Exercise and Sport Science




Administrative Assistants


Academic Advisor

  • Patricia Hi'i Campbell (
    Academic Advising Office (808) 675-3597



  • Porter, David T. (1982) B.S. 1975, Brigham Young University; M.S. 1977, Brigham Young University; Ed.D. 1993, University of Hawaii.


Assistant Professors

  • Akana, C. Dawn Kurihara (1994) B.S. 1982, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.A. 1985, Brigham Young University.
  • McLellan, Katie (2018) B.S. 2001, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; Ph.D. 2008, Loma Linda University.
  • Nakachi, Evan (2016) B.S. 1985, Brigham Young University; M.S. 2008, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Ph.D. 2014, Brigham Young University Provo.
  • Reece, Joel (2013) B.S. 2006, Brigham Young University; M.S. 2009, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2013, Middle Tennessee State University.


Emeritus Faculty

  • Chun, Donna May L. (1976-2011)
  • Kaluhiokalani, Norman (1973-2015)
  • Kokkonen, Joke (1986-2018)
  • Navalta, S. Wilfred (1982-2012)
  • Overstreet, E. LeRoy (1986-2000)
  • Wagner, A. Kenyon (1984-85, 1990-2016)


Programs and Degrees

  • B.S. in Exercise Science Biomedical Science Emphasis
  • B.S. in Exercise Science Health and Human Performance Emphasis
  • B.S. in Exercise Science Sports and Wellness Management Emphasis
  • Exercise & Sports Science Education
  • Exercise Science Coaching Minor
  • Health and Human Performance Minor
  • Sports & Wellness Management Minor

Program Outcomes

Upon completing the Exercise and Sport Science program, students will:

  1. Demonstrate skills and values necessary to implement professional knowledge in a variety of career settings.
  2. Demonstrate competency in a minimum of four motor skills.
  3. Demonstrate mastery of evaluation and prescription of exercise programs in selected age and/or health categories.
  4. Complete an approved project demonstrating research, teaching, and/or administering in a selected area of interest.
  5. Be admitted to graduate and professional programs and prepared for exams, applications, and the interview process.
  6. Demonstrate group motor skill teaching (Physical Education emphasis).

Program Descriptions

The department’s overall objective is to develop men and women of sound mind, body, and spirit who will have an influence upon society in developing healthy lifestyles of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness and being. In order to succeed in our mission, the Department of Exercise and Sport Science is committed to the following three major goals:

  • Instill in each university student habits and attitudes that will promote a healthy lifestyle and positive self-image.
  • Prepare Exercise and Sport Science majors who will:
    • Have a working knowledge of the vital importance of fitness and wellness and its impact upon society.
    • Be able to teach motor skills and their application within our culturally diverse environment.
    • Develop skills and values necessary for success professionally and personally.
    • Have an understanding of how the Principles and Philosophy of Exercise and Sport Science coincide and complement the Doctrine of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Assist faculty and staff on campus in developing and incorporating a lifestyle of personal health and wellness.
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