Health Science

Monya Maleki '19

  • Took her first ballet steps at age 3
  • Pioneered a study on the potential benefits of ballet for football players her senior year
  • Presented her findings at a conference for the Northwest American College of Sports Medicine
Willamette University

Exercise and Health Science

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6894 voice
503-370-6773 fax