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.
Near the end of my high school career, I lost the passion of playing sports, but I still loved the idea of being a part of it. Because of this, I decided to major into the Sports and Exercise Science program at Seattle University with my goal of becoming a physical therapist and/or personal trainer. Although I might not be physically playing a sport, I will be part of a team and contribute my abilities to make that team better.
The faculty and staff of the Sports and Exercise Science program do an amazing job not only making sure you understand material, but also help to explain the way that it can be utilized outside the classroom! Through research, career exploration, and practical experience, I felt like I could not have chosen a better program to kick start my career and passion for wellness!
My time at Seattle University created the building blocks for my career today. I value the time and effort of our program and its leaders, as their mentorship helped me find my passions and talents. Our field is in a time of immense growth, and I am confident that SU will continue to provide an experience for students that is able to meet the demands of research and trends. I am so grateful for my time spent as a Seattle University student.
In choosing SPEX, I valued the courses offered and the variation in content I'd be learning. I didn't want a program that would be limited to just Sports Medicine, so having elective courses to this program was an addition to why I wanted to be in the program.
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:
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:
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.
Physical Therapy Doctoral Student, George Fox University, Class of 2020
SPEX and Education Abroad
Exercise Physiologist, PotentRx Health and Performance Center