Majors & Minors in Exercise Science
The Department of Exercise Science has a core of courses that represents about half of the major course work students will take. Most of our freshmen students generally know that they like exercise, sport, health and physical activity. Our common core helps students further narrow their interests and gives them a better insight into their educational and career options. For example, EXER 201 Introduction to Exercise Science, the first course students take in the department helps them understand the opportunities and careers that are available to them as an exercise science major.
Additional courses meet the specific needs of the six majors we offer:
- Athletic Training: This major prepares students to pursue a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) engages students in both formal instruction and clinical application providing hands-on experience in a broad range of practice settings. Athletic Trainers are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
- Exercise and Sport Science: This program allows majors to plan their own curriculum of exercise science-related courses in combination with other areas, such as science, business, psychology or communication. This major is designed for students with more flexible goals or for students who have an interest in sport but do not want to become physical education teachers or medical clinicians. At the same time, students interested in health science professors like occupational therapy may find this major best suited to their needed and interests.
- Fitness Wellness Management: This program is for those who want to prepare for management positions in commercial or corporate health clubs and fitness centers. Entrepreneurs who want to go into business for themselves as group exercise instructors or work in private settings such as personal training or athletic performance coaching will find this major a good fit.
- Health and Physical Education: This major is for those who want to teach and/or coach at elementary, middle, and high school levels. The Teacher Education concentration allows qualified students to earn a North Carolina license to teach health and physical education in grades K-12.
- Kinesiology: Students preparing for graduate school programs in medicine, osteopathy, physical therapy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and other related fields should choose this major.
- Sport Coaching: The sport coaching major is designed to prepare the student to coach at the youth league, elementary, middle, and high school levels. Course work is endorsed by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and compliant with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) National Standards for Sport Coaches. Sport coaching internships are the capstone of the major and provide students with the opportunity to practice the skills learned in the classroom. Students aspiring to coach at the college level will find this major a good step forward along the path toward graduate school and their masters degree.
- Sport Management: Prepares you to work on the business side of sport or leisure services including professional sport teams, college athletic departments, sport communication and public relations firms, sports agencies, health and fitness facilities, parks, and recreation organizations. Our new Sprok Communication concentration is specifically for those interested in careers in sports information or sport communication and public relations firms.