At A Glance

Carthage prepares exercise and sport science students for careers as health educators, physical education teachers, coaches, and fitness instructors.

Major

  • Exercise and Sport Science

Concentrations

  • Health and Human Performance
  • Physical Education

Certifications

  • Physical Education (preK-12)
  • Health Education (preK-12)
  • Adaptive Physical Education (preK-12)
  • Coaching Athletics (preK-12)

Minor

  • School Health Education

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Take courses in health and wellness education, coaching, nutrition, strength training, psychology, kinesiology, and physiology.

Students develop an understanding of the history and philosophy of exercise and sport programs while learning how to best teach, motivate, evaluate, and organize sports and fitness activities and programs.

Students majoring in exercise and sport science must select either a health and human performance concentration or a physical education concentration. Students can also pursue a minor in school health education and certification in physical education, adaptive physical education, or athletic coaching.

In addition, the Exercise and Sport Science Department offers the courses that all Carthage students must take to meet the physical education requirements.

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