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Welcome to the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department!
The mission of the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science is to prepare professionals at the undergraduate level through excellence in teaching, research and service so that they may encourage enhanced performance and quality of life of all citizens through active lifestyles and lifetime physical activity.
I. The purpose of the CORE requirement in Wellness is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to maintain and improve physical fitness levels and to develop an understanding of the lifetime benefits associated with regular physical activity and exercise.
II. Graduates with a major in Applied Exercise Science will be prepared to enter graduate programs in Exercise Science and related fields or graduate programs in Physical Therapy and its related fields. Graduates may obtain employment in various aspects of the health and fitness industry. Graduates who are interested in careers in Physical Therapy or its related fields must attend graduate school in order to obtain the licensure required.
III. Graduates with a major in Physical Education and Health Education (PHE) will have the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective Physical Education and Health Education teachers. Students who earn a major in physical education and health education, with teacher licensure, are qualified to teach physical education and health education in grades K-12 in North Carolina and many other states. Students who earn a major in physical education and health education without teacher licensure usually go on to graduate school or seek employment in physical education, health, or exercise related fields. Click here to visit the Teacher Education Program.
IV. Graduates with a major in Exercise Science will have the skills and knowledge to become personal trainers or strength and conditioning coaches. As fitness professionals, graduates will be involved in developing and implementing individualized approaches to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or for those individuals with medical clearance to exercise. Graduates of the program will be proficient in writing appropriate exercise recommendations, leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise, and motivating individuals to begin and to continue with their healthy behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to sit for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and/or Personal Trainer examination.