The Exercise Science Degree prepares students to work with individuals and groups to assess fitness and recommend exercises for overall health, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sports performance.

Who this Degree is for


Consider a degree in Exercise Science if you...

Have a passion for exercise & fitness

Enjoy working with and helping people

Want to learn the science of human performance

What You'll Study


The core curriculum in exercise science will familiarize you with principles of motor learning, functions of the human musculoskeletal system, and the field of exercise science and its professional applications.

In upper division classes, you’ll explore physiological and psychological responses to physical activity, changes in motor behavior across the lifespan, and how to adapt exercise for different age groups and abilities.

Your coursework will culminate in an exercise science internship so you can bridge the gap between theory and practice. If you’re in the pre-education track, you’ll take advanced courses in best teaching practices for physical education.

Where this Degree can take you


Applied Track

The exercise science applied track will prepare you for entry-level positions in health care support areas such as hospital cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy assistance, in corporate fitness centers, in athletic and health focused fitness clubs, and with organizations that provide fitness and activity programming such as YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs. This degree will also prepare you to apply to graduate school in occupational and physical therapy, dentistry, medicine, chiropracty, and related human movement sciences.

Pre-Education Track

The exercise science pre-education track will prepare you to pursue careers in school physical education in middle and high schools. This track does not include K-12 teacher licensing. Students who complete this track usually go into a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. If you want to be licensed to teach with a bachelor’s degree, you should pursue a B.A./B.S. in Education with the physical education specific content area. See the Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Program for more information.

Possible job titles include...

  • Corporate Fitness Instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Rehabilitation Aide
  • Cardiac Rehab Specialist
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Athletic Trainer

Alumni Spotlight on Jordan Werner

Q&A with Jordan Werner, a 2018 Oregon SHAPE Teacher of the Year and Exercise Science graduate.