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Physical Education, Health and Recreation

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Welcome to the Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department!

Our department remains committed to continuous strengthening and expansion of our undergraduate and graduate programs. Our graduates are prepared to become productive and contributing members of a modern day workforce. The faculty continue to build upon their scholarship records, while effectively integrating teaching, research and service. We invite you to inquire about the exciting degrees that we have to offer.

We are located in the PE Classroom Building (#35 on the campus map).



The College of Arts, Letters, and Education at Eastern Washington University invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Athletic Training in the Department of Physical Education, Health & Recreation (PEHR) to begin Mid-September 2019.  See more...



Fall 2019 Graduate Assistant in Outdoor Recreation Leadership & Experiential Education and Group Facilitation.  See more...


Testing Available in the

Leighton Human Performance Lab

Body Composition / BOD POD

Aerobic Capacity / Treadmill or Bicycle

Other testing available

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Exercise Science - Declaration Procedures

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. For just Exercise Science, they must complete any two classes of required Biology or Chemistry with a grade of ≥ 2.0 (C).  For the Pre-AT, Pre-OT, and Pre-PT option they must complete any two classes of required Biology, Chemistry, or Physics lecture series with a grade ≥ 3.0 (B).   Exercise Science Declaration Flow Chart

Community Connection

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

Annika and students     

What are the degree options?

The Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation houses the following major programs:

ATHLETIC TRAINING: This major is designed for students who are interested in becoming certified athletic trainers. The major is designed to prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification's national examination and to work competently in the field of athletic training and sports medicine.

EXERCISE SCIENCE: This major is designed for those students who are not interested in teaching but are interested in fitness and wellness management. The program and course work prepares students to pursue certification from organizations such as ACSM, NSCA and ACE. These certifications are widely accepted in the fitness industry.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION: The Health and Physical Education degree is designed for those students pursuing a teaching endorsement. Students will become certified to teach K-12 within both the health and fitness areas.

PUBLIC HEALTH:  Public health majors are professionals who design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people.  The majors are prepared to sit for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing examination.

RECREATION: The nationally accredited recreation program focuses on a profession that offers many challenging and varied forms of employment. The curriculum is designed to aid students in developing a philosophical and practical knowledge of recreation and leisure services. Students may choose from a comprehensive curriculum in one of three majors: outdoor recreation, recreation and tourism management and therapeutic recreation, as well as minors in aquatics, and experiential education and group facilitation.

What can I do with my degree?

Athletic Training: Opportunities for employment exist in but are not limited to, athletic training in high schools, colleges and professional and non-professional athletic teams, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, health clubs and corporate fitness programs. 

Exercise Science: Graduates are prepared to work in various settings as managers of fitness programs.  The options include corporate fitness, commercial fitness clubs, YMCA-YWCA or other non-commercial programs, retirement centers or hospital rehabilitation programs in cardiac rehabilitation, respiratory therapy and diabetes support. The program prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and learning, cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness, as well as profesisonal programs such as physical and occupational therapy and chiropractic.

Health and Physical Education: Students will become certified to teach K-12 within both the health and physical education areas.

Public Health:  This degree prepares the student to begin working in community and/or public health programs.  Areas of possible employment are international, national, state and local health departments/agencies (World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Health Department, Spokane Regional Health District, etc.), non-profit agencies (American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, etc.), health care organizations (hospitals, clinics), and worksite wellness programs (University Student wellness centers, in-house wellness programs, contracted wellness companies, etc.).

Recreation: Trained recreation leaders are regularly hired in positions with cities, communities, youth agencies, parks, resorts, outfitting companies, convention centers, rehabilitation medicine, correction facilities, the armed forces and much more.

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