We prepare students for graduate school opportunities in exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, gerontology, wellness management, sports medicine, and health and physical education teacher certification.
Health and Exercise Physiology Lab Students
A major in Health & Exercise Physiology (HEP) receives hands-on pre-professional experience with a science-based liberal arts education that provides the skills and knowledge base which graduate schools and professional employers demand and can lead to careers in such areas as exercise physiology, physical therapy, nursing, physician assistant, occupational therapy and athletic training. Select areas of concentration within the HEP Department also prepare students for careers in teaching health and physical education (K-12), or for employment as a wellness-fitness professional.
Majors in HEP select a concentration in Health Science or Teacher Certification. The HEP Department also offers minors in Health Sciences (Nutrition, Human Movement or Physiology focus) or Coaching. Individual students’ academic programs may be tailored to their chosen career or graduate school path.
Health and Exercise Physiology Concentrations
HEP students interested in Health Science engage in project-based, hands-on classes and field experiences with an emphasis on an in-depth understanding of the human body. Students have the opportunity to work closely with senior faculty and certified Athletic Trainers. Individual students’ academic programs may be tailored to their chosen career or graduate school path.
Our rigorous, liberal arts approach to teacher preparation not only prepares you to get a job; it helps you develop the deep thinking and broad vision you’ll need to become a teacher-leader who changes lives and changes the field.
Students interested in obtaining a minor in Coaching complete an approved series of courses totaling 23 credits hours.
The Health Science minor includes courses in both science and public health. Students interested in the minor may choose among the Nutrition, Human Movement or Physiology options to meet their academic interests.