Learning Outcomes | Exercise Science
After Pacific | Graduates of the exercise science program are prepared to enter a variety of fields, including research, corporate fitness and wellness programs, recreation and sales. They may also pursue advanced disciplinary study in movement science — such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and learning and sport psychology.
Many enroll in Pacific’s graduate programs in athletic training and physical therapy and go on to have careers as athletic trainers, clinical researchers, disability analysts, leaders in hospital rehabilitation programs and other types of health care professionals.
Student Learning Outcomes
A student completing a major in Exercise Science shall demonstrate the ability to:
- Correctly apply fundamental human movement principles, from both natural and social science perspectives, to a variety of contexts and populations;
- Demonstrate an applied understanding of the form and function of the human body;
- Critically evaluate human movement research in order to design and implement activities to confirm/generate disciplinary knowledge;
- Use qualitative and quantitative reasoning and evidence, synthesizing information from a variety of origins to methodically and systematically solve problems and develop interventions in the human movement domain;
- Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with lay and professional audiences;
- Demonstrate appropriate levels of independence and judgement necessary for successful employment or further schooling.
The mission of the Exercise Science program is to contribute to the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge related to human movement in multiple contexts. Students and faculty are actively engaged in each area. While a health-science context is emphasized, the curriculum enables students to understand movement by integrating multiple scientific perspectives so as to be successful in a variety of arenas (e.g., employment in the fitness/exercise field, graduate study in professional or academic disciplines).