The School of Health, Exercise Science and Athletics is divided into different departments.
Exercise Science is an academic area of study concerned with the art and science of physical movement. This department explores the processes through which individuals obtain optimal health, physical skills and fitness. Learning concentrates on human movement as it affects and is affected by physiological, psychological, cultural, social and mechanical parameters. The application of movement concepts evolves from a foundation in human anatomy, physiology and principles of kinesiology that cover healthful living, nutrition and emergency practices.
The Exercise Science Department officers an Associate Arts Degree in Exercise Science as well as certificates of Achievement for the Fitness Specialist Certification, Basic and Advanced.
The Exercise Science Department offers activity classes, an aquatics program, a limited program and ES theory classes.
The Department also offers various health education classes, including several online health classes. Health Education is a popular class and one in which students can learn about their own personal health and wellness as well as about healthcare career options.
Southwestern College's athletic teams, the Jaguars, compete in the Pacific Coast Conference and the school offers 15 sports. The football team completes in the Foothill Conference.
The following sports are offered at the college: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field, women's softball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's swimming & diving. and women's water polo.