Hello future students!
The Division of Health and Exercise Science (HEXS) prepares graduates to be successful health and fitness professionals. Our students have many opportunities to gain valuable experiences, from internships with government agencies to research opportunities in our new Exercise Science Lab.
We offer the following degrees and programs.
- BA/BS in Community Health Education
- BA/BS in Exercise Science
- Physical Education Teacher Education program
- School Health Education program
- Minor in Health
- Minor in Physical Education
- Minor in Sport Leadership
► Is HEXS right for me?
Consider a degree from HEXS if you…
- Enjoy working with people
- Value making a difference in your community
- Are passionate about health and fitness
- Want to be an advocate for health
► How do I get started?
Step 1: Do some prep work in high school or community college
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in high school and 2.25 in all college-level coursework.
- Explore your interests by taking classes in health and human sciences and pursuing job shadowing opportunities, volunteering, and summer internships.
- Take Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or other college-level classes. View the current Course Catalog or use the Transfer Articulation Tool to see what exams and classes can be substituted for WOU courses. You can also check out these example community college course plans to see specific courses recommended for Chemeketa AAOT Degree to BS in EXS and Chemeketa AAOT Degree to BS in CHE.
Step 2: Become a WOU student
- Fill out the WOU application ($60 application fee). WOU accepts applications year-round, but those planning to enroll in the fall should complete the application by February 1. Visit the Office of Admissions for more detailed application instructions.
- Send official transcript(s) from high school and any college or university you attended. If you are a transfer student with more than 36 college level credits, you do not need to submit your high school transcript. Please note that you will need to send transcripts twice – one set at the time you submit the WOU application and the second set showing all completed course work and high school graduation date (due September 1).
- Send test scores from any AP/IB exams you have taken. You do not need to submit SAT/ACT scores if your high school GPA is 3.0 or greater.
- Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). WOU’s priority deadline to apply for financial aid is February 1. WOU’s FAFSA School Code is 003209.
- Apply for scholarships. Once you have been accepted to WOU and setup your WOU Portal account, you can access the scholarship application. WOU’s scholarship deadline is March 1. A list of scholarships and eligibility criteria is available from the Financial Aid Office’s Scholarships page.
Step 3: Choose your major
To choose your major, all you need to do is complete a degree plan with your advisor at least one year before you plan to graduate. Most students choose a major during their sophomore year.
► What does it take to finish?
- 4 years (180 credits) for full-time students. A minimum of 54 credits will come from WOU’s general education requirements, also known as the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC). View the current LACC Guide to see which classes are required. The remaining classes you take will depend on your major/program.
- Maintaining a grade of C- or better in courses used to satisfy major requirements.
- Completing an internship or practicum during your final year. All HEXS students pursing a major will apply what they’ve learned in class to perform meaningful and interesting work. This also helps students explore potential job options.
► How much does it cost?
Tuition for HEXS programs is approximately $8,000 per year. View the Financial Aid Office’s Cost of Attendance page for more details on cost estimate.
► What can I do after I graduate?
- Start your career.
Common jobs for Community Health Education majors
Common jobs for Exercise Science majors
- Patient Advocate
- Health Policy Analyst
- Health Resources Specialist
- Worksite Health Educator
- Prevention Program Director
- Health Outreach Coordinator
- Exercise Physiologist
- Physical therapy aide
- Corporate fitness instructor
- Rehabilitation specialist
- Outdoor educator
- Recreation director
- Earn an advanced degree. Many students continue their education and go into physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, university instruction, or research.
- Get a specialized certification. Majors pursuing both health and athletic related fitness careers are well prepared to sit for certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
► How can I get more information?
Check out the links and resources below or Ask Us A Question.
Community Health Education (BLS)
Exercise Science Jobs in Oregon (Indeed)
Community Health Education Jobs in Oregon (Indeed)
Western Oregon University Statistics (College Navigator)