Study the sciences of human movement and choose from tracks in Exercise Science or Coaching and Athletic Administration

Our bodies are intricately designed. The way we steward them — with exercise, nutrition and medical care — can have profound effects on our physical, emotional and spiritual health. The kinesiology major at Bushnell University will prepare you for successful graduate-level study in the field of exercise and movement science, or to be a competent professional in the allied health or other human movement related professions.

You will choose from two tracks which allow you to focus on the subject matter that is important to you. Tracks available are:

  • Exercise Science
  • Coaching and Athletic Administration

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Career Preparation

The kinesiology major at Bushnell provides outstanding preparation for a variety of athletic training, sports performance, recreation, and fitness careers, such as:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Strength Training & Conditioning
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Community Health
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Recreation Programming
  • Coaching

Bushnell’s kinesiology major is also a great starting point for furthering your education in the field, setting you up to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy or occupational therapy or a masters degree in kinesiology, exercise physiology or athletic training, etc.

Pursue Your Purpose

The School of Arts and Sciences is an engaged and Christ-centered community of students and faculty that spans the social sciences, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, and natural sciences. Whatever majors or minors you may choose, you can trust that a highly trained and dedicated faculty will meet you–inside and outside of the classroom–as a whole person.

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Practical Experience

Every major program of study at Bushnell has a field experience component. Internships will enhance your readiness for the transition from college to career, as well as give you an advantage in the graduate admissions process, in the competition for a career, and in the achievement of career satisfaction. Bushnell has relationships with a variety of area clinics, hospitals, and organizations that provide internship opportunities for our students to get hands-on experience.

Nearly 100% of traditional undergrads complete an internship



What You’ll Learn

In the Exercise Science concentration some of the courses you may take include:

  • General Biology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Organic and Biochemistry
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology and Neuromuscular Conditioning
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Applied Statistics

Graduates of the Exercise Science concentration will:

  1. Be able to apply scientific foundations of the individual sub-disciplines to exercise and movement science.
  2. Be able to become critical thinkers and competent practitioners.
  3. Be able to analyze and assess components of health-related physical fitness such as cardiovascular endurance, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility.
  4. Have skills to plan and implement appropriate exercise prescription for different populations, accounting for necessary modifications due to factors such as environmental or special needs of the person with whom they work.
  5. Be able to effectively evaluate clients’ needs and design appropriate exercise programs that cater to specific needs, personalities, as well as environmental conditions.
  6. Be prepared to pursue ongoing professional develop in exercise science or related professional fields through graduate level study and through membership and participation in professional organization.

In the Coaching & Athletic Administration concentration some of the courses you may take include:

  • CPR & First Aid
  • Human Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology Lab
  • Health Methods for the Exercise Science Professional
  • Injury Care & Prevention
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Introduction to Coaching
  • Coaching II
  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • Sports & Recreation Management
  • Human Development
  • Psychology of Sport

Graduates of the Coaching & Athletic Administration concentration will:

  1. Create physical conditioning programs for individual of all ages and abilities, including implementation of special needs
  2. Communicate principles of kinesiology and its sub-disciplines in an academic/professional environment.
  3. Demonstrate a level of skill and knowledge necessary for employment or continuing studies at the graduate level.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of organizational fundamentals of athletic concepts and management.
  5. Demonstrate and understanding of social, medical, physical, and physiological elements of coaching.
  6. Utilize behavioral techniques and principles of leadership to enhance physical activity and performance.
  7. Analyze the nature and cause of injury and design procedures of healing and return to sport.
Bushnell Science Faculty
School of Arts and Sciences
Heike McNeil, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., University of Oregon B.S., Linfield College American College of Sport Medicine Certified Personal Trainer Dr. Heike McNeil arrived at Bushnell in 2003. …

School of Arts and Sciences
Tammy Bovee, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

M.S., California University of Pennsylvania B.A., University of Oregon Tammy Bovee came to Bushnell University in 2016. She will teach courses primarily …

School of Arts and Sciences
Paul Allee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Ph.D., University of Oregon B.S., University of Southern Maine Dr. Allee arrived at Bushnell in 2014. He teaches a variety of courses within the …

School of Arts and Sciences
Brian Carrigan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics & Mathematics

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis M.A., Washington University in St Louis B.S., Villanova University Dr. Brian Carrigan arrived at Bushnell University in …

School of Arts and Sciences
Connie Wilmarth, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D., University of California, Davis M.A., University of British Columbia B.A., University of Oregon