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Exercise Science - Health Education

Health goes beyond physical education – it concerns many aspects of how we live and how we eat, involving social, psychological and economic issues as well as nutritional ones. The health education minor helps qualify you to teach elementary, middle, and high school health courses. If you want to become a coach or physical education teacher, the minor can help you develop skills to better promote healthy living through your athletics curriculum.

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Courses of study


Only students seeking education licensure are eligible for a health minor.

EXSC 180 Lifetime Health Management
EXSC 202 Public and Community Health
EXSC 291 Current Health Issues
EXSC 310 Nutrition
PSYC 100 General Psychology
SCWK 270 Family Relationships

6 credit hours from:

BIOL 108 Human Reproduction and Development
EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology
EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport
PSYC 201 Child Development
PSYC 203 Social Psychology
PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 265 Health Psychology
SCWK 100 Modern Social Problems or SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
SCWK 353 Social Intervention with Families

Additional certification for non-exercise science majors:

Select the courses consistent with the level of your teaching endorsement

K-8 teaching licensure:

EDUC 360 Elementary Health and Physical Education Methods and Field Experience
EDUC 460 Professional Seminar III: Elementary Student Teaching (K-8 PE)

5-12 teaching licensure:

SEDU 365 Reading in the Content Areas
SEDU 431 Methods of Teaching Secondary Health/Physical Education and Field Experience
SEDU 490 Professional Seminar III: Secondary Student Teaching

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