Study the sciences of human movement.

Students in the kinesiology program (previously known as exercise science) are taught by faculty members from diverse disciplines and gain hands-on experience. They have access to a cadaver-dissection laboratory and an array of instrumentation to support research and instruction in the physiological, biomechanical and psychomotor domains.

Students interact closely with our faculty, particularly during the design and implementation of capstone projects.

“I’ve always wanted to go into a career where I can help others. And I’ve been playing sports for most of my life. Being an athletic trainer and helping people in that way has always been pretty appealing to me.”

— Maddie Boehringer '25

Pacific University kinesiology major Maddie Boehringer '25

Health Professions Preparation

Pacific kinesiology majors also benefit from our strong ties to leading health professions programs at Pacific and beyond, including a 3:2 pathway to a master’s degree in athletic training from the College of Health Professions.

Our graduates of our kinesiology program are critical, articulate and thoughtful problem solvers with deep research skills. They are prepared for a wide variety of graduate studies and employment opportunities.


Chairs in the Pacific University athletic training clinic space
Get a head start on your athletic training career with Pacific University's 3:2 pathway to athletic training. Well qualified students majoring in kinesiology can apply for Pacific's highly competitive master of science in athletic training during their junior year. Those who are accepted take specific coursework as seniors that counts both toward their undergraduate degree and their first year of athletic training school. Learn more



Stoller gym workout

Last call for Boxer Boot Camp 2023. Faculty and staff are paired with their own personal student trainer and a nutritional assistant as part of this 11-week program. Register by Friday, Feb. 10, for this free class!

LeMar Anglin

LeMar Anglin was a pioneer in sports management when he graduated from Pacific University in 2012. Now the university has a major that will help others follow his trail.

Nate Anderson '17, MAT '20

Nate Anderson '17, MAT '20 earned his undergraduate degree in exercise science at Pacific University, then went on to earn his master of arts in teaching. "I loved the small school feel and how closely you get to work with the professors here," he said.