Departmental Mission

The mission of the Department of Exercise Science is to provide students with a solid grounding in the factual and conceptual mastery of the interdisciplinary nature of the study of human movement. The curriculum is designed to promote critical thinking, effective writing, clear articulation and presentation, and to promote analytical skills that transcend the subject matter. Students also participate in, and learn to appreciate, the application of scientific research to real world problems and/or service for the benefit of the community, with consideration of the moral and ethical issues involved. Upon graduation, Exercise Science majors should be equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and/or professional fields of study, and will have a diverse array of career options.

Our departmental mission is achieved by:

  • Integration with other departments
  • Small to moderate sized classes
  • An emphasis on the importance of communications skills (oral and electronic)
  • A faculty and staff that interacts with the students in and out of the classroom, as well as after graduating
  • Promoting undergraduate research in many subdisciplines
  • Employing faculty that is active in research and have leadership roles in their professional organizations
  • Offering a variety of opportunities in activity classes and professional internships
All EXSCI News

Why being short can help in soccer

Professor Stavrianeas talked to the Atlantic about short soccer players' advantages on the field

2014 NW Biomechanics Symposium

Willamette University, in partnership with Oregon State University, hosted this year's event on May 16th and 17, 2014.

2014 Kenitzer Award

Jacque Vaughn ('14) has recieved the Kenitzer Award for academic excellence and outstanding contributions to advancing the ideals of the Department of Exercise Science.

Lindsay Russo ('15) received a Carson Grant

The faculty and students congratulate Lindsay Russo ('15) for her Carson Grant titled "Warm-Up Duration: Effect on Dynamic Knee Valgus for Female Soccer Players"

ACSM Northwest 2014 Annual Meeting

EXSCI students Maggie Ruwitch ('15) and Kyle Davey ('14), along with Biology student Theo Kataras ('14), have been accepted to present their research at the regional conference, April 17th - 19th.

Knowledge Bowl Team: Maggie Ruwitch ('15), Kelley Van Hook ('14), Allison Boltwood ('14), Nicole Leonard ('15), Krista Leonard ('15), and Kathleen Denny ('14) will represent WU at this year's conference.