Explore a World of Movement

Our Sport and Exercise Science Program (SPEX) is a rigorous 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 so you can graduate prepared 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. You can also put classroom concepts into action through internships ranging from rehabilitation to sport science.

Graduate Profile

As a result of completing the BS, SPEX degree at Seattle University, our students will demonstrate:

Personal Growth:

  • Evidence based knowledge and practice, especially critical understanding and application of multi-disciplinary concepts and principles relevant to sport and exercise as  fields of study;
  • Information literacy, including the ability to locate, evaluate and synthesize information in a range of contexts and from a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • Willingness and ability to learn and continue learning, with an appreciation that learning is continuous through life
  • Empathetic humans who want to help people make lifestyle/behavioral changes with a goal of improving others’ lives
  • An awareness of ethical issues in the fields related to exercise and sport science

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Emotional Intelligence, including both the ability to relate and actively listen to people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Oral and written skills, involving an ability to communicate formally and informally with a wide range of people;
  • Ability to cooperate and work effectively in a team setting
  • Adherence to professional ethics in given field/profession

Program-specific Aptitude:

  • Apply appropriate knowledge to analyze, critique, synthesize, in order to help inform evidence-based decisions within the sport and exercise industry
  • Demonstrate competency in practical application of exercise principles and foundations
  • Understand the limitations of current best-practice, and use in combination with reflections on personal experience to actively seek innovative solutions
  • Respect the needs of all identities, and honor the unique needs of others and their cultural differences, as it relates to sport and exercise
  • Gain knowledge, skills, and ability to structure sport and exercise promotion at personal and community levels

Learning Outcomes

Sport and Exercise Science students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific method and principles of biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, and physiology as they relate to human movement and physical activity.
  • Critically evaluate, interpret, and integrate information from the scientific literature in the discipline to describe and effectively communicate (in oral, written, and digital formats) factors related to human movement and physical activity.
  • Demonstrate competency with laboratory skills used to assess human movement and physical activity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply discipline related knowledge and skills to real-world problems through empirical research, internships, field experience, and/or service learning.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with discipline, including 1) an understanding of the societal and individual importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, 2) adherence to professional ethics, 3) service to others, 4) shared responsibility and successful collaboration with peers, and 5) commitment to lifelong learning.

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Kari Berkas

Program Coordinator