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Exercise and Health Science


Degrees Available: Bachelor of Science

Study what moves you and prepare for a rewarding career in clinical health care, education, public health, research, wellness or business.

Students in an exercise science lab

Immerse yourself in the science of human function, sharpen your analytical skills, and apply what you’ve learned to help people maximize their potential across the life span. It’s all part of studying exercise and health science at Willamette University. 

You’ll explore the interaction of the mind, body and spirit in discussion- and laboratory-based classes and gain additional insights at monthly presentations by seasoned professionals. You’ll also have a chance to collaborate with professors on graduate-level research projects and present your findings at national conferences. 

While you’re earning your degree, you can gain invaluable experience in professional settings on and off campus. Develop front-line skills as a first responder for Willamette Emergency Medical Services. Perform dissections in our human cadaver lab. Secure an internship with one of our community partners. Work with children, the elderly, high-level athletes, innovators, policymakers — the possibilities are endless. 

Regardless of your career interests, you’ll develop the tools you need to succeed. For more than a quarter of a century, our program has been producing graduates who live the university motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.”

They've become leaders in their chosen fields. So can you.

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

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
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