Exercise and Sports Science (ESS) is the study of immediate and long-term effects of physical activity on the body. This course of study examines the contribution of anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning, physiology and health behaviors in the development of effective movement skills, exercise, and sports performance. As an exercise and sports science major, students are prepared to become educators, practitioners and scientists prepared to help individuals and groups lead healthier lives through exercise and physical activity.
At Meredith, ESS majors can choose from two concentrations:
Health and Wellness Concentration
Students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science – Health & Wellness concentration are well prepared for entry-level positions with community, medical and corporate fitness programs, as well as entry into graduate programs. Through their course of study, co-curricular activities, practical experience in the on-campus fitness center, human performance lab, employee wellness program, student fitness programs; and industry certification opportunities, health and wellness students gain first-hand knowledge of how to develop and implement life-changing exercise and sports performance programming.
Physical Education and Health Concentration
Students wishing to pursue the bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science – Health and Physical Education concentration are prepared as educators who may seek North Carolina K-12 licensure. Health and Physical education teachers are in an ideal position to help tackle the nation's growing problem with obesity and its associated health risks, especially among school-age youth. After successful completion of all major requirements in ESS and the professional education program, including a semester of student teaching, students are qualified for licensure to teach at all levels (K-12) in North Carolina and many other states.
Currently, 100% of Meredith ESS 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.
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