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.
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 knowledgebase 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 and can also minor in Wellness Education, Human Performance and/or Coaching. Students 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.