where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra Advantage

When you study health and exercise science at La Sierra you will:

  • Apply classroom theories in the real world.
  • Participate in discipline-specific research with professors.
  • Work with a diverse faculty.
  • Grow professionally through public speaking and research poster presentations.
  • Enjoy numerous department-sponsored activities including ski trips, ice skating, state and national conventions.

Why Study Health And Exercise Science?

Because it is a path to a solid career based on your interests in medical fields, general fitness and health, or athletics. You can get a great job in the professional sports world, at a health club or hospital, or become an entrepreneur and create your own business. The program also serves as a solid foundation for careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and other areas.

We offer the following:

Many of the principles I learned studying exercise physiology at La Sierra I use today with the guys I work with. If I hadn’t developed an interest in my studies at La Sierra, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. Those were some of the best times of my life.

JAy Jensen, Head Athletic Trainer,
Portland Trailblazers, Class Of 1980,
Bachelor Of Science In Health And Physical Education

Health & Exercise Science Undergraduate Programs

Exercise Science Bachelor of Science

The Exercise Science major prepares students for entry level careers in Exercise Science, Fitness, Wellness, and Public Health services. It also seeks to provide the solid foundation required for admission to various graduate or professional programs of study. Students interested in applying to schools of medicine or schools with graduate health programs will need to consult with their advisor and/or their respective graduate program. The department of health and exercise science is proud to announce our educational partnership with the American Council On Exercise (ACE).

Health Science Bachelor of Science

The Health Science major provides the solid foundation required for admission into various graduate and professional programs of study such as dentistry, medicine, physician’s assistant, pharmacy, administration, social work, nutrition, and related public health fields. It also prepares students for entry-level careers in public health. Various field experiences further enrich the major.

The student chooses one of the following areas of concentration:

Fast Facts Exercise Science Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units70

Fast Facts Heath science Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units70 ~ 73

From my education in the Health and Exercise Science program, I was able to build a solid foundation in exercise and health sciences, as well as gain the needed knowledge and understanding to go on to a master’s program in community health education at Western University of Health Sciences. From what I learned, I feel that I am capable of successfully pursuing my goals of expanding my lifestyle wellness company focused on health and fitness for families.

Kimberly Feiler, 2010 Graduate, Exercise Science

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Robert K. Thomas
Dominique Wakefield
Kimberly Feiler
Dr. William Andress

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Contact and Location


Alumni Pavilion Annex