Dugan Named Director of Sport and Exercise Science Program

Written by Laura Paskin
August 7, 2014

Eric Dugan has joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences to direct the undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science program. Dugan received his PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University and most recently served as the Director for the Center of Orthopaedic & Biomechanics Research at Boise State University. Dugan’s research interests include injury mechanisms, the effectiveness of clinical intervention strategies, the effects of fatigue on human movement and performance, and the influence of exercise protocols on human health and performance.

The B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science gives students the foundation to use scientific research to enhance personal fitness and sport performance. The curriculum focuses on the relationship among chemistry, nutrition, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning, and psychology that lead to effective exercise and sport performance.

Applied training in the Human Performance Lab is a required component of the students’ degree requirements. The lab provides students with the opportunity to work directly with individuals in a year-long training that includes observing and assisting with fitness assessment and exercise prescription. At the lab, students also work with faculty and staff who are actively engaged in research related to design of exercise equipment and prosthetics, efficacy of training, and prevention of or rehabilitation from injury, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.

Students earning the B.S. in Sport and Exercise are prepared for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Exam and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health/Fitness Instructor Exam and Exercise Specialist Exam.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master’s degrees, including a Master of Sport Administration and Leadership.