Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science

Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary program that prepares you for allied health, human movement, and physical education careers.

Since many exercise science careers require education beyond an undergraduate degree, you will be ready to enter these programs after graduation.

The Curriculum
A strong research focus right from the start

Hands-on research is a core part of the Exercise Science program. Through your courses, you will:

  • Be introduced to research methods and literature
  • Participate as subjects in other students' projects
  • Complete group projects that answer specific questions in advanced laboratory classes
  • Conduct a semester or year-long research project in the Senior Capstone on a topic of your choosing
Many research and internship opportunities

The program also provides research opportunities through the Swenson Summer Research Fellowship program, Directed Research with a faculty member, or Independent Study Research in an area of interest to you.

We encourage and support internship opportunities at sites that include Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy clinics, University Village, Miller Family YMCA, and SportsWestKids training center.

State of the art equipment supports your research

The Human Performance Lab gives you access to the tools and equipment you'll need to conduct meaningful research, including:

  • 3-dimensional force plates
  • Biodex Isokinetic Unit
  • 6-camera optical motion capture and analysis system
  • Telemetered electromyography system
  • Hologic bone densitometer
  • Metabolic measurement systems
  • 12-channel ECG
  • Ergometers for the measurement of work and power
Develop professionally as you learn

There is a strong focus on professional development and professional engagement. In the past eight years, over 200 Exercise Science majors have attended the regional meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2007, Cal Lutheran students hosted the meeting. In 2008, the Southern California Conference on Biomechanics was held on the Cal Lutheran campus with seven of our students presenting to over 150 attendees. 

Be active in the community

Exercise Science faculty and students are active in the community. Faculty frequently give lectures on topics related to exercise science, particularly exercise and aging. Many research projects conducted in the department also serve the community, with research project participants ranging from toddlers to the elderly.


Offered as a major (BS)

Concentration Options
  • Health Professions
  • Human Performance
  • Pedagogy/Teaching

Popular Minor Pairings

The Experience
Exercise Science major photo of student or faculty

Students learn how to answer questions in their profession through the research process. Mentoring students through this process provides faculty the opportunity to stay abreast of recent developments in the field.

Steven Hawkins, Professor
Exercise Science major photo of student or faculty

My work enables me to remain a student, which helps me connect with my students. I think it brings authenticity to what I’m trying to do in the classroom – how can I ask them to work hard and to be enthused about learning if I don’t model that myself?

Michele LeBlanc
Your Future

Many exercise science careers require additional education, certification, or licensure beyond an undergraduate degree.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to enter additional educational programs in medicine, physical therapy, athletic training/sports medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness management, nutrition, teaching physical education, and other health- and movement-related fields.

Our alumni study at:
  • Asuza Pacific University
  • Baylor University
  • Chapman University
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • George Washington University
  • Loma Linda University
  • Regis University
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of Washington
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Yale University
Our alumni work for:
  • Camarillo Family YMCA
  • Elite Fitness Plus
  • Fire Department
  • Hand Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Los Robles Regional Medical Center
  • Southern California Orthopedic Institute
  • Recooperation Physical Therapy
  • San Ramon Regional Medical Center
  • Custom Physical Therapy
  • Paraxel Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device Company
  • Teach for America
Career paths:
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Firefighter
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Physician
  • Physical Educator
  • Prosthetics
  • Registered Nurse
  • Sports Physical Therapist

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

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