Explore a World of Movement

Creating Professionals in Evidence-Based Sport and Exercise Science

Our Sport and Exercise Science Program (SPEX), is a rigorous STEM-based Bachelor of Science degree that provides the foundation for a lifelong career in health, wellness and fitness. Our major applies principles from a range of disciplines across the humanities and sciences so you can graduate prepared with the communication skills and scientific background necessary to go on to a career in sport and exercise science or graduate school.

At Seattle University you will enjoy small class sizes that offer personal attention, as well as access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and facilities in our Human Performance Lab. And with professional clinics right around the corner, you will put classroom concepts into action right away through internships ranging from rehabilitation to sport science.

Internship Opportunities

Built into the degree is an internship requirement, spanning over 300 hours of hands-on experience that directly uses what you learn in the classroom. This provides networking and on-the-site training, leading to better rates employability. Sites include:

  • Virginia Mason OT & PT
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Seattle Therapy Network
  •  Seattle University Athletic Training Room
  •  Local Physical Therapy Offices

What You Can Do With a Degree in Sports and Exercise Science

Our curriculum allows you to enter the workforce directly, in professions including community or corporate wellness, fitness management, personal training, sport science, and as allied health assistants. Many of our students choose to continue their studies at the graduate level in fields related to exercise science or allied health as they pursue careers in:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Movement Science
  • Athletic Training
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Sports Medicine

Our faculty and staff work closely with students throughout the application process and beyond, guiding academic success through career advising, educational planning, and tailoring coursework toward graduate school goals.

Inaugural Chair of the Kinesiology Department

Join us in welcoming our new chair, Dr. Sarah Shultz.

Men’s Soccer Collaboration

Lab scientist Sean Machak’s work in the Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise.

Contact Us

Sarah Shultz

Kinesiology Department Chair



Kari Berkas

Program Coordinator



Lauren Van Fossen

SPEX Academic Advisor



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