Bushnell University is a great place for you to prepare for a career or graduate studies in fields like dietetics, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and physical therapy. Students can intern with local physical therapists, physicians, and medical groups such as the Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute.

At Bushnell University, you’ll not only experience rigorous practical training and learn about the human body and its optimal performance, you’ll grow in your faith and learn how to become a clear thinker as you study the liberal arts. Whether you end up as a coach, PE teacher, research assistant, fitness consultant, recreation director, or physical therapist, the exercise science major prepares you to lead others in a Christ-like, ethical manner.

Career Opportunities

Potential careers related to exercise science include:

  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractic
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Motor Development
  • Motor Learning and Control
  • Fundamental Research
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physician
  • Biomechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Personal Training
  • Coaching
  • Physical Education
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Performance Specialist
  • Movement Coach
  • Movement Analyst
  • Fitness Director
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Pedagogy
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Wellness Coach
  • Health Promotion
  • Wellness Coordinator

Campus Activities

Bushnell University offers athletic co-curricular activities through intercollegiate sports (Bushnell University is a member of the NAIA), an intramurals program, and club sports. Our intercollegiate sports include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, track & field, soccer, golf and women’s softball and volleyball. Bushnell University is also home to the Morse Event Center, a 13,000 square-foot physical activity center, complete with a gym, an aerobics facility, a 2,000 square-foot state-of-the-art weight room, and a 700 square-foot training room.

Bushnell University Graduates

Recent Bushnell University graduates of the Exercise Science program have been admitted to physical therapy school, graduate schools in dietetics and exercise physiology, physician’s assistant school, medical school, occupational therapy school, and they have launched careers as personal trainers, coaches, nutrition and health coaches, and sports marketing. There is a wide variety of opportunities open to the successful graduate of the Exercise Science program.

Courses in the Exercise Science Major

Prerequisites for Exercise Science

  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Precalculus
  • Nutrition
  • Introduction to Mechanics with Lab
  • General Psychology

Requirements for Exercise Science

  • General Biology with Lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
  • Organic and Biochemistry with Lab
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology and Neuromuscular Conditioning
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Internship
  • Applied Statistics
  • Choose four credits from the following
    • Organic Chemistry with Lab
    • Interpersonal Health Communication
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury
    • Bioethics
    • Introduction to Electromagnetism with Lab
    • Any Upper Division Biology Course
    • Any Upper Division Psychology Course
Program Director
Heike McNeil, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., University of Oregon B.S., Linfield College American College of Sport Medicine Certified Personal …