The Bachelor of Science degree in health and exercise science prepares you for careers and/or graduate study in areas such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, health sciences, nutrition and exercise physiology.  The program is science-based and human-oriented. 

The study of human movement comprises understanding of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, immune and metabolic systems. Foundational sciences as well as exercise physiology, kinesiology and clinical opportunities provide the underpinning of the program. 

The majority of the major classes involve experiential laboratory components to illustrate and encourage the application of theoretical concepts. 

Opportunities for taking specialty elective classes are available to tailor the undergraduate major for specific graduate interests.

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Health and Exercise Science.

  1. General Education Requirements
    Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:
  • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • U.S. Studies
    • Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • Literature, Letters and Language
    • Fundamental Human Concerns
    • Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • Formal Systems of Thought
    • Science, Technology, and Society
      or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science

Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement
a. One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.
Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in: 

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Quantitative analysis

Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

  1. Breadth Requirement
    Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

    V. Major Requirements
    Minimum 65 units, including:
  • HESP 100 Introduction to Research
  • HESP 127 Philosophy of Sport
  • HESP 131 Assessment and Evaluation
  • HESP 133 Kinesiology
  • HESP 147 Exercise Physiology
  • HESP 157 Clinician in Sport Medicine
  • One of the following courses:
    • HESP 139 Sport Psychology
    • HESP 141 Sport in America
  • HESP Electives (3 additional courses excluding SPTS 011, 013, 023, 025 and 041)
  • BIOL 051 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL 061 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL 071 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 081 Human Physiology
  • CHEM 025 General Chemistry
  • PHYS 023 General Physics I
  • Pre-Physical Therapy (Optional)

Students in the Health and Exercise Sciences concentration who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in Physical Therapy are advised to complete the following courses:

  • BIOL 145 Microbiology
  • CHEM 027 General Chemistry
  • COMP 025 Computers and Information Processing
  • PHYS 025 General Physics
  • PSYC 111 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC Psychology Elective
  • MATH 037 Probability and Statistics
  • Pacific Seminars I and II or two appropriate writing courses

Pre-Occupational Therapy (Optional)
Students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in Occupational Therapy should see their adviser for any additional courses and also complete the following:

  • COMM 027 Public Speaking
  • ENGL Two writing courses or PACS 001 & 002
  • MATH 037 Probability and Statistics
  • PSYC 031 Intro to Psychology
  • PSYC 111 Abnormal Psychology
  • Two Social Science courses
  • A Studio Art course (Ceramics or Drawing) 

In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0.