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100-Year Anniversary

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies is proud to celebrate 100 years of dedication to students’ wellbeing in 2023. Originally the Department of Physical Education, the department was established in 1923 and the two-year physical education requirement for freshmen and sophomores (PE 101 and 102) was quickly implemented for graduation.

Today, the department of 30 faculty serves approximately 13,000 students with over 100 different course options via approximately 600 course sections annually. Per the NC State General Education Program (GEP) requirement, undergraduate students must complete two credit hours in Health and Exercise Studies. The department also offers four academic minor programs: Coaching Education, Health, Outdoor Leadership and Sports Science.

Throwback Physical Education T-shirt

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies has partnered with Campus Enterprises to reimagine the iconic NC State Physical Education t-shirt for its 100-year anniversary celebration. Shirts are available for purchase the Wolfpack Outfitters Bookstore and online.

HES Physical Education t-shirt