Exercise Science Major

George Fox exercise majors study at a Christian university.

George Fox University’s exercise science major provides students with a scientific foundation for careers in health care. The degree consists of a 53-semester-hour course of study and is tailored to students who wish to pursue graduate work in physical therapy or occupational therapy, become a physician assistant, or work in a variety of sports science-related fields.   

The core curriculum includes courses in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology and performance enhancement. Many graduates of the program pursue a doctorate in physical therapy or occupational therapy; masters programs in kinesiology, exercise physiology or athletic training; or other areas related to human performance and corrective exercise. 

In addition to the sciences, students take general education courses ranging from Bible and humanities to communication and mathematics – all taught in a Christian college environment where faith is integrated with learning.

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Jobs, Internships and Graduate School for Exercise Science

George Fox's exercise science major prepares students for a number of careers in the field.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come from aging baby boomers in addition to those with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity.

Occupational therapists are projected to see a 24-percent growth in employment opportunities during the same time period. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy, autism or the loss of a limb.

Finally, employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, as people across all age groups are increasingly becoming interested in chiropractic care.

  • Physical Therapist, Salem Hospital
  • Physical Therapist and Clinic Owner, Reger Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Aide, Willamette Spine Care and Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Aide, Star Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Aide, Tigard Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic
  • Pharmacy Technician, Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • George Fox University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Pacific University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • University of Puget Sound, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Regis University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Arizona School of Health Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Eastern Washington University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Creighton University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Pacific University, Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Oregon State University, Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Providence Physical Therapy
  • Marquis Post Acute Rehab
  • Chehalem Physical Therapy
  • Therapeutic Associates
  • ProAction Physical Therapy
  • Providence St. Vincent Rehabilitation Acute Care
  • Special Olympics Oregon 
  • Progressive Fitness
  • Active Edge Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

Exercise Science Student Experiences

Jordan Visser

“I knew early on in college that I wanted to go to physical therapy school, and the exercise science major was great preparation. It gave me strong roots in essential science classes, such as anatomy and physiology, physics and biology; but I also got exposure to athletic training classes that focused on recognition and treatment of athletic injuries. I also loved how the program was set up so I could tailor it to my particular needs, taking the classes that were most interesting to me and those that were required by the grad schools I was applying to. This combination of science and hands-on interventions meant I was excellently prepared when I arrived at grad school!”

- Jordan Visser

Rachel Arias

“The exercise science major at George Fox University has provided me with many opportunities to pursue my career and passions. I was able to tailor my classes to best fit my prerequisites for graduate school and also take some courses that interested me. Through my field experience my senior year I gained valuable skills and lessons that will assist me in my profession as an occupational therapist. My experience in the program was both beneficial and rewarding. I would highly recommend it to anyone pursuing a career in healthcare.”

- Rachel Arias

Exercise Science Points of Distinction

  • Nearly all students receive placement after graduation.
  • Clinical educational rotations for students include OHSU, Portland State, Lewis & Clark College, Willamette University and area high schools.
  • Courses include hands-on practice with modalities, rehabilitation and orthopedic assessment.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.