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Exercise Science

The exercise science degree has three tracks to address the needs of current student interest in the major, a pre-physical therapy, a pre-occupational therapy and a straight exercise science track. For the two tracks leading to either a DPT or MS OT we have incorporated all pre-requisites specific for Eastern's programs. The core program for all tracks is composed of scientific and practical-based courses designed to prepare the graduate for either a graduate program in PT, OT or an exercise science specialty or a position in health and fitness. Jobs can be found in agencies such as YMCA's, corporate fitness programs, hospitals, cardiac rehabilitation centers and health clubs.

The core program is constructed to give the student a broad background in the basics of anatomy and exercise physiology. Advanced work is undertaken in specialty areas specific to current certifications, or populations that can benefit from physical activity ranging from children to the elderly. As mentioned above, two tracks have additional course work pre-requisites for the graduate programs, and each of the tracks has a practical course, either a 200-hour practicum for PT and OT or a 400-hour internship for the exercise science track.

We have a human performance laboratory where qualified students are given the opportunity to interact and counsel clients of varied ages and physical abilities or be involved in research. Laboratory experiences include such things as administration of exercise tolerance tests, exercise prescription, nutrition information and body composition analysis.

New Declaration Procedures Beginning December 2014

Students must complete two quarters of the appropriate science courses with required grades before they can declare Exercise Science and be admitted into the program. Everyone must complete the first appropriate CHEM course for their option. For the Pre-PT option they must complete CHEM 151 (or the equivalent) with a grade ≥ 3.0, for the Pre-OT option they must complete CHEM 161 (or the equivalent) with a grade ≥ 3.0, and for Exercise Science they must complete CHEM 161 (or the equivalent) with a grade ≥ 2.0.  The second science course can be the second chemistry course in the sequence (same grade requirements), Anatomy and Physiology (≥ 3.0 for Pre-PT and Pre-OT, or ≥ 2.0 for Exercise Science), or Physics for Pre-PT (≥ 3.0).  

Exercise Science Club

The EWU Exercise Science Club had the recent opportunity to volunteer at Sleep Over for Science, which was an event held at the EWU Riverfront Campus and involved the Health Sciences Department.  The event was an overnight experience designed to teach fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students about careers in the health care fields.

Read more about it!

     students and group

For more information about the Exercise Science Club please contact:  Nate Lawton at or Annika Vahk at

What will I study?

  • Basic sciences, including chemistry, anatomy and physiology 
  • Pre-PT, physics

All of the classes below include significant practical experiences in the human performance lab

Lower division core classes include:

  • anatomical, physiological and mechanical kinesiology
  • applied nutrition
  • basic first aid

Upper division core classes include:

  • exercise physiology both basic and clinical 
  • Course work to prepare for appropriate certifications are offered as electives
  • Pre-PT, Pre-OT 200-hour practicum
  • Exercise Science 400-hour internship

Program Curriculum


Exercise Science Track:  4 year/2 year schedule

Pre-PT Track:  4 year/2 year schedule

Pre-OT Track:  4 year/2 year schedule

Student Internship Manual

Internship Packet Instructions

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Exercise Science
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy

Interesting courses I might take:

  • Electrocardiography Interpretation
  • Strength and Conditioning Pro-Lab
  • Applied Nutrition

What could I do with my degree?

  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Dietician / Sports Nutritionist
  • Worksite Wellness
  • Physical / Occupational Therapist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Occupational Physiologist
  • Researcher
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Biomechanist
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