Exercise and Sport Science


The Health and Human Performance department offers an Exercise and Sport Science emphasis, Associate of Science degree for students planning to transfer to Oregon State University (OSU) to earn a baccalaureate degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Due to the multiple career paths this program offers, it is in the best interest of the student to see a Health and Human Performance advisor immediately, and dual enroll at OSU as soon as possible. For students planning on transferring to Western Oregon University, or other four-year institutions, an AAOT with an emphasis in Exercise and Sport Science is a good option to consider.

Either degree program provides students with knowledge about the value of preventive and corrective health practices and the opportunity to participate in physical activities to enhance overall well-being.

Knowledge of preventative and corrective practices is gained through course offerings such as, Introduction to Health and Physical Education, Lifetime Health and Fitness, and Social and Individual Health Determinants. Courses like Exercise and Weight Management, First Aid, and Stress Management allow for students to apply the knowledge they gain from the coursework into practical skill application. Faculty highly recommend that all students enroll early in PE 131 Introduction to Health and Physical Education, as this course provides information about career options in health and fitness-related fields, and gives guidance on how best to prepare for these careers.

Physical activity is provided through three distinct learning and participation opportunities: lifetime recreational skills; developmental courses, which stress conditioning of the body and maintenance of a specific level of physical conditioning; and team sport courses, which provide a high level of conditioning and competition. Coursework is provided with a variety of physical education activity classes such as basketball, dance, volleyball, karate, golf, weight training, and yoga.

Intercollegiate athletics are offered in men’s and women's basketball, baseball and women’s volleyball. If you are interested in intercollegiate athletics, contacting the coach of the respective program is recommended: Men's Basketball - Joe Shaumburg, Women's Basketball - Jerod Gibson, Women's Volleyball - Jayme Frazier, Baseball - Andy Peterson.


The department has indoor and outdoor facilities to support exercise, physical education activities, and athletics. The Activity Center contains a fully equipped, double-court gymnasium, as well as a weight training room, a dance and aerobics room, and complete shower facilities. Outdoor facilities include a baseball diamond, tennis/pickleball courts, four sand volleyball courts, a walking track, and a wellness trail.