Sarah Shultz, PhD, ATC, Chair
Kinesiology is the study of human movement and the relationship between physiological, psychological, and biomechanical principles on health, society, and quality of life. Areas of study include exercise science, sport and exercise psychology, fitness leadership, and pre-professional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other health related fields.
The Kinesiology Department at Seattle University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science. As part of the curriculum, students majoring in Sport and Exercise Science complete a combination of basic and applied science courses to explore the human body’s responses and adaptions to acute and chronic bouts of physical activity and exercise.
The faculty and staff of the Kinesiology Department are committed to:
- Providing an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to become leaders in the field of kinesiology through a rigorous and practical academic experience.
- Developing well-rounded professionals committed to applying their knowledge, skills, and critical thinking to the betterment of society.
- Ensuring access to state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities.
- Bridging the gap between the classroom and the latest evidence-based professional practices.
Students who complete this degree often continue their studies at the graduate level in fields related to exercise science or allied health. Students not intending to pursue a graduate education are prepared for employment with community, medical, corporate and athletic fitness programs or in the sales or marketing division of exercise and/or medical equipment manufacturers.
Freshmen applicants for admission to the Sport and Exercise Science program must have completed at least four years, or equivalent, of college preparatory mathematics, including the equivalent of pre-calculus. At least two years, or equivalent, of laboratory science, including laboratory chemistry and physics is also required. See the Freshman Admissions Requirements listed on the Undergraduate Admission page in this catalog for additional information.
The demands placed on students during their academic preparation are designed to reflect those encountered in the field upon graduation. If a student has a disability which may require special accommodation to perform the tasks listed, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Department Chair and the Student Disabilities Services Office so appropriate steps can be taken to determine what accommodations may be made.
In order to progress into the Sport and Exercise Science sequence courses (SPEX) students must complete all of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C”: