The exercise and sports science program allows students to examine the anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology of the human body.

Exercise & Sports Science

Exercise and Sports Science (ESS) is the study of immediate and long-term effects of physical activity on the body. Prepare for a career in your field as you examine the contribution of anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning, physiology, and health behaviors in the development of effective movement skills, exercise, and sports performance.

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Melinda Campbell
Professor, Health, Exercise, & Sports Science
124 Martin Hall
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(919) 760-8309
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100% of Meredith Exercise and Sports Science graduates with health and physical education licensure have secured a job in teaching or obtained a graduate school assistantship their first year out of college

At Meredith, our ideal location near downtown Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park means you’ll have access to a variety of internships that prepare you for any number of careers. Recent internships held by ESS students include:

  • Rex Wellness Centers
  • WakeMed
  • Triangle Volleyball Club
  • Triangle Orthopedics
  • Workplace Solutions
  • Valencell

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

As an ESS major, you’ll be encouraged to conduct research while pursuing your degree. Identify a special topic and work under the supervision of a professor or join a research team. Recent research topics include:

  • An Investigation of Relationships between Freshman Academic Credit Hours and Health Status of Undergraduate Females
  • The Effects of Sports Drinks on Aerobic Performance
  • An Analysis of the Effects of Physical and Reactive Training on Agility Performance
  • Influences of Fitness Assessment Programs on Female Undergraduate Exercise and Sport Science Majors

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Exercise and Sports Science students have access to a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for learning and conducting research, including the Human Performance Lab.

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Sports Science Association

Sports Science Association

As an ESS major, you can join the Sports Science Association and gain valuable hands-on experience. Help organize a community event. Support your fellow students’ health and wellness. Attend professional conferences and meetings.

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