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Exercise Science

The exercise science degree has three options to address the needs of current student interest in the major, a pre-physical therapy, a pre-occupational therapy and a straight exercise science option. For the two opitons leading to either a DPT or MS OT we have incorporated all pre-requisites specific for Eastern's programs. The core program for all opitons 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 or fitness. Jobs can be found in agencies such as YMCAs, 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 options have additional course work pre-requisites for the graduate programs, and each of the options has a practical course, either a 200-hour practicum for PT and OT or a 400-hour internship for the exercise science option.

We have the Jack R. Leighton 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.

Declaration Procedures

Students must complete two quarters of the appropriate science courses for their option with required grades before they can declare Exercise Science and be admitted into the program.  For the Pre-PT and Pre-OT options they must complete two science courses required in their option with a 3.0 or higher GPA and for Exercise Science with a 2.0 or higher GPA. 

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:   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

Core classes include:

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

Advanced 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

Exercise Science BS / MOT 3+2 Academic Plan

Student Internship Manual

Emphases / Concentrations:

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

Interesting courses I might take:

  • Electrocardiography Interpretation
  • Strength and Conditioning Pro-Lab
  • Personal Training
  • Group Exercise

What could I do with my degree?

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