Health and Exercise Studies

Carmichael Gymnasium, Room 1309
Beth Wright Fath, MFA, Department Head and Teaching Associate Professor

All NC State University students are required to complete two credit hours of Health and Exercise Studies (HES) activity courses to meet the University General Education Program (GEP). Students must take at least one credit hour of a 100-level Health and Exercise Studies course. 100-level activity courses focus on fitness and wellness with the HESF prefix.

The second credit hour required to fulfill the GEP can be an additional 100-level Health and Exercise Studies activity course or a 200-level activity course, which focuses on skill-acquisition. Students may choose a class that offers a familiar skill or may opt to experience a new activity. 

Students with disabling conditions will be assisted by the Department of Health and Exercise Studies, Student Health Services, and the Disability Resources Office to help choose appropriate classes. Only “activity” courses, not elective “lecture” courses, may be used to satisfy the NC State GEP HES requirement.  Students have the option of taking HES courses on an S/U basis.

For more information, please visit the Health and Exercise Studies website.

Minor in Sports Science

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour minor in Sports Science, designed for students who desire a greater understanding of the physiological and biomechanical principles of exercise and fitness. The minor provides coursework in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biomechanical principles, prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, exercise leadership, and health behavior. For additional information, contact Darrin DeReu at

Minor in Outdoor Leadership

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour minor in Outdoor Leadership that is designed for undergraduate students desiring to pursue careers as outdoor leaders of adventure-based programs or for those who wish to enhance their personal development and enjoyment. Students will develop a foundation of essential leadership skills and experience through coursework focusing on outdoor skills and leadership training. Students will also have an opportunity to apply theory to practice through a practicum. For additional information, contact Terry Dash at

Minor in Coaching Education

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour Minor in Coaching Education designed to prepare students to assume coaching responsibilities with a sound theoretical and practical background. The minor provides students with a foundation of essential coaching skills and concepts as well as the basic principles of coaching philosophy, sport psychology, sport management, and prevention and care of sport-related injury. The practical application of sport science, physiology, and kinesiology, as well as strategies involved in coaching specific sports, are also addressed. For additional information, contact Keith Howard at

Minor in Health

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 15 credit hour minor in Health which is designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue careers in health-related professions and for students wishing to gain in-depth knowledge in various contemporary health-related topics for their personal development. The minor provides students with theories, concepts, and practical skills concerning health behavior and includes a practicum to apply theory to practice. For additional information, contact Chris Ousley at

Minor in Dance

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour Dance Minor that is designed for students who wish to delve deeper into dance studies in an intellectual, creative, and practical capacity to propel them forward in career, service, and artistry. The coursework is balanced between theory courses, creative inquiry, and technical proficiency. The student has the opportunity to select the specific courses which best fulfill his/her needs while maintaining an overall balance. A student in the Dance Minor may be preparing for graduate study or for work as a performer, choreographer, educator, or dance therapist. The Dance Minor also enhances students' studies as they prepare for careers and service as arts entrepreneurs or administrators, physical therapists, physicians, or in disciplines such as Africana studies, design, film, and engineering. For additional information, contact Autumn Belk at