Exercise Science Major

Earn your Certified Personal Trainer certification buttonExercise science majors study the science of human movement. Students learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition. This is Warner Pacific’s pre-physical therapy major.

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This major can prepare you to:

  • Pursue careers in physical therapy or occupational therapy
  • Pursue other careers related to exercise
  • Pursue graduate school in exercise science, kinesiology, etc.
  • Become a health or PE teacher (if followed by MAT 4.5)


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Exercise Science Major

49-50 credits: 15 credits in residence, 19 credits upper division. Required:

BIO 101General Biology I4
OR BIO 102General Biology II4
BIO 221Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 222Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
PHS 211General Chemistry I4
PHS 212General Chemistry II4
PHS 221General Physics I4
HE 240Nutrition3
EXSC 230Introduction to Health and Exercise Science3
EXSC 310Motor Learning3
EXSC 325Kinesiology3
EXSC 460Tests, Measurements, and Evaluation in Exercise Science3
OR MA 342Statistical Methods4
EXSC 475Exercise Physiology4
EXSC 494Exercise Science Internship3
Select at least 3 credits of the following: 
BIO 421Elements of Gross Anatomy4
EXSC 350Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
HE 310Exercise Prescription4
HE 410Fitness and Chronic Disease4
For students seeking admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, these additional courses are recommended. Select courses based on intended program, in consultation with your academic advisor:  
BIO 250Genetics4
BIO 330Cell Biology4
BIO 370Microbiology4
BIO 401Scientific Writing2
BIO 420Mammalian Physiology4
HCA 270Context & Language of Healthcare2
HD 230Lifespan Human Development3
PSY 140/141General Psychology3
PSY 314Abnormal Psychology3
PHS 222General Physics II4
PHS 301Organic Chemistry I4
PHS 412Biochemistry4


With the successful completion of the major in Exercise Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the basic concepts, theories, models, language, major issues, current trends and historical developments related to human health and exercise science.
  • Effectively communicate their approach to planning and problem solving both in written and oral form as it relates to exercise science.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the disciplines within health and the sciences in order to critically approach and evaluate theories, create plans for and assess progress of clients, and solve problems.
  • Critically evaluate and apply current research and data in the field of exercise science.
  • Identify and explore the moral and ethical challenges related to exercise science.
  • Demonstrate skills necessary for professional service in exercise science.
  • Develop an awareness of the value of membership and participation in professional organizations (certification).

(updated Oct. 2016)