Health, Exercise & Sports Science

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

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 internship sites for Meredith HESS students include:

  • Abil-OT
  • Valencell
  • NextStep Raleigh
  • Shaw University Athletic Training
  • Pediatric Possibilities
  • Developmental Therapy Associates
  • The Templeton of Cary

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Exercise and Sports Science Program

Majoring in ESS at Meredith College will prepare you for a career in your field whether you plan to go to work right after graduation or pursue graduate or professional school.

STEM Summer School

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Meredith STEM College is an opportunity for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade women to develop their interest in science. 
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Kimberly Schuh

Honors Scholar and dual-sport athlete Kimberly Schuh, ’21, became an elementary P.E. teacher after graduation, a career that combines her interests in movement and education.

Lauren Grodi

Exercise and Sports Science major Lauren Grodi, ’20, used her strengths at Meredith as volleyball team captain, student researcher, and intern. She continues to use them while earning her doctorate in physical therapy at East Carolina University.

Meredith student-athlete Essence Thomas

Exercise and sports science major Essence Thomas, ’20, plans to become a physical therapist with the armed services after she graduates.

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 Sports Science Majors

Sports Science Association

ESS majors 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.

Contact Information
Dr. Stephanie Little
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Health, Exercise and Sports Science
122 Martin
(919) 760-8176

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