Department Chair: Melissa Knight-Maloney
Professors: Melissa Knight-Maloney
Assistant Professors: Emily Houghton, Gwang-Yon Hwang, Susumu Iwasaki, and Melissa Thompson
Lecturer: Jaymee Carozza
The Exercise Science Department aims to meet the needs of our graduates to function as critically thinking professionals within our disciplines. We strive to have our students ready to compete in the current job market by providing students with a variety of opportunities to develop a scientific knowledge base, engage in practical experiences; and learn, develop, and master social and leadership skills. A student acquiring this knowledge will be prepared to pursue opportunities as an athletic trainer, exercise physiologist, exercise specialist, physical education teacher, sport administrator, and coach as well as other clinical, recreational, wellness, and fitness careers. The department also endeavors to provide the students of Fort Lewis College with opportunities to learn and experience the components of healthy living, life-long learning and sport competition. Exercise Science faculty model, as well as teach, commitment, critical thinking, life-long learning, and physical activity.
- Apply best practices when solving problems of real-world scenarios.
- Analyze the scholarly research in the field.
- Communicate effectively (orally and in written form) the issues and concerns of the field.
- Evaluate the process of research design including problem identification, control of threats to scientific validity, experimental design, sampling procedures, and thesis development.
Programs of Study
The Exercise Science faculty encourage students to maintain frequent contact with their departmental, professional advisors to ensure timely completion of the major.
The Exercise Science Department houses three majors; Exercise Physiology , Exercise Specialist , and Sport Administration .
The Exercise Physiology Major is designed to study acute and chronic physical and mental adaptations to various exercise conditions. The Exercise Physiologist studies the impact of exercise on diminishing or reversing the progression of various chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes in addition to studying the adaptations of athletes to a variety of training programs. This major is for those students planning on attending graduate school in Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Physical Therapy, Motor Learning or exploring other post graduate allied health professions or clinical positions.
Students who are planning on pursuing a careers in the area of health and fitness or Personal Training should register for the Exercise Specialist Major . An Exercise Specialist is a fitness professional who guides another person in developing physical fitness. The basic components of fitness include muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, motor ability, and body composition. This option will provide students with the requisite knowledge to pursue a career in the area of health and fitness which has seen tremendous growth. Students have the option of sitting for the National Council on Strength and Fitness Personal Trainer certification exam in their senior year.
The Sport Administration Major is designed for students who are interested in working with professional, collegiate or community sport and athletic organizations. Students take courses in the Exercise Science department as well as in the School of Business Administration. In order to fully prepare our students, this option combines both an academic foundation and practical experience, including two field placements.
Majors in Exercise Science
Exercise Physiology Major
Exercise Specialist Major
Sport Administration Major
Minors in Exercise Science
Exercise Science Minor