University Catalog 2023-2024

Sports Science (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!


The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour sports science minor 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.

Recent practicum experiences have included:

  • Pivot Physical Therapy: Shadowed physical therapist in an outpatient setting.
  • NC State Dining, nutrition major: Learned process of menu design and execution, gained insight into providing proper nutrition to high volume kitchens, experienced communication and chain of command between directors, chefs, and nutritionists.
  • NC State Nutrition and Athletics: Learned dietician’s role in athletics and how they promote what they know to athletes to ensure optimal nutrition.
  • Raleigh Personal Training: Learned daily activity of a professional trainer. Learned through observation and gained experience by assisting with exercise programming and training for specific athletic activities.
  • Barton College Athletic Training: Observed athletic training staff at a NCAA Division II institution. Specific experiences with football, including baseline screens for concussion, equipment fittings, team meetings, practice/game set-up, and daily operations.

For more information about this program, visit our ​website.

To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.


Department of Health and Exercise Studies
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8111
Raleigh, NC 27695-8111

Darrin DeReu, M.S.
Senior Lecturer and Sports Science Minor Coordinator
North Carolina State University, Box 8111
1173C Wellness and Recreation Center
Raleigh, NC 27695-8111
919.515.3361 (main)

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of 16 – 17 credit hours
  • A grade of “C-” or better required in each course.
  • There are five required courses totaling 13-14 credit hours.
  • The remaining elective courses (3 credit hours) consist of selections from a list of specific offerings.
  • The minor will require that a minimum of 10 credit hours be taken at NC State University which includes the practicum.
  • Students are required to complete HESM 280 Responding to Emergencies or its equivalent, prior to entering HESM 303 Sports Science Practicum.
Required Courses
HESM 480Principles of Exercise Programming (PEF)3
HESM 286Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Control (PPEH)2
or NTR 301 Introduction to Human Nutrition
HESM 303Sports Science Practicum (PES)1
HESM 478Exercise Physiology and Sports Science (PEC)3
BIO 240Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology (A): Nervous, Skeletal, Muscular, & Digestive Systems4
Elective Courses
Select three credit hours of the following:3
Strength Training and Conditioning (PEC)
Foundations in Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Education (PES)
Personal Health (PEH)
Athletic Training (PEC)
Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology (B): Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal Systems
Principles of Human Nutrition
Exercise Nutrition
Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness
Total Hours16